SCOTT SHEARER - The Rotherham keeper chooses his favourite XI, made up from players he has played with or against in his football career.
Billy Turley – Retired He’s one of my good mates but every time I’ve played against him he seems to have an absolute worldie. He was somebody I looked up to when I was younger. He was very commanding and communicated well with his defenders. When his team were doing well, he was doing well.
David Hunt – Crawley Town He started as a central midfielder so he was very comfortable on the ball. You didn’t see many people get past him, and his positional sense was really good.
Steve Staunton – Retired I played with him at Coventry and Stan was very good for me. He helped me out a lot and during the game and he wouldn’t just worry about himself, he would help me out a lot personally which was good. He was a good role model for everyone at the club.
John Dempster – Mansfield Town He’s one of these centre halves who are very deceiving, I’m sure strikers looked at him and thought ‘I’m going to have a field day here’ but he rarely needed to jump to win a header. He used everything he had to his full potential. He was always making crucial blocks and winning headers. Leon Johnson – Wycombe Wanderers He’s very comfortable on the ball for a centre half so as a goalkeeper you could give it to him in any position and he wouldn’t panic. His positional sense was very good and he was a good leader. He organised everything and we clicked at Wycombe.
John Mousinho – Preston Just an absolute engine. He’s very good technically, he scores goals from midfield but he does the attacking and defensive sides as well. He’s one of those players who worked well for the team. He’s always there to help out. David Noble – Rotherham I’m with him at the moment and he should be playing at a higher level. He’s had a few bad injuries but the guy is just different class. He gets the ball and makes things happen. He’s physically fit now, so I’m hoping he’ll stay injury free to help Rotherham. Craig Pead – Retired He was very good technically. You could give him the ball in a two-yard space and he would get out of it. He was always winning tackles, doing the ugly side of the game for the team and would come up with the odd goal too. A good team player.
Matt Tubbs – Bournemouth He’s an out and out goal machine. When I was with him at Crawley he scored an unbelievable number of goals but that wasn’t all he did – he used to work and stretch teams to make space for other players. He would run the channels and get up for headers, but if you gave him one chance he would score. He had an unbelievable record. Gary McSheffrey – Coventry A very clever footballer, you could play him up front or just in behind. When he got promoted at Birmingham, he was playing left midfield and scored 20-odd goals. He’s probably the best I’ve ever played with. Junior Agogo – Retired The guy was a machine. He was just an animal. He used to bully defenders and he would always seem to score at least one goal a game, even if he wasn’t having a good one. He was just different class, someone you would always rely on for a goal.