City Blogger: Pick your City World Cup squad
- 18 February 2014 09:46
- Posted by @thomsoutter26
In his latest blog, Thom decides which 23 City players, past and present, would make it into his World Cup squad...
2014 is a World Cup year and not just any World Cup year at that. The biggest football bonanza in the World is taking place in the home of the beautiful game, Brazil.
For the forthcoming months the tabloids will be full of who has a chance of being selected, who should be selected and who Roy Hodgson should go to on bended knee to try to persuade to either come out of self-imposed exile or to ask them to change nationality by magicking an English grandparent from the ether.
What will be different this year is that there won’t be the bi-annual clamor for the incumbent England manager to plead with Paul Scholes to come out of retirement. That is, unless Mr Hodgson has been staking out the local parks of Oldham.
This got me thinking. Obviously, we all have our City favourites. Some blindingly obvious and some merely due to personal preference. So, throughout the years (good and bad) and with no nationality restrictions who would make your City World Cup Squad? The only rule being that you have to select 23 players…. This is much easier than just selecting an 11! Let’s face it, there are too many favourites for a standard 11 to be selected without a pang of regret at the omissions.
So here is my selection. There is absolutely no balance and I make no apology for the attacking instincts. I reckon we would sail through the Group Stage and then probably lose to Germany on penalties, after an 8-8 draw.
Joe Hart - Number 1 and best goalie to play for City in the last 20 years. He could even make a terrible shampoo advert to coincide with selection.
Nicky Weaver – A City legend. If just for Wembley 99 alone.
Eike Immel – Last seen appearing in the German version of ‘I’m a celebrity’. He would be bound to provide some entertainment to the squad.
Pablo Zabaleta - Best right back in the country at present. Never say die warrior who would have to be included.
Andy Morrison – Another leader who would be sure to stand up when required or others were losing their heads.
Gerard Wiekens – A rare classy performer for an ailing City in the mid to late nineties. Could always be relied on during those years.
Danny Tiatto – Swash buckling left back that always put his foot in and provided pace across the pitch. Compliments this fiery squad perfectly.
Vincent Kompany – Best City defender ever? No brainer for inclusion.
Aleks Kolarov – Has had some stick over recent years but as a left footer myself he would have to be included. Could open a tin of beans with his left peg.
Richard Dunne – Another warrior who would stick his head where most wouldn’t stick their foot. Captain.
Ali Benarbia - First name on the teamsheet. Would provide us that bit of class in a close encounter.
Nigel De Jong – Tough tackling and perfect to shackle the play makers in any opponent. Would get stronger as the tournament progressed.
Kevin Horlock – Another hero of 99. Perfect left foot and always likely to score an important goal.
Gio Kinkladze – Imagine him in a team with Benarbia and Silva?? A city fantasy.
Yaya Toure – Best midfielder around at present and almost unstoppable on his day. Would create fear in opponents.
David Silva – Another genius. Sure to unlock any defence.
Shaun Wright Phillips – His pace and trickery would be a nightmare. Always a scorer of spectacular goals.
Elano – Shone briefly at City. However, a quality football brain, excellent long range passer and could share free kick duties with a couple of others.
Shaun Goater - Would lead the line for me! Likely to score the winning goal in the final with his shin or face.
Paul Dickov – Tenacious, never say die attitude that would run throughout the squad. Would chase every lost ball, even deep into extra time.
Carlos Tevez – Whatever you say about him, it cannot be denied that he was absolutely magnificent for City when we were just starting to challenge for honours. A must.
Sergio Aguero – Best City striker ever? Defenders would fear him from the off.
Paul Walsh – The diminutive genius. A nightmare to defend against and deceptively good in the air.
Who would make your plane??