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Frank Fielding
Personal information
Full name Francis David Fielding
Date of birth April 4, 1988 (1988-04-04) (age 21)
Place of birth    Blackburn, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current club Blackburn Rovers
Number 34
Youth career
2004–2007 Blackburn Rovers
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
2007–
2007
2008
2008
2009
2009
Blackburn Rovers
Wycombe Wanderers (loan)
Wycombe Wanderers (loan)
Northampton Town (loan)
Rochdale (loan)
Leeds United (loan)
00 (0)
15 (0)
21 (0)
15 (0)
25 (0)
00 (0)   
National team2
2006–2008
2008–
England U19
England U21
02 (0)
02 (0)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 14:10, 3 February 2009 (UTC).
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 02:37, 12 August 2009 (UTC).
* Appearances (Goals)

Francis David Fielding (born 4 April 1988 in Blackburn, Lancashire) is an England Under-21 international football goalkeeper. He is currently playing his club football for English Premier League side Blackburn Rovers whom he came through the academy back in 2004 during his youth career stretching from 2004 up to 2007. He was then classed as a Blackburn Rovers senior player for the start of the 2009-2010 campaign with the shirt number 34.

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Club career

Fielding is a product of Blackburn Rovers Academy. He joined League Two side Wycombe Wanderers on 28 September 2007 on a three-month loan deal alongside Bolton Wanderers' Polish goalkeeper Przemyslaw Kazimierczak. The deal was made due to Wycombe having injury problems with both first team goalkeepers Scott Shearer and Jamie Young. Fielding made his debut a day after signing on loan, keeping a clean sheet in a 1–0 win at Bradford City. His loan was extended until the end of the season on 10 January 2008 and he managed to keep his place after the return to fitness of Jamie Young.[1]

He then joined Northampton Town on loan on 9 September.[2]

He made his England U21 debut, replacing the injured Joe Lewis, in the 33rd minute at Bramall Lane against the Czech Republic on 18 November. His debut was notable because he had just participated in a FA Cup match with Northampton Town the day before. He then returned to Blackburn on 12 December, before joining Rochdale on loan on 6 January 2009. He featured in the Play Off Match against Gillingham where Rochdale failed to secure a place in the final.[3] On 2 February, Fielding extended his stay with Rochdale until the end of the 2008–09 season.[4]

On 29 September 2009, Fielding joined Leeds United on loan on a one-month emergency loan. Understudy Casper Ankergren is set to play a few games after Shane Higgs was ruled out with a thigh injury. So Fielding is set to act as backup to Ankergren whilst Higgs is injured. Fielding was named as an unused substitute in Leeds' game against Carlisle.[5] Fielding was unavailable for Leeds' Football League Trophy game against Darlington as he was called up to England national under-21 football team. Fielding played his first game in Leeds United colours for Leeds Reserves against Hartlepool Reserves on 13 October. On 26 October, Leeds announced they would not be renewing Fieldings loan and he returned to Blackburn.

International career

He made his England U21 debut, replacing the injured Joe Lewis, in the 33rd minute at Bramall Lane against the Czech Republic on 18 November. He was given his England Under-21 debut in the same game as former Leeds midfielder Fabian Delph. He went on to play for England U21's one more time after making his debut, leaving him on two caps.

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