Dan Gosling

 

Name: Dan Gosling
Squad number: 15
Nationality: English
Born: 1st February, 1990, Brixham
Height: 180cm (5ft 11ins)
Weight: 78kg
Previous clubs: Plymouth Argyle, Everton
Signed: July 2010 from Everton
Newcastle United debut: 16th February, 2011 v Sunderland (away), Premier League
Position: Midfielder

 

 

Dan Gosling moved to Newcastle United from Everton on 22nd July, 2010, signing a four-year contract on Tyneside.

 

The midfielder was in the process of rehabilitation from a long-term knee injury - sustained at former club Everton - when he arrived in the North-East and returned to training in November 2010.

 

Gosling's Magpies debut came in February 2011 as a late substitute in the Tyne-Wear derby draw against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, but injury struck again almost immediately and he was ruled out of the remainder of that campaign.

 

Fully fit for the start of the 2011/12 season, and on the back of some impressive pre-season performances, Gosling went on to make 16 appearances in all competitions, including netting his first United goal, away at Manchester City.

 

That strike made him the 100th different Newcastle player to score in the Premier League.

 

 

Early Days

Gosling was spotted by Plymouth Argyle playing in the Under 12 side of hometown club Brixham United, and on 9th December, 2006, at the age of 16 years and 310 days, he made his professional debut for the Pilgrims against Hull City.

 

The Devon-born midfielder caught the eye in a range of positions for Plymouth, and spent a week training at Premier League giants Chelsea in March 2007 before, after 24 appearances at Home Park, he signed for Everton in January 2008.

 

His Toffees debut came against Middlesbrough on Boxing Day 2008, with his first senior goal arriving just two days later in a 3-0 win over Sunderland.

 

Further cameos followed but it was Gosling's infamous 118th-minute winner in an FA Cup fourth round replay against Liverpool which truly brought his name to the fore. An error by ITV meant the goal was missed by millions of viewers, but the strike was still voted Everton's Goal of the Season.

 

Having helped his side progress earlier in the competition, Gosling appeared as a substitute in the FA Cup final defeat to Chelsea, while the following season saw his campaign prematurely ended when a collision with Wolves keeper Marcus Hahnemann ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament.

 

That proved to be Gosling's last appearance for Everton.

 

 

International Career

Gosling's impressive form at Plymouth earned him a call-up to the England Under 17 squad for the UEFA European Under 17 Championship qualifying round in Bosnia at the end of March 2007. He was also later included in the England Under 17 squad for the 2007 European Championships in Belgium.

 

A member of the national Under 19 party for both the 2008 and 2009 European Championships, Gosling soon found himself part of the Under 21 set-up.

 

His debut for the Young Lions came in November 2009 against Portugal, and Gosling went on to win three caps for England Under 21s.