English midfielder who joined Manchester City in 2009 after spending the first 11 years of his professional career with Aston Villa; became a member of the English national team in 2000.
He began his youth career at age fourteen with Brighton & Hove Albion.
He was named Aston Villa Player of the Season in 2006-07.
Married Louise Barry in 2007; the couple had a son and daughter together.
He was joined by Mario Balotelli on Manchester City in 2010.