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Ashley Cole Is Only English Player In Uefa’s Team Of The Year

By Ollie Irish

Meet your Team of the Year for 2010…

Did you spot the only man who plays in the Greatest League In The World? Yes, well played Ashley Cole, not just the only Englishman in an XI dominated by Barcelona and Inter players, but also the only Premier League representative.

The team in full: Iker Casillas, Maicon, Gerard Pique, Carles Puyol (c), Ashley Cole, Cristiano Ronaldo, Xavi, Wesley Sneijder, Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi, David Villa

Uefa nailed this XI. As dream teams go, it’s a frightening prospect, if sorely lacking a ball-winning mifielder (Cambiasso?). You can’t argue too hard against the selection, though I would like to see some love for Lucio. And although he lifted the World Cup in 2010, I wasn’t that impressed with Iker Casillas (he has had better years).

So there you have it. More proof that the English Prem is THE BEST LEAGUE ON THE PLANET. Never let us forget that Lionel Messi would not fancy a trip to the Britannia Stadium on a wet Wednesday evening. team of the year

And, in stark contrast, here is Andy Gray’s team of the year:

Pepe Reina, Gary Neville, Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand, Ashley Cole, Steven Gerrard, Michael Essien, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Wayne Rooney, Didier Drogba

These magical Sky glasses allowed Andy to see into a parallell football world, one in which Steven Gerrard is the best box-to-box midfielder in the world, and Xavi does not even exist. Worth £30 a month surely.

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By Ollie Irish on January 20th, 2011 in Top 10s & lists. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

13 Responses to “Ashley Cole Is Only English Player In Uefa’s Team Of The Year”

  1. Sleeba says:

    …and this after having not too great a season! Suprised at Crouch missing.

  2. Smith says:

    I thought this season the XI would consist simply of Gareth Bale…

  3. Chris says:

    Please tell me that Gray’s is a Premiership XI.

  4. Markell says:

    Neville, Gerrard, Scholes, Giggs, WTF?

  5. Miguel - NYC says:

    Cambiasso? Mascherano or Busquets dude.
    Lucio should get some love, but which Barca center back will you take out?
    Also, Ashley, really??! He is the only one that seems out of place here, though i agree with your take on Casillas. From the premiership, only Van der Sar seems to have had a better year than Casillas. Valdes or Julio Cesar would be my picks to replace him.
    Oh, and Rooney…he stopped playing right before the world cup…didn’t he? :)

  6. SamHumphreys says:

    I think he’s messing.

  7. Krsta says:

    Class :)

  8. Montesquieu says:

    Both lists are shite.

  9. Tinez says:

    Agree with the Iker Casillas commentary. It doesn’t show the English premier league is the best in the world, it shows the Barcelona-Real Madrid league is the best in the world, and not la liga.

  10. Robbiedavids says:

    Has ashley cole finally been overtaken as the world greatest mercenary?

  11. Tom Jones says:

    Too many Barcelona players. UEFA should try looking a bit outside Spain, Italy & England.

  12. Varun says:

    Outside Spain,etc as in lichtenstein, luxemburg, andorra?

  13. Luke says:

    Yeah remember when Ca$hley tracked Thomas Muller across the field to block him from scoring against england….oh wait

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