The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE PLAY-OFFS 1ST LEG -

MAR­CUS BEAN – The Colch­ester United mid­fielder chooses his favourite XI, made up from play­ers he has played with or against in his football ca­reer.


Joe Hart – Manch­ester City I played with him at Black­pool when he was on loan there. He was out­stand­ing. I could see his Eng­land po­ten­tial even back then. I think he was about 19 at the time but I still thought he would go on to great things.


Kyle Walker – Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur I played against him when he was at Sh­effield United. He had all the phys­i­cal at­tributes and you could just tell that for the mod­ern right back he was just per­fect.


Danny Shittu – Mill­wall He’s one of my best friends in the game. When he’s in the tun­nel he’s al­ways bang­ing the doors and beat­ing his chest to scare the other team. It’s quite funny and he’s a leader on the pitch too.


Shaun Barker – Derby County He’s one of the nicest guys in football. He’s funny and he’s a very good defender. The first day he came to Black­pool he had his hair cut like Reg­gie Kray and we thought he was French, so we asked him where he was from. In the end we started call­ing him Reg­gie and it be­came his nick­name.


Gino Padula – Re­tired He’s an Ar­gen­tine guy who was a bit of a cult hero at QPR. He was very tena­cious and com­posed. He spoke English re­ally well and grasped the English cul­ture.


Adam Lal­lana – Southamp­ton He’s one of those play­ers who comes alive in the box. He’s great at fin­ish­ing. He holds the ball well and he’s a very, very good player.


Richard Lan­g­ley – Un­at­tached I re­mem­ber ini­tially watch­ing him at QPR and think­ing how he was a silky player. He was tech­ni­cally good and back then he looked like a net­ball player. I took in­spi­ra­tion from him.


Scott Parker – Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur I re­mem­ber play­ing against him when he was at Charlton and think­ing he was qual­ity. Back then he was more at­tack­ing than he is now. He was so sharp around the pitch and im­pressed me. It was one of the best , if not the best mid­field per­for­mances I’ve played against.


Lee Cook – Ley­ton Ori­ent He has a wand of a left foot. An­other one of my good friends and he’s a joker, just a clown. He’s def­i­nitely the best left mid­fielder I’ve played with. No one can get near him and he’s al­ways whip­ping the ball in with his left foot. He’s a free spirit though and he’s not the clever­est!


Wes Hoola­han – Nor­wich City He’s like a lit­tle Ir­ish Lionel Messi. Even at train­ing at Black­pool he used to take peo­ple on, al­most at walk­ing pace. He wasn’t the quick­est in the world but the ball would stick to his feet like glue. He’s a funny char­ac­ter. You could al­ways bank on Wes to do some­thing funny. He was al­ways funny on nights out, and es­pe­cially very funny with his danc­ing.


Jer­maine Beck­ford – Hud­der­s­field Town (on loan from Le­ices­ter) I played with Jer­maine as a kid play­ing in Sun­day League football. He was in and out of the Chelsea acad­emy at the time. He’s just a great guy. I think he did well in the Pre­mier League per­son­ally. He scored dou­ble fig­ures but for some rea­son the fans didn’t take to him. I re­ally rate him though.

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