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The List: Every English player currently abroad

It’s been a busy weekend…I’ve put together a spreadsheet of all the English players I can find who are currently playing abroad. View the list here. There’s pages for players in the men’s game, women’s game and also a page for players who are eligible to play for England but might not be strictly considered […]

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Matthew Bondswell: Two years on from his move to RB Leipzig

Happy birthday Matthew Bondswell! The defender turns 18 today so it seems a very appropriate time to take a look at his time in Germany so far, as it approaches two years since he made the move abroad. Back in 2018, there was a lot of talk about Nottingham Forest’s young defender. Bondswell, only 16 […]

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Kyle Bailey: Realising the professional dream abroad

Some players accept that they will not reach a professional level. They may have tried their best to make their dream come true but it never happened. And that’s fine, not everyone can – but have they really tried? Have they really put their all in and committed to making their dream reality? One person […]

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English Abroad FC: Season 1 review

Welcome back to the English Abroad FC Football Manager 2020 experiment. In this post we will fast forward to the end of the first season to see how it went. Quick updates From the end of the first post to this one, there have been a couple of changes. The first was that I added […]

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7 dual-national English abroad wonderkids

Earlier this year when 17-year-old Giovanni Reyna broke into the Borussia Dortmund first team there was a lot of talk about their front three all having been born in England – Reyna, Erling Braut Håland and Jadon Sancho. Of course Sancho is already a senior international and Håland is tied to Norway but Reyna could […]

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Jonny Rowell: The former Hartlepool midfielder on his ten years in Belgium

Jonny Rowell is one of the originals for me. Ever since I have been interested in the subject of English players abroad, the midfielder from Newcastle has been plying his trade overseas so it was great to finally get in contact with him last month. Now 30, Rowell has spent a third of his life […]

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Patro Eisden: The story of the Belgian club, their English-Chinese owner, five English players and links to the Caribbean

What started out as a look into a Belgian third-tier club who had several English players on their books has turned out to be a whole lot more interesting than I first expected. This is the story of an English-Chinese owner, an influx of foreign signings, players going on loan to the Caribbean, former England […]

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English Abroad FC: A Football Manager experiment #1

What would happen if some of the best English players abroad were all signed by one club and chucked into League One? Okay that is probably never going to happen but thanks to Football Manager 2020, we can simulate what would happen if some crazed owner decided to make this reality. Using the FM Editor, […]

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Steven Johnson Fikula: The former Oxford United man on his spell near the Arctic Circle in Norway

It may have only been a couple of months that Steven Johnson Fikula got to spend in Norway but he still recalls it as a positive experience. The defender started his career with Mansfield Town and was part of the under-18 side which won a third successive EFL Youth Alliance North-east Division title in the […]

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Pat Suraci: Heading to Belgium at the age of 18

Former Southampton youngster Pat Suraci was just 18 when he headed to Belgium to join second-tier side Lommel United. The attacking midfielder spent the 2016/17 season on the continent before returning to England where he has since played for non-league sides Gosport Borough (pictured above), Bognor Regis Town, Weymouth and Blackfield & Langley. His stint […]