LLOYD JAMES – The Leyton Orient midfielder chooses his favourite XI, made up from players he has played with in his football career.
Kelvin Davis – Southampton He’s a great keeper and was great for me as a young lad coming through at Southampton. He’s an excellent role model and made it his business to look after everyone.
Chris Perry – Retired I’ve never known such a small guy win as much in the air. He was such a determined character and I think that’s probably the reason he played for so many years in the Premier League.
Martin Cranie – Barnsley His reading of the game is absolutely superb. Martin could play in midfield, he’s that good on the ball. He’s a great lad and an asset to any team.
Gareth Bale – Real Madrid Of course Gareth does not play there now, but when I was coming through with him at Southampton Gareth played at the back. I grew up with him and he was always a good reader of the game, which he needed to be because he was only small. But he had a growth spurt and everything changed. He nearly got released when he was about 15 because he was so small, but his dad was a big guy so they ended up going by that.
Theo Walcott – Arsenal He’s one of the quickest players I’ve seen over a distance of maybe 30-50 metres. He’s also one of the best volleyers of a ball I’ve seen. He would always work doubly hard in technique sessions to make sure he was the best and by the time he left Southampton he was very, very good indeed.
Morgan Schneiderlin – Southampton Morgan’s main strength when he first came over from France was his pass- ing. His range of passing is one of the best you will see. But since then he’s added some real defensive steel to his game and become an incredibly good allround midfield player.
Adam Lallana – Liverpool He’s got such quick feet. He fully deserves everything he’s achieved so far in his career. In the first year of his scholarship at Southampton he had so many injuries, but he took it in his stride and dealt with it. Looking back, that was quite an incredible mindset for someone so young.
Alex OxladeChamberlain – Arsenal He has an old head on young shoulders and so much ability. I think he will end up playing regularly as a central midfield player once he hits the age of 25 or 26. From there he can be really influential for Arsenal and England.
Nathan Dyer – Swansea He’s probably the quickest off the mark I’ve played with and works equally as hard going forwards as he does tracking back. Nathan has an eye for goal, too. He can’t be far off an England call, though he’s got some stiff opposition in his position.
David McGoldrick – Ipswich Town David offers something different to your average. The things he would do in training at Southampton were unbelievable. He’s taken his time to settle and really show his quality, but now he’s really showing how good he is and his goalscoring record speaks for itself.
Rickie Lambert – Liverpool His all-round game is superb and, of course, his goalscoring record is first class. But I don’t think he gets enough credit for the way he brings people in to play. I’m surprised he hasn’t had more of a go at Liverpool.