The Premier League Team of the Decade
- The writer's selection for the Premier League team of the 2010s.
Since the rebranding of the top division of English football as the Premier League in 1992, England has seen more than its fair share of world-class talent, both domestic and foreign, pass through the country. From the stars of the 90s such as Shearer, Sherwood, Keane, Beckham, Adams, and Bergkamp to the golden age of the early noughties, which saw imports such as Henry, Ronaldo, Vidic, Evra, Drogba, Torres, Alonso, and Tevez, along with the golden generation of the England national team, comprising Lampard, Gerrard, Scholes, Ferdinand, Rooney, Owen, Cole and Campbell, the Premier League has slowly developed into an increasingly attractive destination for all kinds of players.
It may be virtually impossible to decide who the best player to grace English shores has been. However, we can always have a go. To compile an all-time Premier League team would perhaps be a step too far(and could potentially end in tears and heartbreak for the players left out), we can endeavor to identify who might be the best over a given, shorter period of time. With that in mind, and the year 2020 shortly upon us, it seemed apt to try and create a team of the best players to play in the Premier League over the past decade.
There are a couple of rules for selecting this team, though. Players will be judged only on their performances in the Premier League, and in this decade. So, for example, Zlatan Ibrahimovic may be one of the best overall players to participate in the Premier League, but that is largely based on his record outside of England, and his performances in the league themselves do not warrant a spot in this side. Of course, there is bound to be some debate about this team, but, unfortunately, not everyone can be picked.
So, without further ado, here is the Premier League team of the 2010s.