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John Swift (footballer, born 1995)

John David Swift (born 23 June 1995) is an English professional football midfielder who plays for Reading. He has been described as a "box-to-box player who is technically gifted with an eye for goal" and is a current England U21 international.

John Swift
John Swift, Brentford FC, December 2015.jpg
Swift playing for Brentford in 2015.
Personal information
Full name John David Swift[1]
Date of birth (1995-06-23) 23 June 1995 (age 23)
Place of birth Portsmouth, England
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Reading
Number 10
Youth career
2005–2006 Portsmouth
2006 Pace Youth
2006 Chelsea
2007–2014 Chelsea
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014–2016 Chelsea 1 (0)
2014Rotherham United (loan) 4 (0)
2015Swindon Town (loan) 18 (2)
2015–2016Brentford (loan) 27 (7)
2016– Reading 94 (13)
National team
2010 England U16 1 (0)
2011–2012 England U17 10 (0)
2012 England U18 1 (0)
2012–2014 England U19 11 (0)
2014–2015 England U20 7 (1)
2015–2017 England U21 13 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 09:40, 31 March 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:52, 30 June 2017 (UTC)

Contents

Club careerEdit

Early yearsEdit

A midfielder, Swift began his career at Soccer City in Fareham, before moving to Kickers in Eastleigh.[2] He joined local Premier League side Portsmouth in 2005, but was released after just one season.[2] He joined Chandler’s Ford Tornadoes, before spending six months with Premier League club Chelsea as an U13.[2] Upon his release he joined Pace Youth in Southampton After interest from Fulham, Portsmouth and Southampton,[3] Swift rejoined Chelsea after a successful trial in 2007.[4]

ChelseaEdit

Youth yearsEdit

While still an U15, Swift made his U18 debut during the 2009–10 season.[5] He was a part of the U15 team's success in the Junior Section of the 2010 Milk Cup, scoring in a 3–0 victory over Cruz Azul in the final.[6] Swift signed a scholarship deal at the end of the 2010–11 season and was part of the U18 team which won the 2011–12 FA Youth Cup.[5][7] He made his U21 debut towards the end of the 2011–12 season and was awarded a four-year professional contract in July 2012.[5] Swift alternated between the U18, U19 and U21 teams during the 2012–13 season and he cemented a place in the U21s the following year, scoring 9 goals in 26 appearances and winning the U21 Premier League title.[5][8]

SeniorEdit

Swift began training with the first team in the latter stages of the 2013–14 season and was rewarded for his form with the U21s by being named as a substitute for the final match of the campaign versus Cardiff City.[9] He made his professional debut when he replaced Eden Hazard in the dying minutes of the 2–1 victory.[10] Swift spent the majority of the 2014–15 season away on loan and did not receive a first team call up.[11]

Loan to Rotherham UnitedEdit

On 1 August 2014, Swift joined newly promoted Championship side Rotherham United on loan for the duration of the 2014–15 season.[12] He made his debut as a substitute on the opening day of the season in a 1–0 away defeat to Derby County, replacing Matt Derbyshire after 70 minutes.[13] He made his first start for the Millers in the following match versus Fleetwood Town in the League Cup first round,[11] lasting 66 minutes of the extra time victory before being replaced by Matt Derbyshire.[14] After two further appearances, Swift was consigned to the bench until 14 November,[11] when he returned to Chelsea after failing to "make a significant impact" at the New York Stadium.[15] He made just four appearances for the club.[16]

Loan to Swindon TownEdit

On 3 January 2015, Swift joined high-flying League One club Swindon Town on loan until the end of the 2014–15 season.[17] He began his time at the County Ground by making five consecutive starts and he scored his first professional goal on his third appearance, in a 3–1 victory over Chesterfield.[18] He netted again on 7 March, sending the Robins on their way to a 3–0 victory over Notts County.[19] A fourth-place finish saw Swindon qualify for the promotion playoffs, but Swift made just one appearance in the semi-final first leg versus Sheffield United, picking up a muscle strain,[20] which saw him ruled out of the victorious second leg and the final defeat to Preston North End.[11] He made 19 appearances and scored two goals for Swindon.[16]

Loan to BrentfordEdit

On 1 October 2015, Swift joined Championship side Brentford on a loan which was later extended until the end of the 2015–16 season.[21] He made his debut two days later as a second-half substitute for Toumani Diagouraga during a 2–0 defeat to Derby County.[22] Deployed as a right winger,[23] Swift replaced Konstantin Kerschbaumer in the starting lineup for the following match versus former side Rotherham United and scored his first goal for the Bees with the opener in a 3–0 win over Charlton Athletic on 24 October.[24] He became a regular starter and scored the first brace of his career to send the Bees on the way to a 3–0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers on 23 February 2016, subsequently being named in the Football League Team of Midweek.[24][25] After overcoming an achilles injury suffered on international duty,[26] he scored his seventh goal of the season in a 5–1 rout of Huddersfield Town on the final day.[27] Swift made 28 appearances during the season and returned to Stamford Bridge.[27][28]

ReadingEdit

Swift signed a three-year contract, with the option of an additional year, with Reading on 14 July 2016.[29] He scored on his Reading debut in a 1–0 win over Preston North End on 6 August 2016.[30]

On 27 March 2017, Swift was nominated for the EFL Young Player of the Year award along with Ryan Ledson and Ollie Watkins.[31]

On 31 July 2017, Swift signed a new five-year contract with Reading, keeping him at the club until 2022.[32]

International careerEdit

 
Swift lined up for England U17 in 2012.

Swift has represented England from U16 through to U21 level.[33] He made his international debut in a Victory Shield defeat to Wales U16 on 15 October 2010.[33] He was part of the U17 squad which won the 2011 FA International Tournament and the 2012 Algarve Tournament,[34][35] but he could not help the team to qualify for the 2012 European U17 Championship.[36] Swift made 9 appearances during the U19s' failed qualification attempts for the 2013 and 2014 European U19 Championships.[36] Moving up to U20 level for the 2014–15 season, Swift was a part of the squad which won the 2014 Four Nation Tournament and he finally scored his first international goal with the opener in a 2–1 victory over United States U20 on 29 March 2015.[37][38] Swift was called into the U20 squad for the 2015 Toulon Tournament and appeared in all of England's matches as the Young Lions finished fourth.[37] In November 2015, Swift made his U21 debut with a start in a 3–1 2017 European U21 Championship qualifying win over Switzerland .On the 25 August 2016 he was called up for Gareth Southgate's u21 side to face Norway for the qualification for the Euro Finals in Poland in the Summer of 2017.[39]

Personal lifeEdit

Swift attended Brune Park school in Gosport and lived in the town until the age of 16.[2][4]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of matches played 30 March 2019[40]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Chelsea 2013–14[41] Premier League 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2014–15[42] 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015–16[27] 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Rotherham United (loan) 2014–15[42] Championship 3 0 1 0 4 0
Swindon Town (loan) 2014–15[42] League One 18 2 1[a] 0 19 2
Brentford (loan) 2015–16[27] Championship 27 7 1 0 28 7
Reading 2016–17[43] Championship 36 8 1 0 2 1 3[b] 0 42 9
2017–18[44] 24 2 1 0 1 0 26 2
2018–19[45] 34 3 1 0 2 1 37 4
Total 94 13 3 0 5 2 3 0 105 15
Career total 142 22 4 0 6 2 4 0 156 25
  1. ^ Appearance in League One play-offs
  2. ^ Appearances in Championship play-offs

HonoursEdit

England U17

  • FA International U17 Tournament: 2011[34]
  • Algarve Tournament: 2012[35]

England U20

  • Four Nation Tournament: 2014[37]

England U21

ReferencesEdit

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  3. ^ "Chelsea prospect could make Swift Blues return". www.portsmouth.co.uk. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Chelsea starlet would love to play for Pompey fans". portsmouth.co.uk. 20 May 2014. Retrieved 24 May 2014.
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  6. ^ "Milk wins for Etoile and Chelsea". BBC. 30 July 2010. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
  7. ^ "John Swift: Making Progress". Retrieved 4 October 2015.
  8. ^ "Chelsea fight back to claim Barclays Under-21 Premier League title". www.premierleague.com. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
  9. ^ "John Swift Player Profile – ESPN FC". www.espnfc.com. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
  10. ^ "Cardiff 1 Chelsea 2". bbc.co.uk. 11 May 2014. Retrieved 11 May 2014.
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  12. ^ "Loan for Swift". chelseafc.com. Chelsea FC. Archived from the original on 1 August 2014. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
  13. ^ "Derby 1 v 0 Millers, report". themillers.co.uk. Archived from the original on 12 August 2014. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
  14. ^ "Rotherham United 1–0 Fleetwood Town (aet)". BBC. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
  15. ^ "Swift makes Chelsea return". themillers.co.uk. Retrieved 14 November 2014.
  16. ^ a b "John Swift". soccerbase.com. Retrieved 11 May 2014.
  17. ^ "Swift Joins On Loan". swindontownfc.co.uk. Swindon Town F.C. Retrieved 3 January 2015.
  18. ^ "BBC Sport – Swindon Town v Chesterfield". BBC Sport. Retrieved 17 January 2015.
  19. ^ "Swindon Town 3–0 Notts County". BBC. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
  20. ^ "PLAY-OFFS 2015: Captain Thompson a doubt for final". Swindon Advertiser. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
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  22. ^ "Derby County 2–0 Brentford". BBC. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
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  25. ^ "Sky Bet Football League Team of Midweek". www.football-league.co.uk. Retrieved 24 February 2016.
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  28. ^ Wickham, Chris. "Josh Clarke has been offered a new contract at Brentford FC". www.brentfordfc.co.uk. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  29. ^ "Swift seals Royals switch". readingfc.co.uk. Reading F.C. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
  30. ^ "Reading 1–0 Preston". BBC Sport. 6 August 2016. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  31. ^ "Swift shortlisted for EFL Young Player of the Year!". readingfc.co.uk. Reading F.C. 27 March 2017. Retrieved 27 March 2017.
  32. ^ "Swift signs up until 2022!". readingfc.co.uk. Reading F.C. 31 July 2017. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  33. ^ a b "John Swift". thefa.com. 11 May 2014. Retrieved 11 May 2014.
  34. ^ a b "John Swift :: John David Swift :: Brentford". www.footballzz.co.uk. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
  35. ^ a b "England U17 Algarve Tournament Squad". Retrieved 4 October 2015.
  36. ^ a b "England – J. Swift – Profile with news, career statistics and history – Soccerway". uk.soccerway.com. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
  37. ^ a b c "England Matches – Under-20's". www.englandfootballonline.com. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
  38. ^ Association, The Football. "Chelsea youngster John Swift delighted to be off the mark for England – England | The FA". www.thefa.com. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
  39. ^ "England U21 v Switzerland U21". BBC. Retrieved 16 November 2015.
  40. ^ John Swift at Soccerway
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  42. ^ a b c "Games played by John Swift in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
  43. ^ "Games played by John Swift in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 30 January 2019.
  44. ^ "Games played by John Swift in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 30 January 2019.
  45. ^ "Games played by John Swift in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 30 January 2019.
  46. ^ Veevers, Nicholas (29 May 2016). "England under-21s lift Toulon title after win over France". The Football Association. Retrieved 17 December 2017.

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