Jack Stephens (footballer)

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Jack Stephens
Personal information
Full name Jack Stephens[1]
Date of birth (1994-01-27) 27 January 1994 (age 22)
Place of birth Torpoint, England[2]
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Southampton
Number 24
Youth career
2005–2010 Plymouth Argyle
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2011 Plymouth Argyle 5 (0)
2011– Southampton 0 (0)
2014 Swindon Town (loan) 10 (0)
2014–2015 Swindon Town (loan) 37 (1)
2015–2016 Middlesbrough (loan) 1 (0)
2016 Coventry City (loan) 16 (0)
National team
2012 England U18 1 (0)
2012 England U19 4 (0)
2015 England U20 6 (0)
2015– England U21 3 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:38, 8 May 2016 (UTC).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23:58, 23 May 2016 (UTC)

Jack Stephens (born 27 January 1994) is an English footballer who plays as a defender for Southampton. Born in Torpoint, he began his career as a youth player with Plymouth Argyle, remaining with the club as a professional until 2011. Although starting his career as a right back, Stephens has recently been converted into a centre back. He can also operate as a left back, or in a defensive midfielder role, and has played internationally for the England under-18, under-19 and under-20 sides.

Club career[edit]

Plymouth Argyle[edit]

Born in Torpoint, Stephens attended Torpoint Community College,[3] and joined Plymouth Argyle in 2005 at the age of 11.[4] He progressed to the club's youth team in 2009 after a number of impressive performances in the junior section of the Milk Cup.[4] He was then promoted to the club's reserve team, having appeared regularly in the Youth Alliance.[4][5] Stephens began training with the club's first team in September 2010 and was included in an 18-man squad for their league match against Sheffield Wednesday.[6][7] He made his debut as a late substitute in a 3–2 win for Argyle.[8][9] Primarily a right back, Stephens can play in a variety of positions. "Jack is a right-back but he can play in the centre as well. He's comfortable in both positions," said John James, the club's youth development officer.[10] "I like him at right-back because he does get forward well, he's quick, he likes to take people on and he's a good header of the ball. He's a big lad – 6ft 1in I think – and he's still growing."

Southampton[edit]

He joined Southampton on 5 April 2011 for a fee of £150,000, signing an initial three-year contract, and was placed in the club's development squad.[11][12] Stephens made his first-team debut for Southampton in a 2–1 FA Cup win against Coventry City on 7 January 2012, coming on as a second-half substitute for Dan Harding.[13] In 2012 he was promoted to the first team ahead of the club's return to the Premier league.[14]

Swindon Town (loan)[edit]

On 13 March 2014, Stephens joined League One side Swindon Town on loan until 3 May 2014.[15] Stephens re-signed on 1 September 2014 on loan until January 2015.[16]

Middlesbrough (loan)[edit]

On 31 July 2015 Stephens signed a two-year contract extension, taking his deal to the summer of 2019, and subsequently completed a season-long move to Championship side Middlesbrough.[17]

Coventry City (loan)[edit]

On 1 February 2016, Stephens joined League One side Coventry City on loan for the remainder of the season.[18][19]

International career[edit]

Stephens received his first call-up for the England under-18 side for a match against Poland in March 2012,[20] playing the first half of the 3–0 win at Crewe Alexandra home ground Alexandra Stadium.[21] Later in the year he made the step up to the under-19 team, making his debut on 26 September in a 3–0 win over Estonia in the qualifying stages of the 2013 European Championships,[20] playing the full 90 minutes.[22] He later played 45 minutes of the 6–0 win over the Faroe Islands on 28 September (after which he was replaced by fellow Southampton player Calum Chambers, who scored the sixth goal),[23] the full 90 minutes of the 1–1 draw with Ukraine on 1 October,[24] and the first half of the 13 November 1–0 friendly win over Finland which also featured Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse.[25] Stephens made his debut for the England under-21 side on 12 November 2015 in a 0-0 draw against Bosnia and Herzegovina, but was sent off in the 72nd minute.[26]

He was part of the team that won the 2016 Toulon Tournament, their first such win for 22 years.[27]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 8 May 2016
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
Plymouth Argyle 2010–11[28] League One 5 0 0 0 0 0 1[a] 0 6 0
Total 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 6 0
Southampton 2011–12[29] Championship 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2012–13[30] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013–14[31] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014–15[32] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015–16[33] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Swindon Town (loan) 2013–14[31] League One 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
Swindon Town (loan) 2014–15[32] League One 37 1 1 0 0 0 3[a][b] 0 41 1
Middlesbrough (loan) 2015–16[33] Championship 1 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 5 0
Coventry City (loan) 2015–16[33] League One 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 0
Career total 69 1 2 0 4 0 4 0 79 1
  1. ^ a b Appearances in Football League Trophy
  2. ^ Appearances in 2015 Football League play-offs

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Premier League Clubs Submit Squad Lists" (PDF). Premier League. 26 September 2012. Retrieved 22 January 2013. 
  2. ^ Glenda Rollin; Jack Rollin, eds. (2012). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2012–2013 (43rd ed.). London: Headline. p. 531. ISBN 978-0-7553-6356-8. 
  3. ^ "Jack Stephens profile". Plymouth Argyle F.C. Retrieved 25 September 2010.
  4. ^ a b c "Youth profiles". Plymouth Argyle F.C. Retrieved 18 September 2010.
  5. ^ Mackie gets his wish as he leaves Argyle for Warnock's QPR. Western Morning News. Retrieved 13 August 2015.
  6. ^ "Jack's jump". Plymouth Argyle F.C. Retrieved 18 September 2010.
  7. ^ "Stephens wins first team call up". The Plymouth Herald. Retrieved 25 September 2010.
  8. ^ "Plymouth 3–2 Sheff Wed". BBC Sport. Retrieved 18 September 2010.
  9. ^ "Icing on the cake". Plymouth Argyle F.C. Retrieved 25 September 2010.
  10. ^ "More young guns to come at Argyle". The Plymouth Herald. Retrieved 25 September 2010.
  11. ^ "List of Players under Written Contract Registered Between 01/04/2011 and 30/04/2011" (PDF). The Football Association. Retrieved 8 January 2012. 
  12. ^ "Saints Sign Jack Stephens". Southampton F.C. 5 April 2011. Retrieved 5 April 2011. 
  13. ^ "Coventry 1–2 Southampton". BBC Sport. 7 January 2012. Retrieved 8 January 2012. 
  14. ^ "Southampton promote academy quartet to first team squad". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2 July 2012. 
  15. ^ "Saint Joins On Loan". Swindon Town FC. 13 March 2014. 
  16. ^ "Stephens Signs On Loan". Swindon Town FC. 1 September 2014. 
  17. ^ Lucas, Jim (31 July 2015). "Stephens extends Saints deal ahead of Boro loan". Southampton FC. Retrieved 31 July 2015. 
  18. ^ "Stephens joins Coventry City on loan". Southampton FC. 1 February 2016. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  19. ^ "Coventry City sign defenders Jack Stephens and Baily Cargill". BBC Sport. 1 February 2016. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  20. ^ a b "Jack Stephens". England Players. The Football Association. Retrieved 22 January 2013. 
  21. ^ "England v Poland". England Under-18s Results. The Football Association. Retrieved 22 January 2013. 
  22. ^ "England v Estonia". England Under-19s Results. The Football Association. Retrieved 22 January 2013. 
  23. ^ "Faroe Islands v England". England Under-19s Results. The Football Association. Retrieved 22 January 2013. 
  24. ^ "England v Ukraine". England Under-19s Results. The Football Association. Retrieved 22 January 2013. 
  25. ^ "England v Finland". England Under-19s Results. The Football Association. Retrieved 22 January 2013. 
  26. ^ "Bosnia and Herzegovina 0-0 England". BBC. 12 November 2015. Retrieved 13 November 2015. 
  27. ^ "England Under-21s win Toulon Tournament for first time in 22 years". BBC Sport. 29 May 2016. Retrieved 29 May 2016. 
  28. ^ "Games played by Jack Stephens in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  29. ^ "Games played by Jack Stephens in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  30. ^ "Games played by Jack Stephens in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  31. ^ a b "Games played by Jack Stephens in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  32. ^ a b "Games played by Jack Stephens in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  33. ^ a b c "Games played by Jack Stephens in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 

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