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Lewis Carl Dunk (born 21 November 1991) is an English professional footballer who plays as a centre back for Premier League club Brighton & Hove Albion, for whom he is captain, and the England national team.

Lewis Dunk
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Dunk playing for Brighton & Hove Albion in 2018
Personal information
Full name Lewis Carl Dunk[1]
Date of birth (1991-11-21) 21 November 1991 (age 28)[2]
Place of birth Brighton, England
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.92 m)[3]
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Brighton & Hove Albion
Number 5
Youth career
0000–2010 Brighton & Hove Albion
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010– Brighton & Hove Albion 257 (15)
2013Bristol City (loan) 2 (0)
National team
2018– England 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10:35, 4 December 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:17, 11 August 2019 (UTC)

In lieu of a brief loan spell at Bristol City in 2013, Dunk has spent the entirety of his career at Brighton & Hove Albion, achieving promotion to the Premier League with the club in the 2016–17 season and becoming the club's captain from the 2019–20 season.

Despite failing to be capped at youth level, Dunk made his senior England debut on 15 November 2018 against the United States.

Early lifeEdit

Dunk was born in Brighton, East Sussex.[4] He is the son of former Sussex non-league player Mark Dunk.[5]

Club careerEdit

Brighton & Hove AlbionEdit

Early careerEdit

 
Dunk playing for Brighton & Hove Albion in 2011

On 30 April 2010, Dunk signed a two-year professional contract with Brighton & Hove Albion following impressive performances captaining the club's youth team.[6] The following day, Dunk made his first professional appearance starting in the 0–0 draw at Milton Keynes Dons.[5]

On 31 January 2011, Dunk signed a one-year extension on his contract keeping him at the club until the summer of 2013.[7] Dunk made eight appearances in the 2010–11 season[8] as Brighton gained promotion to the Championship as League One champions.[9]

With fellow defenders Tommy Elphick and Adam El-Abd sidelined by injury, Dunk started the 2011–12 season alongside captain Gordon Greer, playing in Brighton's first ever match at Falmer Stadium versus Doncaster Rovers.[10]

Bristol City (loan)Edit

On 4 October 2013, Dunk joined League One club Bristol City on a one-month loan deal, to gain some first-team football.[11] He made his debut for the club in a 2–1 away defeat to Wycombe Wanderers on 8 October 2013, in the EFL Trophy.[12]

Return to Brighton & Hove AlbionEdit

On 25 July 2014, Dunk signed a new four-year contract with Brighton, which kept him at the club until the end of the 2017–18 season.[13] He scored his first goal for Brighton in the club's first game of the 2014–15 season, a 2–0 win over Cheltenham Town in the EFL Cup, in a game that marked new boss Sami Hyypiä's first win at the club.[14]

Dunk formed a partnership at centre back with new Brighton signing Shane Duffy in the 2016–17 season, with the club conceding a joint-league best of 40 goals for the season, in which Brighton were promoted to the Premier League.[15] In this season, Dunk was also named in the PFA Championship Team of the Year alongside fellow Brighton players David Stockdale, Bruno and Anthony Knockaert.[16]

Dunk played the full 90 minutes, and scored an own goal, in Brighton's first ever Premier League match, a 0–2 home defeat to Manchester City.[17] On 24 February 2018, Dunk scored his fourth own goal of the season in a 4–1 home win over Swansea City,[18] which brought him level with Martin Škrtel at the top of the list of most own goals in a season in the Premier League.[19] He scored his first Premier League goal in a 2–1 victory over Arsenal on 4 March 2018.[20] Dunk played in every game in Brighton's debut season in the Premier League, as the club finished in 15th place and amassed 40 points.[21]

On 5 October 2018, Dunk, alongside centre back partner Shane Duffy, signed a new contract with Brighton, with the pair signing five-year contracts that extended their stay at the club until June 2023.[22]

Ahead of the 2019–20 season, Dunk was given the Brighton captaincy by new manager Graham Potter.[23] He subsequently captained the club in their first match of the season, a 3–0 win over Watford, whilst also putting in a man of the match performance.[24]

International careerEdit

Dunk received a call-up to the England under-21 squad ahead of their European Championship qualifiers against Iceland and Belgium in November 2011,[25] but did not take the field in either match.

In October 2018, he was called up for the first time to replace the injured James Tarkowski in the senior England squad for matches against Croatia and Spain in the Nations League. However, he did not make an appearance.[26] In the next month Dunk was called up again for a friendly against United States and a Nations League game against Croatia. He made his debut on 15 November playing in the whole match in England's 3–0 win over the United States at Wembley Stadium.[27]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of match played 5 October 2019
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Brighton & Hove Albion 2009–10[28] League One 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2010–11[8] League One 5 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
2011–12[29] Championship 31 0 3 0 2 0 36 0
2012–13[30] Championship 8 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 9 0
2013–14[31] Championship 6 0 4 0 0 0 1[a] 0 11 0
2014–15[32] Championship 38 5 2 1 4 1 44 7
2015–16[33] Championship 38 3 1 0 1 0 1[a] 1 41 4
2016–17[34] Championship 43 2 0 0 0 0 43 2
2017–18[21] Premier League 38 1 1 0 0 0 39 1
2018–19[35] Premier League 36 2 2 0 0 0 38 2
2019–20[36] Premier League 13 2 0 0 0 0 13 2
Total 257 15 16 1 8 1 2 1 283 18
Bristol City (loan) 2013–14[31] League One 2 0 1[b] 0 3 0
Career total 254 13 16 1 8 1 3 1 281 16
  1. ^ a b Appearance in Championship play-offs
  2. ^ Appearance in Football League Trophy

InternationalEdit

As of match played 15 November 2018[37]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
England 2018 1 0
Total 1 0

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Updated squads for 2017/18 Premier League confirmed". Premier League. 2 February 2018. Retrieved 10 February 2018.
  2. ^ "Lewis Dunk: Overview". Premier League. Retrieved 17 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Lewis Dunk". Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. Retrieved 17 March 2019.
  4. ^ Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Edinburgh: Mainstream Publishing. p. 129. ISBN 978-1-84596-601-0.
  5. ^ a b "Dunk debut for Albion". The Argus. Brighton. 1 May 2010. Retrieved 1 July 2010.
  6. ^ "Seagulls award pro deals to hot prospects". The Argus. Brighton. 30 April 2010. Retrieved 1 July 2010.
  7. ^ "Brighton defender signs new deal". BBC Sport. 31 January 2011. Retrieved 31 January 2011.
  8. ^ a b "Games played by Lewis Dunk in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  9. ^ "League One: 2010/11: Latest table". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 6 August 2019.
  10. ^ "Brighton & Hove Albion 2–1 Doncaster Rovers". Sky Sports. 6 August 2011. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  11. ^ Baker, Adam (4 October 2013). "City deal in Dunk". Bristol City F.C. Archived from the original on 1 March 2017.
  12. ^ "Wycombe Wanderers 2–1 Bristol City". Sky Sports. 8 October 2013. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  13. ^ Dudding, Tim (25 July 2014). "New deal for Dunk". Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  14. ^ "Brighton & Hove Albion 2–0 Cheltenham Town". BBC Sport. 13 August 2014. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  15. ^ "Championship Table 2016/17 Season". Sky Sports. 30 May 2017. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  16. ^ "EFL teams of the season announced". Sky Sports. 20 March 2017. Retrieved 2 July 2019.
  17. ^ "Brighton & Hove Albion 0–2 Manchester City". BBC Sport. 12 August 2017. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  18. ^ "Brighton & Hove Albion 4–1 Swansea City". BBC Sport. 24 February 2018. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  19. ^ "Unlucky Dunk equals record for own goals". Premier League. 26 February 2018. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  20. ^ "Brighton & Hove Albion 2–1 Arsenal". BBC Sport. 4 March 2018. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  21. ^ a b "Games played by Lewis Dunk in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  22. ^ "New deals for Dunk and Duffy". Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. 5 October 2018. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  23. ^ "Lewis Dunk is new Albion captain". Brighton & Hove News. 9 August 2019. Retrieved 11 August 2019.
  24. ^ "Watford 0-3 Brighton". BBC Sport. 10 August 2019. Retrieved 11 August 2019.
  25. ^ "Squad named for Iceland and Belgium games". The Football Association. 2 November 2011. Retrieved 2 November 2011.
  26. ^ "Brighton defender Lewis Dunk to join England squad for Croatia and Spain trip". The Football Association. 7 October 2018. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  27. ^ McNulty, Phil (15 November 2018). "England 3–0 USA". BBC Sport. Retrieved 15 November 2018.
  28. ^ "Games played by Lewis Dunk in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
  29. ^ "Games played by Lewis Dunk in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
  30. ^ "Games played by Lewis Dunk in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
  31. ^ a b "Games played by Lewis Dunk in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
  32. ^ "Games played by Lewis Dunk in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
  33. ^ "Games played by Lewis Dunk in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
  34. ^ "Games played by Lewis Dunk in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
  35. ^ "Games played by Lewis Dunk in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 26 June 2019.
  36. ^ "Games played by Lewis Dunk in 2019/2020". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 11 August 2019.
  37. ^ "Dunk, Lewis". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 11 August 2019.
  38. ^ Anderson, John, ed. (2017). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2017–2018. London: Headline Publishing Group. pp. 82–83. ISBN 978-1-4722-3397-4.
  39. ^ "PFA teams of the year: Chelsea and Tottenham dominate Premier League XI". BBC Sport. 20 April 2017. Retrieved 22 November 2017.

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