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Wednesday, August 15, 2001
Dennis Wise
Club: Leicester City
Shirt Number: 11
Position: Midfielder
Date of Birth: December 16, 1966
Birthplace: Kensington, London
Height: 5'6"


Profile:

Baby-faced, Wise was once the heart and soul of Chelsea, having spent ten years at the club and the last bastion of English grit in the Esperanto adventure that is latter-day Chelsea.

The former Blues captain played some of the best football of his career in 1999-2000 and showed great skill and passing to go with his aggressive qualities.

Appears to have curbed his explosive nature slightly and mature with experience, becoming his club's driving force leading them to FA Cup victory during the 99/00 season.

Made his debut for England against Turkey in 1991 but became an England absentee after just missing out on Terry Venables' Euro 96 squad.

Earned an England recall after four years against Belgium in October 1999 and produced an influential display against Argentina in February 2000.

Those performances booked his place at Euro 2000 but the little midfielder had a disappointing tournament often being played out of position on England's dodgey left-wing.

Came on moments before Portugal scored their winner in the opening Group A match. Worked hard but created little as England chased the game.

Another hard-working display against Germany after replacing McManaman in the starting line-up. Again created little but helped England retain their midfield shape.

Started the final game against Romania but was substituted in the second-half.

He played his last game under Kevin Keegan against France and played in Howard Wilkinson's team that travelled to Finland in November for England's World Cup Qualifier.

Still one of the best midfielders in the country the cheeky charlie had his testimonial season in 1999-2000.

However, with Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri determined to bring down the average age of the squad, Wise was off-loaded to Leicester City in June 2001 for 1.6m.




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