DREAM TEAM

Jonathan Hogg picks out the best XI he has played with and against

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GOALKEEPERI

Brad Friedel – Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur The ex­pe­ri­ence he brought to a team and the knowl­edge he has about foot­ball was just fan­tas­tic for the younger lads like us. I al­ways re­mem­ber how he helped me on my de­but for As­ton Villa at 20, in a big game against Manch­ester United.

CEN­TRE BACKI

Richard Dunne – Queens Park Rangers He is so pas­sion­ate about the game and is al­ways an un­der­rated de­fender – quick, pow­er­ful and a leader. Play­ing against him in the Cham­pi­onship has just re­minded me of that. He may not be at his peak, but he’s still a great player.

CEN­TRE BACKI

James Collins – West Ham United He puts his body on the line in train­ing, not just in matches. He re­ally leads by ex­am­ple and shows how much ef­fort it takes to be a top pro­fes­sional foot­baller. He’d be in just on his will to forge a ca­reer.

CEN­TRE BACKI

Marco Cas­setti – Wat­ford I need a ball-play­ing cen­tre-half and Marco is def­i­nitely one of those, he is so calm and re­laxed in ev­ery­thing he does – a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ent to my other two I think it’s fair to say!

RIGHTI WING-BACKI

Ikechi Anya – Wat­ford He is a lit­tle whip­pet. He gets for­ward, crosses the ball well, and has so much en­ergy. It’s amaz­ing to see how far he’s come, from the Glenn Hod­dle Academy to be­ing an in­ter­na­tional player in the Cham­pi­onship.

LEFTI WING-BACKI

Ste­wart Down­ing – West Ham United He is a close friend of mine and what people don’t re­alise is that he’s got pace and would do well at wing-back. He has had some big money moves and you don’t get them for not be­ing a good player, he’s one of the best I’ve played with.

CEN­TRALI MIDFIELDI

Gareth Barry – Ever­ton (on loan from Manch­ester City) My God, he’s just fan­tas­tic. People ques­tion his pace too but you don’t see many people get­ting away from him and I’m not sur­prised how well he’s do­ing at Ever­ton. He is class on the ball and has got char­ac­ter in the dress­ing room which is vi­tal to any team.

CEN­TRALI MIDFIELDI

Al­men Abdi – Wat­ford We used to call him ‘The Pro­fes­sor’ at Wat­ford be­cause he could cre­ate a chance out of any­thing – smash it into the top cor­ner or play a per­fect through ball. He can play at the high­est level and Wat­ford have done well to tie him down.

CEN­TRALI MIDFIELDI

Nathaniel Chalobah – Middlesbrough (on loan from Chelsea) He had a great year at Wat­ford when I was there last sea­son. He’s still only a baby, but he doesn’t let any­thing bother him. He tries things in ar­eas where you think ‘what if he loses the ball there?’ and he pulls it off. He has so much po­ten­tial.

STRIKERI

Troy Deeney – Wat­ford He is a leader on the pitch and works his socks off, which is why he gets so many goals. He is a nice guy off the pitch and is not a ‘yes’ man – he puts his opin­ion across if he doesn’t think things are right and I re­spect that.

STRIKERI

James Vaughan – Hud­der­s­field Town He’s played in the Pre­mier League and, un­for­tu­nately, has had a lot of in­juries this year. But when he started off for Hud­der­s­field he was go­ing at more than a goal a game. Ev­ery chance he gets he tucks away. He’ll be huge next year for us.

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