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England's Finest - David Platt

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  • Published on May 14, 2017
  • David Andrew Platt (born 10 June 1966) is an English former professional footballer who played at both club and international levels as a midfielder.
    Born in Chadderton, Lancashire, Platt began his career as an apprentice at Manchester United but later moved to Crewe Alexandra where he began building a reputation as a goal scoring midfield player. In 1988, aged 22, he signed for Aston Villa and in 1989 he gained the attention of Sir Bobby Robson, the then England manager and made his debut. At the 1990 FIFA World Cup, Platt increased his continental reputation by scoring goals with both head and feet, whilst displaying passing abilities and high work rates. His performances in Italy earned him a move to Bari in 1991.
    In 1992, Platt moved to Juventus, where he spent one season. Platt continued scoring goals for England, playing in Euro 92 and 96. Despite his efforts, England failed to qualify for the 1994 FIFA World Cup. In 1993, he moved to Sampdoria where he stayed for two seasons before returning to England with Arsenal, taking the total amount of money spent on his transfer fees to £20 million. Platt played with the London club for three years and was part of the 1998 Arsenal team that won the Premier League and FA Cup Double; before his retirement in 1998.
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Comments • 6

  • Emile Koorey Basketball

    One of England's finest midfielders. Good technique, vision and scoring ability.

  • Marco Cevolani
    Marco Cevolani Year ago +2

    Had a very good 1990 World Cup scoring three goals. Too bad he didn't play in another world cup as England were unlucky not to qualify against Holland.

  • backtobelmore
    backtobelmore Year ago +4

    Good goal scoring midfield player with technical ability and really played well for England and scored some important goals.

    • cevaking
      cevaking  Year ago +2

      A triangle pass with Baggio is all you need!

  • MarkVanDam
    MarkVanDam Year ago +4

    David Platt was a class player. The first goal of this video against Belgium in the round of 16 at Italia 90' shows that he had real quality. So much so that he ended up playing in Italy for a good 4 years including a stint with Juventus.

    • cevaking
      cevaking  Year ago +2

      Yes, had a good run in Italy. Mancini wanted him to sign with Sampdoria and kept pressing him until he did, so it shows that he was a very respected footballer.