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10 FACTS ABOUT JOSH McEACHRAN

23 January 2014

Get to know Wigan Athletic’s new midfielder with our 10 facts.

As usual with a new arrival at Wigan Athletic, we help you get to know Josh McEachran a little bit better with these 10 facts:

1. McEachran has been at Chelsea since he was eight-years-old, breaking into the first team in 2010 having worked his way through the Blues’ youth system.

2. McEachran was part of Chelsea’s 2009/10 FA Youth Cup winning team, scoring in the run up to the final during a 4-0 victory against future loan club Watford in the sixth round.

3. While still developing at Chelsea, McEachran played a key role in England Under 17s’ 2010 European Championship win. He scored in the first group stage game of the competition in a 3-1 victory over Czech Republic and credited for a fine performance in the final. Also in the squad was former Latics loanee Will Keane.

4. On his debut against MSK Zilina in the UEFA Champions League in 2010, McEachran became the first player to take part in the competition having been born after the competition started in 1992, McEachran was born in March 1993.

5. In 2011 after 17 appearances in all competitions, including six in the Champions League, McEachran was named Chelsea’s Young Player of the Year.

6. McEachran had three previous loan spells before his move to Latics, with his first at Swansea City in 2012, followed by a full season at Middlesbrough in 2012/13 and finally a half season stint at Vicarage Road with Watford at the start of the 2013/14 campaign.

7. Following his successful season at the Riverside with Middlesbrough, McEachran was voted Supporters’ Young Player of the Year, another tribute to his ability at such a young age.

8. Born in Oxford to Scottish parents, 20-year-old McEachran is eligible to play for Scotland, however he has already represented England at Under 16, Under 17, Under 19 and Under 21 levels.

9. Josh scored his first England Under 21 goal in March 2013, a penalty during a 4-0 win against Austria.

10. In 2010 Josh was chosen was chosen as Oxfordshire Sport Man of the Year at just 17-years-old, beating Motor Racing star Jason Plato and London Wasps Rugby Union player Sam Jones.

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