DAN GOSLING – The Bournemouth mid­fielder chooses his favourite XI, made up from play­ers he has played with in his foot­ball ca­reer

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Tim Howard – Ever­ton Look at his per­for­mance in the World Cup! He has been a main­stay in the Ever­ton team for nu­mer­ous years and pulls out out­stand­ing per­for­mances week in, week out. He is a top pro­fes­sional and an all-round great guy.


Mathieu De­buchy – Arse­nal I only played with him for one sea­son at New­cas­tle, but he was bril­liant. He’s a very good player and de­served his big move to Arse­nal.


Phil Jagielka – Ever­ton I played with him a few years ago at Ever­ton. He came from Sh­effield United and be­came Ever­ton’s cap­tain. He’s im­proved over the years and now he’s a reg­u­lar for Eng­land as well.


Fabri­cio Coloc­cini – New­cas­tle Un­for­tu­nately he’s hardly picked for the Ar­gen­tinian na­tional team but he is an un­be­liev­able pro­fes­sional with bril­liant tech­nique for a de­fender. He reads the game so well.


Leighton Baines – Ever­ton It was amaz­ing to watch his re­la­tion­ship with Steven Pien­aar down the left. He’s now also the per­ma­nent left back for Eng­land which he de­serves.


Yo­han Cabaye – PSG I played with him at New­cas­tle and he strug­gled a lit­tle at the be­gin­ning, but once he set­tled in he was very good. His shoot­ing from dis­tance was amaz­ing. I re­mem­ber one game against Man United at St James’ Park when he scored an amaz­ing free-kick in off the cross bar.


Mikel Arteta – Arse­nal Another who has been un­lucky with his na­tional squad as there are so many great play­ers in that Spain team. Arteta is a tech­ni­cal passer with a great long shot.


Manuel Fer­nan­des – Loko­mo­tiv Moscow He was at Ever­ton on loan from Va­len­cia, and I’m go­ing back quite a few years now. I just re­mem­ber his abil­ity was amaz­ing. He may not have al­ways been per­fect but he al­ways gave it a go, and he was a re­ally nice bloke as well.


Hatem Ben Arfa – Hull (on loan from New­cas­tle) He’s had a trou­ble­some past and done ev­ery­thing at an early age. But on his day no one could get near him. He scored two amaz­ing goals last year and I’ve never seen any­thing like them. One-on-one he could beat any de­fender on his day.


Louis Saha – Re­tired When he came over from Man United he cre­ated a real buzz around Ever­ton, but the main ques­tion was over his fit­ness. If we could have kept him longer he would have been fan­tas­tic. Some of the goals I saw him score in train­ing were amaz­ing and I can see why he had played at United, it was just a shame about his in­juries.


Daniel Stur­ridge – Liver­pool He has un­be­liev­able tech­nique, even from his Eng­land youth days. He was at Man City at the time and he wasn’t re­ally get­ting much of a look in. He then went to Chelsea and they de­cided to let him go which was a sur­prise, but he didn’t show ev­ery­one what he could do. For a kid of that age his fin­ish­ing was amaz­ing and you knew he was go­ing to do big things and he’s prov­ing it at Liver­pool.

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