Marc Kevin Albrighton (born 18 November 1989) is an English professional footballer who plays as a winger for Premier League club Leicester City.
He joined Aston Villa at the age of eight, and made his professional debut for them in 2009. he totalled nine goals in 101 professional appearances for Villa, also spending a loan spell at Wigan Athletic in 2013. After being released in 2014, he signed for Leicester City where he won the Premier League in 2015-16, playing in every league game of the season.
Albrighton represented the England U21 and U20 sides.
Born in Tamworth, Staffordshire, Albrighton started his career at hometown club Mile Oak Monarchs, before he was offered a trial at Villa's local rivals West Bromwich Albion. He was rejected by Albion, then subsequently signed for Villa at the age of eight.
After impressing in the under-18 squad and playing in the reserves, Albrighton's first taste of senior action came on 10 July 2008, playing 17 minutes as a substitute in the 6–0 pre-season friendly victory over Wil. He made his competitive debut in the UEFA Cup game away at CSKA Moscow on 26 February 2009, a 2–0 loss (3–1 aggregate).
During the 2009–10 pre-season, Albrighton was included in the squad which played in the pre-season friendly tournament, the 2009 Peace Cup, in which he scored his first goal for the club in a 3–1 win over Atlante. He played in the Peace Cup final in which Villa beat Italians Juventus 4–3 in a penalty shootout.
On 2 April 2009, Albrighton made his debut for the England under 20s. He made his debut for U21 team in September 2010 during their Euro 2011 qualifying play-offs and scored just fifteen minutes after coming on as a substitute.
Albrighton confirmed to the Birmingham Mail that his dreams came true in playing for Aston Villa, the team he has supported since a young age. He named former Villa players David Ginola, Benito Carbone and Robert Pirès as some of his footballing role models, along with England legend David Beckham to whom he has been compared due to crossing ability and technique.
Albrighton became a father for the first time on 19 February 2012 when his partner Chloe Fulford gave birth to a baby daughter, Matilda Beau, in Sutton Coldfield. Fulford's mother, Sue Davey, was killed in the Tunisian terror attacks in June 2015.
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