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Sunday 21 September K.O. 16:00


Chris Long


Chris Long
  • Born: 25/02/1995
  • Birthplace: Liverpool
  • Nationality: English
  • Striker Chris has been at Everton since the age of 5!

    Nicknamed 'Longy' by his teammates, he is known for his speed, agility and composure in front of goal.

    Having worked his way through each age group at the Blues' Academy, Chris made a handful of appearances for Neil Dewsnip's Under-18s side in 2011.

    He then made his reserve-team breakthrough during the 2011/12 campaign, appearing more and more frequently as the season progressed.

    Chris has also represented England at Under-16 and Under-17 level and was part of the Everton Academy team which travelled to Brazil for the 2010 Futures tournament in Belo Horizonte.

    In 2012, he was a key member of the squad which went all the way to the semi-finals of the Dallas Cup before suffering an agonising defeat to homeland rivals Manchester United.

    Making the step-up to England Under-18s, Long netted the opener in October 2012's 2-0 win over Italy.

    His continued goalscoring form helped Everton Under-18s qualify for the Elite league group for the second half of the season, while an extra-time winner against Port Vale ion February aided the Blues' FA Youth Cup charge.

    Long forced his way into Alan Stubbs Under-21s side later in the 2012/13 season and was part of their end-of-season play-off campaign which ended with a 3-2 semi-final defeat to Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane – a game in which he scored a superb lobbed goal.

    He was part of the England squad for the Under-20 World Cup that took place in Turkey this summer.

    He signed his first professional contract with Everton in July 2013; a two-year deal until the summer of 2015.

    And he continued to impress for the Under-21s in 2013/14, while also getting his first professional goal while on loan at MK Dons.

    Ahead of the 2012/13 season, Chris sat down with to tell us a bit more about himself...

    Name: Christopher Long
    Nickname: Longy
    Date of Birth: 25 February 1995
    Place of Birth: Huyton
    Nationality: English
    What countries are you eligible to represent?: England, China
    Have you made any international appearances?: Yes - twice for England Under-16s and four times for England Under-17s

    Position: Forward
    Which player would you say you most play like?: Michael Owen
    What are your strengths?: Scoring
    What aspect of your game do you need to improve most?: Heading
    What age were you when you joined Everton?: 5

    Favourite artist/band: Paolo Nutini
    Favourite film: Trainspotting
    Favourite video game: FIFA
    Favourite place in the world: My room

    Pre-match meal of choice:
    Fried egg abd beans on toast
    Best stadium you have played at: Khalifa Stadium, Qatar
    Dream job if you weren't a footballer: Work with my Dad
    Favourite Everton first-team player: Nikica Jelavic
    Boots: F50s
    Aims for the year: To get back into the England side

    Contracted until: Summer 2015.



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