The Birthday Boy : Wright-Phillips
When Chelsea won the Premiere League back in 2005 under Mourinho, he was one of the reason behind. This wing player also took place in the PFA team of the year in the previous season. His sprint along the side-lines was headache of the side backs. He is Shaun Wright-Phillips. Today on his 36th birthday, here is his life in synopsis.
Early life :
He was born in Greenwich of England in 1981. Wright-Phillips is the son of former England international Ian Wright, who adopted him at the age of three years old. His younger brother, Bradley Wright-Phillips, is a fellow professional footballer and the all-time top scorer for New York Red Bulls. Born in Greenwich,he grew up in Brockley and attended Haberdashers’ Aske’s Hatcham College in New Cross Gate Wright-Phillips is of Trinidadian and Grenadian descent.
Club Career :
In 1993 Shaun entered the academy of Nottingham Forest and started to perform for the U-15 squad. The footballer was a trainee of the youth system during five years before he attracted the attention of Manchester City. After moving to ‘The Citizens’, Wright-Phillips spent another year in the new academy so that to prepare for coming on the pitch as a professional player.
In 1999 Shaun penned his first senior contract with the club for six years. During that time the footballer was gradually developing into a solid, skilled and confident midfielder, who usually performed on flanks. That is why the winger’s role fitted him perfectly and the footballer began to play at that position from the very youth. From 1999 till 2005, Wright-Phillips made 153 appearances and amassed 26 goals for Manchester City.
In 2005 London side Chelsea sealed a deal with Shaun and gave him a place on the right flank of midfield, where the footballer’s services were especially needed. During three years the footballer performed for ‘The Blues’, took part in 81 games and found the net four times. After the London side club got overflown by the wave of head coaches’ dismissals, it became harder for Wright-Phillips to adapt to their new plans, and a move to other team was an optimal decision, which could help the player to keep fit.
In the summer 2008, Shaun returned to Manchester City, featured in 53 matches and kicked nine goals during three years with the club. In the summer 2011, Phillips went back to London so that to agree a long-term deal with Queens Park Rangers.
In June 2015, Wright-Phillips began training with Major League Soccer club New York Red Bulls to regain fitness following his departure from QPR. On 27 July, he completed a move to join his brother, Bradley Wright-Phillips, at the New York Red Bulls.
On 23 February 2017, Wright-Phillips signed for United Soccer League club Phoenix Rising FC.
Wright-Phillips made his England debut as a substitute for Nicky Butt against Ukraine on 18 August 2004. From 2001 till 2002, Shaun took part in six games and contributed one goal for the England national U-21 team. From 2004 till 2010, Wright-Phillips was capped 36 times and went on to net six times for the full Three Lions.
Personal Life :
Though he has a complicated love life with Naomi Brown, Wright-Phillips has a son, D’Margio Wright-Phillips, who plays for the Manchester City Academy and England U16s.
Football League First Division: 2001–02
Premier League: 2005–06
FA Cup: 2006–07
Football League Cup: 2006–07
FA Community Shield: 2005
New York Red Bulls
Supporters’ Shield: 2015
PFA Team of the Year (Premier League): 2004–05
This British International wasn’t only a striker of the ball, was a complete playmaker. He will be always remembered. Happy Birthday !