Who is John Lundstram?
John Lundstram was born 18 February 1994 he currently plays as a midfielder for Scottish giants Rangers. Lundstram started his football career in Everton’s academy. He signed his first professional deal in June 2011, however, he failed to make a first-team appearance for the Merseyside Blues. He had loan spells at Leyton Orient, Doncaster Rovers, Yeovil Town, Blackpool and Scunthorpe United before departing from Everton to join Oxford United permanently in 2015.
After playing 104 games for Oxford, he made the switch to Sheffield United in 2017. He helped the Blades to make a promotion to the Premier League, where he has spent two seasons before becoming a free agent this summer.
The 27-year-old, who has agreed on a three-year contract with Rangers, deal expired at Sheffield United, having played 62 games in the Premier League last two seasons.
Lundstram and Rangers’ head coach Steven Gerrard are from the same part of Liverpool.
“I spoke with the manager, and I was just taken aback by his ambition, vision and drive,” the midfielder said.
“I know Glasgow is like Liverpool – a proper football city with proper football fans, and I know the people are very similar. As an outsider looking in, the scenes last season were unbelievable when the club won the league and, when I saw that, I knew I wanted to be a part of it.”
Lundstram has told RangersOfficial website working under Gerrard’s coaching staff “was a huge draw,” and the prospect of Champions League football “was also massive for me”.
What are John Lundstram plans for the 2021/22 season?
Lundstram arrived at Rangers as a free agent, and due to his experience of Premier League football, he could play a key role in Steven Gerrard’s team and easily adapt to their tactics.
The 27-year-old midfielder is capable of playing on both defensive and offensive end, in the 2019/20 season he was one of the best offensive threat for the Blades, however, struggled to secure a place in the starting XI the last term after refusing to extend his contract.
Lundstram expects to become a starter at Rangers immediately and help them to defend the Scottish Premiership title.
All you need to know John Lundstram’s international career
Described as a solid tackling midfielder, Lundstram worked his way into Englands’ U-17 squad during the 2010–11 season.
His first full campaign on the international stage saw him play a vital role in the U17s’ run to the semi-final of the European Championship in Serbia. He was named in the “Tournament select squad”. Following the end of the tournament, UEFA made comparisons to Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard and praised his “biting tackle” and vision on the field.
On 28 May 2013, Lundstram was named in Peter Taylor’s 20-man team for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup. He made his debut in a 3–0 victory against Uruguay. This turned out to be his only appearance for England U-20 side, being an unused substitute for two more games as PetrTaylor’s team was eliminated from the tournament.
Lundstrom thus far has never had a chance to represent his country; however, considering his age he still has a chance to secure a place in Gareth Southgate’s team in the nearby future.