George Hirst (footballer)

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George Hirst
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Personal information
Full name George David Eric Hirst[1]
Date of birth (1999-02-15) 15 February 1999 (age 20)
Place of birth Sheffield, England
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Leicester City
Youth career
0000–2016 Sheffield Wednesday
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016–2018 Sheffield Wednesday 1 (0)
2018–2019 OH Leuven 22 (3)
2019– Leicester City 0 (0)
National team
2016 England U17 7 (3)
2016–2017 England U18 9 (4)
2017–2018 England U19 11 (3)
2017– England U20 13 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:57, 7 June 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:27, 11 June 2019 (UTC)

George David Eric Hirst (born 15 February 1999) is a football player who plays as a forward for Leicester City. He is the son of former footballer David Hirst.

Club career[edit]

Sheffield Wednesday[edit]

After coming through the academy, Hirst signed his first professional contract for Sheffield Wednesday in March 2016.[2]

He made his first team debut against Cambridge United on 9 August 2016, in the EFL Cup in a 2-1 defeat.[3] His league debut came on 10 December 2016 against Reading in a 2-1 defeat.[3] In April 2018, Hirst was linked with a move to Manchester United after rejecting a long term contract at Sheffield Wednesday.[4]

OH Leuven[edit]

In June 2018, Hirst was signed by a second division Belgian team, Oud-Heverlee Leuven, led by former Sheffield Wednesday player Nigel Pearson.[5]

Leicester City[edit]

After just one season at OH Leuven, Hirst joined Leicester City in the summer of 2019.[6]

International career[edit]

Hirst made his debut for the England Under-17 national team during the Algarve Cup in February 2016 - in his second game for the team he scored twice against Germany in a 2-2 draw.[7] He was subsequently called up to the squad for the 2016 UEFA European Under-17 Championship in Azerbaijan.[8] In the group stage Hirst scored against Denmark[9] and started the Quarter-final defeat against Spain.[10]

On 23 August 2016, Hirst was called up to the England U18's for the first time.[11] In Summer 2017, Hirst represented England Under 20s at the 2017 Toulon Tournament, scoring a hat-trick in a game against Cuba[12] to take his 2016-2017 tally to 40 goals in all competitions. Hirst started in the final against the Ivory Coast which England won on penalties[13] and was subsequently named in the team of the tournament.[14]

On 1 September 2017, Hirst scored his second hat-trick of the Summer in a victory against Poland, for England Under-19.[15] In July 2018, Hirst was included in the squad for the 2018 UEFA European Under-19 Championship.[16]

In May 2019, Hirst was included in the England U20 squad for the 2019 Toulon Tournament.[17]

Honours[edit]

England U20

Individual

Career statistics[edit]

As of 7 June 2019[19]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sheffield Wednesday 2016–17 EFL Championship 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
2017–18 EFL Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
OH Leuven 2018–19 Belgian First Division B 22 3 1 0 0 0 23 3
Total 22 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 23 3
Career total 23 3 1 0 1 0 0 0 25 2

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of players under written contract registered between 01/03/2016 and 31/03/2016" (PDF). The Football Association. p. 33. Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  2. ^ "George Hirst pens first Owls professional contract". www.swfc.co.uk. 30 March 2016.
  3. ^ a b "George Hirst". SoccerBase. 17 June 2018.
  4. ^ "Manchester United targeting George Hirst, suggests Sheffield Wednesday boss Jos Luhukay". Sky Sports. 9 April 2018. Retrieved 17 June 2018.
  5. ^ "Leicester City target George Hirst signs for sister club OH Leuven". Leicester Mercury. 23 June 2018. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
  6. ^ "Leicester City Sign Trio Of Youth Internationals". Leicester Mercury. 5 July 2019. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  7. ^ "George Hirst nets brace but Young Lions denied victory by stoppage time equaliser". Daily Mail. 7 February 2016. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  8. ^ "England Under-17s squad named for Euro Championship". The Football Association. 4 May 2016. Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  9. ^ "England U17s into Euro quarter finals after win over Denmark". The Football Association. 12 May 2016. Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  10. ^ "England Under-17s miss out on semi-final after loss to Spain". The Football Association. 15 May 2016. Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  11. ^ "Hirst called up for England Under-18s". www.swfc.co.uk. 23 August 2016. Retrieved 23 August 2016.
  12. ^ "Hat-trick for George Hirst as U20s book Toulon Tournament semi-final spot". The Football Association. 1 June 2017. Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  13. ^ "Spot on Young Lions hold their nerve to retain Toulon Tournament title". The Football Association. 10 June 2017. Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  14. ^ a b c "Hirst named in Team of the Tournament". www.swfc.co.uk. 12 June 2017. Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  15. ^ "George Hirst hits hat-trick in England Under-19s thumping 7-1 victory over Poland". Sheffield Star. 1 September 2017. Retrieved 2 September 2017.
  16. ^ "England U19 boss Paul Simpson has named his squad for 2018 Euro Finals in Finland". The Football Association. 16 July 2018. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
  17. ^ "ENGLAND MU20S SQUAD NAMED BY PAUL SIMPSON FOR MAURICE REVELLO TOURNAMENT IN FRANCE". TheFA.com. Retrieved 1 June 2019.
  18. ^ "Toulon Tournament: England 1–1 Ivory Coast (5–3 penalties)". BBC Sport. 10 June 2017. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  19. ^ George Hirst at Soccerway

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