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Martin Kelly

Published: Tuesday 29 March 2011, 18.12CET
Liverpool FC
Published: Tuesday 29 March 2011, 18.12CET

Martin Kelly

Liverpool FC

Martin Kelly was called into the England squad for UEFA EURO 2012 as a replacement for defender Gary Cahill, who fractured his jaw in a warm-up match against Belgium, nine days before their first game in Ukraine. A scorer on his Under-21 debut against Uzbekistan in August 2010, the Liverpool FC player can operate on the right and in the centre of the back four.

• A graduate of the Liverpool academy, Kelly missed almost two years of his youth development due to a back problem.

• His first appearance and start for his local club came in the UEFA Champions League − he made his debut as a late substitute in a 3-1 win at PSV Eindhoven in December 2008 and his first start on matchday three of the 2009/10 competition against Olympique Lyonnais.

• Scored his first professional goal while on loan at Huddersfield Town FC in the English third tier − during a 3-2 defeat of Walsall FC − on 18 April 2009.

• Cemented his place as Liverpool's regular right-back in 2010/11 with a series of promising displays under Roy Hodgson and Kenny Dalglish, with the Reds unbeaten in the ten UEFA Europa League matches he appeared in.

• Earned his first senior cap as a late substitute in a friendly against Norway in Oslo on 26 May 2012.

Last updated: 05/06/12 11.07CET

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