DREAM TEAM

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE PLAY-OFF FINAL -

MATT DUKE- The Brad­ford goal­keeper chooses his favourite XI, made up from play­ers he has played with or against in his football ca­reer.

GOALKEEPER1

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.

RIGHT BACK1

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.

CEN­TRE BACK1

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.

LEFT BACK1

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.

RIGHT1 MIDFIELD1

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.

CEN­TRAL MIDFIELD1

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.

LEFT MIDFIELD1

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.

STRIKER1

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.

STRIKER1

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.

RYAN WAL­TERS

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