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Everton Old Boys XI 3 - 0 Everton

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I offer this as a brief respite from the understandable but repetitive gloom and doom and depression of these dark days. The talk about the return of McFadden, which I find worse than some of the crazy PFA Pension Plan signings by Walter Smith, like Ginola and Gazza, got me wondering: what is the best possible starting XI composed of former Everton players currently playing elsewhere?

The rules are that the players have to have current professional registrations as players anywhere in the world, even if they aren?t actually playing regularly for a club. So Francis Jeffers, for example, would be available even though he didn?t have a club last time I looked.

The other is that you are entitled to nominate a player based on the best seasons of his career, not on his current form, or even on his Everton form. So to use Danny Cadamarteri just as an example, you could nominate him based on his peak form, not on his 'down and out in Huddersfield' form.

On the other hand, they have to have played for the Everton 1st team; you can?t choose academy players who went elsewhere like Joey Barton. And no subs. That?s a cop-out. On that basis, here is my starting XI of former Everton players still playing:

Richard Wright;
Michael Ball,
Marco Materazzi,
David Weir,
Richard Dunne;
Steven Pienaar
Mikel Arteta,
Manuel Fernandes,
Landon Donovan;
Francis Jeffers,
Yakubu.

I reckon they would beat the current line-up 3-0.
Peter Fearon, Liverpool     Posted 16/10/2011 at 19:02:56

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David Hallwood
1   Posted 16/10/2011 at 21:58:23

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Wot... no Rooney???!!!
John Daley
2   Posted 16/10/2011 at 21:58:28

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Jeffers ahead of Rooney, Peter?
Nick Entwistle
3   Posted 16/10/2011 at 22:11:02

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I want to say Radzinski, but if Moyes reads this we might have him back.
Peter Fearon
4   Posted 16/10/2011 at 22:52:51

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Yes. I left out Rooney out of sheer hatred. Sorry. I left him for other readers' teams.
Colin Ryan
5   Posted 16/10/2011 at 23:00:56

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Ruddy
Dunne Yobo Neill
Donavon Arteta Fernandes Pienaar
Rooney Yakubu AJ

Tougher than i thought to name a semi decent team
David Mathieson
6   Posted 16/10/2011 at 22:56:47

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This would humiliate that original team and destroy our first team:

Manager: Duncan Ferguson

Ruddy (GK)
Naysmith (LB)
Materazzi (CB)
Ferrari (CB)
Weir (RB)
McFadden (LM)
Arteta (CM)
Fernandes (CM)
Donovan (RM)
Johnson (CF)
Rooney (CF)
Jonathan Field
7   Posted 16/10/2011 at 23:16:29

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Lescott?
Gareth Hughes
8   Posted 17/10/2011 at 11:34:42

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Who gives a shit? We are in free fall if you hadn't noticed....
Dennis Stevens
9   Posted 17/10/2011 at 18:37:18

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Unfortunately, the very idea is just too depressing under current circumstances!
Adam Wilkinson
10   Posted 17/10/2011 at 21:09:59

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I think the idea of Richard Wright keeping a clean sheet is ridiculous.
Dave Southon
11   Posted 18/10/2011 at 12:30:02

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GK: John Ruddy
RB: Lucas Neill
LB: Joleon Lescott
CB: Joseph Yobo
CB: Marco Materazzi
RM: Landon Donovan
LM: Steven Pienaar
CM: Mikel Arteta
CM: Manuel Fernandes
CF: Wayne Rooney
CF: Andy Johnson

Kinda picks itself. Defensively weak and aging, but strong midfield and potent front pairing.

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