Born 22 November 1989 in Greenwich, London, Christopher Lloyd Smalling has climbed through the ranks to represent the most successful Premier League club, Manchester United. Standing at 1.92 metres tall Smalling is no slouch, regarded as a quick and clever footballer Chris learnt his trade at the Millwall academy before moving to Maidstone United. Smalling signed for Manchester United in 2010 where he became an important player providing back-up for the likes of Vidic and Ferdinand.
However it was through the school system where the centre back was noticed. Representing Kent schools U-16 and U-18 squads his performances saw him claim a spot in the National Schoolboys team. Strong performances for club and county school teams enabled him to pick up a contract with Middlesbrough in 2008.
But after only one month the contract fell through and Fulham were quick to snatch him up shortly after. He made his debut for Fulham on the final day of the 2008/09 season.
On the 1st of July 2010 Smalling made the move from London to Manchester and slipped into the first team immediately. His football rise continued in 2011 when he debuted at right back for the England senior team in their 3-0 win over Bulgaria. The defender is also capable of scoring goals, and his first for Manchester United came in the club's 3-2 Community Shield victory over cross town rivals Manchester City.