Fabio Capello has drafted Blackburn’s young goalkeeper Frankie Fielding into his squad to face Hungary tomorrow evening. The 22-year-old has been brought in along with fellow under 21 keeper Scott Loach following the retirement of Paul Robinson and withdrawal of Ben Foster.
So who the fudge is Frankie Fielding?
1. If you have never heard of him, that’s because he is yet to play a senior game for Blackburn.
2. He has made two appearances for England under 21s. One of these came as a substitute for the injured (and more well-known) Joe Lewis.
3. His last professional match was a 1-0 defeat for Rochdale, where he spent much of last season on loan, at Barnet in front of 4,638 spectators in May.
4. Frankie’s claim to fame is playing is making his England under 21 debut in 2008 just 24 hours after playing in an FA Cup match for Northampton.
5. Ironically, Fielding has two English goalkeepers ahead of him in the pecking order to play for Blackburn but has jumped the queue at international level. Paul Robinson and Mark Bunn are both preferred at Ewood Park (as is Wales international Jason Brown).
6. His professional debut came on loan at Wycombe in 2007.
7. Blackburn signed local lad Francis as a 10-year-old midfielder. He soon decided that wasn’t for him and moved into nets.
8. His hero is Brad Friedel. He said: “Brad was the one I always looked up to. I was lucky enough to work with him for three years and I’ve never seen him have a bad training session. Not once. He trains every day as if its for a World Cup final. He has certainly been a big inspiration to me.”
9. He is not to be confused with the outspoken Labour MP for Birkenhead Frank Field.
10. He is a former pupil of Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Blackburn, which also counts James Beattie among its ex-students.