Current club: Liverpool
Stewart was a graduate of Middlesbrough’s Academy and he was in the Boro first team by the age of 17, making his Premier League debut in an away fixture at Ipswich Town.
Dutch legend Bolo Zenden’s presence on the left flank initially halted Stewart’s progress but he became a regular in the 2004-05 season, scoring six goals in 49 appearances. He collected a League Cup winners’ medal in 2004 but didn't featured in the Final in Cardiff.
He came up through the ranks with England, being chosen for the U16s, U18s and U19s.
He had been capped seven times for the Under-21s when Sven-Goran Eriksson handed him a senior debut against Holland in a Villa Park friendly on 9 February 2005. Stewart’s first start came in Steve McClaren’s first match in charge, a friendly with Greece at Old Trafford on 16 August 2006. England won 4-0 and he was involved in three of the goals. Before that, he had featured in Eriksson’s squad for the 2006 World Cup, appearing as a substitute in three of England’s five matches.
Roy Hodgson chose Stewart to start his first match as England Manager, a friendly in Norway, and included him in his 23-man squad for the Euro 2012 tournament.
He left Middlesbrough in 2009, having spent eight years at the club, to sign for Aston Villa. He switched to Liverpool two years later and starred in the Reds’ League Cup Final victory over Cardiff City at Wembley in 2012.