MARK YEATES – The Bradford City winger chooses his favourite XI, made up from players he has played with in his football career.
Dean Gerken – Ipswich Dean’s your typical goalkeeper – he’s absolutely crazy! We played at Colchester and he was a top young goalkeeper, and he’s gone on to do really well at Ipswich. We got on really well and we still keep in touch, we’re like peas from the same pod.
Stephen Carr – Retired As a young lad from Dublin, he was someone I really looked up to at Spurs, and he had a lot of time for me and some of the younger players. Not only that, he was one of the best right-backs in Premier League history. Having said that, he’s one of the biggest moaners I’ve ever met!
Robert Huth – Leicester (on loan from Stoke) He’s your stereotypical German lad. Big, strong, powerful and you don’t really want to mess with him. He certainly held nothing back in training but he proved his quality when we were at Middlesbrough.
Ledley King – Retired Not much can be said about Ledley that hasn’t been already, but I believe he could have played for Barcelona or Real Madrid had he stayed clear of injuries. If you put him in at leftback, he’d still be the best player on the pitch, and he’s another who helped me during my early Spurs days.
Johnnie Jackson – Charlton He won’t be happy, but I’m putting Johnnie in at left-back. He’d class himself more as a goalscoring midfielder and, to be fair, he probably has a point, but he could do a job at full-back. He’s a typical London boy, he loves his clobber.
Tom Huddlestone – Hull I’d have Tom playing at the base of the diamond in midfield just spraying passes around like they’re going out of fashion. He’s a top player, we played a lot in the Spurs reserves and he has gone on to do really well. We’re still good mates, we go on holiday together – even though he might look odd next to a small pale Irish lad.
Neil Danns – Bolton He’s a proper Scouser, he never shuts up, and I can say that with certainty as I was his roomie at Colchester. He was remarkable in the 2005-06 season, he scored 16 goals from midfield.
Andy Reid – Nottingham Forest The guy’s left peg is frightening at times. He has a great shot, a brilliant delivery and can drop a 60-yard pass on a sixpence. He’s an Irish lad as well, and we played together at Spurs and Sheffield United, so we get along well.
Robbie Keane – LA Galaxy We’re from the same area in Ireland, Tallaght, so he was someone I always looked up to as a youngster at Spurs, and to even be at the same club as him was an honour. He’s a top pro and he’s proven that by the fact he’s still going so strong over in America.
Troy Deeney – Watford He’s been Watford’s main man for the past two or three seasons and I think he’ll lead them up to the Premier League this season. When I was there, he scored an unbelievable amount of goals, and now he’s the captain he’s such an important figure. Just seems to get better and better.
Matej Vydra – Watford (on loan from Udinese) What most people won’t know is that he’s got a really bad knee. He hardly ever trains but when he plays you could never tell. He’s a natural finisher and even though he’s a Czech lad, he likes to get involved in the banter.