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Ambassador: Steve McManaman

Published: Thursday 30 August 2012, 17.55CET
Of all England's footballing exports in the modern era, none were as successful as former Liverpool FC and Real Madrid CF midfielder Steve McManaman.

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Published: Thursday 30 August 2012, 17.55CET

Ambassador: Steve McManaman

Of all England's footballing exports in the modern era, none were as successful as former Liverpool FC and Real Madrid CF midfielder Steve McManaman.

Date of birth: 11/02/1972
Nationality: English
Playing career: Liverpool FC, Real Madrid CF, Manchester City FC

Of all England's footballing exports in the modern era, none were as successful as McManaman. In four seasons at Real Madrid he won two Liga titles and two UEFA Champions League winners' medals, and in a team blessed with talent, he was a regular presence.

He was perhaps never more influential than in the 2000 UEFA Champions League final, when crowned a man-of-the-match performance against Valencia CF as midfield foil to the flighty Fernando Redondo with a sweetly-struck goal. The Merengues won 3-0.

Steve McManaman on the magic of Wembley

A skilful, rangey athlete (he excelled as a cross-country runner), McManaman started out as a winger at hometown club Liverpool before gradually switching to a more central role. Man of the match in the 1992 FA Cup final at Wembley, he shone at EURO '96 in hosts England's march to the semi-finals.

McManaman was never an England regular, bowing out with 37 caps, but found international acclaim after a free transfer to Madrid in 1999. He wound down his career at Manchester City where he retired in 2005, aged 33, and has since worked in ambassadorial roles and as a pundit.

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