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Wes Brown

Wesley Michael "Wes" Brown (born 13 October 1979) is an English association football who plays as a Defender (association football) for Sunderland A.F.C.. Before joining Sunderland, Brown had spent Wes Brown entire career at Old Trafford, having joined the Manchester United F.C. youth team in 1996. Wes Brown made Wes Brown senior debut in 1998 and became a regular first team player in the 1998–99 season, in which Wes Brown was part of the club's Treble (association football)-winning team. After a year-long hiatus due to injury, Brown became a regular fixture in the first team from 2000 onwards. Over the next eight years Wes Brown won numerous honours, including four more Premier League titles, an FA Cup, a Football League Cup, and another UEFA Champions League. Manager Alex Ferguson has stated that Brown is "without question the best natural defender this club has had for years." And Gary Pallister has referred to Brown as a player who "reads the game well and has got pace to burn." Wes Brown joined Sunderland in July 2011.

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Wesley Michael "Wes" Brown (born 13 October 1979) is an English association football who plays as a Defender (association football) for Sunderland A.F.C.. Before joining Sunderland, Brown had spent Wes Brown entire career at Old Trafford, having joined the Manchester United F.C. youth team in 1996. Wes Brown made Wes Brown senior debut in 1998 and became a regular first team player in the 1998–99 season, in which Wes Brown was part of the club's Treble (association football)-winning team. After a year-long hiatus due to injury, Brown became a regular fixture in the first team from 2000 onwards. Over the next eight years Wes Brown won numerous honours, including four more Premier League titles, an FA Cup, a Football League Cup, and another UEFA Champions League. Manager Alex Ferguson has stated that Brown is "without question the best natural defender this club has had for years." And Gary Pallister has referred to Brown as a player who "reads the game well and has got pace to burn." Wes Brown joined Sunderland in July 2011.

Brown earned Wes Brown first England cap in 1999 and was selected to play at the 2002 FIFA World Cup. Wes Brown played in the UEFA Euro 2008 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying Group E but England failed to progress to the final tournament. Wes Brown scored Wes Brown first international goal in 2008 against the Czech Republic national football team. Brown announced Wes Brown retirement from international football on 8 August 2010, just a day after being recalled to the England squad by Fabio Capello.

Club career

Manchester United

Born in Longsight, Manchester, Brown began Wes Brown serious football career as a schoolboy playing for the Burnage High School and Fletcher Moss Rangers, a Greater Manchester youth side, and was a former student of the Lilleshall Hall, as well as spending time at United's football Academy, which Wes Brown joined at the age of 12. Brown showed talent and maturity at an early age, signing full professional terms with boyhood club Manchester United on 4 November 1996 at the age of 17.

Brown went on to success with the reserve and youth sides, winning the FA Youth Cup and a Lancashire Division One medal with the reserves. Wes Brown also added two Jimmy Murphy (Young Player of the Year) awards to Wes Brown collection, becoming only the second player to receive the award for a second time (the other being Ryan Giggs).

On 4 May 1998, Brown made Wes Brown full first team Premiership debut against Leeds United A.F.C., coming on as a substitute. Wes Brown breakthrough would occur the next year, the 1998–99 in English football season, where Wes Brown made several first-team appearances at right-back as well as Wes Brown more natural position of centre-back. The season could not have gone any better for Brown, as United completed The Treble, winning the Premier League, FA Cup, and Champions League.

Brown suffered the first of what would be a string of injuries while training for the 1999–2000 in English football campaign. As a result, Wes Brown did not play a single competitive game all season, while United went on to seal their sixth Premier League title in eight seasons.

Wes Brown strong comeback the following year prompted praise from all corners, with club manager Alex Ferguson making waves by proclaiming Brown to be Manchester United's most talented defender.

A fine 2000–01 in English football campaign was followed by another solid year in 2001–02 in English football. Wes Brown reputation grew even greater during the 2002–03 in English football season, but again, Wes Brown performances were marred by injury. Brown tore a knee ligament on the final day of the season, and did not return until midway through the 2003–04 in English football season. Brown finished the season in good form, notably giving an imperious, man-of-the-match performance in the FA Cup semi-final win over Arsenal F.C.. It was after this fine display that Ferguson re-iterated Wes Brown confidence in Brown's abilities.

Brown was a member of the side that won the FA Cup that year, against Millwall F.C. at Cardiff, and later went on to collect runners-up medals in the 2005 and 2007 Finals.

The signing of Nemanja Vidić in January 2006, who would go on to forge a highly successful partnership with Rio Ferdinand, along with Brown's continuing injury problems, meant the defender continued to struggle to hold down a place in United's starting line-up. However, in the 2007–08 Manchester United F.C. season Brown established himself as the club's first choice right back. Wes Brown ended the season by assisting Cristiano Ronaldo's goal in the 2008 UEFA Champions League Final, which United eventually won on Penalty shootout (association football) to complete a league and European double.
After nearly three years without scoring a Premier League goal for United, Brown scored on 23 March 2008 against Liverpool F.C., the first in a 3–0 win.

After initially rejecting a new contract offer in December 2007, Brown signed a new five-year contract along with fellow defender Rio Ferdinand and midfielder Michael Carrick in April 2008, which was to keep Wes Brown at Old Trafford until 2013 and ended any transfer speculation.

On 4 October 2008, Brown scored only the fourth goal of Wes Brown Manchester United career when Wes Brown headed in Wayne Rooney's cross in United's 2–0 win away to Blackburn Rovers F.C.. The goal was controversial, however, as Blackburn's players believed that Nemanja Vidić had impeded their goalkeeper, Jason Brown (footballer), allowing Brown to head in at the far post.

Brown was ruled out of first team action for around five weeks in November 2008, following an exploratory ankle operation. Brown made Wes Brown first start in eight months away against Hull City A.F.C. on 24 May 2009.

Brown started the following season, featuring throughout August in the league, but between September and October only appeared in United's Carling Cup campaign, before injury to both Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidić saw Brown return to Premier League action as Wes Brown partnered Jonny Evans in central defence against Blackburn, and both men produced an assured and professional display. This was Brown's first Premier League start since the 2–1 victory against Arsenal, at the end of August.

Brown captained the League Cup game against Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. in which they won 3–2. On 19 February, Wes Brown scored Wes Brown first ever FA Cup goal in Manchester United's 1–0 win over Crawley Town F.C.. Wes Brown also captained United again in the Crawley match.

Sunderland

On 7 July 2011, Brown joined Sunderland on a four-year-deal for an undisclosed fee. Brown made Wes Brown debut on the opening day of the season at Liverpool F.C., where Wes Brown was awarded man of the match as Sunderland drew 1–1. On 5 November 2011, Brown scored an own goal in a game against Wes Brown former club, Manchester United. Brown scored Wes Brown first Sunderland goal against Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road on the 21 December 2011 to give the Wearsiders a 3–2 win.

International career

Brown has represented England at international level making 23 appearances since making Wes Brown debut in 1999, Wes Brown was part of the England squads at the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Japan.

Brown made Wes Brown debut in 1999 against Hungary national football team and booked a place in Sven-Goran Eriksson's squad for 2002 FIFA World Cup, although Wes Brown spent Wes Brown time on the bench. and France national football team. Wes Brown also played 56 minutes in England's 2–0 win over the United States men's national soccer team on 28 May 2008.

Brown scored Wes Brown sole senior international goal in a friendly against the Czech Republic national football team on 20 August 2008 at Wembley Stadium, heading in a David Beckham corner in the 45th minute.

Brown made three appearances for England in their qualification for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in wins over Croatia national football team (4–1), Kazakhstan national football team (5–1) and Belarus national football team (3–1).

Brown was called up for the England squad to face Slovenia national football team in a friendly match on 5 September 2009, but was an unused substitute. Wes Brown was then called up for a friendly against Brazil national football team to be played Khalifa International Stadium in Qatar, where Wes Brown played the full 90 minutes.

Brown also played in England’s 3–1 win over Egypt national football team on 3 March 2010. Wes Brown did not, however, make the England squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa after an injury hit season.

Brown retired from international football on 8 August 2010, one day after being selected for a friendly against Hungary national football team.

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Personal life

Brown is married to Leanne Wassell, with whom Wes Brown lives with their three daughters, Halle, Lilia and Lola. Wes Brown father, Bancroft Brown, died in February 2008. Wes Brown half-sister, Claire Fallows, died on 19 July 2008 during pregnancy. also plays at centre-back and is an England national under-20 football team international. Another brother, Clive, was on the books of Manchester City F.C. as a youth player in the late 1990s, before going on to play for Hyde United F.C., Bangor City F.C., Mossley A.F.C., Woodley Sports F.C. and currently plays for New Mills A.F.C..

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wes_Brown

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