DAVID BALL – The Fleet­wood Town striker chooses his favourite XI, made up from play­ers he has played with or against in his foot­ball ca­reer.

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Joe Hart – Manch­ester City I played with him at City and you could tell that he would go a long way. I think he has the best kick­ing abil­ity I’ve seen from a keeper and his throws are re­ally ac­cu­rate. As a striker he could pick you out no prob­lem.


Kieran Trip­pier – Burn­ley He’s a com­plete right back and his de­liv­ery is up there with the best. We played to­gether at City and so many of my goals came from his abil­ity to deliver a great ball. He’s go­ing to be step­ping up to the Pre­mier League and I wouldn’t be sur­prised if he moved to a topqual­ity side.


Ryan Ben­nett – Nor­wich His dis­tri­bu­tion from the back is bril­liant. He’s one of those de­fend­ers who is happy to have the ball at his feet and can find a great pass. For a de­fender to have that skill is great and if I was a man­ager I would want to play from the back.


Micah Richards – Manch­ester City His pace is in­cred­i­ble and he all the at­tributes to play con­sis­tently at the very high­est level. He can be one of the best in the world in the cen­tre if he can re-es­tab­lish him­self there.


Ben Mee – Burn­ley He’s not the quick­est but he is a re­ally in­tel­li­gent player. He’s the type of player who puts his body on the line ev­ery week and doesn’t care about get­ting hurt. You never see him give less than 100%.


An­toni Sarce­vic – Fleet­wood Town He is a player who has im­proved so much and has the abil­ity to go re­ally far. He’s got a great shot on him and just glides past people with real power. I would be sur­prised if he doesn’t end up play­ing in the Cham­pi­onship or even higher.


Adam Clay­ton – Hud­der­s­field He re­minds me a bit of Pirlo be­cause he’s re­ally calm on the ball. He’s an in­tel­li­gent player who looks like he never moves be­tween gears. He sprays the ball around and can muck in with a few goals as well as al­ways pop­ping up with as­sists.


Lee Tom­lin – Middlesbrough An at­tack­ing mid­fielder needs to be able to find that killer ball and he is a player who al­ways man­ages to do so. Some­times he drifts in and out of games but when he is on it there aren’t many bet­ter in that po­si­tion. He can un­lock de­fences with one ball.


Ge­orge Boyd – Hull City Ev­ery team needs play­ers who can pro­duce some­thing out of noth­ing and Ge­orge is one of those. He is great with both sides of the game and works his socks off at the back and go­ing for­ward. He can do ev­ery­thing and it would be good to have 11 of him.


Daniel Stur­ridge – Liver­pool I al­ways looked to him as player who had ev­ery­thing. He’s be­com­ing a com­plete player and can do ev­ery­thing on both sides of the game. His work rate has im­proved dra­mat­i­cally and the fact that he’s in the PFA team of the year says it all.


Paul Tay­lor – Ip­swich He’s a guy who has as much abil­ity as any­one I’ve seen. He’s a re­ally wiry player who plays off the cuff be­cause he maybe hasn’t had that foot­balling ed­u­ca­tion drilled into him. When the right man­ager gets hold of him he’s an amaz­ing player.

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