Current club: Manchester United
Michael is a classy midfielder with an eye for the ‘killer’ pass. He comes from Wallsend in Tyne & Wear but was developed by West Ham United, with whom he won The FA Youth Cup alongside Joe Cole in 1999.
In the following season the 18-year-old scored once in eight Premier League appearances for the Hammers and had loan spells at Swindon Town and Birmingham City.
He featured in at least 30 Premier League games in each of the next four seasons before switching to Tottenham Hotspur in 2004. A further move took him to Manchester United two years later and he has collected three Premier League titles and won the Champions League with the Old Trafford giants.
Michael was capped 14 times at Under-21 level and made his England senior debut as a substitute for Paul Scholes in a friendly against Mexico at Pride Park on 25 May 2001.
He made one appearance in the 2006 World Cup in Germany, playing the whole of England’s Second Round tie with Ecuador in Stuttgart, and collected a further six senior caps in the season after that.
At club level he has now featured in well over 300 League games.