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Daniel 'Dan' Gosling (born 2 February 1990) is an English footballer who plays for Everton as a centre midfielder right midfielder or right fullback. He is a versatile player, having operated as a box-to-box midfielder for Everton on several occasions and occasionally deputised at right back to accommodate substitutions.

Career

Plymouth Argyle

Gosling was spotted by Plymouth Argyle scouts when he was playing in the under-12 side of hometown club Brixham United. On 9 December 2006, at age 16 years and 310 days, he made his professional debut against Hull City, coming on as a first-half substitute for injured Captain Paul Wotton and became the fourth youngest debutant. His full debut came on New Year's Day 2007 against Southampton at Home Parkmarker. He proved his versatility in a solid performance, by moving from right-midfield to right-back after an early injury to defender Mathias Kouo-Doumbe.

Gosling established himself as a regular in the reserve team, and his impressive performances were noticed by manager Ian Holloway. At the beginning of March 2007 he trained for a week with Premiership club Chelsea along with team-mates Luke Summerfield and Scott Sinclair. That same year he was named The Herald's Young Sports Personality of the Year in 2007.

Everton

On 3 January 2008 it was announced that Gosling was to sign for Premier League team Everton from Plymouth, days after Everton's Lukas Jutkiewicz was loaned to the Pilgrims. Gosling's signing for Everton was finalised on January 14, 2008, and he was assigned the squad number 32. His first-team debut came in a 1–0 away victory against against , and his first goal for the club came two days later in a 3–0 victory over at Goodison Parkmarker. After match, he was given a standing ovation by his own teammates in the dressing room.

On 4 February 2009, Gosling came on as a substitute and scored the only goal in the FA Cup fourth round replay at Goodison Parkmarker against arch-rivals Liverpool in the 118th minute. An error by live broadcasters ITV during the match meant the goal was missed by millions of TV viewers, including Gosling's mother Hilary. The goal scored against Liverpool was then voted Evertons 'Goal of the Season' - voted by the fans of Everton FC. He went on to play in the 2009 FA Cup Final, coming on as a second half substitute.

For the 2009-10 season, Gosling was given the number 19 when Portuguese left back Nuno Valente was released. On the 23 September Carling Cup match against Hull City, he started the match and played all 90 minutes as Everton thrashed the Tigers 4-0, scoring a goal. This season has seen him turn out for the reserve team on several occasions. He scored against the Burnley reserves on 26 August. He was handed his second league start of the season on 8 November away at West Ham United and scored the winning goal in a 2-1 win.

International career

Gosling earned himself a call-up to the England Under-17s squad for the UEFA European U17 Championship Qualifying Round in Bosnia at the end of March 2007 after displaying good form for the Pilgrims, and was also included in the England U17 squad for the 2007 European Championships in Belgiummarker. England finished twenty-third in that tournament, qualifying for the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup, with Gosling also making the tournament squad. He was promoted to the under-19 squad for the 2008 European Championships.

In the summer of 2009, Gosling was called up for the final squad to participate in the U19 European Championship and started in every game. He scored a goal against Ukraine in the group stage match to give England the lead but Ukraine equalised to draw 2-2. England ended the tournament as runners-up to Ukraine.

Gosling was called up to the England U21 squad for the first time as a replacement for injured clubmate Jack Rodwell. He was named as a substitute in Stuart Pearce's 18-man squad for the double qualifier against Portugal on 14 November and Lithuania three days later. He made his debut in the match when he came on as an extra time substitute for Fabian Delph against Portugal.

References

  1. Dan Gosling earns standing ovation from team-mates after Everton debut
  2. Hull City vs Everton
  3. Everton Reserves 3 Burnley Reserves 0
  4. TheFA.com - Peacock names squad
  5. Gosling nets for England


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