Norwich academy Under-16s
goalkeeper Jed Steer followed in the footsteps of Robert
Green, Joe Lewis and Declan
Rudd when he was called by England's Under-16 squad for the
Vicory Shield international against Northern Ireland at Blackpool
on October 11th 2007 with the game being covered live by Sky Sports.
Jed Steer flew out to France with the England Under-16 squad
on Monday 17th March 2008 to take part in the Montaigu tournament.
England's group games in the tournament are against Japan on Wednesday
19th March, Germany on Thursday 20th March and USA on Easter Saturday.
Jed kept a clean sheet in a 1-0 win against Germany on Thursday.
Although England lost 1-0 to the USA with Adam Davies (Everton)
in goal, an earlier victory against Japan was enough to see England
joint top of their group together with Germany. Both teams finished
with exactly the same record but England's victory over the Germans
gave the Young Lions the spot in the final.
Steer was the English hero when he produced the matchwinning
save in a penalty shoot-out as England beat hosts France 5-4 in
the final on spot-kicks after a goalless draw.England netted all
five of their spot-kicks through skipper José Baxter, Ryan
Tunnicliffe, Jonjo Shelvey, Emmanuel Frimpong and Ezekiel Fryers
to win the game and add a second honour for the season after lifting
the Victory Shield last November. Germany sealed third place in
the competition after beating Ivory Coast on penalties.
In August 2008, Jed was called up to the England Under-17 squad,
even though he is only 15, for an international tournament against
Israel, Italy and Portugal.
On 29th September 2008, the Daily Mirror reported that
"Chelsea were ready to pay City £250,000 for keeper
Jed Steer and groom him for stardom". the same report suggested
Manchester United were also watching Steer
Jed signed for the Academy as a scholar at the end of June 2009.
He signed his first professional contract with Norwich on 24th
September 2009, his 17th birthday
On 29th July 2011, Jed was loaned to League One Yeovil for three
months, at the same time as agreeing a one year extension to his
contract with Norwich. He made his league debut on 6th August
2011 in a 2-0 defeat at Brentford. He returned to Norwich after
12 appearances as he injured his thigh on 13th October. .
Jed made his Norwich debut in the 2-1 away FA Cup win at West
Bromwich Albion on 28th January 2012. He also played in the FA
Cup defeat to Leicester.
On 8th November 2012, Jed was loaned to Conference side Cambridge
for a month to gain match experience. He kept a clean sheet on
his debut against Macclesfield on 10th November 2012.
Out of contract at the end of the 2012/13 season, he rejected
Norwich's offer of a new contract and became Paul
Lambert's sixth signing of the 2013 summer for Aston Villa.
Norwich will be paid compensation due to Steer's youth.