Who Would Make Your Favourite XI of All Time?

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Who Would Make Your Favourite XI of All Time?
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The brilliant Michael Laudrup

If you've made it this far, I know what you're thinking.

But hang on a minute, this isn't another one of those futile debates about who are the best X1 players of all time, this is YOUR favourite X1so allow me to explain the difference.

I hate those "Greatest X1" evers as much as you do. They're pointless, there's no right or wrong opinion and quite often people simply put in people they've never seen on the basis of status and legend.

I was born in 1983, and my earliest real recollections of football were from the Italia '90 World Cup onwards, so how could I pass judgement on the likes of Pele, Eusebio, Cruyff, Beckenbauer and the rest without ever having seen anything other than highlights of them?

So instead, I want to hear who makes your favourite collection of players. I want to know who you loved watching, which players you'd pay to see and if there was some way you could construct a fantasy side for your own pleasure, who'd make the cut?

For example, I floated this idea with a Stockport County friend of mine and he had Luis Figo and Lionel Messi flanking Kevin Francis––a 6'9" journeyman striker who was a cult hero for County in the mid 90s.

So that's what we're on about. Your side can contain whoever you want, regardless of talent, standing or reputation. This is your chance to stick your personal dream team together.

I'll go first, then let's hear yours.

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