In a recent newspaper article Sven Goren Eriksson was asked to pick a premiership XI of non-English players to take on England in a hypothetical match. This is his team. His explanations of his picks can be found at:
He has chosen to play 4-4-2 as all his sides usually do.
I agree with some of his picks but would change a few.
Finnan Hypia Gallas Sylvestre
Pires Viera Veron Giggs
Henry Van Nistleroy
I don’t think that Barthez is any use at all. I think he’s a huge liability to Manchester United. He’s too small, unreliable and gives his defence kittens. I would chose between Cudacini and Friedel. I think these are the best two keepers in the league. It’s close, but I think Cudacini just edges it.
I’d give this to Stephen Carr, as indeed do the Irish team. He also brings an attacking dimension to the team that Finnan lacks. He’s not had the greatest season, but he is a class act.
Hypia picks himself – possibly the best CB in the world. Not sure about Galas, but cant really fault him.
I agree with Sven
Viera and Pires would be in a world XI to play Mars so no argument there. However; Veron? Crikey. I know SGE had him at Lazio but he’s been an absolute disaster in the premiership and hardly covered himself in glory in being a part of surely the best team ever to get eliminated from the first round of the World Cup (losing me £50 in the process – I backed them to win the whole thing). He is the Rodney Marsh de nos jours, in that he has destabilised a championship winning side. So bye bye Seba, and hello his team mate – Roy Keane. Now that is a midfield that I would pay to see.
No argument here over these.
How would they do against my England side?
Mills Ferdinand Scumball Bridge
Beckham Gerrard Butt Dyer
Manager: D Moyes.
I think the England side would be over run in midfield, and would lose.
Your picks? Any omissions alterations?