MATT DUKE- The Bradford goalkeeper chooses his favourite XI, made up from players he has played with or against in his football career.
David James – IBV He’s just got the ability to pull off some unbelievable saves. He’s had a long career and got better with age. As a goalkeeper you are always going to make mistakes and he got a lot of criticism early on in his career, but some of his saves made him a top class keeper. He wasn’t England’s goalkeeper for no reason and playing for so long is something to admire.
Stephen Darby – Bradford He started off at Liverpool so he’s obviously a talented lad, and he’s proved it this season. His consistency has been something else, and that showed because he won the players’ player of the season – I voted for him as he’s been excellent.
John Terry – Chelsea It was a few years back now that I played against him, I remember the game where Hull drew 0-0 at Stamford Bridge in 2009 and I played pretty well actually. But his bravery was the thing that stood out. He’s a great leader and everyone knows his attributes. Michael Turner – Sunderland He’s a great player. He came to Hull from Brentford and he immediately did well. He was part of a very strong defence we had at Hull in the Premier League, and he’s still doing it for Norwich now. Like Terry, he was very brave and put his body on the line.
Andy Dawson – Hull He’s been a success at Hull across all four divisions, and has got better and better as his career has gone on. With every promotion he adapted, and to stay at the club for all this time shows what a professional he is.
Garry Thompson – Bradford He’s another who has had a phenomenal season for Bradford. He’s quite big and strong for a winger, but he’s got all the attributes you need in that position. He’s quick, knocks a great ball in and he’s also good in the air which is a bonus.
Steven Gerrard – Liverpool Obviously the guy is quality. Some of the things he can do on a pitch you wouldn’t think was possible. I think what stands out most about him is his incredible range of passing, whether it’s five yards or 50 yards it always hits its target. He’s got a stinging shot as well. Gary Jones – Bradford He only joined us at Bradford this season and he’s about 35, so to have played as many games as he has and still be going is incredible. He was voted the fans’ player of the year which says a lot.
Jonas Gutierrez – Newcastle He’s one that really springs to mind out wide, we played Newcastle in the FA Cup in 2009 and eventually won in the replay, but he was a threat whenever he got the ball. He’s one of those players who you don’t really appreciate how good he is until you play against him.
Nick Barmby – Retired I’d stick him up front because he had such quality about his play he could fit in almost anywhere. He still had the hunger about his game when he came to Hull in his mid-30s, and that desire on the pitch is something lots of players could learn from.
Didier Drogba – Galatasaray Everything about him made him such a dangerous striker. He’s probably one of the strongest players I’ve played against. Fortunately I didn’t get into many tussles with him in the box though.