DREAM TEAM

KEVIN O’CON­NOR – The Brent­ford mid­fielder chooses his favourite XI, made up from play­ers he has played with or against in his football ca­reer.

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GOAL KEEPER

Wo­j­ciech Szczesny – Arse­nal He was on loan with us for six months, and I roomed with him. He was a fan­tas­tic shot stop­per – and a bit crazy once he took his gloves off. He would show me videos of the stuff he got up too when he went back to Poland ev­ery week­end. He had a whale of a time!

RIGHT BACKI

Andy Framp­ton – AFC Wim­ble­don He’s a good mate of mine, so I’ve got to put him in. We formed a good back four along with Michael Turner and Sam Sodje and kept a lot of clean sheets.

CEN­TRE BACK

Michael Turner – Nor­wich City He’s a quiet lad off the pitch but on it he’s a top class defender and he would put his body on the line week in week out. He’s a fan­tas­tic, tall, clas­sic cen­tre half, and you could see his tal­ent early on. I knew that if he got his head switched on he would move up the leagues, and he has.

CEN­TRE BACK

Har­lee Dean – Brent­ford A cur­rent team-mate of mine, he’s tall, strong and fast and plays a bit like John Terry. He wins his head­ers re­ally well. Player of the sea­son last year, he’s got ev­ery­thing you need in a cen­tre half.

LEFT BACK

Sam Sodje – Portsmouth He was in the back four the year we reached the play-offs and was rightly in team of the year that sea­son too. He scored some crack­ing goals too and his crazy hair­styles went hand in hand with his char­ac­ter.

RIGHTI MID­FIELD

Sam Saun­ders – Brent­ford He was our set-piece taker, and likes to model him­self on David Beck­ham, a poor man’s David Beck­ham if any­thing! But he is a free-kick ex­pert and his de­liv­er­ies are fan­tas­tic. I have found my­self try­ing to get on the end of them nu­mer­ous times.

CENTRALI MID­FIELD

Jay Tabb – Ip­swich Town An­other ex-team­mate from Brent­ford. Tech­ni­cally he’s ex­cel­lent, and you could tell from an early age he was go­ing to be very good. He had that bull­dog at­ti­tude and would work his socks off for 90 min­utes.

CENTRALI MID­FIELD

Adam Forshaw – Brent­ford My cur­rent team­mate, he’s al­ways one step ahead of the game, he reads the play ex­tremely well and is an­other very tech­ni­cal player who has al­ways stood out. I’m sure he’ll go on to big­ger things.

LEFT MID­FIELD

Stephen Hunt – Read­ing He was like a big kid on and off the pitch. He got ex­cited very eas­ily and then his broad Ir­ish ac­cent was in­com­pre­hen­si­ble. He al­ways had lots of en­ergy and that was re­flected on and off the pitch. He had a great de­liv­ery and was al­ways look­ing to cre­ate chances.

STRIKER

Alan Shearer – Re­tired The best cen­tre for­ward of his time. I only played against him for ten min­utes in a cup game back in 2001 but he’s def­i­nitely got to be in there. He had a pres­ence on the pitch that meant you just knew he was go­ing to score and that’s why so many peo­ple idolised him.

STRIKER

Lloyd Owusu – White City FC (Aus­tralia) He was some­one who was al­ways in the right place at the right time, he just had that nat­u­ral striker’s instinct. I’ve seen him score goals off his bum – he was just that kind of a player.

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