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Name: Jermaine Pennant  
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Date of Birth: 15th January 1983
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Profession: Footballer
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Jermaine Pennant (born January 15, 1983) is an English football player. After a period on loan with them, including 30 days in jail for drink-driving, he signed for Birmingham City on 25 April 2005. He is said to be a natural crosser of the ball, and a confident player not afraid to take on the world's best defences.

Pennant was signed at the age of 15 by Arsenal from Notts County for £2million, a then-record for a teenager, but failed to fulfil his promise amidst a string of disciplinary problems. These included being sent home by England Under-21 coach Howard Wilkinson for breaking a curfew before an important game against Turkey, and being sent off for punching an opponent in a game against Poland under-21s.

Pennant's career seemed promising following his move to Arsenal. He scored a hat-trick on his full FA Premier League debut, against Southampton in May 2003. However, he did not manage to secure a regular place in the Arsenal side; Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger appeared to have lost patience with Pennant, who has a history of turning up late to training. Pennant spent spells on loan to Watford, Leeds, and latterly Birmingham City.

On 23 January 2005, Pennant was arrested and charged with drink-driving after crashing team-mate Ashley Cole's car into a lamp-post in Aylesbury, while serving a 16-month driving ban. Pennant was found guilty of the offences and although he was sentenced to three months in prison on 1 March he was released on parole after just 30 days. He immediately returned to playing for Birmingham, though he had to wear an electronic tag at all times, including while on the pitch. Despite his misbehaviour off the pitch, Birmingham manager Steve Bruce was keen to sign Pennant on a permanent basis, which he did on 25 April.

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