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Factbox: Paul Ince

A look at the former England midfielder Paul Ince, who has been sacked Premier League strugglers Blackburn Rovers.

A look at the former England midfielder Paul Ince, who has been sacked by Barclays Premier League strugglers Blackburn Rovers. * Paul Ince was born on Oct 21, 1967 in Ilford, Essex and was taken on as an apprentice at the age of 14 by West Ham United, where he made his English debut in 1986. * In 1989, Ince played twice for the England U21 team and impressed for West Ham, although the London club were relegated to the second division.

* Ince then completed a £1 million (Dh5.6m) move to Manchester United, where he remained until 1995, winning the first two Premier League titles (1993 and 1994), two FA Cups, the 1992 League Cup and the Cup Winners' Cup in 1991. * He made his England debut in 1992, going on to win 53 caps in an international career that ended in 2000. He played at one World Cup (France 1998) and two European Championships (England 1996, Belgium/Netherlands 2000).

* Ince was transferred to Inter Milan in 1995, where his famous commitment and grafting style won the fans over. He helped Inter reach the 1997 Uefa Cup final, losing on penalties to German club Schalke. * He moved back to England to join Liverpool, then moved on to Middlesbrough in 1999 and Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2002. * He then went on to be player-coach at Swindon Town and player-manager at Macclesfield Town, where he played his last game in May 2007.

* After starting his full managerial career at struggling Macclesfield and helping them avoid relegation from League Two (fourth division), he left to join Milton Keynes Dons. * Ince led MK Dons to the League Two title in his first season in charge. * Ince was appointed Blackburn manager on a three-year deal in June this year, replacing his former United teammate Mark Hughes who had left to take over Manchester City.

* Ince was sacked on Dec 16, 2008 after Rovers suffered six consecutive league defeats and sat five points from safety in the relegation zone. * Ince is the sixth Premier League manager to leave his job this season after Alan Curbishley, Kevin Keegan and Roy Keane quit West Ham, Newcastle United and Sunderland respectively and Harry Redknapp left Portsmouth to replace the sacked Juande Ramos at Tottenham Hotspur. *Reuters