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Sunderland New Boy Wes Brown Factfile

Veteran swaps Old Trafford for the Stadium of Light.

1979: Born October 13, Longsight, Manchester

1996: Signs professional contract with Manchester United after progressing through their youth set up.

1998: Makes first team debut in the final home game of the 1997-98 season as United beat Leeds 3-0.

1999: April – Wins first England cap against Hungary after impressing during first full season in the United side.

May – Part of the United squad that complete a remarkable treble of the Premiership, the FA Cup and the UEFA Champions League.

August – Knee ligament damage picked up in pre-season training means Brown misses the entire 1999-2000 campaign.

2000: Returns for the beginning of the 2000-01 season and forges an impressive partnership with Jaap Stam at the heart of United’s defence as United claim their third consecutive league title.

2001: Medial ligament injury in December puts 2002 World Cup ambitions in doubt.

2002: Named in England World Cup squad but an unconvincing performance at right-back during a warm game against Cameroon sees him consigned to the bench for the duration of the tournament.

2003: May – United regain Premiership crown from Arsenal but Brown misses out on the final day celebrations at Everton after sustaining cruciate knee ligament damage at Goodison Park.

2004: Returns to the United side in the new year. Sir Alex Ferguson proclaims Brown to be the “best natural defender in England” after his man-of-the-match performance in the 1-0 FA Cup semi-final victory over Arsenal in April. United beat Millwall 3-0 in the cup final but Brown misses out on a place in the England squad for Euro 2004.

2005: Wins back his England place for February’s friendly with Holland and is named in Sven-Goran Eriksson’s squad for the summer tour of the USA.

2006: Plays alongside Rio Ferdinand in central defence as United win the League Cup with a 4-0 win over Wigan, but misses out on that summer’s England World Cup squad.

2007: Helps United win their first league title in four years. Injury to Gary Neville allows Brown to make the United right-back slot his own during the 2007-08 season.

2008: February – Starts at right-back for Fabio Capello’s first game in charge of England, a 2-1 win over Switzerland. Retains place for the following month’s friendly against France.

April – Signs new four-year deal with United.

August – Scores only international goal in a 2-2 friendly against Czech Republic at Wembley.

November – Ruled out for eight months after having an exploratory ankle operation. Returns to action in final game of season at Hull.

2010: August – Retires from international football one day after being selected for a friendly against Hungary.

2011: July – Signs four-year contract with Sunderland, joining for £1million

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