Thomas Cruise (footballer)
|Full name||Thomas Daniel Cruise|
|Date of birth||9 March 1991|
|Place of birth||Islington, London, England|
|Height||1.74 m (5 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
|2010–2011||→ Carlisle United (loan)||3||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 27 April 2015 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 1 August 2010 (UTC)
Thomas Daniel Cruise or Tom Cruise (born 9 March 1991) is an English professional footballer who, until recently, played for Torquay United. He is a product of Arsenal Academy who came to prominence during 2008–09 FA Youth Cup. He can play as a central defender, left back or left midfielder.
Cruise joined in and made his debut for Arsenal F.C. Reserves in November 2007. Through Arsenal Academy, Cruise was a member of the FA Youth Cup winning team in 2008–09. On 9 December 2009, with Arsenal having qualified for the knockout stage of the 2009–10 UEFA Champions League as winners of Group H, manager Arsène Wenger played a number of youth players in the final group match against Olympiacos. Cruise started the match, giving him his first and only senior appearance for the club, playing the whole game. On 3 November 2010, he joined Football League One side Carlisle United on loan. On 17 June 2011, Arsenal's website announced; "Arsenal Football Club can confirm that Mark Randall, Thomas Cruise and Roarie Deacon will reach the end of their contracts with the Club this month to become free agents."
Following his release from Arsenal, Cruise had a trial with Serie B side Sampdoria, with sports chief, Pasquale Sensibile claiming he "was impressed with his technique and versatility." Cruise also had a trial at League One side Scunthorpe United in late 2011. On 20 February 2012,Major League Soccer (MLS) side New England Revolution claimed Cruise was training at the club for a two-week trial with a move to the New England Revolution. On June 2012, he signed a one-year deal with Torquay United. On 24 May 2013, he signed a new one-year deal with Torquay. It was announced in April 2015, that Cruise and a number of other players would be released from the club.
In 2016 he began training to become an accountant.
In 2007, he was called up to the England under-17 team. In October 2007, Cruise took part in the first round of qualifying for 2008 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship, however he was replaced for the second round of qualifying in March 2008 due to an injury.
He was part of England U19 squad that reached the semi-finals of 2010 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship and subsequently qualified for 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Colombia as a result of finishing at least third in the group stages.
- As of 22 May 2011.
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Other||Total|
|Carlisle United (loan)||2010–11||3||0||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||0||8||0|
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