Lewis Dunk

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Lewis Dunk

Lewis Dunk is a graduate of Brighton and Hove Albion's centre of excellence and scholarship system, having joined the club in 2003.

The club captain has made over 400 appearances for the Seagulls since his first-team debut in the penultimate game of the 2009/10 season at MK Dons.

Dunk was the club’s youth team captain that season, going on to impress in Albion’s reserve side and added to his first-team appearances in 2010/11, appearing eight times.

With Adam El-Abd out with a long-term injury, he made a first-team berth his own in 2011/12, and his form prompted a call up to the England under-21 squad.

After finding himself behind Gordon Greer and Matthew Upson, Dunk had a brief loan spell with Bristol City in 2013, but re-established himself as first-choice centre back during the 2014/15 season, finishing the season as top scorer and as runner-up to Inigo Calderon for the Player of the Season award.

Dunk played a pivotal role in Albion's promotion-winning season to the top-tier as he formed an impressive partnership with Shane Duffy, and the pairing's understanding continued into Albion's debut season in the Premier League.

The central defender took up the role of vice captain, wearing the armband when Bruno was unavailable, and Dunk scored his first Premier League goal against Arsenal at the Amex Stadium, as the Seagulls claimed a 2-1 win.

Dunk played every single minute of Albion's 38 Premier League matches in 2017/18, as the Seagulls finished 15th and secured their top-flight status for another season.

The centre-back continued his impressive progress going into the 2018/19 season, and earned an historic first-ever call-up to the England squad for the UEFA Nations League matches against Croatia and Spain.

He thus became the first player selected by England squad since Steve Foster's inclusion in the 1982 FIFA World Cup squad. Although Dunk's debut for Gareth Southgate's didn't arrive during that call-up, he made the following squad and won his first cap in a 3-0 victory over the USA.

Dunk put pen-to-paper on a new five-year contract in August 2020, captaining the side to a 16th place finish that year.

Lewis would go onto captain Albion to their best ever finish in the top-tier, finishing ninth in the 2021/22 season, before leading the club to a sixth place finish the following campaign, as we qualified for European competition for the first time in our history.

Such was his form, Dunk was recalled to the England squad in June 2023 for matches against Malta and North Macedonia.