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Name: Darren Anderton  
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Date of Birth: 3rd March 1972
Place of Birth: Southampton
Profession: Footballer
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Darren Anderton (born March 3, 1972 in Southampton) is an English association football (soccer) player, who currently plays in the English Championship for Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Renowned as a brilliant midfield player, of huge potential, Anderton's career has been constantly frustrated by injury earning him the nickname "Sicknote". He began his career at Portsmouth, earning praise for his performances for Jim Smith's attacking side of the early 90s. His performances soon drew the attention of bigger clubs and the winger joined Tottenham Hotspur for £1.75million in 1992.

Two years later Terry Venables gave Anderton his England debut against Denmark in 1994. Anderton soon became a regular in the national side playing a huge part in the Euro 96 team that reached the semi-finals and included famous compatriots like Paul Gascoigne, Alan Shearer and Steve McManaman.

Injuries and the challenge of the emerging David Beckham then limited Anderton's international appearances. He was recalled for Glenn Hoddle's squad for the 1998 World Cup in France, scoring against Colombia in that tournament, but again injuries meant he couldn't claim a regular place in the side.

After being sidelined during Euro 2000, an extended run of fitness saw Anderton vying for a permanent place in the national team again. He played in England's 1-1 draw away to France in September 2000 and also featured against Italy the following November.

Anderton's form during the early part of the 2001/02 season earned his first call-up to Sven-Göran Eriksson's England squad for a friendly against Sweden in November. However, that game spelt the end of the player's international career, as Eriksson failed to select him again.

Meanwhile, Anderton continued to struggle badly with injuries, missing more games than he played for his club. That led to his release at the end of his contract in the summer of 2004, after 364 games for Spurs, scoring 51 goals.

Birmingham swooped to sign Anderton on a free transfer for the 2004/05 season. He joined Wolves at the start of the 2005/06 season again for a free transfer.

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