DREAM TEAM

AARON WIL­BRA­HAM – The Bris­tol City striker chooses his favourite XI, made up from play­ers he has played with in his foot­ball ca­reer.

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE RESULTS -

GOALKEEPERI

John Ruddy – Nor­wich The sea­son we got pro­moted to the Pre­mier League at Nor­wich he was un­be­liev­able. There was a pe­riod when he was mak­ing world-class saves in ev­ery game. His Eng­land call-up was fully de­served and he’s gone from strength to strength.

RIGHT BACKI

Kyle Naughton – Swansea Kyle was on loan at Nor­wich from Tot­ten­ham in our first sea­son in the Pre­mier League and he brought a bit of class. He al­ways seemed to have a bit more time than any­one else, no mat­ter how much he was get­ting pressed. He is a cool cus­tomer.

CEN­TRE BACKI

Rus­sell Martin – Nor­wich Rus­sell is the ul­ti­mate pro­fes­sional. His diet is in­cred­i­ble, he doesn’t drink al­co­hol at all and he’s a gym goer be­fore and af­ter train­ing – ev­ery day! On top of that he’s ac­tu­ally a bril­liant de­fender and can chip in with the odd goal as well.

CEN­TRE BACKI

Mike Flynn – Re­tired Mike was a die-hard cen­tre-back and gave me a les­son or two when I was first start­ing out at Stock­port. He would put his body on the line and was a real leader. You need char­ac­ters like that.

LEFT BACKI

Marc Tier­ney – Bolton Marc is a funny lad – a real char­ac­ter who never stops telling jokes. When Nor­wich went up peo­ple ex­pected him to strug­gle, but he was play­ing so well that play­ers like Nani were be­ing sub­sti­tuted for Manch­ester United be­cause they were hav­ing such a tough time against him.

RIGHTI MIDFIELDI

Ja­son Pun­cheon – Crys­tal Palace I was with him at MK Dons and Crys­tal Palace and he’s re­ally pow­er­ful – de­cep­tively so con­sid­er­ing his size! He’s in­cred­i­bly clever the way he backs into de­fend­ers and he can shoot equally well with both feet.

CENTRALI MIDFIELDI

Mile Je­d­i­nak – Crys­tal Palace A proper leader – in fact he’s more like a manager al­ready! When I was at Palace in the Cham­pi­onship and at the start of the Pre­mier League sea­son, he was bark­ing or­ders out like he was the gaffer! He can’t stand los­ing – even the games of twotouch!

LEFT MIDFIELDI

An­thony Pilk­ing­ton – Cardiff He al­ways wants the ball and never hides, even if he’s lost it six times be­fore that. He’d al­ways put in loads of bril­liant crosses, which was great as a striker, but he’s a real threat him­self and scores im­por­tant goals.

ATTACKINGI MIDFIELDI

Wes Hoola­han – Nor­wich You just can’t get the ball off him in train­ing, it’s so an­noy­ing! What peo­ple per­haps don’t re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate is the hard work he puts in off the ball as well. He’s like a lit­tle York­shire ter­rier when he hasn’t got the ball, and when he has got it he’s a step ahead of ev­ery­one else.

STRIKERI

Rickie Lam­bert – Liver­pool Rickie is my best friend in foot­ball – I went to his wed­ding and he came to mine. I saw him the other day while I was hav­ing din­ner with my wife. He was play­ing golf and we had a catchup. He was play­ing cen­tre mid­field when we were at Stock­port, so it’s bril­liant to see how well he’s done.

STRIKERI

Grant Holt – Wi­gan His qual­ity was ques­tioned when he made the step up from League One to the Cham­pi­onship – and again when he went up to the Pre­mier League – but he al­ways scores goals. They weren’t any old goals ei­ther, they were against the likes of Man United and Liver­pool. He was a great cap­tain and leader on and off the pitch.

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