Shaun Wright-Phillips

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Shaun Wright-Phillips
Shaun Wright-Phillips warming up.jpg
Wright-Phillips warming up for Chelsea in 2008
Personal information
Full name Shaun Cameron Wright-Phillips[1]
Date of birth (1981-10-25) 25 October 1981 (age 35)[1]
Place of birth Greenwich, England
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)[1]
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
New York Red Bulls
Number 98
Youth career
Nottingham Forest
0000–1999 Manchester City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2005 Manchester City 153 (26)
2005–2008 Chelsea 82 (4)
2008–2011 Manchester City 64 (9)
2011–2015 Queens Park Rangers 67 (1)
2015– New York Red Bulls 19 (1)
2016 New York Red Bulls II (loan) 1 (0)
National team
2001–2002 England U21 6 (1)
2004–2010 England 36 (6)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 01:23, 12 November 2016 (UTC).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 01:23, 22 September 2016 (UTC)

Shaun Cameron Wright-Phillips (born 25 October 1981) is an English professional footballer who plays as a winger for the New York Red Bulls.

He began his senior career with Manchester City in 1999, becoming part of the international set-up and earning a £21 million transfer to Premier League champions Chelsea in 2005, winning several domestic honours. In 2008, he returned to Manchester City, and then joined Queens Park Rangers in 2011.

He made his full England debut in 2004 and went on to earn 36 caps, and score six goals. He was selected for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Family and early life[edit]

Wright-Phillips is the son of former England international Ian Wright, who adopted him when he was three years old.[2] His younger half-brother, Bradley Wright-Phillips, is a fellow professional footballer.[3] Born in Greenwich, London,[1] he grew up in Brockley, London, and attended the state school Haberdashers' Aske's Hatcham College in New Cross Gate.[citation needed]

Club career[edit]

Manchester City[edit]

Wright-Phillips was released by Nottingham Forest aged 17 and Manchester City took him to Maine Road.[citation needed] He made his first-team debut as a substitute in the second leg of a League Cup match against Burnley, replacing Terry Cooke.[4] His league debut came two months later at Port Vale. Brought on as substitute striker, he helped his team turn a 1–0 deficit into a 2–1 win. His shot resulted in the first Manchester City goal, which Wright-Phillips attempted to claim, though the strike was later credited as an own goal instead.[5] He then started the next two matches in place of Paul Dickov, who was absent through injury.[citation needed] Once Dickov recovered, Wright-Phillips returned to the reserves, making only one further first team appearance that season.[citation needed] City finished second in the First Division, resulting in promotion to the Premier League for the 2000–01 season.[citation needed]

Wright-Phillips featured more regularly than the previous season but was still not fully established in the first team, making 12 starts and seven substitute appearances playing in a variety of attacking positions.[citation needed] Manchester City's stay in the Premier League was brief; at the end of the season they were relegated.[citation needed] The drop brought about a change of manager, Kevin Keegan replacing Joe Royle.[citation needed]

Under Keegan, Wright-Phillips firmly established himself in the first team, not as a forward, but as a wing-back.[6] Keegan was known for playing attacking football, and decided to use the attacking Wright-Phillips in a traditionally defensive position due to his mobility and dribbling ability.[6] From 2000 to 2003, Wright-Phillips won Manchester City's Young Player of the Year award four times in succession,[7] surpassing Steve Kinsey's record of three times.[8]

On 17 November 2004, he became one of the main targets of racist chants from sections of the Spanish crowd at an international friendly between England and Spain in Madrid.[citation needed] However, he brushed that aside with his performance in his next Manchester City game at Portsmouth, saying to reporters after the game, "I just let the football do the talking."[9] He also has a similar response regarding his father, saying in an interview with manchesteronline.co.uk: "The press brought up my adopted father's name. They relate to his name and that is fine by me – it comes with the name, but I will be my own man. I have made my own path and started to take my own steps."[10]

Chelsea[edit]

Wright-Phillips playing for Chelsea in 2008

On 18 July 2005, Wright-Phillips completed a £21 million move to Premier League champions Chelsea, returning to his native London. He joined the club on a five-year contract after agreeing to personal terms and passing a medical. He had previously said he would not leave Manchester City.[11] His appearances were initially limited, starting only 15 times for Chelsea in 2005–06 and struggling to find scoring form.[citation needed] An inconsistent first season with Chelsea culminated in him missing out on the opportunity to travel to Germany with the England squad for the 2006 World Cup.[citation needed]

Despite making few first-team appearances, Wright-Philips maintained that he was happy at Chelsea and wanted to stay and fight for a first-team place.[citation needed] He received a boost from his manager José Mourinho, when the latter declined to make an approach for Real Betis winger Joaquín, stating that he had enough options in terms of wingers.[citation needed] His first goal for the club came in a 2–0 Champions League win over Levski Sofia on 5 December 2006, in his 52nd match and almost 17 months after his transfer.[12]

As 2006–07 progressed, Wright-Phillips picked up form and scored his first league goal against West Ham United on 18 April, following it up with his second in the same match.[13] Subsequently, he started in several games towards the end of the season including the 2007 FA Cup Final which Chelsea won, however Wright-Phillips was substituted for Salomon Kalou in extra time.[14]

At the beginning of 2007–08, Wright-Phillips maintained his starting place on the right wing.[citation needed] He also maintained his place after José Mourinho left Chelsea and under new coach Avram Grant.[citation needed] He was selected to play in the 2007 League Cup Final, which Chelsea lost to Tottenham Hotspur.[citation needed] He only made another six appearances that season and failed to make the match day squad for the 2008 UEFA Champions League Final.[citation needed] Having made 65 starting appearances for the club, with a further 60 as a substitute, Wright-Phillips had been unable to secure a regular place in the side under Grant and Mourinho.[citation needed] After also falling out of favour with new manager Luiz Felipe Scolari, he was allowed to leave the club.[citation needed]

Return to Manchester City[edit]

Wright-Phillips lining up for Manchester City in 2010

On 28 August 2008, he re-joined former club Manchester City on a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee, believed to be in the region of £8.5 million.[15][16] On his second debut, Wright-Phillips scored two goals against Sunderland in the 0–3 away win in the Premier League.[17] His third goal for City came in a 6–0 victory over Portsmouth on 21 September 2008.[citation needed] Wright-Phillips equalled his entire goalscoring record at Chelsea just over a month after returning to City.[citation needed] His right footed drive in the second half against Omonia Nicosia on 2 October helped steer City through to the group stages of the UEFA Cup for the first time.[citation needed] On 29 October, Wright-Phillips swore at former Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate during Manchester City's 2–0 defeat to his club, after Southgate complained about Wright-Phillips appearing to go down too easily after a challenge.[18] The Football Association warned Wright-Phillips about his future conduct.[citation needed]

The 2009–10 season started very well for Wright-Phillips, setting up a goal for Emmanuel Adebayor in the third minute in a 2–0 win against Blackburn Rovers.[citation needed] Three weeks later against Arsenal, he set up a goal for Adebayor before scoring one for himself. He followed that up with a goal in a Football League Cup tie with Crystal Palace.[citation needed] He went on to score in three successive home games against Burnley, Hull City and then Arsenal in the League Cup.[citation needed] He found himself in-and-out of the team under manager Roberto Mancini, with new signing Adam Johnson's form forcing Wright-Phillips to be a substitute in most matches, including City's game at his former club Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.[citation needed] He came off the bench to replace Johnson in the 60th minute and then set up Craig Bellamy's second goal in the 4–2 win.[citation needed] Despite his impact in the game, Wright-Phillips had not secured a place in the team.[citation needed] He started for City on the final game of the 2009–10 Premier League against West Ham at Upton Park, where he scored the equaliser in a 1–1 draw.[citation needed]

The 2010–11 season saw Wright-Phillips only make seven league appearances, with the increased competition for places following the signings of David Silva and Yaya Touré resulting in him rarely being included in the clubs's matchday squad.[citation needed]

Queens Park Rangers[edit]

On 31 August 2011, the final day of the transfer window, Wright-Phillips signed for Queens Park Rangers (QPR) on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee.[19] He made his full debut for QPR against Newcastle United on 12 September 2011, making the starting line-up and winning Man of the Match by supporters.[20] He failed to score a goal for almost a year before scoring his first the following season for QPR against Walsall in the League Cup on 28 August 2012.[21] His only goal for QPR in the Premier League came during the derby against former club Chelsea on 2 January 2013, which ended 1–0.[22] Despite this, QPR would find themselves relegated to the Championship at the end of the season.[citation needed] QPR would return to the Premiership at the first time of asking, defeating Derby County in the play-off finals, though Wright-Phillips would increasingly find his role throughout the season diminished to the occasional cameo from the subs bench and reserve outings.[citation needed] After featuring even more sporadically during 2014–15, QPR announced that Wright-Phillips would be released from his contract in a batch of players that included fellow former England internationals Rio Ferdinand and Joey Barton.[23]

New York Red Bulls[edit]

In June 2015, Wright-Phillips began training with Major League Soccer (MLS) side New York Red Bulls in what was described officially as a way for him to regain fitness after so long out of the first team picture at QPR.[24] On 23 June, Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch said that he was suitably impressed with what he had seen from Wright-Phillips suggesting his club might make a move once Wright-Phillips' QPR contract officially ended on 30 June.[25] On 27 July 2015, Wright-Phillips signed a permanent deal.[26] On 1 August 2015, he made his debut for New York in a 1–3 away victory over the Philadelphia Union, coming on as a substitute, winning a penalty and providing an assist for his brother Bradley Wright-Phillips to score.[27] After his debut, Wright-Phillips was named in the MLS Team of the Week.[28]

Wright-Phillips was released by the Red Bulls at the end of the 2015 MLS season, but was later re-signed on 25 January 2016.[29][30]

International career[edit]

Wright-Phillips made his England debut as a substitute for Nicky Butt against Ukraine on 18 August 2004. He scored the last of England's goals in a 3–0 win, described by BBC Sport as "crowning a solo run with a stunning finish."[31] He was a regular member of England's squad during qualification for the 2006 FIFA World Cup and made his first competitive start in a 0–1 away win over Wales.[citation needed] After a decline in form, however, especially a poor performance away to Northern Ireland, and a lack of games following his move to Chelsea, he missed out on a place in the squad for the World Cup finals.[citation needed]

After a good start to the 2007–08 campaign, Wright-Phillips received an England recall to play against Germany in a friendly match at the new Wembley Stadium.[citation needed] Wright-Phillips was brought on as a substitute in the second half during the match in which England lost 2–1 to Germany and he was named the England sponsor's Man of the Match after an impressive performance.[citation needed]

On 8 September 2007, Wright-Phillips was selected to start against Israel in a UEFA Euro 2008 qualifier he scored the first goal in the 3–0 victory and won the England sponsor's Man of the Match award with his performance.[citation needed] He was then selected to start for England against Estonia and scored his third goal for England and the opener in a third consecutive 3–0 win at Wembley.[citation needed] He was selected in England's critical Euro 2008 qualifying game against Croatia, substituted at half time in favour of David Beckham with England trailing 2–0, with England eventually losing 3–2 and therefore missing out on Euro 2008.[citation needed]

On 14 October 2009, with England having already qualified for World Cup 2010, Wright-Phillips was selected in the starting XI against Belarus at Wembley Stadium.[citation needed] Unusually, he was joined in the side (which was missing Wayne Rooney through injury) by Tottenham Hotspur's Aaron Lennon, meaning England played with two recognised wingers.[citation needed] Mid-way through the second half, Wright-Phillips drove in a shot from the edge of the penalty area which beat the dive of the Belarus goalkeeper.[citation needed] He appeared as a second-half substitute against Egypt on 3 March 2010, scoring England's second goal and assisting Peter Crouch for the third as they came from behind to win 3–1.[32]

On 1 June 2010, Wright-Phillips was selected for England's final 23-man squad that was to play in the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.[citation needed] He appeared as a substitute in England's opening two group matches against United States and Algeria.[citation needed]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Wright-Phillips in 2007
As of match played 17 August 2016
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Manchester City 1999–2000[33] First Division 4 0 0 0 1 0 5 0
2000–01[34] Premier League 15 0 0 0 4 0 19 0
2001–02[35] First Division 35 8 3 0 2 0 40 8
2002–03[36] Premier League 31 1 1 0 2 0 34 1
2003–04[37] Premier League 34 7 4 1 2 2 6[a] 1 46 11
2004–05[38] Premier League 34 10 1 0 2 1 37 11
Total 153 26 9 1 13 3 6 1 181 31
Chelsea 2005–06[39] Premier League 27 0 4 0 1 0 6[b] 0 1[c] 0 39 0
2006–07[40] Premier League 27 2 7 3 3 0 6[b] 1 1[c] 0 44 6
2007–08[41] Premier League 27 2 3 1 5 1 5[b] 0 1[c] 0 41 4
2008–09[42] Premier League 1 0 1 0
Total 82 4 14 4 9 1 17 1 3 0 125 10
Manchester City 2008–09[42] Premier League 27 5 1 0 0 0 9[a] 3 37 8
2009–10[43] Premier League 30 4 2 1 6 2 38 7
2010–11[44] Premier League 7 0 3 0 0 0 9[d] 1 19 1
2011–12[45] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 64 9 6 1 6 2 18 4 0 0 94 16
Queens Park Rangers 2011–12[45] Premier League 32 0 2 0 34 0
2012–13[46] Premier League 20 1 1 0 1 1 22 2
2013–14[47] Championship 11 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 13 0
2014–15[46] Premier League 4 0 0 0 1 0 5 0
Total 67 1 3 0 4 1 0 0 74 2
New York Red Bulls 2015[48] Major League Soccer 12 1 12 1
2016[48] Major League Soccer 7 0 1 0 2[e] 0 10 0
Total 21 1 1 0 2 0 24 1
New York Red Bulls II 2016[48] United Soccer League 1 0 1 0
Career total 386 41 33 6 32 7 43 6 3 0 497 60
  1. ^ a b Appearances in UEFA Cup
  2. ^ a b c Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  3. ^ a b c Appearance in FA Community Shield
  4. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  5. ^ Appearances in CONCACAF Champions League

International[edit]

As of match played 12 October 2010[49]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
England 2004 3 1
2005 4 0
2006 4 0
2007 7 2
2008 4 1
2009 7 1
2010 7 1
Total 36 6

International goals[edit]

As of match played 12 October 2010. England score listed first, score column indicates score after each Wright-Phillips goal.[50]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition Ref
1 18 August 2004 St James' Park, Newcastle, England 1  Ukraine 3–0 3–0 Friendly [31]
2 8 September 2007 Wembley Stadium, London, England 14  Israel 1–0 3–0 UEFA Euro 2008 qualification [51]
3 13 October 2007 Wembley Stadium, London, England 16  Estonia 1–0 3–0 UEFA Euro 2008 qualification [52]
4 6 February 2008 Wembley Stadium, London, England 19   Switzerland 2–1 2–1 Friendly [53]
5 14 October 2009 Wembley Stadium, London, England 28  Belarus 2–0 3–0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification [54]
6 3 March 2010 Wembley Stadium, London, England 30  Egypt 2–1 3–1 Friendly [55]

Honours[edit]

Manchester City

Chelsea

New York Red Bulls

Individual

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