Lee came through the ranks at Derby County and made over 100 appearances for The Rams before joining Blackburn Rovers in March 1999 for a Ã‚Â£3.3 million fee.
Brian Kidd was the Rovers manager at the time, but when Graeme Souness took over at Ewood Park, Lee became surplus to requirements and was allowed to move back to the Midlands, to Coventry City, in November 2000 for Ã‚Â£2 million.
Ironically, he is the last Coventry City player to score a goal against Everton – his 86th minute penalty at Highfield Road in January 2001 was merely a consolation though, in a 3-1 Toffees victory.
Born in Birmingham, he qualified for the Republic of Ireland national squad through ancestry. He made his international debut in 1997 and has been an international squad regular.
Lee travelled with the Republic of Ireland squad to the World Cup finals in Japan & South Korea and came on as a late substitute in the 3-0 win over Saudi Arabia.
On 6 April 2004 he decided not to make himself available for selection for the national side Ã¢â‚¬Ëœfor the foreseeable futureÃ¢â‚¬â„¢, to enable him to concentrate on his family.
A tenacious midfielder schemer, he has been frequently involved in David Moyes’ starting line-ups, both in the centre of the park and on the right hand side of midfield.