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Richard Stearman
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Personal information
Full name Richard James Michael Stearman
Date of birth 19 August 1987 (1987-08-19) (age 22)
Place of birth    Wolverhampton, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Centre Back, Right back
Club information
Current club Wolverhampton Wanderers
Number 5
Youth career
1998–2004 Leicester City
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
2004–2008
2008–
Leicester City
Wolverhampton Wanderers
116 (7)
048 (2)   
National team2
2008–2009 England U21 004 (0)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 12 November 2009.
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 21:10, 29 June 2009 (UTC).
* Appearances (Goals)

Richard James Michael Stearman (born 19 August 1987) is an English football defender, who plays for Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers. He is a versatile defender, being able to play in any defensive slot although primarily a right back or centre half.[1]

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Career

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Leicester City

Stearman, born in Wolverhampton and raised in Leicestershire, joined the Leicester City youth academy in 1998 having been spotted playing for his local side Harborough Town.[2] Equally adept at playing at right-back or centre-back, he signed his first professional contract in 2004, shortly after having won Leicester's Young Player of the Year award in 2003–04.

Stearman made his senior debut aged 17, on 30 October 2004 in a goalless draw at Cardiff, and finished his first season with 8 appearances. He became a first team regular in 2005–06, and attracted a bid from Sunderland, rejected by then-manager Rob Kelly, who said he was unwilling to part with one of his players he considered a hot prospect.[3] He remained with the club for two more seasons, and won both Player of the Year and Player's Player of the Year awards in 2007–08.[4 ]

Wolverhampton Wanderers

After Leicester were relegated to League One, Stearman signed for Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers on 25 June 2008 in a four year deal.[5] He made his debut for Wolves in a 2–2 draw at Plymouth Argyle on 9 August 2008. Towards the latter end of 2008 saw Stearman partnering England under-21's team-mate Michael Mancienne in defence. After a poor run of form, Mick McCarthy dropped him to the bench to be replaced by the experienced Jody Craddock for the promotion run in. Wolves went on to concede only one goal in five games keeping Stearman on the bench. On 3 May, he scored his first goal for the club, an injury time winner against Doncaster Rovers,[6] and received a championship winners medal.

On 29 August 2009 Stearman scored his first Premier League goal against Hull City.[7] With regular right back Kevin Foley out injured, Stearman had an extended run in the starting eleven, deputising at left back on several occasions.

International

Stearman has represented England at Under-17 level in the 2004 European Championships and also at the Under-18 level. He was first called up by the England under-21 squad in November 2007 for the 2009 European Championship qualifiers, however he was an unused substitute in the games. He later received a second call-up from the under-21s when he was selected for a European Championship qualifier against Portugal in September 2008.[8] However, he was again an unused substitute in the game, and again in the qualifying play-offs against Wales in October 2008.[9]

He finally made his debut in a 2–0 friendly win over the Czech Republic under-21s on 18 November 2008, and a 3–2 defeat to Ecuador on 11 February 2009. Stuart Pearce included him in the squad for the 2009 UEFA U21 championships when centre half and captain Steven Taylor withdrew due to injury.[10]

Honours

Wolverhampton Wanderers

References

  1. ^ "Richard Stearman says he'll play wherever he is needed for Wolverhampton Wanderers Premier fight". birminghammail.net. 10 November 2009. http://www.birminghammail.net/birmingham-sport/wolverhampton-wanderers-fc/wolves-fc-news/2009/11/10/richard-stearman-says-he-ll-play-wherever-he-is-needed-for-wolverhampton-wanderers-premier-fight-97319-25132244/.  
  2. ^ "Leicester City step up search for stars of the future". Leicester Mercury. 29 May 2009. http://www.thisisleicestershire.co.uk/news/Leicester-City-step-search-stars-future/article-1032235-detail/article.html.  
  3. ^ Leicester reject bid for Stearman, BBC Sport 2006-08-31.
  4. ^ "Stearman proud of awards double". BBC Sport. 2008-04-30. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/l/leicester_city/7375177.stm.  
  5. ^ Stearman swaps Foxes for Wolves, BBC Sport 2008-06-25.
  6. ^ "Wolves 1-0 Doncaster". BBC. 3 May 2009. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_div_1/8015237.stm. Retrieved 26 October 2009.  
  7. ^ "Wolverhampton 1 - 1 Hull". BBC. 29 August 2009. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_prem/8224032.stm. Retrieved 26 October 2009.  
  8. ^ "Stearman called up for England Under-21s". wolves.co.uk. 2008-09-02. http://www.wolves.premiumtv.co.uk/page/News/0,,10307~1382872,00.html.  
  9. ^ "England Under-21 Call-up For Stearman". wolves.co.uk. 2008-10-07. http://www.wolves.premiumtv.co.uk/page/News/0,,10307~1414873,00.html.  
  10. ^ "England Under-21s hit by injuries". BBC Sport. 1 June 2009. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/internationals/8070858.stm.  

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Awards
Preceded by
N/A
Leicester City
Academy Player of the Year

2004
Succeeded by
Alan Sheehan
Preceded by
Iain Hume
Leicester City
Player of the Season

2008
Succeeded by
Steve Howard
Preceded by
Patrick Kisnorbo
Leicester City
Players' Player of the Season

2008
Succeeded by
Matty Fryatt

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