Danny Mills

Where is Danny Mills now?

After 321 career appearances, Danny Mills had to retire at the early age of 32 through injury after five years at Manchester City.

A League Cup winner with Middlesbrough in 2004, Mills also won 19 caps for England and played every minute of the side’s five games in the 2002 FIFA World Cup finals.
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Since retiring from playing Mills has carved a decent broadcasting career and has worked extensively in television and radio for the likes of Sky Sports News, talkSPORT and the BBC.

He also dedicates his time and efforts raising money for Shine (formerly the Association for Spina Bifida And Hydrocephalus), after his son died from the condition in 2002.

Away from the football broadcasting Mills has appeared as a contestant on BBC Two’s Celebrity Masterchef 2012 where he ended the series as a runner up.

He also owns a property company as well as working as a board advisory member for Enact Private Equity which raises monies to try to save companies from administration.

In October 2013 Mills joined the newly formed FA Commission by FA chairman Greg Dyke to assess football improvements in the English game.

Not one to hold back on this opinions Mills started a war of words with his former Manchester City manager Stuart Pearce  in 2015 claiming that he was ‘tactically not very good’ and ‘motivationally poor’.

Pearce retaliated saying that Mills was just bitter because he couldn’t force his way back into the City team.

A year later, writing for The Times, he also started a feud with former Arsenal midfielder Robert Pires when he claimed that he started off the diving trend in British football.

Pires refuted the claim saying “I looked for a foul sometimes, I provoked the defender for sure and most of the time I dribbled past, but I never dived and have never intentionally disrespected anyone.”

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 #One2Eleven (4-4-2 Formation)

Danny Mills was a guest on Sky Sports programme The Fantasy Football Club in September 2016 where he picked the eleven best players he had ever played with in their #One2Eleven section of the show.

Danny Mills One2Eleven

GK – Nigel Martyn – my room mate at Leeds. Great goalkeeper who had a great right footed hooked clearance.

RB – Gary Kelly – a great player and a great lad. A Leeds legend.

CB – Rio Ferdinand 

CB – Lucas Radebe – one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet and also one of the hardest. His knees were shot to bits but he used to tackle people and just laugh. A legend.

LB – Ashley Cole – a magnificent athlete who wasn’t far off being the best in the world in that position. He never seemed to have a bad game.

LM – Harry Kewell – was the Gareth Bale of his time. Could score 20 goals a season but never really kicked on after Leeds United.

CM – David Batty  – a complete enigma and so different to any other player I’ve played with. He was a lot better than people gave him credit him for and had a lot of ability.

CM – Paul Scholes – first name on the team sheet. He had oustanding vision and awareness. Everyone said he couldn’t tackle, but he could. Fantastic goalscoring ability and just a great lad.

RM – David Beckham – a leader for England but quite quiet. He was very fit, very influential and led by example.

ST – Mark Viduka – on his day he was sensational. He had an amazing ability to hold the ball up and used to be able to do an unbelievable Cruyff turn where you knew it was coming but you would always miss it.

ST – Nicolas Anelka – similar attitude to Viduka. He was a terrible trainer and late a lot of the time but he was an unbelievable goalscorer and did it at every club he played for.

Danny Mills: Premier League Statistics

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Premier League Teams Played forCharlton Athletic, Leeds United, Manchester City, Derby County, Middlesbrough

Statistics courtesy of www.premierleague.com