Born: Southampton, 3 March 1972.
Darren Anderton is one of England’s most gifted footballers but due to injury he never seemed to fulfill his promise. He started his career with Portsmouth, where he starred for Jim Smith’s attacking side of the early nineties and made 67 appearances. He helped them to the 1992 FA Cup semi-final and although he scored Pompey went out to Liverpool on penalties. He moved to White Hart Lane for £1.75 million and again lost in three FA Cup semi-finals 1993, 1995 and 1999. He did win the Football League Cup in 1999 and also picked up a runners-up medal in 2002. Despite injury he made 358 appearances whilst at Tottenham before moving to Birmingham on a free-transfer in 2004.
He never settled at St. Andrews and after just one season and 24 appearances Glen Hoddle brought him to Wolves. Again injury affected his time at Molineux and in September 2006 he signed for Bournemouth on a ‘pay as you play’ basis.
Anderton netted seven goals for England in 30 appearances and amazingly his last five caps came under five different managers, the Czech Republic 1998 (Hoddle), France 1999 (Wilkinson), France 2000 (Keegan), Italy 2000 Taylor and Sweden 2001 (Eriksson). He appeared for England in Euro 96 and the World Cup in 1998. Anderson, who was Portsmouth’s Player of the Year in 1992 and who is nicknamed ‘sicknote’, has made 569 senior appearances . Since retiring from football Anderton has worked as the in-studio analyst for Canadian network TSN’s coverage of Euro 2012.
Football League: Appearances 477, Goals 60.
Debut: Chester City (H) FLC1 23/8/05 (scored one).
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