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Name: Trevor Steven  
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Date of Birth: 21st September 1963
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Profession: Footballer
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Trevor Steven (born Berwick-upon-Tweed, England, September 21, 1963) was a highly-regarded England footballer who shot to fame with the all-conquering Everton side of the 1980s.

A right-sided midfielder with great vision and pinpoint crossing ability, Steven grew through the ranks at Burnley, making his debut in 1981. Over the next two seasons he became a regular supplier of goals and Everton boss Howard Kendall, who was building a new team based on youth, decided to bid for him.

Burnley accepted 300,000 pounds and Steven joined Everton in the summer of 1983. He made his debut at the beginning of the following season, which proved a watershed campaign for Kendall's men. Though they once again slipped up behind Merseyside rivals Liverpool in the First Division, the season was saved - as was Kendall's job - by two excellent Cup runs. In the League Cup final at Wembley, the Merseyside clubs drew 0-0 before Liverpool won the replay by a single Graeme Souness goal. Steven was not selected by Kendall, but by the time Everton lined back up at Wembley for the FA Cup final two months later, he was in the team.

Watford were the opponents, and Steven played his part in the second goal of Everton's 2-0 success. The controversial nature of the goal has since served to overshadow the quality of the cross which Steven delivered for it on the right touchline.

As he ventured down the flank, Steven sent in an early, high and very awkward ball towards the Watford penalty area, which Everton centre forward Andy Gray and Watford goalkeeper Steve Sherwood challenged for together. Though Sherwood seemed to get two hands on the ball, Gray's challenge certainly involved contact with his head and the goal was given. Few argued afterwards, though debate has always raged about whether Gray committed a foul or not. Steven, however, had played his part and an FA Cup winners' medal was his.

The following season, Steven established further his right-flank partnership with full back Gary Stevens, which was a strong and creative link-up. Kendall had completed his team-building process and Everton went from strength to strength, winning the First Division title for the first time in 15 years and reaching the FA Cup final again. The "double" chances evaporated when Manchester United, despite being down to ten men, won at Wembley in extra-time, but there was consolation for Everton when they defeated Rapid Vienna 3-1 in the final of the European Cup Winners Cup in Rotterdam. Steven scored the second goal with a crisp, close-range volley after Rapid failed to clear a corner. He had also scored a crucial goal in the semi-final against Bayern Munich.

A stunning season for Steven was completed when, in February 1985, he was called up by England coach Bobby Robson to make his debut in a qualifier for the 1986 World Cup against Northern Ireland. He stayed in the side for the next three games, scoring his first goal in a friendly win over the Republic of Ireland and contributing to a brace of drawn qualifiers versus Romania and Finland.

When he was awarded his fifth cap against Italy at the beginning of a summer mini-tournament in North America, he was joined behind him by his Everton team-mate Stevens, therefore transferring a successful and feared partnership to the international stage. However, Steven soon had a rival for the right flank as Robson began to explore various combinations for his wide men. Chris Waddle was a more flamboyant and explosive player than Steven (and John Barnes was similarly so against the more stoic Steve Hodge on the left flank) but Robson often preferred the consistency and team play of Steven on the right wing and he became a frequent choice as a result.

Steven scored his second England goal in a 5-0 thumping of the USA in Los Angeles at the conclusion of the summer tour. Everton were once again challenging for First Division and FA Cup honours and Steven became one of the country's most consistent players, regularly putting on a show with Everton while maintaining his form internationally when given the opportunity. In January 1986 he scored the opening goal in a 4-0 win over Egypt in Cairo and continued to be selected as the World Cup neared.

Everton lost the League title to Liverpool on the last day of the season, and then Steven suffered FA Cup heartbreak for the second season in a row when Liverpool beat Everton 3-1 at Wembley. However, his season ended with some joy as he was selected by Robson for the squad which would represent England in Mexico at the World Cup.

Robson preferred Waddle as his one orthodox wide man for the opening game against Portugal, but England played poorly and lost 1-0. No changes were made, despite this defeat, and England suffered a nervy and embarrassing goalless draw against Morocco, meaning they had to win their final group game or they were out.

As a consequence, Steven got his World Cup chance as Robson ditched Waddle and went for the creative but disciplined pairing of Steven on the right and Hodge on the left. It paid dividends, as Steven combined down his flank with Stevens, as ever, to set up an opening goal for Gary Lineker; Hodge then set up Lineker's second, and Steven delivered a corner which went uncleared, allowing Lineker to complete his hat-trick.

Steven played as England thrust aside Paraguay in the second round but in the quarter final, with England 2-0 down against Argentina, he was sacrificed midway through the second half by Robson to give Barnes his first run-out. Barnes single-handedly destroyed the Argentine defence but could only set up one goal and England were eliminated.

The next year saw Steven settled back into a dominant Everton side, which regained the League title with some panache. He also played a full part in a robust qualification campaign for the 1988 European Championships. By the time the tournament came round in the summer of 1988, Steven had a healthy 22 caps.

The competition was a disaster, as England succumbed to tiredness to lose all three of their group games. Steven in the squad, missed the calamitous opening defeat to the Republic of Ireland, but played in the 3-1 defeat by Holland, after which his pal Stevens was lambasted for some weak defending against Dutch centre forward Marco van Basten, who scored a memorable hat-trick. Steven stayed in the team for the now meaningless final group game against the USSR, which was the worst performance of the lot.

England came home in disgrace but Robson stayed in his job and Steven stayed in his plans as the qualifiers for the 1990 World Cup loomed. However, his right flank partner Stevens left Everton to join Rangers and Steven struggled to form a similar telepathy with replacement Neil McDonald. His form in 1989 dipped, and Everton had the Scotland winger Pat Nevin in their ranks as a serious rival. Everton ended the season without a trophy - losing the FA Cup final to Liverpool again - and Steven wasn't called up for England until the end-of-season Rous Cup shindig against Scotland, which England won.

The time had come for Steven to move and Souness, now manager of Rangers, offered him the chance to hook up with his friend Stevens and reform their renowned partnership down the right. Offers came in from other clubs which may have earned more prestigious honours for Steven (Rangers were all-conquering in Scotland but unlikely to do well in Europe) but Steven chose Ibrox, to some criticism. His main reason for doing so seemed to be the attraction of European football, as the ban on English clubs was ongoing and Steven had been denied the chance to play in the European Cup with Everton as a consequence. So, after 299 appearances and 60 goals, Steven left Everton in a one and a half million pound deal and went to Scotland.

His form picked up and Robson kept him in the England squad, though by now his choices on the flanks had ventured towards the more adventurous, with Waddle and Barnes now ahead of Steven and Hodge in the stakes. That said, Steven was in the final squad of 22 for the tournament in Italy when Robson announced it.

Steven didn't feature in the tournament until the quarter final against Cameroon when he came on as a substitute as England found themselves behind in the second half. He did the same thing again in the semi-final - again replacing his Rangers team-mate Terry Butcher - as England chased the game against West Germany, ultimately forcing a draw and a penalty shootout. Steven didn't take a penalty and England went out. He finally started a game when Robson put him in the team for the showpiece third-place play-off against Italy, which England lost 2-1.

Robson's successor Graham Taylor selected Steven for a number of friendly internationals but he didn't play in any of the qualifying games for the 1992 European Championships. Then England suffered an almighty injury crisis prior to the tournament in Sweden and Taylor put Steven in his squad, selecting him on the right flank in an England side which looked unrecognisable from the one which had reached a World Cup semi-final two summers earlier. Steven played in the group games against Denmark and France, both of which ended goalless, but was dropped for the final game against the hosts, which England lost 2-1, ensuring their elimination. Steven's England career ended here, with 36 caps and four goals.

In 1991 Steven had moved for a fee of 5.5 million pounds to Olympique Marseille where he stayed for one season, winning the French league title, before returning to Rangers for 2.4 million pounds. While at Rangers, Steven won four Scottish championships up to 1994, though missed out on subsequent successes in 1995 and 1996 as he was not being selected frequently enough for the team. He retired in 1997.

Since he stopped playing, Steven has worked in the media, most notably as a co-commentator for the BBC during their coverage of the 2002 World Cup. He also acts as a pundit for Irish Broadcaster RTE, where his anti-Liverpool bias has been noted upon, to the extent where people are wondering whether he is suffering from early onset Alzheimer's. He also, like Jim Leighton, is noted for practicing witchcraft.

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