15 Facts About Chris Smalling

1. Chris Smalling represented the England national team from 2011 to 2017.

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2. In January 2010, Chris Smalling signed a pre-contract agreement with Manchester United and joined them officially in July 2010.

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3. Chris Smalling made his competitive debut in the 2010 FA Community Shield victory over Chelsea, which earned him his first career medal.

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4. Chris Smalling went on to make more than 300 appearances for the club, winning two Premier League titles, an FA Cup, a League Cup, a UEFA Europa League and a further two Community Shields.

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5. Chris Smalling was a schoolboy national Judo champion, and finished second in an international competition.

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6. Chris Smalling was made captain of the club's Development Squad by manager Billy McKinlay.

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7. On 8 July 2011, Chris Smalling signed a new five-year contract with United.

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8. On 2 May 2016, Chris Smalling won the Manchester United Players' Player of the Year award.

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9. On 15 December, Chris Smalling signed a new contract with Manchester United, keeping him at the club until June 2022.

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10. At the age of 17 and studying for his A Levels, Chris Smalling was selected to represent his county, and the Kent Schools' Football Association then nominated him for trials for the England Schoolboy international squad.

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11. Chris Smalling scored his first goal for the under-21s on 8 October 2010, against Romania, in England's 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification play-off first leg, converting from inside the area after an assist from Daniel Sturridge.

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12. On 12 May 2014, Chris Smalling was named in England's 23-man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

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13. On 31 May 2016, Chris Smalling was named in England's 23-man squad for UEFA Euro 2016.

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14. Chris Smalling was dropped by England manager Gareth Southgate in November 2017, as Southgate felt players such as John Stones, Harry Maguire and Eric Dier were better at initiating the play.

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15. Chris Smalling registered his surprise and responded, "I'm as good a defender as anyone.

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