DREAM TEAM

NOEL HUNT – The Ipswich Town for­ward chooses his favourite XI, made up from play­ers he has played with in his foot­ball ca­reer.

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GOALKEEPERI

Shay Given – As­ton Villa He’s been at top clubs for so long and played in huge games. He’s a top qual­ity keeper and some­one who you can al­ways rely on to pull off a cru­cial stop. On his day he was one of the best goal­keep­ers in the world.

RIGHT-BACKI

Andy Grif­fin – Re­tired I played with Andy at Read­ing. He’s some­one who is a lovely guy and a tal­ented player. He was the type of player who got up and down all day long and was a tena­cious de­fender. He’s a strong guy who was dif­fi­cult to get past and hard to shrug off.

CEN­TRE-BACKI

Michael Du­berry – Re­tired Michael is a re­ally nice guy, a good friend and some­one who played in mas­sive games. He was part of a very strong Leeds side that went far in the Cham­pi­ons League and was a re­li­able de­fender. He was the type of guy you would want in your de­fence if your backs were against the wall. John O’Shea – Sun­der­land I don’t think there are many Ir­ish play­ers who have ac­com­plished as much as he has in his ca­reer. He’s a ver­sa­tile player who maybe suf­fered be­cause of that, but he’s also got great abil­ity. He’s played in the big­gest games on the big­gest stages and just hap­pens to be one of the nicest guys you could meet.

LEFT-BACKI

Ian Harte – Bournemouth Ian is a top-class player who can do it all. His abil­ity from set-pieces is as good as any­one’s and he is such a well-rounded player. And I think he showed how good he is by the fact he went abroad to play at Le­vante in Spain and was not out of place. against the big­gest teams. He’s skil­ful, sharp and got in­cred­i­ble pace. His de­liv­ery is bril­liant and he has the abil­ity to re­ally shock de­fend­ers with his ac­cel­er­a­tion. And he also has the abil­ity to score goals, which is so valu­able from mid­field.

CENTREI MIDFIELDI

Marek Mat jovský – Sparta Prague He was so good and I think we maybe did not get the chance to see him at his best in Eng­land, but in train­ing at Read­ing he was sen­sa­tional. When we went to the Cham­pi­onship he suf­fered a bit, but there’s no doubt that he was a class player. James Harper – Bas­ingstoke Town He’s a re­ally in­tel­li­gent and com­mand­ing player who guides oth­ers through the match. If you’ve got the ball in the cor­ner he’ll paint a pic­ture of what is around you. He’s al­ways talk­ing and com­pos­ing play­ers on the pitch. I’ve never played with some­one like that be­fore or since.

LEFT MIDFIELDI

Stephen Hunt – Ipswich Town Play­ing with my brother was great and I think maybe we had a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing than most. We knew what each other wanted and he knew how to de­liver the kind of balls that would help me to score. He set up a lot of my goals.

STRIKERI

Rob­bie Keane – LA Galaxy Rob­bie has scored goals for so many big clubs and he’s still scor­ing great goals now in Amer­ica. He’s some­one I def­i­nitely learned a thing or two from. A very tal­ented foot­baller. Shane Long – Southamp­ton Shane is a player with raw pace and power, a great as­set in any team. He’s a guy who was a joy to play with at Read­ing. If I was tired he would run that ex­tra yard for me and vice versa; we had a great un­der­stand­ing.

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