Some people may not see the allocation of numbers to players in a squad as the most pressing of issues. Those people are not only absolutely wrong, but also threaten the very essence of one of my favourite subjects—squad numbers.
Like most people, I am extremely conservative when it comes to numbering shirts. One is, naturally, your goalkeeper. Two and three are full-backs. Either four and five or five and six are your centre backs (there is a little leeway here). Eight is joined by either four or six in central midfield. Numbers seven and eleven are on the wings while nine and ten partner each other up front.
That is, of course, based on a traditional British 4-4-2 system. The emergence of other formations means there is now some confusion over acceptable squad numbers, but the basic principles remain. The following individuals have little or no defence.