Yaya Toure picks his dream five-a-side lineup, with notable absentees

Yaya Touré interview

The Manchester City midfielder picked five players from the best he has ever played with.

Manchester City star Yaya Toure was tasked with naming his top five-a-side lineup by the club's website, made up only of players he has played with, and it is selection that if nothing else has got people talking.

The Ivory Coast international may well have disappointed a whole bunch of his current teammates by picking only from his time with Barcelona, as well as one from the national team.

It is unsurprising that Lionel Messi is involved in Toure's elite five, with even Sergio Aguero surely admitting that his compatriot would deservedly feature ahead of him.

The choice of Cameroon icon Samuel Etoo as the second attacker may be a little more disappointing for the City striker, but again, the former Chelsea forward was a force to be reckoned with when he was playing alongside Toure at Barca.

Likewise, it's hard to argue against Spanish legend Carlos Puyol occupying one of the defensive positions.

From there on, the spots are somewhat debatable, as Toure picked Rafa Marquez ahead of Etihad captain Vincent Kompany, and plumped for Ivory Coast goalkeeper Jean-Jacques Tizie between the sticks instead of England stopper Joe Hart.

Toure said he picked Tizie after "playing with him for a long time with the national team. He's a great goalkeeper."

That might take some explaining in the dressing room, especially as Tizie only played 25 times for his country, and never managed to appear for a club outside of Africa.

And if Kolo Toure was tuning in hoping to see his name mentioned, you'd better get on the phone to your little brother because you're nowhere in sight.

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