Wright-Phillips continues education

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England winger Shaun Wright-Phillips is convinced he learned plenty from his time at Chelsea under three different managers, declaring himself "wiser" for the experience.

Jose Mourinho shelled out £21million to take the sought-after wideman to Stamford Bridge three seasons ago, and Wright-Phillips also worked under Avram Grant and, for a short spell, Luiz Felipe Scolari before heading back to Manchester City for less than half that sum at the end of August.

"I choose to believe you can learn from everybody, so try to take on as much as possible," the 26-year-old said. "I have gone back a lot wiser with my decisions on the pitch and a lot more mature on and off the field."

He added: "Giving in is not part of my nature. The mental side of things has helped me a lot.

"I put it down to every manager and coach I played under while I was there - they all played a part because everyone gives you something different and it is up to you whether you want to take it on board."

Wright-Phillips added: "Obviously the England issue was there, because everybody wants to play for their country. But my first thought was to just get back playing and get to back what I did before I left the club."

Despite coming off the bench and scoring a goal in Fabio Capello's first game in charge against Switzerland at Wembley in February, Wright-Phillips found himself out in the cold again when the squads were named for the World Cup qualifiers against Andorra and Croatia.

Since then Wright-Phillips has produced a string of promising displays with City - which resulted in him being chosen ahead of David Bentley for games against Kazakhstan and then Belarus next week.

"Being dropped gave me a kick to be honest, because I knew I had to get myself into gear and get back to what I used to be," he continued.

"It just made me know I always need to be improving."

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