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Jack Christian Rodwell (born 11 March 1991 in Southportmarker, Englandmarker) is an English football currently playing for Everton. Primarily a defensive midfielder, Rodwell has represented his country at Under-16, Under-17, Under-19 and Under 21 levels.

Club career

Rodwell joined as a child, making his Under-18s debut at 14 and his debut for Everton's reserve team at the age of 15. Rodwell then broke a record on his senior debut becoming the youngest player to represent Everton in Europe when he came on as a substitute against Dutchmarker team AZ at the age of 16 years and 284 days.

In March 2008, he appeared as a substitute on his Premier League debut - before also featuring as a replacement in the final game of the season, replacing Tim Cahill in a 1–0 victory over Sunderland, and signed his first professional contract with Everton on 17 March, 2008. He made his first professional start against Blackburn Roversmarker on 16 August 2008, playing the full 90 minutes. Rodwell scored his first senior goal for Everton in the FA Cup against in February 2009. That same month, he signed a 5-year contract with Everton, which expires in 2014.

At the beginning of the 2009–10 season, Rodwell earned his first start in European competition in a Europa League game against Czechmarker football club SK Sigma Olomouc. Rodwell marked the occasion by scoring two long-range goals, helping Everton to a 4–0 win.

Although Rodwell has been primarily deployed as a defensive midfielder, he is regarded as having the potential to become a top centre back in the future. Hes been linked with numerous moves to teams playing in champions league, including Manchester United on numerous occasions as a potential replacement for the aging Rio Ferdinand.

International career

In December 2006, Rodwell captained the England Under-16 side to Victory Shield glory, following a 2–1 victory over Scotland. Four months later he struck the first winning goal at Wembley Stadiummarker for England in a 1–0 win over Spain. On 25 March 2008, Rodwell scored England U17's only goal as they drew 1–1 with France in a 2008 UEFA European U17 Football Championship qualifier.

In March 2009, Rodwell was called up to the England U21 squad. He earned his first U21 cap against France and scored his first goal for the squad on 8 June 2009 against Azerbaijan. Rodwell earned his first start at U21 level during the 2009 European Championship in a match against Germany, scoring a goal and earning praise for his all-around performance in a defensive midfield role.

Personal life

Rodwell is the nephew of the former Blackpool winger Tony Rodwell. Rodwell was dating ex hollyoak actress and model Mellisa Reeves but according to the sun dumped her after a photo shoot and claiming " he did not want to be in the limelight for the wrong reasons" .

Honours

England U16:


Everton F.C


England U21:


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