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Lee Barry Cattermole (born 21 March 1988 in Stockton-on-Teesmarker) is an Englishmarker professional footballer who currently plays as a midfielder for Sunderland in the Premier League.

Early life

"Catts" was born in Stockton-on-Teesmarker in North Yorkshire. He joined the youth academy of regional Premier League club Middlesbrough at the age of 10, working his way up before signing his professional contract when he was 17.

Club career


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. Former 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."

After a 0–4 home defeat to Aston Villa he was captured on camera in tears and had to be consoled by captain Gareth Southgate. 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. Cattermole scored his first league goal for Middlesbrough on 2 April, in a 1–0 victory away at Manchester City, and played for Middlesbrough in the 2006 UEFA Cup Final.

Cattermole became Middlesbrough's youngest ever captain when he skippered the side in their 1–0 defeat away against Fulham on 7 May. During the game, Middlesbrough's oldest ever player, Colin Cooper, came on as a substitute and Cattermole sportingly gave up the captain's role, without instruction, to Cooper, who was playing his last game before retirement.

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

Wigan Athletic

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 loss. Cattermole scored his first goal for Wigan in a 4-1 Carling Cup win over Ipswich Town on 24 September 2008. He then scored his first league goal in a 3–0 home win over Blackburn Roversmarker. 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 loss to West Ham. Despite signing a three year deal, Cattermole's highly impressive season with Wigan resulted in constant speculation that he was a target for other clubs.


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. He made his debut in a 1-0 win over Bolton Wanderers, in which he won Sunderland's man of the match. On 17 October 2009, he injured his knee in the win over Liverpool and was ruled out for twelve weeks.

International career

Cattermole received his first call-up to the England under-21 squad for the October 2006 play-offs against Germany. Cattermole now appears to be first choice in the U-21 midfield.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. Lee went on to score his third in an England shirt when they came from behind to defeat Macedonia u21 in a 2-1 win with a goal in the 83rd minute sealing the victory after an impressive goal from Freddie Sears.


  1. Premier League: Wigan 0-1 West Ham

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