Lee Cattermole

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Lee Cattermole
Lee Cattermole.jpg
Cattermole playing for Sunderland in 2011
Personal information
Full name Lee Barry Cattermole[1]
Date of birth (1988-03-21) 21 March 1988 (age 29)[2]
Place of birth Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham, England
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[2]
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Sunderland
Number 6
Youth career
1998–2005 Middlesbrough
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2008 Middlesbrough 69 (3)
2008–2009 Wigan Athletic 33 (1)
2009– Sunderland 173 (2)
National team
2003 England U16 1 (0)
2004 England U17 4 (0)
2005 England U18 1 (0)
2006 England U19 1 (0)
2007–2010 England U21 16 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11:38, 25 August 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11:27, 12 August 2010 (UTC)

Lee Barry Cattermole (born 21 March 1988) is an English professional footballer who plays for and captains Championship club Sunderland. He plays as a central midfielder.

An England youth product, Cattermole has earned a reputation as a tough-tackling midfielder due to his lengthy disciplinary record. He began his professional career at Middlesbrough in 2005, having progressed through the club's academy. After making his debut for the club in January 2006, he became a regular player, and at the age of 18 years and 47 days was the youngest man to captain Middlesbrough where he made 91 appearances and scored four goals. He switched to Wigan Athletic in July 2008. Cattermole quickly became a regular for Wigan, amassing 35 appearances in the 2008–09 season. After attracting interest from other Premier League clubs, he joined Sunderland in August 2009. Despite a few injury problems early in his spell at the club, manager Steve Bruce selected him as captain for the start of the 2010–11 season, a role he would hold for three seasons, until Paolo di Canio gave John O'Shea the role prior to the start of the 2013–14 season.

Internationally, Cattermole has represented England at under-16, under-17, under-18, under-19 and under-21 levels, but is yet to make his debut for the full international side.

Club career[edit]

Middlesbrough[edit]

A product of the Middlesbrough youth academy, Cattermole made his debut in the Tyne-Tees derby against Newcastle United on 2 January 2006, playing the full 90 minutes in a match that finished 2–2 in which the England youth international received the Man of the Match award.[3] Manager Steve McClaren later hailed his performance stating, "When we needed people to stand up and be counted, it took a 17-year-old to bring everyone together."[4]

After a 4–0 home defeat to Aston Villa, he was captured on camera in tears and had to be consoled by captain Gareth Southgate.[5] However, after this game the team went on to win seven out of their next eight games, advancing to the quarter-finals of both the FA and UEFA cups and defeating Premier League champions Chelsea 3–0, only their second league defeat of the season.[6][7] Cattermole scored his first league goal for Middlesbrough on 2 April, in a 1–0 victory away at Manchester City,[8] and played for Middlesbrough in the 2006 UEFA Cup Final.[9]

Cattermole became Middlesbrough's youngest-ever captain aged 18 years and 47 days when he skippered the side in their 1–0 defeat away against Fulham on 7 May 2006. During the game, Middlesbrough's oldest-ever player, Colin Cooper, came on as a substitute and Cattermole sportingly gave the captain's armband, without instruction, to Cooper who was playing his last game before retirement.[10][11]

On 20 October 2006, Cattermole signed a new four-year deal to keep him at Middlesbrough until 2010.[12]

Wigan Athletic[edit]

On 29 July 2008, Cattermole signed for Wigan Athletic on a three-year deal in a transfer worth £3.5 million. He made his debut against West Ham United in a 2–1 defeat. Cattermole scored his first goal for Wigan in a 4–1 League Cup win over Ipswich Town on 24 September 2008.[13] He then scored his first league goal in a 3–0 home win over Blackburn Rovers on 13 December 2008.[14] On 4 March, he was given a straight red card, his second of the season, for a reckless challenge on Scott Parker in the home defeat by West Ham.[15] Despite being tied to a three-year deal, Cattermole's highly impressive season with Wigan resulted in constant speculation that he was a target for other clubs.[16]

Sunderland[edit]

Cattermole (left) playing for Sunderland in 2011 alongside Craig Gardner (right)

2009–2013[edit]

On 12 August 2009, it was announced that Cattermole had completed a medical at Sunderland and signed for a fee of £6 million. The midfielder joined the club on a four-year contract, reuniting with former Wigan coach Steve Bruce.[17] He made his debut in a 1–0 win over Bolton Wanderers, in which he won Sunderland's Man of the Match award. He then in the next few games of the season became popular amongst the fans despite missing several games with a heel injury. On 17 October 2009, he injured his knee in the win over Liverpool and was ruled out for twelve weeks.[18] He returned as a second-half substitute for Jordan Henderson on 15 December in a 2–0 loss against Aston Villa. He then played the full match and captained the side in the 4–3 defeat by Manchester City.

On the eve of the 2010–11 season, Cattermole was selected by manager Bruce as the replacement captain after Lorik Cana's departure. He was also handed the vacant number 6 shirt. He received a red card in the first game of the season against Birmingham City for a second bookable offence. Bruce later referred to referee Anthony Taylor as 'out of his depth'. Cattermole played most of the 90 minutes in Sunderland's 3–0 away win against Chelsea, coming off in added time in the second half and was pivotal in the victory. He then earned the Man of the Match award for his performance at home to West Ham, a game which Sunderland won 1–0. Cattermole's tough tackling style has put him into troublesome situations with referees. Bruce, despite backing Cattermole as club captain, said that his disciplinary record must improve. Again, Cattermole suffered an injury-hit season, making 24 appearances in total (two more than the previous season).[19][20]

Cattermole remained captain at the start of the 2011–12 season and received yellow cards in the first two games, against Liverpool and Newcastle. He then fell out of favour, with his next full match not coming until 5 November, in a defeat at Manchester United. Following Bruce's sacking and the appointment of Martin O'Neill as his successor, it was suggested Cattermole might lose the captaincy, especially after he and Nicklas Bendtner were arrested for allegedly damaging cars in Newcastle city centre. However, he led the team on his first appearance under O'Neill, a 3–2 win at QPR. Cattermole had arguably two of his best performances for the Black Cats in their 1–0 win over Manchester City on New Years Day 2012 and a 4–1 win at Wigan two days later. After the victory over Manchester City, O'Neill told his captain: "Well done, absolutely brilliant. You’ve got a heart like a lion".[21] The skipper also put in another excellent defensive performance in the FA Cup fifth-round game against Arsenal on 18 February. Cattermole and his teammates constantly pressed the Arsenal players when they had possession, forcing mistakes and with counter-attacking football, the Black Cats won 2–0.[22]

Cattermole (right) posing for a pre-match photo before facing Arsenal in August 2012

On 4 March 2012, Cattermole was booked in the first minute of the Tyne-Wear derby for a challenge on Newcastle's Cheick Tioté. He received a red card at the conclusion of the match after confronting referee Mike Dean. Martin O'Neill described Cattermole's sending off as "foolish" but claimed Newcastle were "lucky" to finish with 11 players.[23] Cattermole received a four-match ban for the incident.[24] During his ban, reports suggested that O'Neill would strip Cattermole of the captaincy because of his behaviour at the Tyne-Wear Derby match but O'Neill denied the claims.[25] After serving his ban, Cattermole made his return for Sunderland on 27 March in the FA Cup quarter-final replay against Everton, a match Sunderland went on to lose 2–0. Through 73 games for Sunderland in all competitions, Cattermole had been booked 32 times and received four red cards.[26]

The start of the 2013–14 season saw Cattermole replaced as captain by John O'Shea and his number 6 shirt handed to new signing Cabral. Cattermole was assigned the number 33 jersey.

2014–present[edit]

Cattermole captaining Sunderland against Chelsea in May 2016

He scored his first league goal for Sunderland in a 5–1 loss to Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on 7 April 2014.[27]

Cattermole regained his number 6 shirt at the start of the 2014–15 season,[28] and scored Sunderland's first goal of the season, with a 25-yard strike which he described as being 'the best goal he has ever scored',[29] in a 2–2 draw away to West Brom.[30] On 2 July 2015, Cattermole signed a five-year contract extension with Sunderland, committing his future to the club until 2021.[31]

On the opening day of the 2015–16 season, Cattermole captained Sunderland against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium, but was substituted by Dick Advocaat after 30 minutes, with his side 3–0 down and Cattermole having conceded a penalty. Sunderland would go on to lose 4–2.[32]

After missing most of the 2016–17 season through injury, Cattermole returned to the first team late in the campaign and earned praise from Sunderland fans for his performance against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on 16 May 2017 as the Black Cats were defeated 2–0 thanks to a brace from Alexis Sánchez.[33][34] Cattermole suffered relegation with Sunderland as the club finished bottom of the table on just 24 points, ending their ten-year stint in the top flight.[35]

International career[edit]

Cattermole received his first call-up to the England under-21 squad for the October 2006 play-offs against Germany. Cattermole scored his first international goal and the first goal of the U-21 European Championships on 15 June 2009 against Finland. The goal was set up by Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor.[36] Cattermole went on to score his third in an England shirt when they came from behind to defeat Macedonia U21s in a 2–1 win with a goal in the 83rd minute sealing the victory after an impressive goal from Freddie Sears.[37]

Personal life[edit]

In December 2008, Cattermole was given a three-year ban across the Stockton borough. He was added to the PubWatch blacklist of troublemakers after being arrested for disorder during a night out in Yarm. Police were called by door staff at about 11:40 pm and Cattermole was subsequently arrested.[38] In March 2011, it was announced that Cattermole's ban would be extended to December 2012 after a unanimous vote by the members of PubWatch. Cattermole declined to comment on these matters.[39]

Following a night out with teammates, Cattermole was arrested on 6 December 2011 along with then teammate Nicklas Bendtner and charged with damaging five cars on Stowell Street in Newcastle, close to St James' Park. On 25 March 2012, the case at Newcastle Magistrates Court was adjourned to be brought back before the same court on 16 April 2012. Charges against Bendtner were subsequently dropped.[40] Cattermole accepted a conditional caution and paid over £4,000 in damages.[41]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 13 August 2017[42]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Middlesbrough 2005–06 Premier League 14 1 5 0 0 0 5[a] 0 24 1
2006–07 Premier League 31 1 7 1 1 0 39 2
2007–08 Premier League 24 1 2 0 2 0 28 1
Total 69 3 14 1 3 0 5 0 91 4
Wigan Athletic 2008–09 Premier League 33 1 0 0 2 1 35 2
Sunderland 2009–10 Premier League 22 0 0 0 0 0 22 0
2010–11 Premier League 23 0 0 0 1 0 24 0
2011–12 Premier League 23 0 3 0 1 0 27 0
2012–13 Premier League 10 0 1 0 3 0 14 0
2013–14 Premier League 24 1 3 0 5 0 32 1
2014–15 Premier League 28 1 0 0 0 0 28 1
2015–16 Premier League 31 0 1 0 2 0 34 0
2016–17 Premier League 8 0 0 0 1 0 9 0
2017–18 Championship 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 171 2 8 0 13 0 0 0 192 2
Career total 273 6 22 1 18 1 5 0 318 8
  1. ^ Appearances in UEFA Cup

Honours[edit]

Middlesbrough
Sunderland
England
Individual
  • North East Football Writers' Association's Player of the Year: 2014[45]

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