Ben Davis (association footballer)
|Full name||Benjamin James Davis|
|Date of birth||24 November 2000|
|Place of birth||Phuket, Thailand|
|Height||1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|2013–2015||Singapore Sports School|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 March 2018|
Davis started his professional career training at JSSL Singapore, a youth soccer academy owned by his father based in Singapore that has partnerships with Fulham F.C. and Singapore Premier League side Tampines Rovers. He later joined the Football Association of Singapore's (FAS) Junior Centre of Excellence, and went on to represent various national age group teams.
In his first season, Davis made 10 appearances for the club's Under-18 South League team, scoring a header against West Ham's Under-18 side and recording a passing accuracy of 90 percent. In 2018, Fulham announced that Davis, alongside other academy players, were offered professional contracts, where they would now earn a weekly wage as well as continue to play for the club's Under-18 and Under-23 side. He signed his first professional Fulham contract in June 2017, and is listed on the club's website as an English national.
During his training stint with JSSL Singapore and FAS Junior Centre of Excellence, Davis represented various national age-group teams, such as the National Football Academy's Under-16 team at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Under-16 Championship qualifiers in 2015. In 2017, Davis earned a call-up to Singapore's Under-18 side to play in the AFC Under-19 Championship qualifiers.
Davis currently holds three citizenships from the UK, Thailand and Singapore.
His Singapore citizenship requires him to enlist for the mandatory National Service. Davis tried to defer his National Service obligation, but his application was rejected. Since 18 February 2019, Davis has been deemed as a National Service defaulter by the MINDEF.
U16 International caps
|1||28 July 2015||Phnom Penh Olympic Stadium, Phnom Penh, Cambodia||Myanmar||1-3 (lost)||2015 AFF U-16 Youth Championship|
|2||1 August 2015||Phnom Penh Olympic Stadium, Phnom Penh, Cambodia||Australia||2-8 (lost)||2015 AFF U-16 Youth Championship|
|3||3 August 2015||Phnom Penh Olympic Stadium, Phnom Penh, Cambodia||Cambodia||0-0 (draw)||2015 AFF U-16 Youth Championship|
Davis was born in Phuket, Thailand, and moved to Singapore at the age of five. Davis studied at the Singapore Sports School from 2013 to 2015 before moving to London's Harrow High School in 2016.
Davis is the second-youngest of four children. His mother, Sopee Davis, is a Thai national, while his father, Harvey Davis, is Welsh.
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