NICKY MAY­NARD – The Cardiff Striker chooses his favourite XI, made up from play­ers he has played with or against in his foot­ball ca­reer

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Stephen Hen­der­son – Charl­ton Ath­letic In train­ing he was one of the best keep­ers I’ve played with. He was No.2 at West Ham and didn’t get much of a shot, but he’s gone to Charl­ton now and I can see him do­ing very well.


Lee Peltier – Hud­der­s­field Lee is a good friend of mine. I’ve known him since the Crewe academy days and then he went off to Liver­pool. He’s ver­sa­tile, con­fi­dent on the ball, good up and down the pitch and cre­ates chances for his team-mates.


Mark Hud­son – Hud­der­s­field Mark’s just joined Lee at Hud­der­s­field, they will link up well to­gether. Mark’s an out-and-out leader and just the sort of per­son you would rather play with than against. He’s very out­spo­ken, very strong and never ducks out of a tackle.


Louis Carey – Un­at­tached Louis is knock­ing on a bit now, but he’s a very ex­pe­ri­enced de­fender. He helped me a lot with the tran­si­tion from Crewe in League One to Bris­tol City in the Cham­pi­onship. He’s al­ways there to put his head in the way and is a great leader – he’s a Bris­tol City legend as well.


Danny Fox – Not­ting­ham For­est Danny is one of my best mates. He’s got a great left foot and is a fan­tas­tic set­piece taker. He’s played Cham­pi­ons League and in­ter­na­tional foot­ball and helped Southamp­ton get pro­moted from the Cham­pi­onship too. A qual­ity player.


Paul Hart­ley – Re­tired I played with Paul at Bris­tol City. In the 2009-10 sea­son I scored 21 goals and he must have as­sisted at least half of them. He was like a quar­ter-back; he had a fab­u­lous range of pass­ing and a great foot­ball brain.


Craig Noone – Cardiff He’s a tricky out-and­out winger. He’s a bit like Ar­jen Robben in the sense you know what he’s go­ing to do, but you just can’t stop him. He’s strong on his right or his left foot and is only young, so he has lots of po­ten­tial.


Callum McMana­man – Wi­gan He’s like Noone, but a lit­tle more di­rect. He doesn’t look tricky or fast, but he’s de­ceiv­ing. He’s got a lot of po­ten­tial and I ex­pect him to go from strength to strength at Wi­gan and end up back as a Premier League reg­u­lar be­fore too long.


Ravel Mor­ri­son – West Ham He’s an un­doubted tal­ent when he wants to prove some­thing. He was in with a shout of go­ing to the World Cup with Eng­land and I think he is one of the names we will be talk­ing about in a cou­ple of years’ time. He could be very frus­trat­ing in train­ing on a bad day, but on a good day he was in­cred­i­ble.


Luke Var­ney – Black­burn Rovers I played along­side Luke at the start of my ca­reer with Crewe and be­tween us we scored quite a few goals. It was one of the most en­joy­able sea­sons I’ve had. He was a great part­ner to work with, great in the air and he’s a good lad off the pitch.


Nicky May­nard – Cardiff City It was a toss-up be­tween my­self and Fraizer Camp­bell, who has just moved to Crys­tal Palace from Cardiff this sum­mer. But I wanted to link up with Luke Var­ney again, so I’ll put my­self in the team!

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