Steven Caulker

Steven Caulker is an English central defender who was born in Feltham, London on 29th December 1991. Caulker played as a midfielder in his youth, before switching to centre-back for Hounslow Borough. He had trials at Reading, Chelsea, and QPR before eventually signing for Tottenham in 2007. Caulker quickly progressed through the youth ranks, featuring at U18 level while still at school. In 2008/09 he made a few appearances for Tottenham's reserve side, having also captained the U18s.

Caulker spent the 2009/10 season on loan at Yeovil. The defender had a stellar season at Huish Park, featuring in 46 games. He won several player of the season awards for his efforts during the campaign and also represented England at U19 level.

In 2010/11, Caulker moved up from League 1 to the Championship, signing for Bristol City. He made his competitive debut for Tottenham just a few days prior to moving to Ashton Gate, in a 4-1 home defeat to Arsenal. Caulker scored in only his third appearance for The Robins, a 3-2 defeat to Cardiff. He won an award for Championship player of the month in November 2010. Caulker scored a last minute equaliser at QPR on 3rd January 2011. He was named Bristol City's young player of the season, despite missing the last few weeks of the campaign with a knee injury.

On July 1st 2011 Caulker made another temporary switch, this time to newly promoted Premier League outfit Swansea. The former Yeovil man looked completely at ease playing regular top flight football. He helped the Swans to several early clean sheets. Brendan Rodgers' flowing football was an ideal fit for Caulker. He missed two months of the season after colliding with the post at Arsenal on September 10th, but didn't take long to recapture his form on his return. During his absence Caulker was arrested for a public order offence in Swansea city centre.

Having helped Swansea to an 11th place finish, Caulker signed a new four-year contract at Tottenham in July 2012. During the same month he also represented Great Britain at the Olympics. Caulker became a regular at White Hart Lane during 2012/13. He scored in the 2-0 win over Aston Villa on 7th October and featured for the club in Europe against Lazio, Inter and Panathinaikos. Three days after netting in a 2-1 defeat at Man City on 11th November Caulker won his first senior England cap. He scored against Sweden, and was taken off on 75 minutes with the Three Lions 2-1 up (Sweden would eventually come back to win 4-2, thanks to an inspired Zlatan Ibrahimovic). Caulker had a decent 2012/13 overall, but suffered an injury towards the end.

Caulker joined Cardiff for £8,000,000 on 21st July 2013. He was unable to stop the freshly promoted Premier League outfit from going straight back down, but did have a reasonable season on a personal level. He scored five goals, including the winner in the derby against former club Swansea.

Caulker joined QPR on a four year deal during the summer of 2014. He endured a miserable season, however. Rangers were relegated and Caulker's form wasn't great. He did manage a goal in a 2-2 draw against Stoke on 20th September, but was also on the end of several heavy defeats.

On 29th July 2015 Caulker joined Southampton on loan for the season. He did reasonably well in his first uncompetitive start against Espanyol, but looked unconvincing against Vitesse a few days later.