Emile Heskey has selected his World Cup Dream XI and there is not a single player from his former club Liverpool.
The former England international played for the Reds between 2000 and 2004, and helped them win the FA Cup, the League Cup and the UEFA Cup in 2001. It was at Anfield that Heskey played his best football and came to the attention of the worldwide media.
However, according to the 36-year-old forward, who currently features for A-League club Newcastle Jets, there is not a single player from the current Liverpool team he would include in his team for the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil.
This is how Heskey’s team looks like, as published by Goal.com.
It would be hard to argue against a number of the selections, especially in midfield. Yaya Toure was arguably the best midfielder in the Premier League in the 2013-14 season and was Manchester City’s best player in their title triumph (as illustrated by his stats below).
|Yaya Touré||Man City||20||9||35||2,927|
Bastian Schweinsteiger remains a force to be reckoned with despite his injuries of late, while Andres Iniesta was one of the few Barcelona players who had a good 2013-14 campaign on a personal level.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in attack, and Thiago Silva and Sergio Ramos in central defence, are selections that also cannot be argued against, but Joe Hart’s inclusion in the team could come as a surprise to many.
While the England international is a good goalkeeper, there are others such as Thibaut Courtois and Manuel Neuer who are probably better than the 27-year-old.
Perhaps, the biggest surprise in Heskey’s team selection is the exclusion of Luis Suarez. The Liverpool striker was easily the best centre-forward in the English top-flight last season (check his stats below), and although he is currently recovering from knee surgery, the 27-year-old could take the World Cup by storm for Uruguay.
Interesting, Heskey’s former Liverpool teammate Dietmar Hamann has also made one selection that many football fans will debate on. He has included David Luiz in midfield alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, Paul Pogba and David Silva.
Manuel Neuer; Daniel Alves, Sergio Ramos, Vincent Kompany, Philipp Lahm; David Silva, David Luiz, Paul Pogba, Cristiano Ronaldo; Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero
Luis will officially become the world’s most expensive defender in the coming days when his £40 million move from Chelsea to Paris Saint-Germain is finalised, but there are many footballing figures who believe that he is not worth that money.
Although the 27-year-old is an important player for Brazil and is versatile enough to play in defensive midfield and at centre-back, he made a number of howlers at Chelsea, despite winning the Champions League, the Europa League and the FA Cup during his three-and-a-half years at Stamford Bridge.