A tall, strong central defender, Steven Caulker is a player the club have high hopes for and has been fast-tracked through the youth system to gain valuable experience.
Was borough 400m champion for four consecutive years when at Lampton School, so his assets are this speed, combined with a calmness on the ball and a strength in holding up to physical centre-forwards.
Promoted to the Spurs Under-18 side as a 16 year old in 2008, Steven impressed at this level and soon made the step up to the reserve team and captaining the Under-18s, earning a season long loan to Yeovil Town in 2009-2010, where he scooped the Player of the Year awards at the club, having missed only one game and played very well at League One level.
Returning to Spurs, Steven had a summer away in France with the England Under-19 team, who finished as semi-finalists in the European Championships, losing out to Spain.
There was a first senior game for Tottenham in a League Cup tie with Arsenal, in which he played well with the game going to extra time, before he joined Championship side Bristol City on another loan for the rest of the season, having missed out on a loan to Leeds United because of a groin strain.
On 1st July 2011, Steven signed a new deal with Spurs keeping him at the club until 2014 and joined newly promoted Premier League club Swansea City on a season long loan. Having had a successful season with the Swans, Steven was selected for the London 2012 Team GB football squad and was prominent in them making good progress in the competition. It wasn't all plain sailing in South Wales though, as in November 2011, he received a fixed penalty notice for anti-social behaviour, having been arrested for swearing in a street in the City centre.
The 2012-13 season saw him become a regular in the middle of the Spurs defence and he showed great maturity and he won his first England cap in November in Stockholm, scoring a goal before being substituted. The following season, he was not a first pick, with Michael Dawson re-establishing himself in the heart of the defence with new signing Jan Vertonghen and even with the early season injury to Younes Kaboul, Caulker could not force his way into the side on a consistent basis. Despite the departure of William Gallas in the summer of 2013, the option of not getting a place in the starting line-up in World Cup year might have preyed on the 21 year olds mind, causing him to leave White Hart Lane for Cardiff City in an £8.5 million four year deal.
The move didn't really pay off for Caulker, with only a goal in the first South Wales derby in the top flight and being ever-present that season, which ended in relegation. Being the club's record signing, a lot was expected of him, but he could not keep them up single-handedly and in the summer of 2014, he moved back to London and the with QPR. Once more, Steven was almost a regular in the side and once again, the team were relegated. With money difficulties, Rangers allowed the centre-half to go on loan for the 2015-16 season to Southampton, where a European debut hinted that there may have been good times ahead, but following a 1- 6 home mauling by Liverpool in December, Caulker did not add to his eight appearances for the Saints. So, he went back to West London, but was soon packing his bags again, as in January, he got a loan move to Liverpool for the rest of the season. Strangely, as a centre-half, he was mostly deployed from the bench as a late forward to try and rescue games, but this tended not to be too successful a tactic and Caulker's four appearances were all he had to show before he went back to his parent club in the summer.
At Loftus Road, Ian Holloway played him occasionally during the 2016-17 season, but only twice in the following four months of the following campaign, with his contract being mutually terminated in December 2017. It came out that he had been having problems with alcoholism, gambling and depression and this had affected his performances, so Rangers allowed him to leave to get help, as he revealed that he had considered taking his own life. He was picked up by Dundee in February 2018, where he played regularly in the second half of the season and made two appearances in the next season before deciding to leave just before the transfer deadline, with a clause in his contract allowing him to do so. As a free agent and still only 26, he set about looking for a new club and there was interest from Wigan Athletic.