DREAM TEAM

Danny Hig­gin­botham picks the best Xl he has played with or against

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - JAMIE HOLT

GOALKEEPERI

Peter Sch­me­ichel – Re­tired He was the best at one-on-ones. I played against him when he was at Manch­ester City in the last game at Maine Road. I re­mem­ber how world class he was. What he did at Manch­ester United was in­cred­i­ble. To be the No.1 for so long at that club just shows how good he was.

RIGHT BACKI

Gary Neville – Re­tired He trained how he played – he was so com­pet­i­tive and al­ways wanted to win. Whether it was right or left foot his de­liv­ery was ex­cep­tional. It was fan­tas­tic to play with him, he made it look easy. He was also quite pos­si­bly the fiercest com­peti­tor.

LEFT BACKI

Dennis Irwin – Re­tired As a right footer play­ing at left back it shows how good he was with the ball, I never saw him beaten, and he was just top class. The stan­dards he set were in­cred­i­ble – he played at the top level for so long.

CEN­TRE BACKI

Michael Svens­son – Halm­stads BK He was so fiercely com­pet­i­tive – he came up against the best play­ers and looked very good. If he had not had so many in­juries he would have gone on to play at a very high level. He wouldn’t hold back in train­ing, it wasn’t ma­li­cious he was just so com­pet­i­tive.

CEN­TRE BACKI

Cur­tis Davis – Hull City He was quick and strong and also had a very good un­der­stand­ing of the game. I was at Lu­ton and he was just com­ing through but you could tell he was top class. I re­mem­ber Harry Red­knapp say­ing watch out for him he is go­ing to be very, very good.

RIGHT MIDFIELDI

Liam Lawrence – PAOK He was with us when we got pro­moted to the Pre­mier League with Stoke. In that sea­son he was mas­sive for us, and when we got pro­moted he was bril­liant. His de­liv­ery was up there with the best, and he worked in­cred­i­bly hard for the team.

LEFT MIDFIELDI

Ryan Giggs – Manch­ester United He is just un­be­liev­able. There will never be any­one who will play at the top for as long as he has – 24 years there, that’s just ridicu­lous.

CENTRALI MIDFIELDI

Roy Keane – Re­tired Keane is the ul­ti­mate mid­fielder. I don’t think Manch­ester United have ever re­placed him. His drive and de­ter­mi­na­tion were scary. He set, and wanted, such high stan­dards. I re­mem­ber the game in the Cham­pi­ons League against Ju­ven­tus, he was yel­low carded but was so de­ter­mined he just dragged United into the fi­nal.

CENTRALI MIDFIELDI

Pa­trick Vieira – Re­tired He was so ath­letic and his stride was scary. He was so good on the ball as well for a phys­i­cal and pow­er­ful mid­fielder. He was just im­mense, and had absolutely ev­ery­thing.

STRIKERI

Raul – Al Sadd I played against him in a friendly and I have never seen any­thing like it – his move­ment was out of this world. I can hon­estly say I didn’t get a touch on the ball. I learned a lot from the ex­pe­ri­ence. He was sen­sa­tional.

STRIKERI

Thierry Henry – New York Red Bulls I re­mem­ber a goal he scored for Arse­nal against Tot­ten­ham. He picked the ball up on the halfway line and ran past ev­ery­one, it was like school­yard football. If you were left one on one with him then you were dead. The best ever? He is very close.

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