ALAN JUDGE – The Blackburn and former Notts County winger chooses his favourite XI, made up from players he has played with or against in his football career.
Bartosz Bialkowski – Notts County He’s one of the best shot stoppers I’ve played with, he went to County last year and we didn’t know much about him but he was fantastic. You hear of keepers that save 5-10 points and he saved us 20 points last season.
Stephen Darby – Bradford City Mr Consistent on the pitch, someone who week in week out puts in 100 per-cent. He used to take a few hammerings for his big nose but a great character, and a very solid all-round player.
Grant Hanley – Blackburn Rovers Grant is a perfect model of a centre half. He knows when he needs to make a tackle, how to win a header and he’s got a great presence on the pitch. He’s worked hard to play at the level he’s reached and I’m sure he will play at even higher levels yet.
Dean Leacock – Notts County Similar to Grant, Dean has a presence on the pitch that scares centre forwards and is a good friend of mine. He’s always looked after himself and can read the game very well befitting someone who played in the Premier League with Fulham.
Stephen Warnock – Leeds United I’ve played with and against Stephen. He’s got a great motor constantly working up and down the line, never giving the opposition full-back a second’s rest, and knows when to stick an important foot in too. He’s got a fantastic left foot, and I’ve seen him score some wonderful goals with it.
Neal Bishop – Blackpool I played with Neal for three years, and he’s got a great engine that covers every blade of grass. I would hate to to play against him, such a tough opponent.
Tugay – Retired Although I only played with him a few times he was a fantastic player and at his best no one could touch him. No matter where he was on the pitch he would find ten yards of space, and would be able to create something out of nothing. He scored some amazing goals and could pass the ball inch perfect whether it was five yards or 50.
Luke Murphy – Leeds United He has a great range of passing and great technique. I’m certain he will go on to big things as he has just moved to Leeds. After the great goal he scored in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final for Crewe this year, he’s destined for stardom.
Tom Ince – Blackpool FC Tom has got everything to be an even better footballer, the ability, the attitude, and the father to help him do it all. He’s also very grown up for a young footballer, and I’m looking forward to watching him more this season.
Lee Hughes – Port Vale He scored goals for fun. You could put him anywhere and he would be able to find the back of the net, he had such a great goal-scoring instinct.
Lee Miller – Carlisle United He was a complete centre forward, and although I only played with him for two months he was exceptional at holding the ball up and was a classic target man. He was good in the air, and could also create something special with the ball at his feet. It was brilliant playing with him.