Player of the Day: Anton Ferdinand

by Stuart Vose

Defender in the spotlight.

Defender Anton Ferdinand spent almost three years on Wearside.

Like brother Rio, he began his career at West Ham, coming through the club’s youth system before making his Hammers debut in a 2-1 win at Preston on the opening day of the 2003-04 season.

Anton helped West Ham to promotion back to the Barclays Premier League in 2005 via the play-offs, featuring in a 1-0 win over Preston in the final.

The former England U21 international’s next visit to a final – in the 2006 FA Cup – ended in a penalty shoot-out defeat to Liverpool.

Having clocked up 163 appearances for the Hammers, Ferdinand moved north to Sunderland in August 2008 for an undisclosed fee.

He notched a tally of 95 appearances for the Black Cats before moving to QPR just before the end of the summer transfer window in 2011.

Ferdinand played 49 games for the Loftus Road club and had a loan spell in Turkey with Bursaspor during the second half of the 2012-13 season.

The defender currently plays for Turkish club Antalyaspor, whom he joined in the summer.