Undoubtedly the first name on the team sheet, a firm candidate for this select XI’s captaincy and presenting a strong case for the title of the best centre-half in world football, is Manchester City defensive god Vincent Kompany.
What is there to say about the Belgium international that isn’t already public knowledge? He’s unbelievably dominant in the air, hard in the tackle, boasts an incredible physical presence, isn’t afraid venture forward with the ball at his feet, is a natural leader and performs like a man possessed whenever the Citizens are facing serious opposition.
Oh, and he’s found three goals in the Premier League this year – only Martin Skrtel and Steven Caulker have scored more from the heart of defence.
Undisputedly a world-class centre-back that could comfortably ply his trade with any side in world football, Kompany is the bedrock of this select XI’s defence.