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Kyle Naughton

Kyle Naughton (born 17 November 1988) is an English association football who plays as a Defender (association football) Full back for Norwich City F.C. on loan from Tottenham Hotspur F.C..

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Kyle Naughton (born 17 November 1988) is an English association football who plays as a Defender (association football) Full back for Norwich City F.C. on loan from Tottenham Hotspur F.C..

Club career

Sheffield United

Born in Sheffield, England, Naughton is a product of Sheffield United F.C. centre of excellence and academy, having been there since the age of seven. Kyle Naughton attended an England under-15 training camp during the 2004–05 in English football season, and over the years has become a regular in the Academy and reserve teams. Kyle Naughton captained Kyle Naughton club's academy side to the quarter-finals of the FA Youth Cup in the 2006–07 in English football season.

Kyle Naughton was signed by Scottish Premier League team Gretna F.C. on loan (football) in January 2008, and made Kyle Naughton league debut for Gretna against Rangers F.C. on 16 January 2008. Kyle Naughton played regularly for the rest of the season at the troubled Scottish club who were placed into administration during Kyle Naughton tenure there. Despite this Naughton continued for Gretna as the Blades agreed to cover insurance payments needed to allow Kyle Naughton to play. Naughton played 19 times for the club but was unable to help them avoid promotion and relegation.
Naughton made Kyle Naughton first team debut for the Blades the following season, coming on as a second half substitute in the first round of the League Cup against Port Vale F.C. in August 2008. In Kyle Naughton second substitute appearance for the club Kyle Naughton netted the winning goal in a 2–1 League Cup success over Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield Town F.C..

Naughton made Kyle Naughton league debut on 20 September 2008 against Norwich City F.C., Kyle Naughton then went on to make Kyle Naughton first start for Sheffield United in their 2–1 victory over Watford F.C. on 27 September 2008, gaining the man of the match award. From that point Kyle Naughton cemented Kyle Naughton place in the starting eleven and was virtually ever present for the rest of the season, becoming first choice at right back whilst also making a couple of appearances in midfield and finishing the season playing at left back to cover for the injured Gary Naysmith. Kyle Naughton successful season was rewarded when Kyle Naughton was voted Young Player of the Year by the United supporters club, was runner up to Matthew Kilgallon in the senior Player of the Year award and was included in the Professional Footballers' Association Championship Team of the Year.

Tottenham Hotspur

Despite major interest from Everton F.C., Naughton signed for Tottenham Hotspur F.C. in July 2009 along with fellow Sheffield United F.C. player Kyle Walker for a combined fee on £8 million. Kyle Naughton made Kyle Naughton Spurs non-competitive début against FC Barcelona in the 2009 Wembley Cup which ended in a 1–1 draw. Kyle Naughton came on as a substitute in the 94 minute in the game against West Ham United F.C., which was the third game in the 2009–10 season to mark Kyle Naughton debut in the Premier League.

Loan to Middlesbrough

Naughton signed a six-month loan deal with Middlesbrough F.C. on 1 February 2010. Kyle Naughton made Kyle Naughton debut in the 1–1 draw against Ipswich Town F.C..

Loan to Leicester City

After returning to Tottenham Kyle Naughton was loaned out again initially to January to another Football League Championship side, Leicester City F.C.. Kyle Naughton made Kyle Naughton debut on 16 October in a 1–1 draw against Hull City A.F.C..
In Kyle Naughton second game for Leicester City, against Leeds United, Kyle Naughton scored the second league goal of Kyle Naughton career. Kyle Naughton scored again for Leicester city in the 5-1 win against Doncaster Rovers. Kyle Naughton also scored against Barnsley in a 4-1 win on 5 February with a 30 yard drive into the top corner. Naughton also scored a 25 yard rocket to equalise for Leicester in the M69 derby against Coventry. On 12 March Naughton scored Leicester 3rd goal in their 3-0 win over Scunthorpe. Leicester extended Naughton's loan until the end of the 2010–11 season on 8 January after a permanent move failed to materialise.

In April Naughton was named as right back in the Professional Footballers' Association Championship PFA Team of the Year for the second time in three years and won the Leicester City Young Player of the Year award.

Loan to Norwich City

On 21 July 2011 Naughton signed a season long loan deal to Premier League team Norwich City F.C. from Tottenham Hotspur F.C.. Kyle Naughton was handed squad number 25 for Kyle Naughton year in Norfolk. Naughton was an unused substitute for the Canaries opening Premier League fixture against Wigan Athletic on 13 August 2011. Naughton displaced Russell Martin as the first choice right back, and started the matches against Stoke, Chelsea and West Brom.

International career

In November 2008, after only eleven league appearances, Naughton was called up to the England national under-21 football team team for the friendly against the Czech Republic national under-21 football team team at Bramall Lane. Kyle Naughton duly made Kyle Naughton England debut, coming on as a 60th minute substitute in a 2–0 victory. Naughton is also eligible to play for the Republic of Ireland national football team national team.

Honours

Individual
- Championship's PFA Team of the Year (2): 2009–10 Football League Championship Team of the Year, 2010–11 Football League Championship Team of the year
- Leicester City Young Player of the Year (1): 2010-11
- Sheffield United Young Player of the Year (1): 2008–09

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

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