DREAM TEAM

LLOYD JAMES – The Ley­ton Ori­ent mid­fielder chooses his favourite XI, made up from play­ers he has played with in his foot­ball ca­reer.

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GOALKEEPERI

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.

CEN­TRE BACKI

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.

CEN­TRE BACKI

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.

CEN­TRE BACKI

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.

RIGHTI MIDFIELDI

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.

CENTRALI MIDFIELDI

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.

CENTRALI MIDFIELDI

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.

CENTRALI MIDFIELDI

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.

LEFT MIDFIELDI

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.

STRIKERI

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.

STRIKERI

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.

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