Clubs: Sheffield United FC, Everton FC
• Born in Manchester, he crossed the Pennines to begin his career with Sheffield United FC, starting out as a central midfielder and making his first-team debut at 17 in May 2000.
• Became a fixture in Blades' first XI under manager Neil Warnock and was an ever-present in the second tier in the 2004/05 and 2005/06 campaigns, the second of which brought promotion to the Premier League.
• Extended his number of consecutive league appearances for United to 133 as he played every minute for the club in the 2006/07 Premier League but relegation prompted a transfer to Everton, where he bedded in quickly, helping the Toffees finish fifth in his first two seasons and also scoring two goals in the UEFA Cup.
• Won his first senior cap for England in June 2008 as a half-time substitute in a friendly against Trinidad & Tobago but ambitions to appear in the 2010 FIFA World Cup were dashed by a cruciate ligament injury that sidelined him from April 2009 to February 2010.
• Returned to full fitness in 2010/11 and was involved in the early stages of England's UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying campaign and was included in Roy Hodgson's squad for the final tournament, though did not make an appearance at the showpiece.
• Signed a four-year contract extension with Everton in January 2013 and was named club captain ahead of the 2013/14 season.
• Established a first-choice central defensive partnership with Gary Cahill for the national side, making two appearances at the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals as England failed to get out of the group stage.
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