STEVEN SCHU­MACHER – The Fleet­wood mid­fielder chooses his favourite XI, made up from play­ers he has played with or against in his foot­ball ca­reer

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Nigel Mar­tyn – Re­tired I was a young lad at Ever­ton when he was around, but he was a great character and would al­ways have time for the play­ers com­ing through. That’s some­thing I think all se­nior play­ers should do.


Glen John­son – Liver­pool I played with him in the Eng­land set-up when we were younger and he was at West Ham. He was un­be­liev­able for us and was al­ways an ath­letic player who was strong on the ball. You could see he had a huge amount of po­ten­tial.


David Wether­all – Re­tired He was my cap­tain at Brad­ford and was ev­ery­thing a cap­tain should be. He was good to the young lads but firm enough that you knew when you needed to change some­thing. I was 20 at the time and thought I was a world beater, but I learned from him to stay fo­cused.


Tom Lees – Sh­effield Wed­nes­day We were at Bury to­gether and he was on loan from Leeds. He was the foun­da­tion at the back and cov­ered when­ever any­one made any mis­takes. We got pro­mo­tion that year and a large part was be­cause of him.


Conor McLaugh­lin – Fleet­wood Town He’s one of the best de­fend­ers in a oneon-one sit­u­a­tion that I’ve played with. He will go far and has al­ready played for North­ern Ire­land.


Ash­ley West­wood – As­ton Villa We played to­gether when he was a young lad at Crewe and are still re­ally good mates.The fact that Paul Lam­bert raves about him says a lot. He maybe goes un­no­ticed in the job he does but he plays in a tough po­si­tion and is go­ing to be up there with the best in the coun­try.


David Bent­ley – Re­tired One of the most nat­u­rally tal­ented play­ers I have seen. He was bril­liant with both feet and was great from set-pieces. He didn’t de­velop as well as he had the abil­ity to, but he was an in­cred­i­bly gifted foot­baller.


Leon Os­man – Ever­ton He was a bit older than me at Ever­ton but I think the fact that he’s gone on to play hun­dreds of times for them and rep­re­sented Eng­land as well shows how good he is. I think peo­ple didn’t ap­pre­ci­ate his tal­ent for a long time, but you don’t play at that level for that amount of time with­out be­ing first class.


Gylfi Sig­urds­son – Swansea He came on loan to Crewe and I’ve never seen any­one prac­tice like he did. Any­thing he wasn’t great at he would just work and work on un­til he could do it. That is the kind of ded­i­ca­tion it takes to be one of the best.


Wayne Rooney – Manch­ester United I used to pick him up and take him to train­ing at Ever­ton. He has al­ways been an un­be­liev­able tal­ent. He is big and strong and has al­ways been a pow­er­ful player with brute strength. But his move­ment off the ball is sen­sa­tional and he al­ways wants it.


Ryan Lowe – Bury When I played with him he was 32 or 33. He is not blessed with a lot of pace but he is 36 now and still play­ing. He will al­ways score goals. If you give him a chance in the box he will put it away, and that abil­ity is some­thing that real strik­ers are born with. He just has that nat­u­ral in­stinct.

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