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