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Premiership Player Profile – Shaun Wright-Phillips

The Premiership Player Profiles continues as today’s blog focuses on Manchester City and England star, Shaun Wright-Phillips.

Shaun Wright-Phillips, also known as ‘SWP’ is an England International currently attached to Premier League side Manchester City.
SWP is currently in his second spell at City, after starting his senior career there in 1999.
It was not until the 2001-2002 season that Wright-Phillips made a name for himself, as he featured 40 times for the club in the season.
As the seasons progressed, SWP became an integral part of the Man City team and this led to his transfer to Stamford Bridge in a £21 million deal.

Shaun Wright-Phillips in action for Man City.

During his spell at Chelsea, the 28 year old struggled to find the goalscoring form that had initially attracted attention from the Stamford Bridge side.
Under former boss Jose Mourinho, SWP featured frequently on the right wing, and when the former left the club, Wright-Phillips maintained his place in the team when new boss Avram Grant was appointed.
However, during the 2007/2008 season, SWP was often placed on the bench and was even left out of the 2008 Champions League Final squad against Manchester United.
This proved to be SWP’s last season with the club as in the 2008 summer transfer window, he returned to Man City in a reported fee of £8.5 million.
His first season back saw Wright-Phillips score eight times in 37 appearances in all competitions.

This season has seen Wright-Phillips feature 27 times for the club and scoring six goals in return so far.

Wright-Phillips is at Man City for the second time in his career.

On the International scene, Wright-Phillips made his England debut in 2004 against Ukraine.
In the England squads named by Sven Goran Erikson, Steve McClaren and Fabio Capello, SWP has always featured in the majority of teams named, potentially seen as the future right winger  for England.
Shaun Wright-Phillips is a constant presence in the England squad because of his pace and his energetic game. SWP always proves a handful to defenders also with his ability to take players on and send in a decent cross.
Featuring as a substitute in last night’s match against Egypt, SWP took to the field as a replacement for Theo Walcott and scored a goal and assisted a Peter Crouch goal as England beat Egypt by three goals to one.
To this current date, Shaun Wright-Phillips has 30 caps to his name, contributing six goals along the way.

Wright-Phillips with Peter Crouch for England.

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