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Robert Earnshaw

Earnshaw in action for Wales
Personal information
Full nameRobert Earnshaw
Date of birth6 April 1981(age 36)
Place of birthMufulira, Zambia
Height1.73 m
Playing positionStriker
Club information
Current clubCardiff City

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Robert Earnshaw (born 6 April 1981) is a Welsh footballer who plays for Cardiff City and Wales. He is the only player to have scored a hat-trick in the English Premier League, Championship, League One, League Two (or the divisions under their previous names), the League Cup, the FA Cup and for his country at International level.

Earnshaw was born in Mufulira, Zambia to an English father and a Zambian mother. He spent the first four years of his life in Mufulira, before moving to Bedwas, south Wales with his mother in 1985. Earnshaw began his professional playing career with Cardiff City in 1998, having joined the club as a YTS trainee the previous year. During his first spell at Cardiff he made 205 first team appearances, scoring 105 goals. Eligible to represent either Zambia or Wales, Earnshaw made his debut for the latter in 2002.

Moving up two divisions in 2004, Earnshaw joined Premier League side West Bromwich Albion, finishing the 2004-05 season as top goalscorer. Earnshaw signed for Norwich City during the January 2006 transfer window, staying at Carrow Road until the end of the 2006-07 season. At Derby County the following season, Earnshaw spent what he called his worst season in football, scoring one goal in his 22 appearances. Earnshaw's three year contract with Nottingham Forest expired in June 2011. During his time at Forest, Earnshaw scored 35 goals in 87 appearances. In June 2011, Earnshaw left Forest on a free transfer and signed a two year contract with his old club, Cardiff City. Since leaving Cardiff City in 2004, Earnshaw's transfer fees totalled £12,650,000.

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