Who is Daniel James?
Daniel Owen James, commonly known as Dan James, is a Welsh professional footballer who plays as a forward for the English club Manchester United.
Wales international was born on 10 November 1997 in Kingston upon Hull. Daniel joined Swansea in 2014 for an initial fee of £72,000.
In summer 2017, James signed for Shrewsbury Town on loan until the end of the campaign. The 23-year-old winger played his debut game for the Swans in summer 2018 in a 0–0 draw with Birmingham City in the Championship.
In winter 2018, with the Welsh winger now a regular and one of the standout performers for the Swans, coach Graham Potter revealed that Swansea were looking to open negotiations with the attacker over a new deal.
In summer 2019, Daniel underwent a medical with the Red Devils ahead of a transfer for a reported fee of £15m with the possibility for extra payments.
James scored his first goal for Man United on his competitive debut, coming on as a substitute to score the Red Devils’ final goal in a 4–0 victory over Chelsea.
In March 2020, the 23-year-old winger ended a seven-month goal drought by scoring in a 5–0 victory over LASK, the final match before the suspension of football caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
What is Daniel James’ international career like?
Born in England, Daniel qualifies to play for Wales through his late father, Kevan, who was born in Aberdare.
The Welsh winger scored at the Toulon Tournament, playing for the national team U20 in a 1–0 victory over Bahrain U20 after the forward won and scored the resulting penalty.
The 23-year-old winger received his first senior call-up for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match with Serbia in 2017 by coach Chris Coleman.
Subsequently, James played his debut match for Wales under Chris Coleman’s successor, Ryan Giggs, in a game with Albania in November 2018, playing the first 58 minutes.
Daniel scored his first Wales goal in just his second cap, netting the only goal of the match in the opening minutes with Slovakia in his competitive home debut.
During the September international break, the Welsh forward netted the just goal in a friendly victory over Belarus.
In May 2021, Daniel was selected for the Wales team for the delayed UEFA Euro 2020 competition. Wales were eliminated in the Round of 16 in the UEFA Euro 2020 as Denmark thrashed them.