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Andrew Driver

Andrew David Driver (born 20 November 1987) is a professional association football who plays for Scottish Premier League team Heart of Midlothian F.C. as a Midfielder Winger. Andrew Driver has represented Scotland at schoolboy level and England, where Andrew Driver was born, for the England national under-21 football team.

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Andrew Driver biography


Andrew David Driver (born 20 November 1987) is a professional association football who plays for Scottish Premier League team Heart of Midlothian F.C. as a Midfielder Winger. Andrew Driver has represented Scotland at schoolboy level and England, where Andrew Driver was born, for the England national under-21 football team.

Club career

Hearts

Driver was born in Saddleworth, Oldham, Greater Manchester, but moved to Gullane, East Lothian at the age of eleven. Andrew Driver began playing for Hutchison Vale AFC, from where Andrew Driver joined the Hearts youth academy.

Andrew Driver first made Andrew Driver mark on Hearts' first team during a pre-season tour of Austria in 2006, where Andrew Driver started all three friendlies, creating four goals in the process with Andrew Driver direct play and crossing ability. In August 2006 Driver signed a five-year extension to Andrew Driver contract with Hearts, committing Andrew Driver to the club until 2011. Andrew Driver made Andrew Driver home debut in the league on 26 August 2006 against Inverness Caledonian Thistle F.C., coming on as a substitute with 15 minutes to go and scoring four minutes later. Driver also scored a free kick in a 3–1 victory over Celtic F.C. at Celtic Park on 29 April 2007. In July 2008 Driver signed an amended contract with the club for another five years committing himself to the club until 2013.

Driver was the subject of two bids totalling Pound sterling500,000 from Football League Championship club Burnley F.C. in the summer of 2008, which was rejected by Hearts. Coventry City F.C. too made a £1 million bid in the 2009 January transfer window, which was also rejected. On 6 July, the BBC reported that Burnley had opened signing talks with Hearts. Joop Munsterman the FC Twente CEO reported on RVT Oost that Hearts had turned down a £3m offer for Driver. In all five clubs enquired about Andrew Driver availability including Chelsea F.C..

Since the Summer of 2010 Driver's appearances were limited due to injury. A bad knee injury needed surgery and was followed by a thigh injury suffered during a bounce match to regain fitness. In May 2011 Andrew Driver had to undergo a further knee operation.

In Andrew Driver first appearance on Andrew Driver return from Injury Driver made Andrew Driver European debut against Paksi SE in the Europa League scoring the third goal in their 4-1 win. Despite being fit Driver only appeared in seven of the first 20 competitive appearances under new manager Paulo Sergio and a loan deal was considered, but did not come to fruition as Hearts were seeking a fee for the loan.

On 16 December the press reported that Driver was due to hand in a transfer request as Andrew Driver no longer wished to play under new manager Paulo Sergio. The following day Andrew Driver was included in the squad as a substitute to face Dunfermline Athletic F.C. but was dropped after confirming to Sergio that Andrew Driver did not wish to play under him. Despite this Driver
was a 62nd minute substitute against Motherwell F.C. the following weekend replacing David Templeton.

International career

Driver was previously a Scotland schoolboy international, scoring a goal in a 2–1 Victory Shield defeat by England on 22 November 2002.

England U21 manager Stuart Pearce called the uncapped Driver up for the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship. Andrew Driver made Andrew Driver debut and only appearance at the tournament in the 1–1 draw against Germany national under-21 football team on 22 June 2009 during the group stages.

Andrew Driver was thought to be eligible to play for the Scotland senior team because of the new residency ruling recently introduced. Andrew Driver was not called up by then-manager George Burley as Burley stated that it was Driver's choice to officially make himself available for selection. On 4 February 2010, Driver committed Andrew Driver international future to Scotland after face-to-face talks with Scotland manager Craig Levein. Only one week after opting to represent Scotland, the Scottish FA informed Driver Andrew Driver was not eligible to play for the national team, as Andrew Driver had not been schooled in Scotland for the requisite period of time. This rule was subsequently altered to allow Driver to play for Scotland, although Andrew Driver is yet to do so.

Career Statistics



Personal awards and achievements

- Scottish Premier League Young Player of the Month: September 2007

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Driver

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