John Lundstram

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John Lundstram
John Lundstram, England U-19 - Greece U-19, 12 July 2012 (cropped).jpg
Lundstram playing for England U19 in 2012
Personal information
Full name John David Lundstram[1]
Date of birth (1994-02-18) 18 February 1994 (age 24)[2]
Place of birth Liverpool, England
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in) [3]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Sheffield United
Number 7
Youth career
2002–2012 Everton
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2015 Everton 0 (0)
2013 Doncaster Rovers (loan) 14 (0)
2013–2014 Yeovil Town (loan) 14 (2)
2014 Leyton Orient (loan) 7 (0)
2014–2015 Blackpool (loan) 17 (0)
2015 Leyton Orient (loan) 4 (0)
2015 Scunthorpe United (loan) 7 (0)
2015–2017 Oxford United 82 (4)
2017– Sheffield United 26 (3)
National team
2010–2011 England U17 17 (0)
2011–2012 England U18 2 (0)
2012–2013 England U19 10 (2)
2013 England U20 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:58, 20 February 2018 (UTC).

John David Lundstram (born 18 February 1994) is an English professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Sheffield United. He has also represented England internationally at under-17, under-18, under-19, and under-20 levels and has appeared in three official youth competitions for the Three Lions.

Club career[edit]

Everton[edit]

Lundstram was developed as a football player by Everton from a very early age and signed a full-time scholarship in July 2010.[4] In June 2011, Lundstram signed a two-year professional contract with Everton,[5] followed by another two-year contract in June 2013.[citation needed] On 22 July 2014, he made his first appearance for Everton's first team in a friendly against Tranmere Rovers.[6]

At the end of the 2014–15 season, Lundstram was released by the club.[7] Lundstram later revealed that Everton offered him a six-month contract, but he rejected it in search of first-team football, saying that "it definitely makes a difference being permanent. You just feel much more part of things."[8]

Loan spells[edit]

In February 2013, he joined Doncaster Rovers on a one-month loan.[9] He made his full league début for the club in a 1–1 draw against Yeovil Town on 23 February 2013.[10] There was concern over Lindstram's future at Doncaster Rovers after he sustained an ankle injury during a match against Portsmouth, which ended a 1–1 draw,[11] but in the end Lundstram's loan spell was extended until the end of the season.[12] Lundstram went on to make over a dozen appearances for Rovers, becoming a key part of the side that lifted the League One trophy at the end of the season.

On 28 November 2013, Lundstram joined Football League Championship side Yeovil Town on loan until January.[13] He made his debut against Watford two days later, Yeovil winning 0–3. During the match, Lundstram assisted Joe Edwards for the third goal.[14] On 3 December, he scored on his second appearance for the club in a 1–0 win against Blackpool.[15] Lundstram then extended his loan until the end of the season.[16] He scored his second goal for the club in a 3–2 loss against Derby County on 28 January 2014.[17] On 10 March 2014, Lundstram was recalled by Everton having become a peripheral figure at Yeovil, having made 16 appearances and scoring twice.[18]

On 27 March 2014, Lundstram joined Football League One side Leyton Orient on a one-month loan deal.[19] Two days later, he made his debut in a 1–0 loss against Bradford City.[20] After five appearances, Lundstram extended his loan stay until after the Football League play-offs on 24 April 2014.[21] He played in two of the club's three play-off matches and came on as a substitute for Dave Mooney in the 108th minute of the play-off final against Rotherham United. Lundstram was one of the three Leyton Orient players to convert their kick in a penalty shoot-out, which they lost 5–3.[22] After the Os failed to achieve promotion,[23] Lundstram returned to his parent club.[24]

On 6 August 2014, Lundstram joined Blackpool on a season-long loan,[25] making his debut on 9 August.[26] Lundstram made seventeen straight appearances for Blackpool until he was recalled by his parent club on 3 January 2015.[27]

On 9 January 2015, Lundstram rejoined Leyton Orient on loan until 19 February 2015, stating on his return: "I feel like I have unfinished business at Orient after the way last season ended."[28] His second debut for the club came the following day, when he came on as a second-half substitute for Josh Wright in a 1–0 defeat by Fleetwood Town.[29] After four appearances, it was announced on 19 February 2015 that Lundstram would return to his parent club.[30]

Just 30 days after returning to his parent, Lundstram joined Scunthorpe United on a one-month loan deal.[31] Upon moving to Scunthorpe, Lundstram expressed happiness at the way the club treated him.[32] His debut came in a 4–0 loss against Sheffield United.[33] After extending his loan spell at the club,[34] he went on to make seven appearances before returning to Everton at the end of the season.

Oxford United[edit]

On 13 August 2015, after attracting interest from Crewe Alexandra and Wigan Athletic of League One,[35] Lundstram signed for League Two side Oxford United on a two-year deal, with the option of a further year.[36] Upon joining the club, Lundstram stated he was motivated with a move, stating that he "need a full season out there of playing 30-odd games".[37]

Shortly after signing for the club, Lundstram missed the first two league games of the season because of an ankle ligament injury sustained at Everton.[37] He eventually recovered and made his Oxford United debut, coming on as a late substitute, in a 3–1 win over Notts County on 18 August 2015.[38] He quickly became a first-team regular in the midfield position, partnering with Liam Sercombe.[39] It wasn't until on 17 October 2015 when he scored his first goal for the club, in a 2–2 draw against Leyton Orient.[40] He also went on to score two more goals later in the season against Exeter City[41] and Morecambe.[42] His performance throughout December earned him a nomination for Player of the Month for Sky Bet League 2, but he lost out to Gareth Evans.[43] However, he was sent off for a "reckless challenge" on Michael Tonge in the 16th minute of a 1–1 draw against Stevenage on 25 March 2016.[44] The club unsuccessfully appealed against his three-match suspension, which included the final.[45][46] Nevertheless, he helped the side get promoted to League after finishing second place in the league.[47] Although he suffered an injury during his first season,[48] Lundstram went on to finish with 47 appearances and scored three times in all competitions.

In his second season at Oxford United, his appointment as team captain, at the age of 22, was announced on 12 July 2016 following the departure of long-serving defender Jake Wright.[49] Lundstram played his first match as captain in the opening game of the season, in a 1–1 draw against Chesterfield.[50] Throughout the season, Lundstram captained the side 53 times, an experience he described as "enjoyable rather than burden".[51] On 18 March 2017, Lundstram scored his first goal of the season, in a 2–1 win over Scunthorpe United.[52] After beating Luton Town in the semi-finals of the EFL Trophy on 1 March 2017,[53] Lundstram played in the final, where he stated he learned his lesson following a suspension that cost him a place in the previous final.[54][55] However, like Oxford United's previous final, they lost in a 2–1 defeat to Coventry City.[56][57] Despite this, he helped the side finish 8th in the 2016–17 season and went on to make 57 appearances, scoring once in all competitions. At the end of the 2016–17 season, he received the award for Community Contribution at the club's award ceremony.[58] Although he had his contract triggered after making 35 appearances in the 2016–17 season, the club began negotiations with Lundstram over a long-term contract.[59]

Sheffield United[edit]

Lundstram joined newly promoted Championship side Sheffield United in July 2017 on a three-year deal for fee that, according to the Oxford Mail, is believed to in the region of £700,000[citation needed] He scored his first goal for Sheffield United in a 2–1 loss at Nottingham Forest on 30 September 2017.[60]

International career[edit]

Described as a strong tackling midfielder, Lundstram worked his way into the England U17 squad during the 2010–11 campaign after impressing in the Nordic Tournament.[61]

His first full season on the international stage saw him play a major part in the U17s' run to the semi-final of the European Championship in Serbia.[62][63] UEFA described Lundstram as an "influential catalyst in launching attacking moves" and he was also named in the "Tournament select squad".[64] Following the completion of the tournament, UEFA made comparisons to fellow Liverpool-born player Steven Gerrard and praised his "biting tackle" and a "fine range of passing to instigate attacks".[65]

Lundstram was named in the England squad that reached the quarter final of the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup under John Peacock.[66] He played in a total of four games. England were eliminated from the competition by Germany having knocked Argentina out in the round of 16.[67]

The 2011–12 season saw him play twice for Noel Blake's U18s, captaining the side to a win against Poland before he made another step-up to the U19s squad, again under Blake, as he helped England to qualify for the European Championship Finals in Estonia.[68][69] The following month, Lundstram was called up to England U19 by Noel Blake once again.[70] He scored the opening goal in a 2–1 victory over France in the final tournament.[71] England reached the semi-final of the tournament and were eliminated from the competition by Greece.[72] After the tournament, Lundstram captained the England U19 side for the first time, in a 3–0 win over Estonia U19.[73] Lundstram scored again on 13 November 2012, in a 1–0 win over Finland U19.[74]

On 28 May 2013, he was named in manager Peter Taylor's 20-man squad for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup.[75][76] He made his debut on 16 June, in a 3–0 win in a warm-up game against Uruguay.[77] This turns out to be his only appearance for the side, as he appeared two more matches as an unused substitute and England U20 were eliminated from the tournament.[78]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 30 April 2017
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Doncaster Rovers (loan) 2012–13[79] League One 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
Yeovil Town (loan) 2013–14[80] Championship 14 2 2 0 0 0 16 2
Leyton Orient (loan) 2013–14[80] League One 7 0 0 0 0 0 2[a] 0 9 0
Blackpool (loan) 2014–15[81] Championship 17 0 0 0 1 0 18 0
Leyton Orient (loan) 2014–15[81] League One 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Scunthorpe United (loan) 2014–15[81] League One 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Oxford United 2015–16[82] League Two 37 3 5 0 1 0 4[b] 0 47 3
2016–17[83] League One 45 1 3 0 2 0 7[c] 0 57 1
Total 82 4 8 0 3 0 11 0 104 4
Sheffield United 2017–18[84] Championship 6 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 8 1
Career totals 151 7 10 0 6 0 13 0 180 7
  1. ^ Appearances in League One play-offs
  2. ^ Appearances in Football League Trophy
  3. ^ Appearances in EFL Trophy

Personal life[edit]

Lundstram's elder sister, Jodie Lundstram, was a member of the cast of the now-cancelled scripted reality show Desperate Scousewives.[85]

Despite progressing in the Everton youth set-up, Lundstram supports Liverpool.[86]

Honours[edit]

Doncaster Rovers[edit]

Oxford United[edit]

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