DAMIEN DUFF

The ex-black­burn, Chelsea, Ful­ham and Ire­land winger se­lects the best of his for­mer team-mates, in­clud­ing a ‘ridicu­lous’ goalscorer

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JOHN TERRY “He was such an in­cred­i­ble de­fender for us at Chelsea. He’d al­ways put his body on the line for you, and he’d lit­er­ally put his head on the line. He was un­der­rated on the ball, too – I re­mem­ber ar­riv­ing at the club from Black­burn [in 2003] and be­ing blown away by his qual­ity us­ing left foot and right. He was a mas­sive per­son­al­ity – a good guy and a proper leader on and off the pitch. It was no sur­prise that he stayed at Chelsea for a very long time.”

ARJEN ROBBEN “I’ve picked my­self to play on one flank and Arjen on the other as he got peo­ple up off their seats. There’s noth­ing bet­ter than watch­ing a winger take a man on and beat him, and he had that down to a tee. Robben was bril­liant and so direct – that style of player is pos­si­bly a dy­ing breed now. If some­one runs at you with speed, any de­fender in the world would strug­gle, es­pe­cially against him. He was a top pro and didn’t drink a lot, if at all.”

ROB­BIE KEANE “Rob­bie and I have a bond. That’s some­thing that can’t be bro­ken when you grow up with some­one. We’ve played to­gether for our coun­try more than 100 times, in the se­nior side and var­i­ous age groups. When­ever I see him, we’ll hit it off again im­me­di­ately. He al­ways main­tained an un­shake­able be­lief that when he played, he would score, and to score 68 goals for Ire­land was just ridicu­lous as the record be­fore that was Niall Quinn’s 21. I don’t think Rob­bie’s to­tal will ever be touched, maybe not even half of that. He doesn’t get enough credit in Ire­land in my view.”

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