Matthew James Upson is an English football player who currently features for the English Premier League club West Ham United. He plays as a central defender and is a very experienced one.
Matthew Upson developed at the prestigious youth academy of Luton Town and made his debut for the first team in the 1996-1997 season and joined Arsenal in May 1997 for 2 million pounds. Although Upson was part of the Arsenal set-up until 2003, he could muster only 35 Premier League matches in those years as he was never quite rated by Gunners’ manager Arsene Wenger. He played on loan for Nottingham Forest, Crystal Palace and Reading during his stay with Arsenal.
In 2003 Upson was signed by Birmingham City and became a regular at St. Andrew’s. He established himself as a firm and strong central defender and played 113 league matches for Birmingham City and scored 5 goals in the process. He was then signed by West Ham United in January 2007 for 6 million pounds and he became a regular at Upton Park too.
Matthew Upson has become an important player for the Hammers and is now a key performer in the back of West Ham.
Matthew Upson made his international debut for England against South Africa in May 2003 and has gone onto play 7 more times for his nation.