Premier League's All Time English XI

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Anurag Jacob
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Modified 18 Nov 2018, 19:29 IST


RB: Gary Neville (Manchester United)

Gary Neville - terrier-like and determined
Gary Neville - terrier-like and determined

If there was one man who personified doggedness, it was Gary Neville. A United man through and through, he was part of Sir Alex Ferguson's fabled 'Class of 92' FA Youth Cup graduates alongside brother Phil Neville, David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt. He won 8 League titles, 3 FA Cups and 2 UEFA Champions League titles.

He was a member of the PFA's Premier League Team of the Year and was a member of their Team of the Century in 1997.

Club appearances: 400, Goals: 5

England caps: 85

CB: Rio Ferdinand (Leeds United/Manchester United)

Rio Ferdinand - smart and tactical
Rio Ferdinand - smart and tactical

Prior to attaining legendary status at Old Trafford, Rio Ferdinand's exemplary performances at Elland Road for Leeds saw the club reach the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League in the 2000-01 before United came calling with a £29.1 million offer.

Part of the famed pairing with Nemanja Vidic, Ferdinand won 6 League titles, 2 League Cups and 1 UEFA Champions League, proving himself a strong defender reliable in the air, with strong leadership qualities, and a unique technical ability and confidence on the ball.

Club appearances: 514, Goals: 11

England caps: 81, Goals:3


CB: Tony Adams (Arsenal) (Captain)

Tony Adams - Captain Fantastic
Tony Adams - Captain Fantastic

If Gary Neville was United personified, Tony Adams was Mr. Arsenal. An inspirational leader, with a knack for goal yet disciplined, Adams was part of two famous Arsenal defences. The first, under George Graham, alongside Lee Dixon, Steve Bould and Nigel Winterburn won the erstwhile First Division in 1990-91, and then with Lauren, Martin Keown and Ashley Cole, he won the league in his final season in 2002-03.

His battle with alcoholism and triumphant return is proof of why most pundits would have him in their all-star team as captain. He retired just before the Invincibles season of 2003-04, but his dynamism is something Arsenal sorely miss even to this day. 2 PL titles, 2 FA Cups and a member of PFA's Team of the Century.

Club appearances: 504, Goals: 32

England caps: 66, Goals: 5

LB: Ashley Cole (Arsenal/Chelsea)

Ashley Cole - London
Ashley Cole - London's enfant terrible

Part of the famed Invincibles defence of 2003-04, Ashley Cole, despite his acrimonious move from Arsenal to Chelsea, was arguably the best left-back in the world during the previous decade. He modelled his game on Brazilian great Roberto Carlos and became known for his link-up play with Thierry Henry and Robert Pires along the left flank.

He has won 3 PL titles, 7 FA Cups, 1 Champions League and 1 Europa League, apart from being named in PFA's Team of the Year 4 times and was England's Player of the Year in 2010.

Club appearances: 566, Goals: 16

England caps: 107, Goals: 0

Published 18 Nov 2018, 19:29 IST
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