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