DREAM TEAM

Burn­ley’s Kieran Trip­pier picks the best XI he has played with and against

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GOALKEEPERI

Shay Given – As­ton Villa I played with him at Manch­ester City and I’ve been on pre-sea­son tours with him. He’s a great goal­keeper and a great pro­fes­sional. He was al­ways laugh­ing and jok­ing.

RIGHT BACKI

Micah Richards – Manch­ester City He helped me per­son­ally when I was at City. He was there be­fore all the money came into the club and he did an ex­cel­lent job when he got his chance. He’s got a bit of ban­ter as well.

CEN­TRE BACKI

Michael Duff – Burn­ley I’ve got to go with Duffy be­cause he’s been round the Cham­pi­onship and the lower leagues so he’s ex­pe­ri­enced. The three years I’ve been at Burn­ley he’s helped me progress as a player. On the pitch his lead­er­ship is his main qual­ity. He’s vo­cal and al­ways let­ting me know where I should be. Richard Dunne – QPR I played a few games with him when I was at City and he’s an­other leader. He dic­tated the game and kept the back four as a unit. He won City’s player of the year four years in a row so he can’t be bad!

LEFT BACKI

Wayne Bridge – Read­ing When he was at Brighton he was the most ef­fec­tive left back I’ve played against. He’s a good player with Pre­mier League ex­pe­ri­ence. He’s not so good de­fen­sively but he forced me back at times. He was hard to de­fend against when he was over­lap­ping and he was full of en­ergy.

RIGHTI MIDFIELDI

Vladimir Weiss – Lekhwiya SC I played with him through the youth sys­tem at City as well as a few first-team games. He’s a tricky player and an all­round qual­ity winger. He was the joker of the team when I was there with him, a very funny guy but also a re­ally nice guy. He had so much abil­ity and I hear he’s in Qatar now.

CEN­TRALI MIDFIELDI

Dean Mar­ney – Burn­ley Deano and I have a great re­la­tion­ship on the pitch, es­pe­cially when we’re at­tack­ing. He doesn’t even need to look, he knows I’m just there. He comes out with all sorts as well, ab­so­lutely ham­mer­ing play­ers but in a funny way. Di­et­mar Ha­mann – Re­tired I played with Didi at City. He was a world­class player and I was only 16 or 17 at the time so I was very lucky to play along­side a player with his abil­ity.The way he played was un­be­liev­able re­gard­less of his age.

LEFT MIDFIELDI

Scott Sin­clair – West Brom (on loan from Manch­ester City) I played against him when he was with Swansea with the Cham­pi­onship. He was on fire that sea­son with his pace and trick­ery. I’ve also played with him for Eng­land U21s and you can see how much abil­ity he’s got.

STRIKERI

Lionel Messi – Barcelona It was 2009 when City played against Barcelona in a pre­sea­son friendly and we won 1-0 with Martin Petrov scor­ing the goal. It was an un­be­liev­able feel­ing to be given the chance to play in that game by Mark Hughes. I look at Messi now and he’s the great­est player ever. Jay Ro­driguez – Southamp­ton I played with him at Burn­ley and against him in the FA Cup this year. He was a re­ally un­be­liev­able player when he was at Burn­ley, he scored so many dif­fer­ent types of goals. It’s no sur­prise that he’s scored so many for Southamp­ton and he may be go­ing to the World Cup with Eng­land which would be fully de­served.

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