English midfielder best known for his two separate stints with the Blackburn Rovers, with whom he won the Football League Cup title in 2002. He played for Birmingham City from 2003 to 2007 and began representing England internationally at the Under-18 level in 1998.
He was born in Great Harwood, Lancashire and played one season with the Blackburn Rovers youth squad before making senior debut in 1998.
Early in his career, his technical ability led to him frequently being referred to as 'the New Gazza,' in reference to English soccer legend Paul Gascoigne.
He has a daughter named Mia with Emmerdale actress Sammy Winward. He later married a woman named Haley, with whom he has a son named Isaac.
He earned his first cap for England replacing an injured Kieron Dyer in September 2002.