Talk about a difficult task. Naming the best composite XI to have played Premier League football is incredibly complicated and an inevitably divisive issue. I have tried to create a side that have achieved excellence through longevity and, on the whole, all eleven players have an outstanding array of moments and performances to fall back on.
Inevitably, when drawing up a side of this nature, there will be very good players bound to miss out. I apologise in advance to Messrs Schmeichel, Vieira, Bergkamp, Fowler, Cole, van Nistelrooy and Scholes but I was unable to find a place for any of you in my team, despite convincing cases presented by each.
I’m sure my list will provoke debate and in some places, derision, but wouldn’t this sort of thing be boring if we all agreed on the occupants? Let me know who you would have included here instead and who is lucky to have made the cut. And to Jody Morris, sorry mate I’m going to have to give you your £50 back – I couldn’t quite squeeze you in!
Deep breath. Go on – let me have it. Who have I left out? Was Luke Chadwick unlucky to miss out on a slot in midfield or was Massimo Taibi a shoo-in in goal? Find me on Twitter and let me know.