In November 2008, Fabio Capello selected his England squad for the International Friendly with Germany many were surprised when a certain Chelsea youngster was called up.
Many Chelsea fans will remember Mancienne, an exciting young defender who gave many hope that there could be life after John Terry. The fact that he was pure Chelsea, like Terry brought along even more comparisons.
Another cause for great excitement was that it had seemed that the Chelsea youth system had brought up what seemed like their first success at Chelsea since John Terry.
Although only making a handful of senior appearances for Chelsea the versatile defender really made a positive impression in loan spells at QPR and Wolves, yielding over 50 appearances at each club.
Unfortunately for Michael he was never able to really break into the squad and in May 2011 he was sold to German side Hamburg SV along with fellow defender Slobodan Rajkovic.
Whilst not being what you would call a first team regular or a star player for the Bundesliga Club, he is making positive steps in his career and has made 17 appearances this term; all of which have been starts.
In his first season at Hamburg he only made 14 Bundesliga appearances, but this season he has been reliable and one of the brightest spots in what can be described as a somewhat disappointing season so far for Hamburg.
Mancienne has won 65.9% of his tackles in the Bundesliga. This is no mean feat considering he is coming up against some of the worlds greatest attacking forces such as Marco Reus, Mario Gomez, Robert Leowandowski and Klaas Jan Huntelaar.
Even though his career never panned out the way he and everyone at Chelsea would have hoped, Michael Mancienne has really started to come of age and develop into the quality player he can.
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