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Danny Drinkwater

Leicester City FC

3 appearances, 0 goals

P 3 W 2 D 0 L 1 F 5: A 4
*(actual F 4: A 3)
69% successful


disciplined: none
minutes played:


  Daniel Noel Drinkwater

(*Actual for and against are the goals scored while the player was on the field.)

Birth 5 March 1990 in Manchester, Greater Manchester [registered in Manchester, March 1990].


Jack Rollin's Sky Sports Yearbook [2013] &

Playing Career

Began his junior career as a nine year old at Manchester United FC's Youth Academy, working his way up through the youth levels. On 14 August 2009, Drinkwater was loaned out to Huddersfield Town AFC for the season. On 8 July 2010, he was then loaned out to Cardiff City FC for the season, effective 6 August. He was recalled by United on 25 January 2011, then three days later, he was loaned to Watford FC for the remainder of the season. On 23 August 2011, Drinkwater was then loaned to Barnsley FC, for what turned out to be the season. During his time at Barnsley, United sold Drinkwater to Leicester City FC on 12 January 2012. Then, on Transfer deadline day, 31 August 2017, Drinkwater signed for Chelsea FC for £35 million...
"Chelsea and England footballer Danny Drinkwater has been charged with drink-driving after a car crash. The midfielder was arrested after a Range Rover crashed in Mere, Cheshire, in the early hours of Monday. Two women and a man were treated at the scene for minor injuries, Cheshire Police said Mr. Drinkwater, 29, of Nether Alderley in Cheshire, was released on unconditional bail to appear at Stockport Magistrates' Court on 13 May. Police were called to reports of a one-vehicle crash on Ashley Road in Mere at 00:30 BST and arrested the footballer." - BBC News, Tuesday, 9 April 2019
Danny Drinkwater has been banned from driving after ploughing his Range Rover through a wall while twice the legal drink-drive limit. Stockport Magistrates' Court heard he caused £50,000 of damage to the car. Drinkwater admitted drink-driving and was banned for 20 months. The court heard he suffered a graze to his forehead when his car went through a wall in Ashley Road near to Tatton Park country house. Prosecutor Subi Chowdhury said Drinkwater himself called emergency services after the crash at about 00:30 BST and admitted drinking alcohol to police officers. He gave a reading at Middlewich Police station of 87 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, with the legal limit being 35 microgrammes. Robin Sellars, defending, said Drinkwater was "fully compliant" with police and said he had been to a private function, with a friend expected to drive him home. However, his friend was unable to do so and Drinkwater decided to drive himself to his home in Nether Alderley, Cheshire. Mr Sellars added: "He only had himself to blame. He understands he's done wrong. He instructs me he will be employing a driver." Mr Sellars said Drinkwater had no previous convictions and asked for him to be punished with a fine rather than community service. But District Judge Mark Hadfield rejected this and sentenced him to a 12-month community order with 70 hours' community service. The former Manchester United trainee was also ordered to pay £85 prosecution costs and an £85 victim surcharge. Mr Hadfield said: "You knew when you got behind the wheel of that vehicle you should not have been driving." - BBC News, Monday, 13 May 2019
  ...His less than successful time at Stamford Bridge ended on another Transfer Deadline Day, 8 August 2019, when he joined Burnley FC on loan, before returning to Stamford Bridge on 3 January 2020. Then, four days later, he secured a loan move to Aston Villla FC until the end of the season, but was released following a training ground clash with Jota on 11 March 2020. Drinkwater returned to the Chelsea reserve sides until he was allowed to leave on a loan on 18 January 2021 to Turkish club side Kasιmpaşa. He joined Reading FC on a season-long loan deal on 30 August 2021. He was released by Chelsea at the end of his contract on 30 June 2022. Unable to find a new club, he announced his retirement on 30 October 2023.

League honours
269+45 appearances, 18 goals
one red card
Huddersfield Town AFC 2009-10 loan 27+six appearances, two goals
debut (league one): (sub) 15 August 2009 Huddersfield Town AFC 3 Southampton FC 1.
Cardiff City FC 2010-11 loan seven+two appearances
debut (championship): 8 August 2010 Cardiff City FC 1 Sheffield United FC 1.
Watford FC 2011 loan three+nine appearances
debut (championship): (sub) Watford FC 1 Crystal Palace FC 1.
Barnsley FC 2011-12 loan sixteen+one appearances, one goal
debut (championship): 27 August 2011 Millwall FC 0 Barnsley FC 0.
Leicester City FC 2012-17 175+eighteen appearances, thirteen goals
debut (championship): (sub) 23 January 2012 Southampton FC 0 Leicester City FC 2.
Chelsea FC 2017-19 five+seven appearances, one goal
debut: (sub) 28 October 2017 AFC Bournemouth 0 Chelsea FC 1.
Burnley FC 2019 loan one appearance
debut: 3 December 2019 Burnley FC 1 Manchester City FC 4.
Aston Villa FC 2020 loan four appearances
debut: 12 January 2020 Aston Villa FC 1 Manchester City 6.
Reading FC 2021-22 loan 31+two appearances, one goal
debut (championship): (sub) 18 September 2021 Fulham FC 1 Reading FC 2.

Club honours
FA Premier League Champions 2008-09 (no apps), 2015-16 (35);
Football League Championship fourth place 2010-11 (9);
winners 2013-14 (45), third place 2018-19 (0);
FA Community Shield
runners-up 2016, 2018;
FA Cup winners 2017-18 (4):
Individual honours Football League Championship Player of the Month December 2013; Championship Team of the Year 2013-14;
Leicester City FC Player of the Season
Distinctions None
Height/Weight 5' 10", 11st. 0lb. [2013], 11st 6lb [2019]


Jack Rollin's Sky Sports Yearbook [2013] & ENFA.

England Career

Player number 1214th player to appear for England.
Position(s) Midfielder
First match No. 952, 29 March 2016, England 1 Netherlands 2, a friendly match at The National Stadium, Wembley, London, substituted (84:06), aged 26 years 24 days
Last match No. 954, 27 May 2016, England 2 Australia 1, a friendly match at The Stadium of Light, Monkwearmouth, Sunderland, aged 26 years 83 days;
Major tournaments European Championship Finals 2016 (provisional);
Team honours None
Individual honours England U18 (two appearances, one goal), England U19 (fourteen appearances, one goal)
Distinctions The tenth Greater Manchurian to represent England


The Numbers
Squads Apps comp. apps Starts sub unused minutes captain Disc.
4 3 0 2 1
2 192 0 none none
minutes are an approximation, due to the fact that many matches rarely stick to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries and errors.
3 2 0 1 5 4 +1 0 0 1.667 1.333 67.0 +1

Match Record

Venue & Competition P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
Home venue
Friendly matches
3 2 0 1 5 4 +1 0 0 1.667 1.333 67.0 +1

Shirt Colour

Colour P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
White 2 1 0 1 3 3 =0 0 0 1.50 1.50 50.0 =0
Red 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 0 0 2.00 1.00 100.0 +1

Match History
 Club: Leicester City F.C. - three full appearances (192 min)

manager: Roy Hodgson - three full appearances (192 min)x

Age 26
951 26 March 2016 - Germany 2 England 3, Olympiastadion, Berlin Fr AW unused sub 18
1 952 29 March 2016 - England 1 Netherlands 2, The National Stadium, Wembley (⮀1-2) HL Start 85 4
2 953 22 May 2016 - England 2 Turkey 1, Etihad Stadium, Manchester (⮀1-1) Fr HW ▲sub 73 15
3 954 29 May 2016 - England 2 Australia 1, Stadium of Light, Sunderland HW Start 8
955 2 June 2016 - England 1 Portugal 0, The National Stadium, Wembley HW withdrawn
squad member
An initial 26 players were selected by Roy Hodgson on May 16 for three warm-up games. On the squad submission deadline on May 31, Drinkwater was one of two players who had been omitted.


manager: Sam Allardyce - no full appearancesx

960 4 September 2016 - Slovakia 0 England 1, Štadión Antona Malatinskeho, Trnava WCP AW unused sub 18


manager: Gareth Southgate - no full appearancesx

963 11 November 2016 - England 3 Scotland 0, The National Stadium, Wembley WCP HW withdrawn
964 15 November 2016 - England 2 Spain 2, The National Stadium, Wembley Fr HD