Wayne Neville Routledge better known as Wayne Routledge, football player, was born on January 7, 1985 in Sidcup, London, England. This talented player had his education from the Archbishop Lanfranc School in Croydon. He is often seen with his portable computer and has been rightly nicknamed “Laptop”. He attributes his successful football career to his mother, who has been his constant support.
Wayne Routledge represented the England national team at Under-16, Under-19 and Under-21 levels. Of his 12 appearances for the England Under-21 team, Wayne Routledge has scored one goal for the team.
Wayne Routledge was 16 years when he joined the Crystal Palace Football Club in 2001 and played his debut match in October against West Bromwich Albion. In September 2002, as soon as the match began he scored a goal within a minute on the field against the Wolverhampton Wanderers FC. His team won 4-2 against the Wolves and he was named the ‘Man of the Match’ for his brilliant performance. In the 2002-2003 season, he played 13 games for Crystal Palace and scored 4 goals. Being a midfielder, his unmatched skills for playing on the right and left wing enabled him to score 6 goals in 32 matches for his team in the 2003-2004 season. His contribution made his team win the promotion to the Premiership through the play-offs in the 2003-2004 season. Scoring a goal in the 2004-2005 season, Wayne Routledge played for Crystal Palace in 38 matches before moving to the Tottenham Hotspur club, the Spurs.
In July 2005, Wayne Routledge signed a contract with the Spurs; he recovered from a foot injury and played only two matches for the team in the 2005-2006 season. In January 2006, he was sent on loan to the Portsmouth Club, and he played 13 matches for them in the 2005-2006 season. Coming as a substitute in the final 3 minutes of the game, Wayne Routledge brilliantly assisted his Portsmouth team-mates to score a goal against the Bolton Wanderers, which ended the match in a 1-1 draw.
On his return from Portsmouth, he was not used by Tottenham Hotspur in the 2006-2007 season instead was again loaned to Fulham. By scoring 2 goals in the final ten minutes of the match, Wayne Routledge was the reason for Fulham’s 2-1 win against Newcastle United in the 2006-2007 season. His football techniques improved with every match he played for Fulham as he represented the team in 24 matches.
Wayne Routledge signed an 18-month contract with Aston Villa on January 30, 2008 but got the chance to play for the team only on April 5, 2008. As a late substitute for Stiliyan Petrov, he played the final four minutes of the game, which took Aston Villa on a (4-0) win against the Bolton Wanderers.
In football, John Barnes, former Liverpool player, is his hero and Ronaldinho is his favorite player in the football world. Wayne Routledge loves to play games in his computer (Pro Evolution Soccer, is his favorite game) and spend time with his girlfriend after training.