Hamza Choudhury

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Hamza Choudhury
Personal information
Full name Hamza Dewan Choudhury[1]
Date of birth (1997-10-01) 1 October 1997 (age 22)
Place of birth Loughborough, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[2]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Leicester City
Number 20
Youth career
2011–2015 Leicester City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015– Leicester City 25 (0)
2016Burton Albion (loan) 13 (0)
2016–2017Burton Albion (loan) 13 (0)
National team
2018–2019 England U21 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:53, 5 October 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15:15, 19 June 2019 (UTC)

Hamza Dewan Choudhury (born 1 October 1997) is an English professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Leicester City.

Club career[edit]

Choudhury began his career at the Leicester City Academy, and at the age of 16 was reportedly monitored by a number of top European clubs.[3] He joined League One leaders Burton Albion on a one-month loan deal on 27 February 2016.[4] He made his debut in the Football League later that same day, coming on as a 77th-minute substitute for Tom Naylor in a 0–0 draw with Walsall at the Pirelli Stadium.[5] On 6 August 2016, Choudhury signed another loan deal with Burton Albion for the 2016–17 season.[6] On the same day, Choudhury featured in Burton Albion's first ever Football League Championship game, claiming an assist in a 4–3 defeat against Nottingham Forest.[7]

On 19 September 2017, Choudhury debuted for Leicester City coming on as substitute in the 82nd minute of a EFL Cup 3rd round home win against Liverpool.[8] On 28 November 2017, Choudhury made his Premier League debut for Leicester coming on as substitute in the 83rd minute of a home win against Tottenham Hotspur.[9] His first Premier League start came on 14 April 2018, in a 2–1 away defeat to Burnley.[10]

On 30 August 2019, Choudhury signed a new four-year contract with Leicester.[11]

International career[edit]

On 26 May 2018, Choudhury made his debut for the England national under-21 football team, coming on as a substitute during the 2–1 win against China under-21's in the 2018 Toulon Tournament.[12] Choudhury started for England in the next match of the tournament, a 0–0 draw against Mexico.[13]

On 27 May 2019, Choudhury was included in England's 23-man squad for the 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship[14] but was shown a straight red card for a reckless tackle during the second-half of the opening 2–1 defeat to France in Cesena.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Choudhury's father is of Grenadian descent. He was raised in a traditional Bengali Muslim family, and visited Bangladesh as a child.[16] His mother and step-father are Bangladeshis from the Dewan Bari in Snanghat Union, Bahubal, Habiganj.[17][18] The footballer of Bangladeshi origin is fluent in English and Bengali. He reads the Quran and says that before leaving the changing room for a match, he recites Ayat al-Kursi and other duas.[16]

In April 2019 he apologised for historical offensive tweets.[19] He was later charged with misconduct by the FA,[20] and fined £5,000 and put on an educational course.[21]

He and his partner had a child in 2018.[16]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 5 October 2019
Club Season Division League FA Cup League Cup Other[22] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Leicester City 2015–16 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016–17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017–18[23] 8 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 9 0
2018–19[24] 9 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 12 0
2019–20[25] 8 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 10 0
Leicester City total 25 0 1 0 5 0 0 0 31 0
Burton Albion (loan) 2015–16[26] League One 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
2016–17[27] Championship 13 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 15 0
Burton Albion total 26 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 28 0
Career total 51 0 1 0 7 0 0 0 59 0

Honours[edit]

England U21

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of temporary transfers of players under written contract between 01/08/2016 and 31/08/2016" (PDF). The Football Association. p. 24. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
  2. ^ "Hamza Choudhury". Leicester City F.C. Retrieved 22 December 2018.
  3. ^ "Transfer news: Leicester City youngster Hamza Choudhury attracting European interest". Sky Sports. 25 September 2014. Retrieved 12 March 2016.
  4. ^ Wilkinson, Ashley (27 February 2016). "Burton Albion transfer news: Leicester City youngster Hamza Choudhury signs on loan". Burton Mail. Retrieved 12 March 2016.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Burton's lead at the top of League One was cut to two points after they were held by fellow high-flyers Walsall". BBC Sport. 27 February 2016. Retrieved 12 March 2016.
  6. ^ "Hamza Choudhury re-signs on loan". 6 August 2016.
  7. ^ "Forest: On the whistle match report". Burton Albion F.C. 6 August 2016. Retrieved 6 August 2016.
  8. ^ "Carabao Cup: Leicester City vs Liverpool – 2:0". 19 September 2017.
  9. ^ "Premier League: Leicester City vs Tottenham Hotspur – 2:1". 28 November 2017.
  10. ^ "Burnley 2–1 Leicester City". BBC Sport. 14 April 2018. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  11. ^ "Hamza Choudhury Extends Leicester City Contract Until 2023". 30 August 2019.
  12. ^ "Choudhury makes maiden England u21s appearance". Leicester City Football Club. 27 May 2018. Retrieved 27 May 2018.
  13. ^ "England U21S 0 Mexico U21S 0: Young Lions remain on course for Toulon Tournament semis despite stalemate". 29 May 2018. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
  14. ^ "ENGLAND U21S SQUAD NAMED BY AIDY BOOTHROYD FOR THIS SUMMER'S EURO FINALS IN ITALY". The FA. 27 May 2019. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  15. ^ "England U21s 1 France U21s 2". BBC Sport. 18 June 2019. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  16. ^ a b c "Leicester City's Hamza Choudhury on trips to Bangladesh and hating haircuts". 4 October 2019 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  17. ^ "The rise of Bangladesh origin Hamza Choudhury in English football". SportsOnly. 28 December 2018.
  18. ^ "হবিগঞ্জের দেওয়ান বাড়ির ছেলে লেস্টার সিটির হামজা". SportsOnly (in Bengali). 25 September 2017.
  19. ^ "Hamza Choudhury: Leicester midfielder apologises for 'hurtful and offensive' tweets". BBC Sport. 29 April 2019.
  20. ^ "Hamza Choudhury charged with misconduct for social media comments". BBC Sport. 2 May 2019. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  21. ^ "Hamza Choudhury: Leicester midfielder fined by Football Association for historical posts". BBC Sport. 10 May 2019. Retrieved 10 May 2019.
  22. ^ Includes other competitive competitions, including the Football League Trophy.
  23. ^ "Games played by Hamza Choudhury in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 29 August 2019.
  24. ^ "Games played by Hamza Choudhury in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 29 August 2019.
  25. ^ "Games played by Hamza Choudhury in 2019/2020". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 29 August 2019.
  26. ^ "Games played by Hamza Choudhury in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 29 August 2019.
  27. ^ "Games played by Hamza Choudhury in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 29 August 2019.
  28. ^ "Final fightback takes England U21S to Toulon hat-trick with win over Mexico". The Football Association. 9 June 2018. Retrieved 10 June 2019.

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