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Michael Ian Mancienne (born 8 January 1988) is an Englishmarker footballer who plays as a defender. He is currently on loan at Premier League club Wolverhampton Wanderers from fellow top flight side Chelsea.

Primarily a centre back, though also able to play at right back, he is already an established England Under-21 player. He received his first call-up for the senior squad in November 2008, ahead of a friendly against Germany.

Club Career

Chelsea

Mancienne was spotted by Chelsea as a 9-year-old playing for Kingstonian, and debuted for the Chelsea Reserves while still at school. He signed a professional contract in January 2006, and was called onto the bench for the final match of the 2005-06 season but was unused.

He was part of Chelsea's pre-season tour of the United States in Summer 2006 and started the season again with a place on the bench; in the 2006 Community Shield against Liverpool and the first two Premier League games of the 2006–07 season against Manchester City and Blackburn Roversmarker. Despite this, it would be over two years before he would play a competitive game for the Blues, a fact that led him to admit he may need to move on for the sake of his career.

After gaining playing time with spells on loan at Championship sides QPR and Wolves, respectively (see below), he finally made his Chelsea debut on 14 February 2009, starting an FA Cup tie at Watford. He made his European debut appearance 11 days later when he as a late substitute in a Champions League knock-out tie against Juventus, which ended 1-0 to Chelsea. On 28 February he achieved his Premier League debut in a 2-1 victory over .

At the end of the 2008–09 season, during which he made his only first team appearances to date for the club, he was voted their Young Player of the Year.

He is contracted to Chelsea until Summer 2013.

Loan spells

Mancienne gained his first taste of league football in a loan spell at Queens Park Rangers in late 2006, when he joined them for the remainder of the 2006–07 campaign. He played most of his 28 games for the Championship side at right back, but also played a few times in his preferred centre-back position. His impressive displays made him popular with the QPR fans, who voted him runner-up in the Supporters' Young Player of the Year.

After signing a new contract extension at his parent club, he agreed to remain on loan at QPR for the 2007-08 season.

With no playing opportunities arriving at Stamford Bridgemarker, he again went out on loan in October 2008 when he joined Wolverhampton Wanderers on loan initially until 29 December 2008. His performances during this period caused Wolves to extend his loan by a further month, however, the paperwork on the extension was never completed, and he was recalled by his parent club.

Mancienne rejoined Wolves on a season's loan on 13 August 2009.

International career

Mancienne rejected the chance to play for the Seychelles national team in 2006 in favour of his native England. He was eligible to play for the Seychelles as his father, Michael Snr, originates from there.

On 15 November 2008, Fabio Capello surprisingly named Mancienne in the England squad to play an international friendly match against Germany in Berlinmarker. He did not appear in the game though.

Mancienne has been an England regular at under-21 level since making his debut against Romania on 21 August 2007. He was part of the side that reached the 2009 European Championships. However, his tournament was a disappointment as he received a red card in their opening group game against Finland.

He has previously also represented England at under-16, under-17 and under-19 levels.

Honours

Chelsea


Wolverhampton Wanderers (during loan)


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