Defender who played for Real Madrid from 2004 to 2007 and Tottenham Hotspur from 2008 to 2011 before joining Middlesbrough in 2012. He was a member of the English national team from 1999 to 2008.
After coming up through the youth system of Leeds, he joined the first team's starting eleven in 1998.
He was signed for £13.4 by Real Madrid, but injuries caused him to miss the entire 2004-05 season; the same misfortune occurred after he joined Tottenham in 2008.
He was born in the Nunthorpe suburb of Middlesbrough.
In July of 2012 he re-signed with his hometown side Middlesbrough, where in 2013 he was joined by the talented midfielder Kieron Dyer.