DREAM TEAM

Ch­ester­field’s Ian Evatt picks the best XI he has played with or against

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GOALKEEPERI

Ed­win van der Sar – Re­tired He’s won nu­mer­ous ti­tles and the Cham­pi­ons League. In the Pre­mier League with Black­pool we lost 3-2 at home to Man United, hav­ing been 2-0 up and he made some in­cred­i­ble saves. He’s a gi­ant of a keeper who can kick the ball miles as well.

RIGHT BACKI

Sea­mus Cole­man – Ever­ton He was part of the Black­pool pro­mo­tion­win­ning team who came to us as a young lad. He’s the per­fect mod­ern-day full-back and he’s such a nice lad off the pitch as well.

CEN­TRE BACKI

Igor Sti­mac – Re­tired As a kid at Derby when I was com­ing into the first team he was such a big fig­ure and I learned so much from him. The way he played and read the game was amaz­ing and it was some­thing that I as­pired to. He was a gi­ant of a man who com­manded re­spect.

CEN­TRE BACKI

Rio Fer­di­nand – Manch­ester United In the last ten years in the Pre­mier League he’s been the best. I’ve never seen any de­fender go from a stand­ing start to full pace the way he used to. He could play cen­tre-half and be so com­fort­able on the ball as well.

LEFT BACKI

Stephen Crainey – Wi­gan A great pro and a lovely lad. He works his socks off day-in, day-out and that’s helped him have a fan­tas­tic ca­reer. He’s got a lovely left foot which he doesn’t re­ally get credit for.

MIDFIELDI

Char­lie Adam – Stoke He came to Black­pool when we weren’t ex­pected to do any­thing, but Char­lie got 20 goals and fired us to pro­mo­tion. The way he strikes the ball is fan­tas­tic and he likes a tackle as well!

MIDFIELDI

Ste­fano Eranio – Re­tired He came to Derby from AC Mi­lan in the first in­flux of for­eign play­ers to grace the Pre­mier League. He brought over a win­ning cul­ture – and a work ethic on the pitch and in the gym. Ste­fano ate prop­erly and didn’t drink and was years ahead of his time.

MIDFIELDI

Georgi Kin­kladze – Re­tired He re­minds me of Lionel Messi now, with his left foot, and was an­other ahead of his time. Georgi had all the abil­ity in the world. He could make any­one look silly, es­pe­cially the goal he scored against Southamp­ton where he jinked round seven or eight play­ers.

STRIKERI

Alan Shearer – Re­tired In one of my first games in the Pre­mier League I faced New­cas­tle and I re­mem­ber look­ing at Shearer and see­ing how strong he looked. The strength of his shot was fan­tas­tic and his league record is sec­ond to none. I was a lot frailer than I am now, so it was a dif­fi­cult day for me!

STRIKERI

Di­dier Drogba – Galatasaray We got beaten 4-0 at Stam­ford Bridge and I re­mem­ber him knock­ing the ball past me. In that sit­u­a­tion I nor­mally get my body in the way be­cause I’m hard to move but Di­dier just swat­ted me away. When he picked me up I thought ‘Blimey, you’re strong’. It’s some­thing that’s stuck in my head.

STRIKERI

DJ Camp­bell – Black­burn He was great for Black­pool in the pro­mo­tion sea­son and in the Pre­mier League. He’s not the big­gest but his strength on the ball is in­cred­i­ble. I’ve never played with a striker who can take a chance like DJ: if he shoots he scores.

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