John Francis O'Shea /oʊˈʃeɪ/ (born 30 April 1981) is an Irish footballer, who plays as a defender for Sunderland and the Republic of Ireland national team, where he serves as captain and vice-captain respectively. He is known for his versatility in playing several positions on either side of the pitch or the centre.
Born in Waterford, O'Shea joined Manchester United when he was 17. He spent loan spells at Bournemouth and Royal Antwerp before establishing himself in the Manchester United first team, going on to make almost 400 appearances in all competitions over 10 years. O'Shea won 15 trophies at United, including five Premier League titles, one FA Cup, three Football League Cups, the UEFA Champions League and the FIFA Club World Cup. He joined Sunderland in July 2011.
O'Shea made his Republic of Ireland debut in 2001 against Croatia and has since gone on to make over 100 appearances for his country, scoring three goals, his first in 2003 against Australia. He was part of the team that controversially lost to France in a play-off for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and went on to play in UEFA Euro 2012 and UEFA Euro 2016.Close