Sunderland Association Football Club Current Players

16 John O'Shea

  • Position:Defender
  • DOB:30/04/1981
  • Origin:Republic of Ireland
  • Height(cm):191
  • Weight(kg):75
  • Join Date:07/07/2011

Few players can say they’ve seen and experienced more than John O’Shea.

Hailing from Waterford, Ireland, John spent his entire career with Manchester United – barring loan spells at Bournemouth and Royal Antwerp – before joining Sunderland in summer 2011.

The defender bagged an incredible 15 trophies while with the Red Devils, playing a central role in some of Sir Alex Ferguson’s biggest triumphs.

John can play in central defence or at right back and featured in a number of other positions while with United – including goalkeeper on one occasion!

A stalwart during his time with United, John has bags of experience at the highest level.

He is a five-time Premier League title winner and played alongside Wes Brown in the 2008 Champions League final in Moscow as United beat Chelsea on penalties.

John also won the FA Cup in 2004, the League Cup in 2006, 2009 and 2010 and has lifted four Community Shields and a FIFA Club World Cup.

He signed off with a fifth league title win in May 2011 and left Old Trafford having played an impressive 392 times, scoring 15 goals.

Unfortunately, John’s Sunderland career got off to a difficult start when he picked up an injury during pre-season.

He made his debut at Swansea in the fourth game of the campaign and featured on 34 occasions, filling in as skipper when needed.

Internationally, John is one of the Republic of Ireland’s senior players, having made his full debut for his country way back in August 2001.

O'Shea was an integral part of the Black Cats side in 2012-13, making 36 appearances and scoring two goals.

The defender then enjoyed an impressive 2013-14 season both domestically and internationally, having been named the permanent captain of the Black Cats.

O'Shea continued to play a key role during the 2014-15 season starting every game except one, with the defender missing the trip to Everton on May 9th due to injury.

The Republic of Ireland international skippered the side at Wembley in the Capital One Cup final against Manchester City, which followed a dramatic semi-final win over former club Manchester United.

He also continues to feature regularly for his country and during the 2014-15 campaign scored against world champions Germany on his 100th international appearance.

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