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Gabriel Agbonlahor

Gabriel Agbonlahor

Full Name:   Gabriel Imuetinyan Agbonlahor
Date of Birth:   13th October 1986
Place of Birth:   Birmingham, England
England Debut:   19th November 2008
    against Germany
Agbonlahor was born in Birmingham, England but claims a Nigerian and Scottish descent.  He received his first professional football coaching at Aston Villa’s Academy and went on to sign a professional contract with them, and he still plays for them today.  As a senior, he made his debut on 18 March 2006 when he was 19 years old in a game against Everton.  Although Aston Villa were defeated, he scored his first goal in the 63rd minute, making the only goal of the match for his side.
In his 2006 - 2007 season, Agbonlahor began well, scoring four goals in the first five pre-season matches.  He went on to impress with his good form, starting every match until they played against Reading on 10 February 2007 when he was rested, and before the end of that season he signed a new four year contract with Aston Villa.
The 2007 - 2008 season began equally as well.  Agbonlahor was announced as the team’s top goal scorer after only 13 matches, and was awarded Barclay’s Premier League player of the month that December.
On 15 August 2008, just at the start of the new season, he signed another four year contract with the club and immediately made his mark in a match against Manchester City only two days later, scoring a perfect hat-trick within seven minutes.
Although he qualified to play for either Nigeria or Scotland, Agbonlahor chose to play international football for England and began with call-ups for the U20 and U21 squads.   After injury prevented him from making hi first call-up for the senior side, he was eventually named to start against Germany on 19 November 2008.  He played almost all of the match, being substituted after 76 minutes.  He followed that appearance with a match against Spain in February 2009, and then against Ukraine the following March. His last appearance, so far, was against Belarus in October 2009.
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