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Dan Gosling
Personal information
Full name Daniel Gosling
Date of birth 2 February 1990 (1990-02-02) (age 20)
Place of birth Brixham, England
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder, Right back
Club information
Current club Everton
Number 19
Youth career
Plymouth Argyle
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 Plymouth Argyle 22 (2)
2008– Everton 21 (4)
National team
2006–2007 England U17 12 (1)
2008 England U18 1 (0)
2008–2009 England U19 9 (1)
2009– England U21 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:34, 14 March 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19:39, 14 November 2009 (UTC)

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.




Plymouth Argyle

Gosling was spotted by Plymouth Argyle scouts when he was playing in the under-12 side of hometown club Brixham United.[1] 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 Park. 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[2] 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.[3]


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.[4] Gosling's signing for Everton was finalised on January 14, 2008, and he was assigned the squad number 32.[5] He was sent to the Reserves and did not make a first team appearance for the rest of the season. His first-team debut came in a 1–0 away victory against against Middlesbrough,[6] and his first goal for the club came two days later in a 3–0 victory over Sunderland at Goodison Park.[7] After match, he was given a standing ovation by his own teammates in the dressing room.[8]

On 4 February 2009, Gosling came on as a substitute and scored the only goal in the FA Cup fourth round replay at Goodison Park against crosstown rivals Liverpool in the 118th minute.[9] An error by live broadcasters ITV during the match meant the goal was missed by millions of TV viewers,[10] including Gosling's mother Hilary.[11] 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. Moyes praised the nineteen-year-old and stated his desire to protect him from over-exposure to the media.[12]

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.[13] This season has seen him turn out for the reserve team on several occasions. He scored against the Burnley reserves on 26 August.[14] Though mostly on the bench for league games, he was in the starting eleven for most of the Carling Cup and Europa League matches. 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.[15] On 2 December away at AEK Athens, he was stretchered off early in the first half with a hamstring injury.On the 20th of February he scored against Manchester United when they won 3-1.

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,[16] and was also included in the England U17 squad for the 2007 European Championships in Belgium[17]. England finished twenty-third in that tournament, qualifying for the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup, with Gosling also making the tournament squad.[18][19] 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.[20] England ended the tournament as runners-up to Ukraine.[21]

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.[22][23] He made his debut in the match when he came on as an extra time substitute for Fabian Delph against Portugal.[24][25]

Career Statistics

Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Plymouth Argyle Championship 2006-07 12 2 2 0 0 0 - - 14 2
2007-08 10 0 0 0 0 0 - - 10 0
Everton Premier League 2007-08 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008-09 11 2 6 1 0 0 0 0 17 3
2009-10 8 2 0 0 2 1 7 0 17 3
Total 41 6 8 1 2 1 7 0 58 8

Last updated 2 December 2009


  1. ^ "Gosling ready for FA Cup final". Western Morning News. 30 May 2009. 
  2. ^ "Chelsea look at Argyle teenagers". BBC Sport. 1 March 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-18. 
  3. ^ "James hoping to see Gosling star in FA Cup". Cornish Guardian. 29 May 2009. 
  4. ^ "Blues confirm Gosling deal". Retrieved 2008-01-03. 
  5. ^ Gamble, Matthew. "Gosling deal finalised". Retrieved 2008-01-14. 
  6. ^ McNulty, Phil (2008-12-26). "Middlesbrough 0-1 Everton". BBC Sport Online. Retrieved 2009-02-09. 
  7. ^ McNulty, Phil (2008-12-28). "Everton 3-0 Sunderland". BBC Sport Online. Retrieved 2009-02-09. 
  8. ^ "Dan Gosling earns standing ovation from team-mates after debut Everton goal". Liverpool Echo. 29 December 2008. 
  9. ^ McNulty, Phil (4 February 2009). "Everton 1-0 Liverpool (aet)". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2009-02-04. 
  10. ^ Scott, Matt (2009-02-05). "ITV apologises after cameras miss only goal in Merseyside derby". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-02-09. 
  11. ^ "Dan Gosling's mother missed Everton goal due to ITV advertising blunder". 6 February 2009. 
  12. ^ "Moyes vows to protect Rodwell and Gosling from over-exposure". The Guardian. 19 February 2009. 
  13. ^ Hull City vs Everton
  14. ^ Everton Reserves 3 Burnley Reserves 0
  15. ^ "West Ham United 1-2 Everton". 8 November 2009.,,12306~48364,00.html. Retrieved 8 November 2009. 
  16. ^ "Peacock calls on Gosling". The FA. Retrieved 2007-07-18. 
  17. ^ "UEFA European U-17 C'ship - Teams - England". UEFA. Retrieved 2007-07-18. 
  18. ^ - Peacock names squad
  19. ^ "Trouble in Gosling's nest". 17 August 2007. 
  20. ^ Gosling nets for England
  21. ^ "England Under-19 0-2 Ukraine Under-19". 2 August 2009. 
  22. ^ "England's starting eleven v Portugal". 14 November 2009. 
  23. ^ "Dan Gosling hoping to grab second England U21 cap". 17 November 2009. 
  24. ^ "Everton FC's Dan Gosling caps perfect week with his first England Under-21 call-up". 11 November 2009. 
  25. ^ "Former coach praises star Gosling". 11 November 2009. Retrieved 2 January 2010. 

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