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Stewart Downing
Stewart Downing Liverpool vs Bolton.jpg
Personal information
Full nameStewart Jason Downing
Date of birth (1984-07-22) 22 July 1984 (age 36)
Place of birthMiddlesbrough, England
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing positionMidfielder / Winger
Club information
Current team
Senior career*
2003Sunderland (loan)7(3)
2009–2011Aston Villa63(9)
2013–2015West Ham United69(7)
National team
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Stewart Jason Downing (born 22 July 1984) is an English footballer. He started playing for the Middlesbrough first team in 2001. He went on loan to Sunderland in 2003, and spent the next six years at Boro. When Boro were relegated, in 2009 he left to join Aston Villa, and spent the next two years there. He had a two-year spell with Liverpool from 2011, and joined West Ham United in 2013. He re-joined Boro in 2015, and has played there since.

He began playing for England in 2005, and played 35 matches with them, but has not played since 2014. It is suggested that he has retired from international football.

Football career

Start with Boro

He joined the Middlesbrough first team in 2001, having played for the Academy. In his first two seasons, he played in five Premier League matches, and failed to score any goals during that time.

Sunderland loan

In 2003, he joined Sunderland on loan, and stayed there till 30 November 2003. He made three goals in seven matches.

Next six years with Boro

He became a regular at Boro, and spent the next six seasons there. They had some highs and some lows, but were relegated to the Championship at the end of the 2008/09 season. This made Stew leave Boro.

Start with England team

In 2005, he began playing for the England team.

Move to Villa

After Boro's relegation, he joined Aston Villa, in the 2009/10 Premier League. He played there for two seasons.

Joining Liverpool

He joined Liverpool in 2011 and stayed there for 2 seasons.

Move to London with West Ham

In 2013, he joined London club West Ham United, where he spent the next 2 seasons.

Latest with England team

He has not played for England since 2014.

Back to Boro

He re-joined Boro in 2015, and has stayed there since.