Rhian Brewster

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Rhian Brewster
Personal information
Full name Rhian Joel Brewster[1]
Date of birth (2000-04-01) 1 April 2000 (age 18)
Place of birth Chadwell Heath, London, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[1]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Liverpool
Number 24
Youth career
2008–2014 Chelsea
2014– Liverpool
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2017– Liverpool 0 (0)
National team
2016–2017 England U16 4 (4)
2016–2017 England U17 22 (20)
2017– England U18 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Rhian Joel Brewster (born 1 April 2000) is an English professional footballer who plays as a striker for Premier League club Liverpool and the England U17 national football team. In 2017, he was part of the England squad which won the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup and achieved the Golden Boot award as the tournament's top scorer.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born and raised in the London area, Brewster attended school at Chadwell Heath Primary School before joining the Chadwell Heath and Shield Football academies.[2] At the age of seven, he was spotted by scouts from Chelsea, Arsenal, West Ham and Charlton. He joined Chelsea and developed his game under coach Michael Beale in the club's academy until the age of 14 when he left to join Premier League rivals Liverpool.[2][3]

Liverpool[edit]

In 2015, Liverpool signed Brewster from Chelsea following a recommendation by Beale, who had taken up a position with the club, Brewster's father believing that he had a better chance of breaking through to the first team in the Reds' youth system.[2][4][5] He joined the club's U18 side before being promoted to the U23 squad, where he scored on his debut against Ipswich Town.[6] During his time with the club's academy, Brewster was placed on a special training regime which included one-on-one sessions with former Liverpool and Real Madrid winger, Steve McManaman.[3]

Brewster was then called up by manager Jürgen Klopp to the first-team for club friendlies in October and November 2016 during which he scored a hat-trick against Accrington Stanley.[4][7] Later that season, he was named on the bench for Liverpool's Premier League game against Crystal Palace on 23 April 2017, but remained an unused substitute.[8] The following season, during Liverpool's UEFA Youth League match against Spartak Moscow, Brewster was the victim of alleged racist comments from Spartak's captain, Leonid Mironov. An investigation into the incident was opened by UEFA after the match and Brewster later said in an interview with The Guardian that it had been the seventh such instance he had experienced, including once before against the same opposition.[9][10] UEFA later ruled that there was insufficient evidence to take further action against Mironov.[11]

On 12 January 2018, during an U23 match against Manchester City, Brewster received oxygen and had to be stretchered off the field after landing awkwardly following an aerial challenge.[12] He was later diagnosed with a high ankle sprain and related ligament damage and was ruled out for the remainder of the season.[13][14] In March, he had to undergo a second operation in order to repair damage to his knee which he sustained during the same incident.[15] Towards the end of the season, Brewster was the subject of intense transfer speculation which culminated in Liverpool cancelling a scheduled friendly against Borussia Mönchengladbach after the German club were alleged to have tapped him up.[16]

In June 2018, he signed a five-year professional contract with Liverpool.[17]

International career[edit]

Brewster is an England youth international and has represented the nation at various youth levels but remains eligible to play for Turkey and Cyprus as his mother is Turkish Cypriot.[18][19]

England national youth teams[edit]

Having previously represented England at U16 level, Brewster scored six goals in five appearances for England U17 in 2016, including a hat-trick against Croatia and a brace against Germany.[4] He then led the nation's attack at 2017 UEFA European Under-17 Championship and featured in the final against Spain. England ultimately lost on penalties with Brewster one of the players who missed his spot-kick.[3][20] He ended the tournament with a return of three goals in six appearances.[21]

Later that year, Brewster gained widespread press attention [22] after scoring successive hat-tricks against the USA and Brazil in the quarter-final and semi-finals of the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup.[3][23][24][25] He then scored England's opening goal in the final as the team overcame Spain 5-2 to claim the trophy.[26] Brewster's return of eight goals for the tournament saw him win the Golden Boot award for the top scorer and he was also awarded the Bronze Ball for his individual performances.[27] In December 2017, Brewster revealed in an interview with The Guardian that his teammate Morgan Gibbs-White was racially abused by a Spanish player during the match with the FA reporting the incident to FIFA.[28]

Honours[edit]

England U17

Individual

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "2017 Under-17 World Cup squad lists" (PDF). FIFA. Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 October 2017. Retrieved 31 October 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Chowdhury, Saj (25 October 2017). "Rhian Brewster: 'I've never seen a player like him before'". BBC. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d Hunter, Andy (26 October 2017). "Rhian Brewster: England U17's natural finisher on the fast-track at Liverpool". Guardian. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  4. ^ a b c Lusby, Jack (24 January 2017). "Rhian Brewster: Liverpool academy forward set for a breakthrough 2017". This is Anfield. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  5. ^ Kelly, Andy (4 October 2016). "Rhian Brewster — who is the Liverpool youngster who scored five in two games for England?". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 21 April 2017.
  6. ^ Pearce, James (6 March 2017). "Liverpool youngster Rhian Brewster on snubbing Chelsea, sleepless nights and being inspired by Suarez". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  7. ^ Kelly, Andy (13 November 2016). "Gomez ends Liverpool injury nightmare". Liverpool Echo.
  8. ^ "Liverpool 1–2 Crystal Palace". BBC Sport. 23 April 2017. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  9. ^ Taylor, Daniel (28 December 2017). "Liverpool's Rhian Brewster: 'When I'm racially abused, I just want to be left alone'". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  10. ^ "Rhian Brewster: England and Liverpool striker alleges racial abuse". BBC Sport. 29 December 2017. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  11. ^ Pearce, James (7 March 2018). "Liverpool praise Rhian Brewster for courage during UEFA investigation". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  12. ^ Jones, Adam (12 January 2018). "Rhian Brewster stretchered off during Liverpool U23s match against Man City". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  13. ^ Kelly, Andy (15 January 2018). "Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster confirmed with ligament damage". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  14. ^ Kelly, Andy (25 January 2018). "Highly-rated Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster likely to miss rest of the season". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 25 January 2018.
  15. ^ Pearce, James (7 March 2018). "Liverpool youngster Rhian Brewster undergoes second operation on ankle injury". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  16. ^ "Liverpool cancel Borussia Mönchengladbach game over Rhian Brewster". Sky Sports. 19 May 2018. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  17. ^ "Rhian Brewster: Liverpool forward agrees new contract". BBC Sport. 18 June 2018. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  18. ^ Sarigul, Emre (23 April 2017). "Exclusive: Liverpool wonder-kid Rhian Brewster can represent Turkey". Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  19. ^ "Hülya Hassan: Rhian hat-trick yapınca ağladım". Halkın Sesi. 7 November 2017. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  20. ^ "Spot-on Spain claim record third U17 EURO title". UEFA. 19 May 2017. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  21. ^ "Uner-17 - Rhian Brewster". UEFA. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  22. ^ "For England's Next Generation, Shine of Youth Trophies Only Carries So Far". 28 December 2017. Retrieved 28 December 2017 – via www.nytimes.com.
  23. ^ Harris, Daniel (25 October 2017). "England in U17 World Cup final after Rhian Brewster hat-trick sinks Brazil". The Guardian.
  24. ^ Selvaraj, Jonathan. "Brewster announces himself with complete performance against U.S." ESPN.
  25. ^ "England have reached another World Cup final". The Independent. 25 October 2017.
  26. ^ a b Unwin, Will (28 October 2017). "England Under-17s overwhelm Spain to land spectacular World Cup win". Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  27. ^ a b c "Brazao, Brewster and Foden lead individual honours". FIFA. 28 October 2017. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  28. ^ Taylor, Daniel (28 December 2017). "Liverpool's Rhian Brewster: 'When I'm racially abused, I just want to be left alone'". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 December 2017.