Luca Connell

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Luca Connell
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Connell playing for Bolton Wanderers U18s in November 2017
Personal information
Full name Luca John Connell
Date of birth (2001-04-20) 20 April 2001 (age 17)
Place of birth Liverpool, England
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Defender / Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Bolton Wanderers
Number 48
Youth career
2010– Bolton Wanderers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2019– Bolton Wanderers 2 (0)
National team
2018 Republic of Ireland U17 4 (0)
2018– Republic of Ireland U18 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:04, 5 February 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 6 January 2019

Luca John Connell (born 20 April 2001) is a professional footballer who plays as a defender or midfielder for Bolton Wanderers in the EFL Championship.

He has represented the Republic of Ireland at under-17 and under-18 levels.


Bolton Wanderers[edit]

Early years[edit]

Connell joined Bolton Wanderers at the age of nine.[1] He joined the under-18s as a first-year scholar for the 2017–18 season, and was promoted to the under-23s for the 2018–19 campaign.[2]

2018–19 season[edit]

On 5 January 2019, Connell made his competitive debut in a 5–2 win over Walsall in the FA Cup Third Round as an 89th minute substitute replacing Luke Murphy.[3] Two weeks later, he was named as unused substitute in a 2–0 league defeat to West Bromwich Albion.[4] On 25 January, Connell started his first senior game in a 2–1 defeat to Bristol City in the FA Cup Fourth Round and assisted Mark Beevers' goal.[5] He was rewarded with a league debut four days later in a 1–1 draw against Reading.[6]

International career[edit]

In August 2017, Connell was invited to train with the Republic of Ireland under-17 squad.[2] On 21 March 2018, Connell made his international debut at under-17 level in a 3–0 win against Macedonia. Three days later, he featured in a 2–0 victory against Georgia. In May 2018, Connell made two appearances in the 2018 UEFA European Under-17 Championship group stages, playing in wins against Denmark and Bosnia and Herzegovina.[7]

He was called up to the under-18s for the first time in November 2018, and made his debut in a 2–1 win against Belgium. In the following days, Connell started in a 3–1 defeat to England and 1–0 win against the Netherlands.[8]


  1. ^ Iles, Marc (20 July 2018). "Liverpool and Everton's loss is Wanderers' gain, says Under-18s boss". The Bolton News. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  2. ^ a b Norris, Emma (8 August 2017). "Academy trio selected to train with their respective nations' youth sides". Bolton Wanderers FC. Retrieved 30 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Bolton Wanderers 5–2 Walsall". BBC Sport. 5 January 2019. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  4. ^ Freeman, Jay (21 January 2019). "Bolton Wanderers 0–2 West Bromwich Albion". BBC Sport. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Bristol City 2–1 Bolton Wanderers". BBC Sport. 25 January 2019. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Bolton Wanderers 1–1 Reading". BBC Sport. 29 January 2019. Retrieved 30 January 2019.
  7. ^ "Under-17 - Luca Connell". UEFA. Retrieved 30 January 2019.
  8. ^ O'Gara, Mikey (16 November 2018). "International round-up: Luca Connell represents Republic of Ireland U18s". Bolton Wanderers FC. Retrieved 30 January 2019.

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