MATT KIL­GAL­LON – The Black­burn de­fender chooses his favourite XI, made up from play­ers he has played with or against in his foot­ball ca­reer.

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Si­mon Mig­no­let – Liver­pool He’s so good no one could score past him in train­ing! He’s still young for a goal­keeper as well. He’s ex­cep­tional, and it was only a mat­ter of time be­fore some big club came in and gave him a chance.


Gary Kelly – Re­tired Gary used to pick me up for train­ing at Leeds, so he has to go in! He played most of his ca­reer in the Pre­mier League so when he came down to the Cham­pi­onship you might have ex­pected to see stan­dards drop – but not Gary. He was as fit as a fid­dle, and a great lad in the dress­ing room.


Chris Mor­gan – Re­tired When I was a young lad Chris helped me along – I also re­mem­ber think­ing ‘this lad will put his head through a brick wall’. His com­mit­ment to foot­ball is some­thing rarely seen, and it won’t be long un­til he gets a man­age­ment job.


Jonathan Woodgate – Middlesbrough I was a ball boy at Leeds for about three years and I loved how he played the game, he’s the player I tried to model my own game on. If it wasn’t for the in­juries he would have played many more times for Eng­land.


Gary Nay­smith – East Fife (player/man­ager) He never had pace, but no one could ever take the ball round him. Gary’s a great pro, though, so his lack of speed didn’t re­ally mat­ter.


Cris­tiano Ron­aldo – Real Madrid I re­mem­ber Neil Warnock telling each of us be­fore we played Manch­ester United which man we were mark­ing. Derek Geary got Ron­aldo and I don’t think he slept be­fore the game, he cer­tainly didn’t sleep for about three month af­ter­wards!


Nick Mont­gomery – Cen­tral Coast Mariners Nick’s a top man, he doesn’t get enough credit though. People think he just goes around tack­ling and foul­ing, but he made my life so much eas­ier. He’s re­ally good to have in front of any de­fence.


Gary Speed Ev­ery­one was nudg­ing each other in the dress­ing room when he signed for Sh­effield United, when he turned up we could hardly be­lieve it. He was an ab­so­lute leg­end. He told me off a few times but what a player, and what a man as well, so sad about his death in 2011.


Harry Kewell – Re­tired I was told by Terry Ven­ables, who was man­ager at Leeds at the time, that I would be trav­el­ling with the squad to play Hapoel Tel Aviv. Then af­ter 60 min­utes Lu­cas Radebe got in­jured and I came on for my de­but and I played left back, with Harry in front of me. The nerves quickly went away, he was qual­ity.


Luis Suarez – Liver­pool I looked up at the clock when we were play­ing at An­field and it said 60 min­utes had gone, it felt like days! He was just hav­ing one of them days when ev­ery­thing went right for him, and with Steven Ger­rard ping­ing 60yard balls on a six­pence there was noth­ing I could do.


Rudy Gest­ede – Black­burn He has ab­so­lutely ev­ery­thing. He has power, pace, he can jump six feet in the air, he’s got a great first touch and to­wards the end of the sea­son he was re­ally bang­ing them in for us.

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