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Player Profile: Stephen Warnock

Full Name: Stephen Warnock
Date of Birth: 12th December 1981, Ormskirk
Nationality: English
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 22
Internationals: Called up, but not yet capped at Full level for England
Signed: January 2007
Previous Clubs: Liverpool, Bradford City & Coventry City (Both loan from Liverpool)

Lancashire born Stephen Warnock is a product of the Liverpool youth academy, starting his career at Anfield in 1998.

As with so many youngsters Warnock found first team football with Liverpool hard to come by so in order to gain first team experience he was send out on loan to Bradford City in 2002 and Coventry City for the 2003-2004 season, being a virtual ever present for the Sky Blues.

After his successful loan with Coventry Warnock earned a Liverpool debut in the summer of 2004 in a European Champions League qualifying tie. This proved his breakthrough and he became very much part of the first team squad for the 2004-2005 season, impressing when he was given the chance in a left-midfield role in place of Harry Kewell.

The 2005-2006 season saw him switched to left-back and again he impressed, and even earned himself and call up to the senior England squad in August 2005. Despite being part of a few squads he hasn't made his senior bow (up until the end of March 2007).

As the race to sign then Rovers defender Lucas Neill picked up pace a late swap deal towards the end of the summer of 2006, seeing Neill going to Anfield with Warnock coming to Ewood Park was mooted, but with Rovers also reported as wanting money as well nothing happened. Mark Hughes persevered in his efforts to win Warnock's signature and after barely featuring in the first half of the 2006-2007 season and with Neill opting for West Ham United. Rovers finally got their man; Warnock arrived for £1.5 million during the January transfer window of 2007.

Warnock's Rovers debut came against Luton Town in the FA Cup fourth round and he impressed, as he has done ever since. Warnock was shown a red card for two bookable offences on his home Premiership debut against Sheffield United early in February but recovered to score his first Rovers goal, starting and finishing a move against Portsmouth at Ewood on February 25th 2007.

With every game that passes Warnock seems to improve and seems to be the best left-back we have had for several years. Performances of the standard we have already seen and his full England debut will come, sooner rather than later, at least it should…

Blackburn Rovers appearances and goals up to the start of the 2006-2007 Season
League: 0
FA Cup: 0
League Cup: 0
Other (European etc.): 0
TOTAL: 0 - 0 goals

Warnock only signed in January 2007 so he has no previous Rovers data.


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Writer: Walker Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday March 24 2007

Time: 1:54AM

Your Comments

Excellent Sparky signing once again, rated the guy VERY highly before he arrived, think he's more than proving why I (and most importantly!) Sparky wanted him. Best left-back we've had for years without doubt.
Hughes Da Man
Sparky sure knows the transfer market doesnt he. Samba, McCarthy, Warnock and Dunny, all in one season. Cant say much bout Franny and Roberts but 4 out of 6 is awesome aye, all pretty much costing less then what we got for bellers
sasman
The best left back I've seen in England since Ashley Cole. He can do both defence and offence and will be a real asset for us. I dont remember such a full back in rovers since Le Saux (and he wasnt the most gifted one when it came to defence, was he?).
IsraeliRover
Fair call sasman, still holding out hope for JR though, although rumour has it he could move on in the summer after a frustrating injury and form (lack of) disrupted season?!?! Stevie has it all doesn't he Israeli, he can defend and he can attack, doing both a pace which is crucial in the Premiership. He almost ALWAYS seems to have full control on the ball also when he's running with it and goes on at least one 60-70-yard gallop per game. Le Saux was a top footballer, Stevie has the potential to go down as one of our very best. Cole for me is moving backwards in his career now (still quality, quality player though) so will come under immense pressure from Stevie for that left-back spot in the not too distant future.
Hughes Da Man
Warnock, bentley and maybe derbyshire and dunny in the future all pushin for spots in the english squad aye. Maybe our club can finally get some good reports in the media as a club giving your english players a chance, rather then importing every single player....not mentionin any clubs
sasman
I do think that Roberts will come good, he's been very unlucky this season so next yr will make or break him!! Warnock could push for an England sopt as he can play in left wing, although so could Cole. It would need a brave manager to actually pick players outside the big 4 or 5, with the exception of 'Boro of course, who McClaren used to manage, players that may be playing well instead of the established players who always get in no matter wot their form! Warnock and Bentley do have the ability to play for England
Clint
If Stevie W and Bents aren't in the England set-up within a year ior two we'll lose them to a team that can bring them in as both will be good enough (if they aren't already!) to play for the big 4 or 5 that will get you noticed. I don't think it would take a "brave" manager to pick players from outside of these clubs, just think it would take a good one, and we don't have this in Stevie Mac. VERY good coach poor manager. Martin O'Neill WOULD have done this, and this cost him the job along with the fact he wouldn't have been the FA's yes man. As for Derbs I too feel he genuinely could play for England one day.
Hughes Da Man
exactly Hughes Da players that good have to be in the England Squad and the trouble is that players feel that they have to move on to get into the full international scene and this harms the supposed smaller clubs when they lose there best players to bigger clubs who dont play them ie Wright-philips
Clint
It's all wrong isn't it Clint. Just because we (England) are the "mighty" England it's almost seen as a weakness if we select players from anyone other than the top clubs. When all is said an done if ANY player is playing top flight football if they are good enough they should play no matter who they play for. Reputations are counting for FAR too much under Stevie Mac, as they did under Sven.
Hughes Da Man
England should take Australias lead. Get an outside coach like we did, Guus Hiddink. Being non australian, he showed no bias to any player, giving several fringe playters of the old era a chance to perform and shine like they did in the world cup. Not always the famous, highest money earners are the best for the team or position, as evident in your england set up with gerrard and lampard in the middle for example.
sasman
We did try this though didn't we with Sven, and we know where that got England! There are probably a few overseas coaches that I would take now, the top one probably Wenger but I'd worry he might not look beyond the big boys either.
Hughes Da Man
sasman u have hit it on the head mate, its about building a team that works not just shoving all the supposed best players u have in the top 4 teams in the country into a team and saying beat everyone!! its def the fault of the former and current coachs who seem to go for the easy options, even in friendly's when u would try the odd new comer, although i suppose they would argue that England dont get the plyers together enough for that!
Clint
 

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