DREAM TEAM

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE RESULTS -

Ac­cring­ton Stan­ley and former Sligo Rovers and Paços de Fer­reira striker Padraig Amond chooses his favourite XI, made up from play­ers he has played with or against in his foot­ball ca­reer.

GOALKEEPER1

Rui Pa­tri­cio – Sport­ing Lis­bon He has gone on to es­tab­lish him­self as one of the best keep­ers in the world. He is a fan­tas­tic keeper and any de­fence would feel com­fort­able with Rui play­ing be­hind them. He com­mands his box really well and it’s tough to imag­ine a way past him as a striker.

RIGHT BACK1

Sea­mus Cole­man – Ever­ton It sounds strange but his style of play re­minds me a lot of Cafu. He of­fers so much go­ing for­ward and his stamina is sec­ond to none. I am pleased to see him do­ing so well at Ever­ton be­cause he de­serves it with the com­mit­ment he has put into his game.

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Kevin Long – Burnley A very strong cen­tre back and I am one of many peo­ple sur­prised at the fact it hasn’t really worked out for Kevin at Burnley. When he joined them in 2009 I really thought he would es­tab­lish him­self quickly as a first team player.

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Pepe – Real Madrid I was once asked to mark a guy from cor­ners be­fore a match. My man­ager didn’t ex­plain to me that it was in fact Pepe and it was a slight mis­match when I tried to de­fend against him. He does have a tem­per on him but none­the­less he is a top-class player.

LEFT BACK1

Fabio Coen­trao – Real Madrid He de­served his move to Real Madrid and is a top class player. He is so com­fort­able on the ball and he was out­stand­ing when he played against me for Benfica. He also has quick feet which helps him as a full­back.

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Cris­tiano Ron­aldo – Real Madrid If it wasn’t for Lionel Messi then he would def­i­nitely be the best player in the world. His speed is fright­en­ing and tech­ni­cally he is un­be­liev­able. He has ev­ery­thing as a foot­baller: touch, speed, strength and tremen­dous vi­sion.

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Joao Moutinho – Porto He is a class act and a tremen­dous foot­baller. His touch is so good and his move­ment is sec­ond to none. I watched him at the 2012 Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships for Por­tu­gal and he had a great tour­na­ment.

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Shaun Wil­liams – MK Dons He is a very ver­sa­tile player who can also play in de­fence. He’s a great passer of the ball and has ter­rific vi­sion which helps him in the mid­field. Shaun is very dan­ger­ous from set­pieces and he can grab a few goals.

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Hulk – Zenit St Peters­burg He’s an­other great player who scores bags of goals. Tech­ni­cally he is very gifted and he is so strong on the ball as well. His scor­ing-tochances ra­tio is un­be­liev­able and one day I can see him play­ing in the Pre­mier League.

STRIKER1

Raul – Al Sadd He is a le­gend of the game and I was for­tu­nate enough to ac­tu­ally swap shirts with him af­ter one game. It is on the wall at my par­ents’ house and it is def­i­nitely one of my most prized pos­ses­sions within foot­ball.

STRIKER1

Radamel Fal­cao – Atletico Madrid Per­son­ally I think Fal­cao is the best cen­tre for­ward in the world. I re­mem­ber his hat-trick against Chelsea in the Su­per Cup and that really set a marker down. He showed ev­ery­one what he is ca­pa­ble of and I think he will con­tinue to pro­duce per­for­mances like that in the fu­ture.

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