43 Jonjoe Kenny

eng England
March 15, 1997

Born a short walk away from Goodison Park, Jonjoe Kenny joined Everton’s Academy at the age of nine.

His versatility and composure on the ball saw him deployed at right-back, centre-back and in central midfield in progressing through the ranks – but he has since

Having represented England at youth level, he recovered from a broken collarbone just in time to make the Under-17s squad for the 2014 European Championship Finals.

Kenny lifted the trophy aloft alongside captain and fellow Blue Ryan Ledson after netting the shootout-winning penalty in the final against Holland.

In December 2014, Kenny was named on the bench for Everton’s first-team game against FC Krasnodar.

Having captained the Under-21s throughout 2014/15, he gained his first taste of senior action in pre-season at Swindon Town in July.

He spent the first three months of the 2015/16 campaign on loan at Wigan Athletic, before joining League Two outfit Oxford United in January for the remainder of the season.

He played 20 games for the Yellows, helping Michael Appleton’s side gain promotion to the third tier as runners-up.

Kenny then returned to Everton and was handed his senior debut off the bench when David Unsworth and Joe Royle took charge for the final game of the season, a 3-0 home victory over Norwich.

The Kirkdale-born youngster signed a three-year contract extension in September 2016 and then spent the majority of the 2016/17 season with Unsworth, captaining the Under-23s all the way to the Premier League 2 title, while also making a solitary first-team appearance – away at Swansea City – towards the end of the term.