John O'Shea

John O'Shea

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John Francis O'Shea (born 30 April 1981) is an Irish professional football, who currently plays for Sunderland and the Republic of Ireland national team as a defender.

Born in Waterford, O'Shea joined Manchester United when he was 17. He spent loan spells at Bournemouth and Royal Antwerp before establishing himself in the Manchester United first team. He joined Sunderland in July 2011.

O'Shea made his Republic of Ireland debut in 2001 against Croatia and has since gone on to make 70 appearances and for his country, scoring one goal.


Club career

Manchester United

Prior to joining the Manchester United academy, O'Shea played for Waterford Bohemians where he was first spotted by United scouts. He signed professional forms at the age of 17 and made his professional debut in 1999 against Aston Villa at Villa Park in a 3–0 Football League Cup defeat.

Following loan spells at Bournemouth and Belgian side Royal Antwerp he returned to Manchester and began to feature in the United first team in the 2002–03 season, demonstrating versatility by playing at left-back, right-back, centre-back and central midfield during the successful 2002–03 Premier League campaign.

In 2003–04, United were without Rio Ferdinand after he began a suspension for missing a drugs test in January, and O'Shea took over from Ferdinand in central defence, helping United reach the FA Cup Final where they triumphed 3–0 over Millwall.

He displayed indifferent form in the 2004–05 season and was...
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