Rodwell with Manchester City in 2013
|Full name||Jack Christian Rodwell|
|Date of birth||11 March 1991|
|Place of birth||Southport, England|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Position(s)||Centre back / Midfielder|
| * Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 23:11, 5 July 2020 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:15, 25 January 2019 (UTC)
Jack Christian Rodwell (born 11 March 1991) is an English professional footballer who plays as a defender or defensive midfielder.
Rodwell joined Everton's academy at the age of seven, and made his debut in 2007. He spent five years in the first team before he transferred to Premier League champions Manchester City in 2012. After making only 16 league appearances in two seasons, Rodwell was sold to Sunderland in August 2014. After his contract with Sunderland was terminated in June 2018, Rodwell joined Blackburn Rovers in August on a one-year deal. He left Blackburn the following year, later joining Sheffield United in January 2020.
Rodwell has represented England at all levels from under-16 to the senior team. He made his senior international debut as a substitute in a 1–0 win over Spain at Wembley Stadium in November 2011.
Rodwell was born in Southport, Merseyside.He was educated at Farnborough Road Junior School and Birkdale High School, and was an avid supporter of Everton as a child. Rodwell played for local club Birkdale United during his school years.
According to his mother, Carol, she talked about his childhood, saying: "As a child Jack ate, drank and slept football. I think his ambition was always to be a professional, although he didn't speak about it. His heroes when he was growing up were Alan Shearer and the Brazilian striker Ronaldo. He used to follow players for their ability and not particularly what team they played for."Rodwell has a brother, Thomas.
Rodwell joined the Everton youth system at the age of seven, making his under-18s debut at 14 and his debut for Everton's reserve team at the age of 15.At youth level, he started out of as having the potential to become a top centre back early in his professional career, but was primarily deployed as a defensive midfielder once in the senior team. Rodwell claimed that Lee Carsley contributed his role into helping play in the midfield position.
Rodwell then broke a record on his senior debut becoming the youngest player to represent Everton in Europe, when he came on as a substitute against Dutch team AZ at the age of 16 years and 284 days, as the club won 3–2.It wasn't until on 9 March 2008 when Rodwell appeared as a substitute on his Premier League debut – before also featuring as a replacement in the final match of the season, replacing Tim Cahill in a 1–0 victory over Sunderland, and signed his first professional contract with Everton on 17 March 2008, after spending six years in the reserve team. At the end of the 2007–08 season, he made three appearances in all competitions. Following this, Rodwell was awarded the academy's Player of the Year.
Ahead of the 2008–09 season, Rodwell was called up to the club's first team squad for the pre–season tour.Rodwell made his first professional start against Blackburn Rovers on 16 August 2008, playing the full 90 minutes. Since the start of the 2008–09 season, he found his playing time, mostly from the substitute bench. Despite this, Rodwell continued to fight his way to earn a place in the starting eleven for the side. Rodwell scored his first senior goal for Everton in the FA Cup against Aston Villa in February 2009. After the match, Manager David Moyes praised his performance. That same month, he signed a five-year contract with Everton. Rodwell appeared as an unused substitute bench, as Everton lost 2–1 against Chelsea in the FA Cup Final. At the end of the 2008–09 season, Rodwell made twenty–five appearances and scoring once in all competitions.
At the beginning of the 2009–10 season, Rodwell earned his first start in European competition in a UEFA Europa League match against Czech Republic team Sigma Olomouc and he marked the occasion by scoring two long-range goals, helping Everton to a 4–0 win.In the return, Rodwell started the whole game and helped the club drew 1–1, resulting in the club progressing through to the Group Stage following a 5–1 win on aggregate. Since the start of the 2009–10 season, he started in the first eleven matches until missing one match, due to flu-like symptoms. After missing one match, Rodwell returned to the starting line–up against Stoke City, starting the whole game, in a 1–1 draw on 4 October 2009. However, he suffered a minor muscle injuries during a 3–2 loss against Hull City on 25 November 2009, resulting in him missing two matches. Once his return was short–lived when Rodwell suffered a hamstring injury and was substituted in the 8th minutes, as Everton lost 1–0 against BATE Borisov on 17 December 2009. Following this, he was sidelined for two months with the injury.
On 10 February 2010, Rodwell returned to the first team from injury following a two month absence, coming on as 74th minute substitute, in a 2–1 win against Chelsea.In a follow–up match, he scored his first Premier League goal in Everton's 3–1 win against Manchester United. After the match, Rodwell was named Man of the Match. Two weeks later on 7 March 2010, he scored his second goal of the season, in a 5–1 win against Hull City. During the second half of the 2009–10 season, Rodwell became regularly employed in more attacking midfield positions. Despite suffering another injury later in the 2009–10 season, he made thirty–six appearances and scoring four times in all competitions. At the end of the 2009–10 season, Rodwell signed a five-year contract extension with Everton.
Ahead of the 2010–11 season, Rodwell said he would fight for his place in the first team following intense competitions in the midfield positions.Rodwell scored his first goal for Everton, as well as, setting up the club's third goal of the game, in a 5–1 win against Huddersfield Town in the third round of the League Cup. However during a 1–0 loss against Aston Villa on 29 August 2010, he suffered an ankle injury that kept him out for three months. It wasn't until on 14 November 2010 when Rodwell returned from injury, coming on as a second-half substitute, in a 2–1 loss against Arsenal. Since returning from injury, Rodwell found himself rotated in and out of the starting eleven throughout the 2010–11 season. His performance led to transfer speculation that Rodwell made an agreement to join Manchester United, a claim that was denied by Manager Moyes. Despite being sidelined on two occasions during the 2010–11 season, he went on to make twenty–eight appearances and scoring once in all competitions.
At the start of the 2011–12 season, Rodwell continued to remain as a first team regular, playing in the midfield position.This last until he was sent off in the 23rd minute, during the 216th Merseyside derby on 1 October 2011 after making "what appeared to be a legitimate challenge on Suárez", according to the BBC. Shortly after, his red card was rescinded by The FA. Rodwell made his 100th appearances for Everton, starting the whole game, in a 3–1 loss against Chelsea on 15 October 2011. In a follow–up match against Fulham, he scored his first goal of the season, as well as, setting up the club's first goal of the game, in a 3–1 win. Two weeks later on 5 November 2011, Rodwell scored his second goal of the season, in a 2–1 loss against Newcastle United. Despite this, he was named the club's Player of the Month. However, Rodwell found himself plagued with injuries on two separate occasions that kept him out throughout 2011. It wasn't until on 1 January 2012 when he returned to the starting line–up against West Bromwich Albion, starting a match and played 57 minutes before being substituted, in a 1–0 win. However, his return was short–lived when Rodwell suffered a hamstring injury that kept him out for two months. His return came on 10 March 2012 against Tottenham Hotspur, coming on as a 65th minute substitute, in a 1–0 win. Once again, he suffered a slight recurrence of his recent hamstring complaint that eventually saw him sidelined for the rest of the 2011–12 season. At the end of the 2011–12 season, Rodwell made seventeen appearances and scoring two times in all competitions.
In August 2012, Rodwell signed a five-year contract with Manchester City for a fee of £12 million, which could rise to £15 million. Upon joining the club, he said: "I relish the opportunity of playing with some of the best players in the world and continuing my development."
Rodwell made his Manchester City debut on 19 August 2012, in a 3–2 win at home to Southampton.He made his away debut on 26 August 2012, coming on as a second-half substitute against Liverpool at Anfield in a 2–2 draw. Rodwell made his UEFA Champions League debut, starting a match and played 56 minutes, in a 1–1 draw against Borussia Dortmund on 3 October 2012. After being out due to injury since October, Rodwell made a successful return to the team on 26 January 2013 in a 1–0 win away to Stoke City in the FA Cup. After appearing a total of four matches for the next two months, he suffered a hamstring injury that kept him out of a sidelined for two months. After two months out, Rodwell returned to the first team, coming on as a 85th minute substitute, in a 0–0 draw against Swansea City on 4 May 2013. He then came on as a 69th minute substitute in the FA Cup Final against Wigan Athletic, as Manchester City lost 1–0. On the final day of the 2012–13 season, Rodwell scored both of Manchester City's goals in a 3–2 home defeat to Norwich City, his first goals for the club. At the end of the season, he went on to make fifteen appearances and scoring two times in all competitions.
In the 2013–14 season, Rodwell made his first appearance of the season, starting the whole game, in a 0–0 draw against Stoke City on 14 September 2013.However, he found his first team opportunities limited, due to strong competitions in the midfield position. Rodwell also faced his own injury concern. Despite this, he made ten appearances in all competitions, five of which were the league, making him eligible for a winner's medal when Manchester City became 2013–14 Premier League champions. Following this, it was expected that Rodwell is leaving the club in the summer.
On 5 August 2014, Sunderland announced that Rodwell had signed a five-year contract for an undisclosed fee believed to be around £10 million. Upon joining the club, he was critical about his time at Manchester City and urged English players to think twice before joining them.
Rodwell made his Sunderland debut, starting a match and playing 68 minutes before being substituted, in a 2–2 draw against West Bromwich Albion in the opening game of the season.On 24 August 2014, he scored his first goal for the club, equalising for Sunderland in their 1–1 draw with Manchester United at the Stadium of Light. Since making his debut for the club, Rodwell became a first team regular in the first four months to the 2014–15 season. This lasted until he missed one match against Crystal Palace, due to a calf injury. Following his return, Rodwell found himself alternating between a starting and a substitute role by the end of the year. On 1 January 2015, he scored Sunderland's first goal in a dramatic match with former club Manchester City with the match ending in a 3–2 loss for Sunderland. On 24 January 2015, Rodwell was sent off after receiving two yellow cards in the FA Cup fourth round against Fulham, in a match that ended 0–0. Between January and March, he found himself in the sidelined, due to injuries and suspension. His third goal of the season came on 3 March 2015, where Rodwell scored the equaliser in a 1–1 draw away to Hull City, in a match where he was also booked for diving. Despite being on the sidelined on two occasions later in the 2014–15 season, Rodwell continued to be involved in the first team. At the end of the 2014–15 season, he went on to make twenty–six appearances and scoring three times in all competitions.
On 25 August 2015, Rodwell scored two goals and made two assists in Sunderland's 6–3 win over Exeter City in the second round of the 2015–16 League Cup.At the start of the 2015–16 season, he continued to alternating between a starting and a substitute role. Due to the club's defensive crisis, Rodwell offered to play in the position when offered by Manager Dick Advocaat. However, this never happened, as Advocaat was sacked and was replaced by Manager Sam Allardyce, who decided against letting him play in the position. But he was sidelined on four occasions by the end of the year. Despite recovering from injuries, Rodwell, once again, alternated between a starting and a substitute role later in the 2015–16 season. On the last game of the season, he scored his first goal for the club, in a 2–2 draw against Watford. At the end of the 2015–16 season, he made twenty–four appearances and scoring three times in all competitions.
In the opening game of the 2016–17 season, Rodwell set up Sunderland's first goal of the game, losing 2–1 against his former club, Manchester City.His starts in the next four matches proved to be his comeback. However, he missed two matches for the side despite being fit. It wasn't until on 1 October 2016 when Rodwell returned to the first team, coming on as a 72nd minute substitute, in a 1–1 draw against West Bromwich Albion. However, he suffered a hamstring injury that kept him out for the rest of 2016. It wasn't until on 2 January 2017 when Rodwell returned to the starting line–up and played 65 minutes before being substituted, in a 2–2 draw against Liverpool. On 4 February 2017, in a 4–0 win for Sunderland against Crystal Palace, he ended a drought of 1,370 days in winning a Premier League game in which he had started the match. His winless run had lasted for 39 Premier League matches. Since returning from injury, Rodwell continued to find himself in and out of the starting eleven later in the 2016–17 season. Eventually, Sunderland were relegated from the Premier League. At the end of the 2016–17 season, he went on to make twenty–three appearances in all competitions.
Ahead of the 2017–18 season, Rodwell avoided taking a cut despite Sunderland's relegation from the Premier League, although the club were willing to sell him, but he ended up staying throughout the summer.He scored on his first appearance of the 2017–18 season, in a 2–1 loss against Sheffield United on 9 September 2017. As months went by, Rodwell was dropped from the first team once again, due to competition, as well as his own injury concern. The club's supporters turned on him after rating him low on the survey conducted by local newspaper Evening Chronicle .
It was reported that Rodwell asked to leave Sunderland in January 2018 after not making an appearance for the first team since September 2017.
Rodwell went on a trial at SBV Vitesse, only to for it to be cancelled, citing 'organisational reasons'.Rodwell eventually stayed at the club after the January transfer window closed. When asked in April 2018, after Sunderland were relegated for a second successive season, manager Chris Coleman said he did not know where the midfielder was mentally. It was later revealed that the pair had a fallen out and didn't see eye to eye as a result. At the end of the 2017–18 season, Rodwell made six appearances and scoring once in all competitions.
His contract was terminated by the club on 27 June 2018.Upon leaving Sunderland, local newspaper Evening Chronicle was critical of the club signing him, even going far as calling him the worst signing in Sunderland's history, while The Northern Echo agreed.
Rodwell signed for Championship club Blackburn Rovers on 23 August 2018 on a one-year deal, lasting until the end of the 2018–19 season.Upon joining the club, he said: "It's important for me to get out there and start playing football again. There have been ups and downs over the years, but that's in the past and now I'm just looking forward and focussed on the future ahead. After meeting the manager, I feel it's an ambitious club and a great fit for me. He sold the club to me and came across really well. I've played here a few times during my time at Everton and enjoyed playing at Ewood Park, so I'm looking forward to playing there in a Blackburn shirt now. After meeting the gaffer I could tell he loves his role and is very passionate about the club. I can't wait to get playing under him."
After spending a month on the sidelined, Rodwell made his Blackburn Rovers debut, playing in the centre–back position and playing 59 minutes before being substituted, in a 3–2 loss against Bournemouth in the third round of the League Cup.Since making his debut for the club, he started out, rotating in the defensive midfield position and centre–back position for the next two months. This lasted until Rodwell suffered an injury from a challenge of an opposition player during a 3–1 loss against Wigan Athletic on 28 November 2018. It was not until on 26 December 2018 when Rodwell returned to the starting line–up, playing in the defensive midfield position, in a 3–2 loss against Leeds United. But his return was short–lived when he suffered a groin injury once again. He returned to the starting line–up, playing in the centre–back position, starting the whole game, in a 2–0 win against Millwall on 12 January 2019.
Rodwell scored his first goal for Blackburn Rovers, in a 3–0 win against Hull City on 26 January 2019.Since returning from injury, Rodwell continued to regain his first team place, playing in the centre–back position for the next two months. This lasted until he suffered a muscle strain that kept him out for a month. Although Rodwell returned to training in late–March, he didn't make an appearance until on 13 April 2019 against Nottingham Forest, coming on as a 69th minute substitute, in a 2–1 win. Following this, Rodwell reverted to playing in the midfield position in the next three matches. At the end of the 2018–19 season, he went on to make twenty–two appearances and scoring once in all competitions for the club.
Following this, Rodwell was offered a new contract by Blackburn Rovers.However, he left the club upon the expiration of his contract, despite being offered a new deal. After leaving Blackburn Rovers, Rodwell was linked with a transfer to Italian side Roma, but was ultimately not offered a contract.
On 3 January 2020, Rodwell signed for Premier League club Sheffield United on a contract until the end of the season.It came after when he had been training with the team since December 2019. Upon joining Sheffield United, Manager Chris Wilder defended Rodwell following his appearance in the Netflix series Sunderland 'Til I Die .
Rodwell made his debut for Sheffield United two days later in an FA Cup 3rd round match against AFC Fylde.However, Rodwell spent the first two months at the club out of the starting eleven by the time the season was suspended because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Once the season resumed behind closed doors, he made his first Premier League appearance in three years, coming on as a 75th minute substitute, in a 1–1 draw against Burnley on 5 July 2020. At the end of the 2019–20 season, Rodwell made two appearances in all competitions.
On 23 August 2020, Rodwell signed a new one year deal at the club, keeping him at the club until 2021.However he did not play a single game during the 2020-21 season and he was released on 1 June 2021.
In September 2006, Rodwell was called up to the England U16 squad for the first time.He captained on his England U16 debut, and started the whole match, in a 1–1 draw against Wales U16 on 20 October 2006. Two months later, in December 2006, Rodwell captained the England under-16 team to Victory Shield glory, following a 2–1 victory over Scotland. Four months later, he struck the first winning goal at Wembley Stadium for England in a 1–0 win over Spain U16. Rodwell went on to make four appearances and scored once for the U16 side.
In July 2006, Rodwell was called up to the England U17 squad for the first time but did not play.After being called up to the U17 squad once again, he made his England U17 debut, in a 2–0 win against Iceland U17 on 30 July 2007. On 25 March 2008, Rodwell scored England under-17s only goal as they drew 1–1 with France in a 2008 UEFA European Under-17 Championship qualifier. He went on to make nine appearances and scoring once for the U17 side.
Rodwell made his England U19 debut on 9 September 2008, where he played 45 minutes, in a 2–1 win against Netherlands U19.He went on to make four appearances for the U19 side.
In March 2009, Rodwell was called up to the England U21 squad for the first time.He earned his first under-21 cap in a match against France U21. and scored his first goal for the squad on 8 June 2009 against Azerbaijan. Rodwell earned his first start at under-21 level during the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championship in a match against Germany, scoring a goal and earning praise for his all-around performance in a defensive midfield role. He then helped England reached the final of the tournament by beating Sweden U21 5–4 on penalties following a 3–3 draw against Sweden in the semi-finals of the 2009 Under-21 European Championship. However, Rodwell came on as a 77th minute substitute, as England lost 4–0 to Germany U21 in the final of the Under-21 Championships.
Following the end of the tournament, Rodwell made three more appearances for the U21 side by the end of 2009.He then captained England U21 for the first time, helping them win 2–0 against Uzbekistan U21 on 10 August 2010. Rodwell went on to make twenty–two appearances and scoring two times for the U21 side.
In November 2011, Rodwell was called up to the senior England for the first time.He made his senior England debut, replacing Phil Jones in the 56th minute of England's 1–0 friendly victory against Spain, in November 2011. He made his first start three days later, in a 1–0 friendly win against Sweden at Wembley Stadium.
On 2 June 2013, Rodwell made his first appearance since 2011, earning his third cap as a substitute, replacing Theo Walcott in the second half of a 2–2 draw against Brazil.Two years later, he said he hasn't given up hope for the England and remains determined to force his way back into the squad.
Rodwell is the nephew of former Blackpool footballer Tony Rodwell.He is married to Alana Licate in 2013 and together, they have a son, Hudson. In September 2018, he was fined £660 with £166 in prosecution costs and a £66 victim surcharges at the earlier hearing after being banned from driving for six months without him knowing.
Rodwell modelled for the Great Britain at the 2012 Summer Olympics in November 2011, hoping he would be included in the squad.However, he never made it to the squad despite being twenty at the time.
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|Sheffield United||2019–20||Premier League||1||0||1||0||0||0||—||2||0|
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