Michael Chopra

Michael Chopra

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Michael Chopra

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Rocky Michael Chopra (born ) is an English footballer who plays for Football League Championship side Ipswich Town. He is of mixed Indian and British descent.

Chopra plays as a striker. He was originally a product of the Newcastle United Youth system. In his career he has also played for Sunderland and has spent loan spells at Watford, Nottingham Forest and Barnsley. He has represented England at the Under-15, Under-16, Under-17, Under-18, Under-19, Under-20 and Under-21 levels.

In 2006, Chopra made news for scoring the fastest goal by a substitute in Premier League history, scoring after being on the pitch for ten seconds. With an Indian father, he was also the first player of Indian parentage to play and score in the Premier League.

Club career

Newcastle United

Born in Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, Chopra attended Alan Shearer's former school, Gosforth High School, in Newcastle, and owing to his goal-scoring exploits there, and later with the Montagu Boys' Club, was recruited to the Newcastle United academy in July 1993.

In the 2000–01 season, he scored 28 goals for the Newcastle Academy side that reached the FA Premier League Academy Under-17 playoff final. In December 2000 he signed his professional contract with Newcastle. The next season, playing for the Academy Under-19 team, he scored 14 goals in the first nine games of the season, prompting a promotion to the Senior Reserves. He went on to...
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