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James Milner

James Milner

 
James Milner  
Name: James Philip Milner
Date of Birth: 4th January 1986
Place of Birth: Wortley, Leeds
England Debut: 12th August 2009
Against: Holland
Position: Midfielder
   
League Club: Manchester City
 
Milner was born in Wortley, Leeds to Peter and Lesley Milner and attended Horsforth School.  He began his early football career at 10 years old when he joined the Leeds United Academy and he impressed them enough that they took him on as a trainee when he left school.
 
Milner debuted for Leeds United on 10 November 2002 when he came on as a last minute substitute in a game against West Ham United. At 16 years and 309 days old, that six minute appearance made him the second youngest person to ever play in the Premier League and on the 26th December 2002 he also broke another record by being the youngest player to ever score in the Premier League.  Everton’s James Vaughan has since claimed that title.
 
Milner spent a month on loan to Swindon Town where he gained status as a first team player and other clubs began to show interest in signing him.  In July 2004 he signed for Newcastle in a deal worth £3.6 million.
 
Milner continued to show flair and he started the 2005-2006 season with a goal in the Intertoto Cup, but he was chosen to go on loan to Aston Villa as part of their purchase deal for Solano and spent the remainder of the season at Villa Park.
 
Milner became a regular starter and helped Villa win 8-3 against Wycombe Wanderers in a League Cup game not long after starting.  Aston Villa were impressed enough with the midfielder’s form that they began talks with Newcastle in a bid to keep him in Birmingham.
 
However, Newcastle were keen to have him back, and Milner returned to his own club for the start of the 2006 season where he started every game.  Milner remained with Newcastle until the end of 2008 when, despite rumours he would be moving to Liverpool, he personally requested a return to Aston Villa.  He signed for them on 29 August 2008 in a £12 million deal.
 
On 19th May 2010, it was reported that Aston Villa had rejected an offer of £20 million for Milner from Manchester City. Martin O’Neill, who was Aston Villa’s manager at the time said that as Milner had expressed a desire to go to Manchester City he could be released, but only at Villa’s valuation. On 17th August 2010 it was reported that an agreement had been reached in a deal worth around £24 million, which included a player exchange for Stephen Ireland. Milner made his debut for Manchester City on 23rd August in a 3-0 win over Liverpool.
 
Milner’s International career began at youth level but he came on for his first England game with the senior team in 2009 for the final 23 minutes of a friendly against Holland.  His most recent match was against Egypt on 3 March 2010.
 
At the time of writing this (May 2012), James Milner has appeared 78 times for Manchester City, scoring 4 goals. He has been capped by England on 25 occassions. No goals.
 
Frank Lampard

Frank Lampard

 
Frank Lampard  
Name: Frank James Lampard
Date of Birth: 20th June 1978
Place of Birth: Romford, Essex
England Debut: 10th October 1999
Against: Belgium
   
   
League Club: Chelsea
 
Frank James Lampard was born on 20th June 1978 in Romford. He is from a big footballing family as several members of his family including his father, uncle and several cousins have all been involved in the game. Frank followed in their footsteps from an early age and could always be seen with a football at his feet. He has always been a determined person and his never say die attitude landed him a place in Heath Park’s youth team. This breakthrough led him to get trials for Tottenham, Arsenal and finally West Ham who he signed a youth contract with in 1994.
 
After a year at West Ham he was sent out on loan to Swansea. His determined nature shone through again as Frank saw this as a need to improve as a footballer and so this is what he set out to do. Even though the training facilities at Swansea weren’t as high a standard as those at West Ham frank used them to their fullest and built up his strength. On his return to Upton Park he was ready to fight for a first team place. However, it wasn’t until the 1998/99 season that he finally established himself as a regular first team player, playing every game that season. Both his uncle and father quit their jobs in the 2000/01 season as manager and assistant manager respectively and so Frank Lampard took the decision to make a move also, signing for Chelsea for a reported fee of £11 million.
 
The Chelsea manager at the time, Ranieri, was a huge Frank Lampard fan and so Frank found himself in the thick of first team action as soon as he arrived at Stamford Bridge, making his debut against Newcastle United on 19th August, and going on to appear in every game that season, scoring 8 goals. His game continued to improve and in the 2002/03 season Frank Lampard hit double figures for the first time, scoring 10 goals. Frank was already an England player by this time but it wasn’t until the match against Croatia on 20th August 2003 that he scored his first goal for his country.
 
Frank Lampard started to show what he was really made of though when in the Summer of 2003 one of the richest men in the World bought Chelsea Football Club and Frank suddenly found himself surrounded by World class footballing talent. In the 2004/05 season he netted 19 goals across all competitions and hit 20 the season after that. Picking up trophies along the way, Frank Lampard scored his 100th goal for Chelsea during the 2007/08 season which for a central midfield player is an astounding achievement.
 
Frank Lampard has come along way from playing in his back garden with his uncle and his father, and although now in his thirties, he still plays at the highest level of football and is recognised as one of the best midfielders in the world.
 
At the time of writing this (May 2012), Frank Lampard has appeared for Chelsea a total of 558 times, scoring 186 goals, 126 of which were scored in the Premier League. He has been capped 90 times for England, scoring 21 goals.