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#SaintsXmas Day Two: Grab-A-Saint
Six Southampton stars take on the Christmas Grab-A-Saint challenge!
Saints duo feature in Young Lions defeat
James Ward-Prowse and Nathan Redmond come off the bench in England Under-21s' 3-2 loss in France.
Saints trio set for France friendly
James Ward-Prowse, Jack Stephens and Nathan Redmond set for international action.
Gallery: Young Lions enjoy St Mary's success
Check out the best images from England Under-21s win over Italy at St Mary's.
Stephens: It was an honour
Match winner Jack Stephens reflects on England Under-21s' clash with Italy, at St Mary's.
Video: Stephens on dramatic Young Lions winner
Jack Stephens reflects on a memorable night with the Young Lions at St Mary's.
Stephens: An unbelievable feeling
Jack Stephens was struggling to sum up his emotions after netting the winner for England Under-21s at St Mary's.
Saints trio feature for Young Lions at St Mary's
James Ward-Prowse, Jack Stephens and Nathan Redmond all feature against Italy at St Mary's.
Southampton trio ready for England action
England Under-21s take on Italy at St Mary's tonight.
Stephens: Italy will be tough
Jack Stephens says Italy will be ideal opponents for England Under-21s, at St Mary's.
England date an honour for Stephens
Jack Stephens looks ahead to England Under-21s' visit to St Mary's.
Video: Stephens on Young Lions clash
Watch Jack Stephens preview England Under-21s' clash with Italy, at St Mary's.
Saints stars set for November International fixtures
Find out where the Southampton players on duty are in action.
Saints duo feature in England Under-21 win
Southampton pair Jack Stephens and Nathan Redmond help see off Bosnia.
Jack Stephens Saints HistoryLast updated 09 Dec 2016
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Jack Stephens BiographyLast updated 26 Sep 2016
Former clubs: Plymouth Argyle
Defender Stephens joined Southampton as a 17-year-old having broken into the first team at Plymouth Argyle.
The Cornwall youngster made his professional debut for Argyle at the age of 16, coming on as a substitute in a League 1 victory over Sheffield Wednesday on 18th September 2010.
His first start would come in a Johnstone’s Paint Trophy game against Cheltenham Town the following month, and he kept his place for the Pilgrims’ next game. In total, he made six appearances for Plymouth before moving to St Mary’s in April 2011 having turned 17 just over two months earlier.
Stephens was a regular for Saints’ Under-18s in 2011/12 as they finished second in the Premier Academy League Group A having been narrowly pipped to first by eventual champions Fulham.
The youngster was also included in the First Team squad for an FA Cup third-round game at Coventry in January 2012, making his debut as an 89th-minute substitute in a 2-1 win at the Ricoh Arena. He turned 18 on 27th January, and was then named as an unused replacement during a fourth-round tie against Millwall the following day. He also made the bench for the subsequent replay against the Lions.
International recognition would follow in March, when Jack was called into the England Under-18 squad for the first time. He played the first half as the Young Lions ran out three-nil winners at Gresty Road in Crewe.
Following Southampton’s promotion to the Barclays Premier League, Stephens was one of four youngsters to be promoted into the First Team ahead of the 2012-13 season. Jack – along with James Ward-Prowse, Luke Shaw and Calum Chambers – joined up with the senior squad for their pre-season preparations, which began with the Markus Liebherr Memorial Cup. Stephens was named in a 24-man Saints squad for the three-team tournament, playing in our penalty victory over eventual cup-winners Arsenal.
Continuing his development
Jack started the competitive season with the Under-21s, playing for the Development Squad in the newly-created Barclays U21 Premier League. He was also named on the bench for the First Team’s Capital One Cup second-round game against Stevenage in August 2012.
Further international honours came the following month, when Stephens was called into England’s Under-19 side for the first time. Jack earned his first U19 cap playing alongside Saints teammate Chambers in European Championship qualifiers against Estonia, the Faroe Islands and Ukraine in Lithuania. The duo were then joined in the squad by James Ward-Prowse for a friendly win over Finland in Telford last November.
Back on the domestic front, Stephens was a virtual ever-present as our Under-21s progressed through to the Elite Group stage of the U21 Premier League. He was handed the captaincy midway through the season, and has led the team admirably as they push for a top-three finish and qualification for the knockout phase to determine the competition’s overall champion.
He spent the whole 2014/15 season on loan with League 1 side Swindon – joined by Saints Academy graduate Jordan Turnbull – following his short loan deal with the Robins at the end of the 2013/14 campaign. The defender was a key player for Mark Cooper’s side, making 37 appearances and helping them reach the play-off final at Wembley, where they lost 4-0 to Preston North End.
Stephens, along with Saints teammate, went on to represent England Under-20s at the 2015 Toulon Tournament, where the Young Lions finished in fourth place.
The defender spent time on loan at Middlesbrough and Coventry City during the 2015/16 campaign as he continued his development away from St Mary's, before winning the Toulon Tournament alongside Matt Targett and James Ward-Prowse.