Freddie Veseli was a familiar name on Albania’s teamsheet to take on England on Sunday evening.

Veseli hit headlines in January 2012 when he quit Manchester City’s academy to sign with Manchester United.

It wasn’t exactly a deal to get revenge on Carlos Tevez’s switch three years earlier, but there were high hopes for the youngster.

The highlight was going on pre-season to China and South Africa with United’s first team in 2012 and playing in friendly matches.

Veseli, also known as Frederic as well as Freddie, ended up leaving United without starting a first team game – but as his international career shows, he has gone onto carve out a solid career for himself.

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What happened to Veseli?

Veseli’s stint at Manchester United lasted one and a half years, before he was released and signed for Ipswich on a free transfer.

Mick McCarthy did not see enough to give him a first team game either, and he went on loan to Bury and then Port Vale, with both clubs giving him a taste of competitive football.

Port Vale signed him permanently in 2015, where he lasted just one year before moving to Swiss side Lugano.

 

During this time he had begun to establish himself in the Albanian national team and featured for his country at Euro 2016.

Veseli has gone onto make 32 international caps for Albania, including lining up at left-back tonight at Wembley against England.

After Euro 2016, Veseli signed with Italian side Empoli, where he spent four seasons, which included a short loan to French side Le Mans.

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Now he is at Italian Serie B side Salernitana after making the move from Empoli last September. He has made 18 appearances this season.

Veseli is 28, and is hoping to earn the chance to go to his first ever World Cup with Albania. Those hopes took a blow with his side’s defeat to England.

He is a player Manchester United took a chance on, and while it did not work out, he has not done too badly for himself considering many young academy players find themselves out of football altogether by time they reach 30.

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