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Manchester United (Eng)
Date of birth: 7/17/1972
International Caps: 33
International Goals: 3
Euro 2000 Qualifying appearances: 0
Euro 2000 Qualifying goals: 0
International Debut: 24/04/1996 v Germany (lost 0-1)
|Now considered as one of best defenders in the world, let alone Europe, having been outstanding since his move to Manchester United in the summer of 1998.
He moved from PSV Eindhoven for a record fee for a defender of almost £11million, having previously been with FC Zwolle, Cambuur and Willem II in Holland.
Stam made his international debut in 1996 and quickly emerged as an international-class player, good in the air and strong in the tackle. He enjoyed a fine World Cup in 1998, forming an effective partnership with Frank De Boer.
He then helped United to their outstanding treble of Premiership, FA Cup and Champions' League titles.
Stam's presence at the back gives the Dutch a backbone on which to build their outstanding forward play, and a real chance of victory on home soil.
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