Matthew Upson – born 18 April 1979 – is an English former professional footballer who played as a centre back.
Upson played for England at full international level including at the 2010 World Cup.
Upson started his career with Bedfordshire club Luton Town before he joined Premier League club Arsenal for a fee of £2 million in May 1997.
He struggled to force his way into the first team at Highbury making 57 appearances in 6 seasons and also spent time out on loan at Nottingham Forest, Crystal Palace and Reading.
Upson joined Birmingham City in 2003 where he enjoyed regular first team football. However following Birmingham’s relegation in 2006 he went on to join West Ham United for £7.5 million in January 2007. He was made captain in 2009 following the departure of Lucas Neill.
At the end of the 2010–11 season West Ham were relegated to the Championship and Upson left after his contract had expired.
Upson signed a two-year contract with Stoke City in August 2011. After a loan spell with Brighton & Hove Albion in the 2012–13 season, he signed a one-year contract with the club in 2013.
In 2018, Upson was a pundit for the BBC’s coverage of the World Cup in Russia.
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