Lee Holmes

Lee Daniel Holmes (born 2 April 1987) is an English footballer who plays as a midfielder for Preston North End. Holmes started his career with Derby County and became their youngest ever player and goalscorer, as well the youngest footballer to appear in the FA Cup. He has played for England under 17s and England under 19s, scoring in their 3–1 defeat to France in the 2005 European under 19 championships. He had one previous loan spell with Swindon Town, as well as spending time at Bradford City, Walsall and Oxford United. He was released by Derby County in 2008 after six years with the club to join Southampton. Born in Mansfield on 2 April 1987, Lee Holmes started his career with Derby County appearing for the club's under 18 side when he was aged only 14. Even before he made his senior debut, he hit the headlines when he scored after just 38 seconds for England under 16s in a Victory Shield game against Northern Ireland. England went on to win the 2002 shield with two more victories. Holmes made his debut for Derby on Boxing Day 2002 against Grimsby Town to break the club record for the youngest player aged just 15 years and 268 days.

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