Sam McClelland

Northern Ireland U19s

    4 January 2002

    Coleraine, Northern Ireland
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Sam McClelland joined our Academy from Coleraine in his native Northern Ireland.

Academy years

A tall, strong central defender who reads the game well and enjoys playing out with his feet, he has represented Northern Ireland up to the Under-19 age group - and made his Chelsea debut in a London derby against Arsenal in September 2018. The only goal of his maiden season in English football came a fortnight later as he netted what ultimately proved to be the winner away at Swansea. McClelland signed his first professional contract at Chelsea in July 2019.

International career

After a maiden call-up to the Under-21 national team during the last international break , Sam captained Northern Ireland Under-19s in the qualification stages of the Under-19 Euro 2020 competition hosted in his home country.

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