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Shaun Cameron Wright-Phillips (born 25 October 1981 in Greenwichmarker, London) is an English football player and is currently playing in his second spell at Premier League side Manchester City.

He is the adopted son of former England international Ian Wright and the half-brother of fellow player Bradley Wright-Phillips. He grew up in Brockleymarker, South Londonmarker, and attended the state school Haberdashers' Aske's Hatcham Collegemarker in New Cross Gatemarker.

Club career

Manchester City

Wright-Phillips was released by Nottingham Forest at the age of 15 and Manchester City took him to Maine Roadmarker. He made his debut as a substitute in the second leg of a League Cup against Burnley, replacing Terry Cooke. His League debut came two months later at Port Vale. Playing a striker, his substitute appearance helped his team turn a 1–0 deficit into a 2–1 win. His shot resulted in the first Manchester City goal, which Wright-Phillips attempted to claim, though the strike was later credited as an own goal instead. He then started the next two matches, in place of Paul Dickov, who was absent through injury. Once Dickov recovered, Wright-Phillips returned to the reserves, making only one further first team appearance that season. City finished second in the First Division, resulting in promotion to the Premier League for 2000/01. Wright-Phillips featured more regularly than the previous season but was still not fully established in the first team, making 12 starts and seven substitute appearances playing in a variety of attacking positions. Manchester City's stay in the Premier League was brief; at the end of the season they were relegated. The demotion brought about a change of manager, Kevin Keegan replacing Joe Royle.

Under Keegan Wright-Phillips firmly established himself in the first team, not as a forward, but as a wing-back. Keegan was known for playing attacking football, and decided to use the attacking Wright-Phillips in a traditionally defensive position due to his mobility and dribbling ability.

From 2000–2003 he won Manchester City's Young Player of the Year award four times in succession, surpassing Steve Kinsey's record of three times.

On 17 November, 2004, he became one of the main targets of racist chants from the crowd at an international friendly between England and Spain in Madridmarker. However, he brushed that aside with an incredible match-winning performance in his next Manchester City game at Portsmouth, saying to reporters after the game, "I just let the football do the talking."

He also has a similar response regarding his father, saying in an interview with "The press brought up my adopted father's name. They relate to his name and that is fine by me -- it comes with the name, but I will be my own man. I have made my own path and started to take my own steps."


On 17 July 2005, Wright-Phillips completed a £21 million move to Premier League champions Chelsea, returning to his native London. He joined the club on a five-year contract after agreeing to personal terms and passing a medical. He had previously said he would not leave Manchester City. His appearances were initially limited, starting only fifteen times for Chelsea in the 2005/06 season and struggling to find scoring form.

His first goal for the club came in a 2–0 Champions League win over Levski Sofia on 5 December 2006, almost 17 months after his transfer. An unhappy first season with Chelsea culminated in him missing out on the opportunity to travel to Germany with the England squad for the 2006 World Cup.

Despite making few first-team appearances, Wright-Philips maintained that he was happy at Chelsea and wanted to stay and fight for a first team place. He received a boost from his then manager José Mourinho, when the latter declined to make an approach for Spain and Real Betis (as of the 2006/07 season with Valencia CF) winger Joaquín, stating that he had enough options in terms of wingers.

As the 2006/07 season progressed, Wright-Phillips picked up form and scored his first league goal against West Ham United, he followed up with his second in the same match. Subsequently, he started in several games towards the end of the season including the FA Cup final which Chelsea won, however Wright-Phillips was substituted during the second half.

In the beginning of the 2007-08 season, Wright-Phillips maintained his starting place on the right wing. He also maintained his place after Jose Mourinho left Chelsea and under new coach Avram Grant. Wright-Philips was selected to play in the League Cup final, which Chelsea lost to Tottenham Hotspur. He only made another six appearances that season and failed to make the match day squad for the 2008 UEFA Champions League Final. Having made 65 starting appearances for the club, with a further 60 as a substitute, Wright-Phillips had been unable to secure a regular place in the side under Grant and Mourinho. After also falling out of favour with new manager Luiz Felipe Scolari, he was allowed to leave the club.

Return to Manchester City

On 28 August 2008, he re-joined his former club Manchester City on a four year contract for an undisclosed fee, believed to be in the region of £8.5million.He was allocated the number 8 shirt for the 2008–09 season. On his second debut, Wright-Phillips scored two goals against Sunderland in the 3–0 away win in the Premier League. Wright-Phillips' third goal for Manchester City came in a 6–0 victory over Portsmouth on 21 September. After his dismal spell at Stamford Bridgemarker, Shaun equalled his entire goalscoring record at Chelsea just over a month after returning home. His right footed drive in the second half against Omonia Nicosia on 2 October 2008, helped steer City through to the group stages of the UEFA cup for the first time. On 29 October 2008 Wright-Phillips swore at Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate during Manchester City's 2-0 defeat against Boro. Gareth Southgate appeared to be complaining about Shaun Wright-Phillips going down too easily after a challenge from a Boro player. The English FA warned Wright-Phillips about his future conduct.

Club statistics

As of 14 September 2009.

International career

Wright-Phillips made his Englanddebut as a substitute against Ukraineon 18 August 2004 and scored an impressive goal late in the second half. A real bundle of energy, he was frequently called upon throughout England's World Cup qualifying campaign. However, after a decline in form, especially a poor performance away to Northern Ireland, and a lack of games following his move to Chelsea he missed out on a place in the 2006 World Cup squad.

Wright-Phillips played on the right wing during England's two Euro 2008qualifiers against Macedoniaand Croatia. After a good start to the 2007–08 campaign, Wright-Phillips received an England recall to play against Germany in a friendly match at the new Wembley Stadiummarker.Wright-Phillips was brought on as a substitute in the second half during the match in which England lost 1–2 to Germany and he was named the England sponsor's Man of the Matchafter an impressive performance.

Selected to start against Israelon 8 September, he scored the first goal in the 3–0 victory and won the England sponsor's Man of the Match award with his performance.

He was once again selected to start for England against Estonia and scored his third goal for England and the opener in a third consecutive 3–0 win at Wembleymarker.

He was selected in England's critical Euro 2008 qualifying game against Croatia, substituted at half time in favour of David Beckhamwith England trailing 2-0, with England eventually losing 3-2 and therefore missing out on Euro 2008.

On 19 November 2008, Wright-Phillips was selected to start in England's friendly against Germany in Berlinmarker.

On 14 October 2009, with England having already qualified for World Cup 2010, Wright-Phillips was selected in the starting XI against Belarusat Wembley. Unusually, he was joined in the side (which was missing Wayne Rooneythrough injury) by Tottenham Hotspur's Aaron Lennon, meaning England played with two recognised wingers. Mid-way through the second half, Wright-Phillips drove in a shot from the edge of the penalty area which beat the dive of the Belarusian goalkeeper, putting England 2-0 ahead and taking his goal tally in national colours to five.

International goals

Scores and results list England's goal tally first.





  1. Blue Moon Rising, p201
  3. Manchester Evening News
  4. FA investigate Gareth Southgate rumpus with Shaun Wright-Phillips. Daily Telegraph

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1998-99 Manchester City Second Division 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1999-00 First Division 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 5 0
2000-01 Premier League 15 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 19 0
2001-02 First Division 35 8 3 0 2 0 0 0 40 8
2002-03 Premier League 31 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 34 1
2003-04 34 7 4 1 2 2 6 1 46 11
2004-05 34 10 1 0 2 1 0 0 37 11
2005-06 Chelsea 27 0 4 0 1 0 7 0 39 0
2006-07 27 2 7 3 3 0 7 1 44 6
2007-08 27 2 3 1 5 1 6 0 41 4
2008-09 Manchester City 27 5 1 0 0 0 9 3 37 8
2009-10 5 2 1 0 0 0 1 1 5 2
# Date Venue Opponent Result Competition Scored
1 2004-08-18 St James' Parkmarker, Newcastlemarker 3–0 Friendly 1
2 2007-09-08 Wembley Stadiummarker, London 3–0 Euro 2008 Qualification 1
3 2007-10-13 Wembley Stadiummarker, London 3–0 Euro 2008 Qualification 1
4 2008-02-06 Wembley Stadiummarker, London 2–1 Friendly 1
5 2009-10-14 Wembley Stadiummarker, London 3–0 WC 2010 Qualification 1

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