Ben Davis (association footballer)

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Ben Davis
Personal information
Full name Benjamin James Davis
Date of birth (2000-11-24) 24 November 2000 (age 18)
Place of birth Phuket, Thailand
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Fulham
Youth career
2013–2015 Singapore Sports School
2017–2018 Fulham
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2018– Fulham 1 (0)
National team
2015 Singapore U16 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 March 2018

Benjamin James Davis (born 24 November 2000) is a Singaporean footballer who plays as a midfielder for English club Fulham Under-18s, and formerly played for the Singapore U19 team.[1][2]

Club career[edit]

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.[3]

In 2017, Davis earned a two-year academy scholarship with Fulham after impressing in trials.[4] He was the first ever British-Thai player to sign for a Premier League side.[5]

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.[3] 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.[6] He signed his first professional Fulham contract in June 2017,[7] and is listed on the club's website as an English national.

International career[edit]

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.[8] In 2017, Davis earned a call-up to Singapore's Under-18 side to play in the AFC Under-19 Championship qualifiers.[9]

In 2018, Davis received a surprise call-up to the Singapore national team for the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers,[10] however he did not play in any of the matches.[11]

International eligibility[edit]

Davis currently holds three citizenships from the UK, Thailand and Singapore.[12]

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.[13][14][15]

International Statistics[edit]

U16 International caps[edit]

No Date Venue Opponent Result Competition
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

Personal life[edit]

Davis was born in Phuket, Thailand, and moved to Singapore at the age of five.[11] Davis studied at the Singapore Sports School from 2013 to 2015 before moving to London's Harrow High School in 2016.[16]

Davis is the second-youngest of four children. His mother, Sopee Davis, is a Thai national, while his father, Harvey Davis, is Welsh.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Singapore teen Ben Davis chasing EPL dream hopeful of NS deferment". FourFourTwo. 8 August 2017. Archived from the original on 14 April 2018. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Ben Davis | Fulham Football Club". www.fulhamfc.com. Archived from the original on 17 July 2018. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Singapore teen Ben Davis signs pro contract with Fulham". The New Paper. 13 July 2018. Archived from the original on 1 August 2018. Retrieved 1 August 2018.
  4. ^ Dasey, Jason (1 November 2017). "Fulham teenager Ben Davis cleared to play for Singapore U18 team". ESPN. Archived from the original on 14 April 2018. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Petition urges Singapore to defer military service for first Premier League player". South China Morning Post. 21 July 2018.
  6. ^ Osman, Shamir (13 July 2018). "Football: Singaporean Ben Davis, 17, signs professional contract with EPL club Fulham". The Straits Times. Archived from the original on 1 August 2018. Retrieved 1 August 2018.
  7. ^ "Ben settling in well at Fulham's academy". The Straits Times. 8 August 2017. Archived from the original on 13 March 2018. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  8. ^ De Silva, Nicholas (8 August 2017). "Singapore youth footballer Ben Davis settling well at Fulham FC's academy". The Straits Times. Archived from the original on 25 June 2018. Retrieved 1 August 2018.
  9. ^ Wang Meng Meng (1 November 2017). "Football: Fulham trainee Ben, 16, impresses Singapore Under-18 coach". The Straits Times. Archived from the original on 26 June 2018. Retrieved 1 August 2018.
  10. ^ "Fulham youngster Ben Davis and Baihakki Khaizan in Singapore squad". FOX Sports Asia. 13 March 2018. Archived from the original on 1 August 2018. Retrieved 1 August 2018.
  11. ^ a b c Luis, Ernest (18 July 2018). "Everything you need to know about Fulham's Ben Davis – the first Singaporean footballer signed by an English Premier League club". Business Insider Singapore. Archived from the original on 1 August 2018. Retrieved 1 August 2018.
  12. ^ Ungku, Fathin. "First Singaporean Premier League player may appeal military service". Reuters. Archived from the original on 1 August 2018. Retrieved 1 August 2018.
  13. ^ "Reply to Queries on Ben Davis' Enlistment". www.mindef.gov.sg.
  14. ^ "Footballer Ben Davis now a national service defaulter: Mindef". sg.news.yahoo.com.
  15. ^ "Football: Fulham player Ben Davis defaults on national service commitments". The Straits Times. 18 February 2019.
  16. ^ "Football: Fulham trainee Ben, 16, impresses Singapore Under-18 coach". Archived from the original on 26 June 2018. Retrieved 23 July 2018.