IAN HENDERSON – The Rochdale midfielder chooses his favourite XI, made up from players he has played with or against in his football career.
Rob Green – Queens Park Rangers One of the best keepers I have played with and if it had not been for injuries then I am sure he would have gone on to achieve even bigger things in his career.
Mark Little – Peterborough He’s got a good physique and is very good going forward. He’s also an excellent one-on-one defender which I saw firsthand when we were at Northampton together in 2008.
Harry Maguire – Sheffield Utd A young boy at Sheffield United – he’s only about 18 or 19-years-old – but he’s a big, tall lad for his age. Despite his age he plays as though he’s been playing for years and years. He’s very commanding in the air and he’s very astute with the ball at his feet as well. I think he’s got a big future, and they obviously think very highly of him at Bramall Lane as well.
Harlee Dean – Brentford Comfortable on the ball and when he comes out from the back he doesn’t look out of place. He’s very good one-onone and he’s got great footballing attributes. He’s impressed me a lot when I’ve seen him this season.
Rhoys Wiggins – Charlton He’s hard to get past but he’s very comfortable on the ball. He’s an exciting left-back going forward and he’s got a good cross on him as well. He’s played pretty much all of Charlton’s games this season.
Matt Ritchie – Bournemouth He was at Swindon at the time when he impressed me. He’s a really good player – and he has a great left foot. He’s got a real understanding of football and picks up really good positions. He also scores a lot of goals, which is always a valuable asset to have in a midfielder.
Anthony Wordsworth – Ipswich I’d have to put my old colleague in there. I think every club should have someone like Anthony because he adds a lot to the side. He’s got all the passing ranges and also an eye for goal. He’s a good professional as well and deserved his move to Ipswich.
Jonathan Douglas – Brentford Dictates play and he’s got a good range of passing as well, like Anthony. He’s a very experienced player which maybe Anthony lacks, having played for the likes of Blackburn, Leeds and Swindon.
Marc Pugh – Bournemouth A very technical player, he’s always dinking around whether that be on the left or the right, and I’d imagine he’s very difficult to play against for a full-back. He’s done very well for Bournemouth this season.
Chris Brown – Doncaster He’s an old-fashioned centre-forward, a big number nine who puts himself about. Holds the ball up well and scores a lot of goals, which is all you need. He’s a great lad to have about the place as well.
Freddie Sears – Colchester I’d definitely put Freddie in there. I saw an awful lot of him while I was at Colchester – he’s got electric pace and he’s a great lad. Also, his finishing is really, really good – you can tell he was well schooled at West Ham.