The Dirtiest Players in EPL History: The Starting XI

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The Dirtiest Players in EPL History: The Starting XI
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The last 20 years have given us dozens of candidates for the Premier League's dirtiest side of all time. But how best to decide who gets in?

Clearly, the number of red and yellow cards a player has received is the major prerequisite.

The nature of their "crimes" is also relevant. A two-footed challenge deserves more criticism than a second booking. There are even occasions where the offence is so severe, it merits the player's inclusion on its own.

Those players who have shown a tendency to dive have not been considered for this side. You can debate whether diving is "dirty," or not, but it is certainly an underhand tactic.

There are bound to be some very strong contenders who have not made the final cut, so feel free to extol their credentials below.

For now, here's an XI, in a 4-3-1-2 formation, that you won't be keen to have a preseason friendly with.


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