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