SIDO JOMBATI – The Chel­tenham de­fender chooses his favourite XI, made up from play­ers he has played with or against in his foot­ball ca­reer.

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Rui Pa­tri­cio – Sport­ing Lis­bon I played with him for five years when we were both younger, he is such a top goal­keeper and the best I have played with. He’s es­tab­lished him­self for Por­tu­gal now and it’s great to see him do­ing so well.


Fer­nando Varela – Steaua Bucharest. He’s my best mate in foot­ball so I have to put him in! He is play­ing at Steaua Bucharest at the mo­ment. He is a great per­son to have around, al­ways hon­est with you and al­ways hard work­ing. I’d put him down as my cap­tain.


Leighton Baines - Ever­ton He’s just a model left back, the work he does both in de­fence and at­tack is very good and he should be Eng­land’s first choice left back at the World Cup. I re­mem­ber play­ing against him last year when Ever­ton played Chel­tenham and he was a very tough op­po­nent.


Daniel Car­rico – Read­ing (on loan at Sevilla) I played with Daniel at school and for a good few years grow­ing up in Por­tu­gal when we were younger so I know him re­ally well, and also his fam­ily. He is a great leader and reads the game re­ally well and is also very good on the ball too.


Ger­ard Pique – Barcelona I played against him in my youth, and while I don’t re­mem­ber him par­tic­u­larly stand­ing out back then, you can see the player he has gone on to be­come. He is very com­posed and one of the best around.


Cesc Fabre­gas – Barcelona I’ll go with three in my mid­field, one of which would have to be Fabre­gas, an­other I played against at youth level. He was one that you could iden­tify as hav­ing some­thing very spe­cial. Ob­vi­ously it’s very hard with the Span­ish squad and mid­field for him to get picked but he’s dif­fi­cult to play against.


Joao Moutinho – Monaco I played with him at Sport­ing Lis­bon when we were younger. You can see how good he is by what he has done for Por­tu­gal. He is one of the best mid­field­ers around at the mo­ment.


Miguel Veloso – Dy­namo Kiev He has an un­be­liev­able left foot, the best I have seen in and he’s not half bad at free-kicks ei­ther! He is also a bit of a joker in the team and likes to make people laugh. I re­ally en­joyed play­ing with him in Por­tu­gal.


Jer­main De­foe – Toronto FC I played against him when we played Tot­ten­ham and he was so quick and dif­fi­cult to get close to. He would break into the box or around the edge and re­ally kept you on your toes. As a de­fender, he never gives you a rest.


Gio­vani dos San­tos – Vil­lar­real An­other player that I came up against in the Tot­ten­ham team. He was very quick, and was strong both on his left and right foot. We had a good old bat­tle. I’d say I did OK against him but he did score and so did De­foe, so maybe not then!


Sil­vestre Varela – Porto I played against him when I was back in Por­tu­gal and also had a pre-sea­son with him when he was on loan at Casa Pia. He’s at Porto now but I re­mem­ber him be­ing a very good for­ward player, he al­ways looked very dan­ger­ous.


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