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David Andrew Platt (born 10 June 1966 in Oldhammarker, Lancashiremarker) is a former Englishmarker footballer, who played in midfield.

Playing career

Early career

Platt signed for Manchester United as an apprentice on leaving school in 1982. He signed professional at the start of the 1984-85 season but was given a free transfer in January 1985 as a result of a staff-cutting exercise by manager Ron Atkinson.

Dario Gradi then signed Platt for Crewe Alexandramarker in the Fourth Division. He quickly established himself as a strong-running, free-scoring midfielder. In 1988, he signed for Aston Villa, and in his first season at Villa Parkmarker he helped the club achieve promotion to the First Division, one season after they had been relegated.

He was a frequent goalscorer for Villa, and in 1989-90 took them to the brink of the league title. Although they had to settle for runners-up spot behind Liverpool, Platt was voted PFA Player of the Year.

International breakthrough

Platt was given his first England cap by Bobby Robson in a friendly against Italy in 1989. When Bobby Robson named his 22 players for the 1990 FIFA World Cup.

Platt was on the bench for all of England's group games, but was sent on as an extra time substitute in the second round game against Belgium. He responded by scoring a memorable volley on the turn in the very last minute of extra time - his first goal for his country, and also the latest goal ever (excluding deciding penalties) in World Cup history - sending England into the quarter finals.

With captain Bryan Robson suffering an injury, Platt started the next game - a quarter-final tie against Cameroon - as his replacement, and scored the opening goal in a 3-2 victory. He also appeared in the semi-final against West Germany which went to a penalty shootout after finishing 1-1. Platt had a goal disallowed in extra time, and scored England's third penalty, but the next two were not converted and England went out of the tournament. Platt ended the competition on a personal high by scoring his third goal of the finals in a 2-1 defeat by Italy in the third place play-off.

The post-tournament hype for team-mate Paul Gascoigne meant that Platt's own outstanding World Cup was not tainted or affected by massive media reaction. He quietly settled back into his captain's role at Villa and retained his starting place in the England team, now managed by Graham Taylor, his former manager at Villa.

Platt became England's most consistent performer of the early 1990s, scoring goals with frequency from midfield and proving an inspirational leader. He was captain for much of this period, though Tony Adams also skippered the side.

In the Euro 92 tournament, England failed to win any of their group games and crashed out, with Platt scoring their only goal of the competition in a 2-1 defeat against Sweden. The squad then failed, despite Platt's continuing drive from midfield, to qualify for the 1994 FIFA World Cup and Taylor quit. His replacement, Terry Venables, kept Platt in his squads (indeed, Platt scored the first England goal in the Venables era) but by the time Euro 96 came round, Platt had to settle for a place on the bench, with Paul Ince and Gascoigne getting the midfield roles and Adams the captaincy.

Platt appeared as a substitute in most of the Euro 96 games, and started the quarter final against Spain as Ince was suspended. In the semi-final, he once again scored in a penalty shoot-out against Germany, but equally similarly, ended up on the losing side. Platt retired from international football soon afterwards, having been capped 62 times and scored 27 goals since his debut against Italy in 1989.

Italian move

Meanwhile, his abilities as a footballer had in 1991 taken him from Aston Villa to Italy, where he successfully turned out for Bari, Juventus and Sampdoria, costing many millions of pounds in transfer fees. Platt won the UEFA Cup with Juventus in 1993 and the Coppa Italia (Italian Cup) with Sampdoria in 1994 under coach Sven-Göran Eriksson.

Last seasons with Arsenal

Arsenal then signed him in 1995 and he finally won English domestic honours in the game three years later as part of the squad which won both the FA Premier League and the FA Cup in 1997-1998 season. The match David Platt is most remembered for, in this season, was his 83rd minute header against Manchester United in November 1997, helping Arsenal to a 3-2 victory over their closest rivals and keeping Arsenal in the title race.

Platt suddenly announced his retirement from playing in the summer of 1998.

Coaching and media career

Within months of leaving Arsenal, Platt returned to Sampdoria as Head Coach, a controversial stint which ended prematurely, with other clubs protesting that Platt did not have the appropriate coaching qualifications for managing in Serie A. Platt resigned before Sampdoria were relegated to Serie B.

In July 1999 Platt was appointed manager of Nottingham Forest, who had just been relegated from the Premier League. He actually made a playing comeback in the 1999-2000 season, playing three Division One games.

He was manager at the City Groundmarker for two seasons, but had little success despite spending several million pounds on players who did not perform well and plunging the club into large sums of debt. Platt's tenure at Forest was marred by disagreements with several experienced, long-serving players, leading to them being isolated from the first-team picture and subsequently released by the club. He is still hugely unpopular with many Forest fans who blame him for the club's decline on and off the field during the 2000s, which culminated in relegation to the league's third tier four years after his departure.

Platt was appointed manager of the England Under-21 side on 17 July 2001, which brought a little more success than his stint at Forest. He guided them to qualification for the U-21 European Championships in 2002. He left this role after failing to qualify for the 2004 tournament and was succeeded by Peter Taylor. Platt is now seen as a media pundit often for England U21 matches.

He writes a regular column for FourFourTwo magazine, commenting on tactics.

Platt is strongly being rumoured to be linking up with his old Manager at Notts County F. C., Sven Goran Eriksson, who is Director Of Football at the Meadow Lane Club. However the club have categorically denied he will be offered the position and Peter Taylor has been installed as the bookies favourite..

Career statistics



International goals



Honours

As a player

Crewe Alexandramarker

England

Juventus

Sampdoria

Arsenal

Managerial statistics



External links



1984-85 Crewe Alexandramarker Fourth Division 22 5
1985-86 43 9
1986-87 43 22
1987-88 26 19
1987-88 Aston Villa Second Division 11 5
1988-89 First Division 38 7
1989-90 37 19
1990-91 35 19

1991-92 Bari Serie A 29 11
1992-93 Juventus Serie A 16 3
1993-94 Sampdoria Serie A 29 9
1994-95 26 8

1995-96 Arsenal Premier League 29 6 6
1996-97 28 4 1 5
1997-98 31 3 1 4
1999-00 Nottingham Forest First Division 3 0
2000-01 2 1
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Date
Venue
Opponent
Score
Result
Competition
01
26 June 1990
Stadio Renato Dall'Aramarker, Bolognamarker, Italymarker
1 – 0
1 – 0
1990 World Cup
02
1 July 1990
Stadio San Paolomarker, Naplesmarker, Italymarker
1 – 0
3 – 2
1990 World Cup
03
7 July 1990
Stadio San Nicolamarker, Barimarker, Italymarker
1 – 1
1 – 2
1990 World Cup
04
14 November 1990
Lansdowne Roadmarker, Dublinmarker, Republic of Irelandmarker
1 – 0
1 – 1
Euro 1992 Qualifying
05
21 May 1991
Wembley Stadiummarker, Londonmarker, Englandmarker
2 – 1
3 – 1
Friendly
06
21 May 1991
Wembley Stadiummarker, Londonmarker, Englandmarker
3 – 1
3 – 1
Friendly
07
25 May 1991
Wembley Stadiummarker, Londonmarker, Englandmarker
2 – 0
2 – 2
Friendly
08
17 May 1992
Wembley Stadiummarker, Londonmarker, Englandmarker
1 – 0
1 – 1
Friendly
09
3 June 1992
Helsinki Olympic Stadiummarker, Helsinkimarker, Finlandmarker
1 – 1
2 – 1
Friendly
10
3 June 1992
Helsinki Olympic Stadiummarker, Helsinkimarker, Finlandmarker
2 – 1
2 – 1
Friendly
11
17 June 1992
Råsunda Stadion, Stockholmmarker, Swedenmarker
1 – 0
1 – 2
Euro 1992
12
14 October 1992
Wembley Stadiummarker, Londonmarker, Englandmarker
1 – 0
1 – 1
1994 World Cup Qualifying
13
17 February 1993
Wembley Stadiummarker, Londonmarker, Englandmarker
1 – 0
6 – 0
1994 World Cup Qualifying
14
17 February 1993
Wembley Stadiummarker, Londonmarker, Englandmarker
2 – 0
6 – 0
1994 World Cup Qualifying
15
17 February 1993
Wembley Stadiummarker, Londonmarker, Englandmarker
3 – 0
6 – 0
1994 World Cup Qualifying
16
17 February 1993
Wembley Stadiummarker, Londonmarker, Englandmarker
5 – 0
6 – 0
1994 World Cup Qualifying
17
31 March 1993
Atatürk Olympic Stadiummarker, İzmirmarker, Turkeymarker
1 – 0
2 – 0
1994 World Cup Qualifying
18
28 April 1993
Wembley Stadiummarker, Londonmarker, Englandmarker
2 – 0
2 – 2
1994 World Cup Qualifying
19
13 June 1993
RFK Stadiummarker, Washington, D.C.marker, United Statesmarker
1 – 0
1 – 1
Friendly
20
19 June 1993
Pontiac Silverdomemarker, Detroitmarker, United Statesmarker
1 – 1
1 – 2
Friendly
21
9 March 1994
Wembley Stadiummarker, Londonmarker, Englandmarker
1 – 0
1 – 0
Friendly
22
17 May 1994
Wembley Stadiummarker, Londonmarker, Englandmarker
3 – 0
5 – 0
Friendly
23
17 May 1994
Wembley Stadiummarker, Londonmarker, Englandmarker
4 – 0
5 – 0
Friendly
24
16 November 1994
Wembley Stadiummarker, Londonmarker, Englandmarker
1 – 0
1 – 0
Friendly
25
3 June 1995
Wembley Stadiummarker, Londonmarker, Englandmarker
2 – 1
2 – 1
Friendly
26
8 June 1995
Elland Roadmarker, Leedsmarker, Englandmarker
2 – 3
3 – 3
Friendly
27
18 May 1996
Wembley Stadiummarker, Londonmarker, Englandmarker
3 – 0
3 – 0
Friendly
Team
Nat
From
To
Record
G W L D Win %
Sampdoria
1998
1999
Nottingham Forest
July 1999
July 2001
103 37 41 25 35.9
England U-21s
July 2001
2004

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