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TT's Top Men: Ox and Roo among stars

Monday 10th March 2014 16:03

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: Impressed in Arsenal's win over Everton

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: Impressed in Arsenal's win over Everton

Steven Caulker, Luke Shaw, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Wayne Rooney, Jay Rodriguez are among the stars in our English-dominated Team of the Week.

Check out TEAMtalk's Premier League Team of the Weekend (also including PL players in the FA Cup) and then let us know your top XI using the story comment facility at the bottom of the article.

TEAMtalk's Top Men (4-2-3-1): Petr Cech, Rafael, Steven Caulker, Curtis Davies, Luke Shaw; Marouane Fellaini, Jordan Mutch; Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Wayne Rooney, Jay Rodriguez; Olivier Giroud.

Petr Cech - Chelsea: No goalkeeper stood out over the weekend but Cech made the one noteworthy save of the first half at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, turning away a decent Sandro effort with the game still scoreless.

Rafael - Manchester United: Albeit against poor opposition, United were vastly improved in their 3-0 win at West Brom, with Rafael impressing defensively and also getting forward to good effect, not least when he crossed for Wayne Rooney to score.

Steven Caulker - Cardiff City: Fulham's defending left plenty to be desired but Caulker still deserves credit for twice popping up in the box to score Cardiff's first two goals in their hugely-important 3-1 win. He was solid at the other end, too, to keep alive his hopes of a World Cup spot.

Curtis Davies - Hull City: Were there more friendlies to impress ahead of this summer's tournament, another player that might fancy their chances of winning a place on the plane to Brazil would be Davies. He was once again outstanding in Hull's FA Cup quarter-final win over Sunderland, scoring the crucial opening goal.

Luke Shaw - Southampton: One player that has certainly staked his England claim in the last week is Shaw, who impressed in the midweek friendly against Denmark and then produced another assured performance domestically, particularly on the attack, to help Southampton to a 1-0 win at Crystal Palace.

Marouane Fellaini - Manchester United: He has come in for plenty of criticism since his big-money summer move from Everton but Fellaini served a reminder of his quality in United's win at The Hawthorns. He won the ball back on numerous occasions for David Moyes' men but was also much quicker to move it on, allowing his more creative team-mates to do damage on the counter attack.

Jordan Mutch - Cardiff City: In a tight game, Mutch's set-piece deliveries were crucial in Cardiff's win over Fulham. It was from his corner that Caulker scored the second goal and, despite making only 30 passes, Mutch managed to create eight opportunities for team-mates in total. He also did his fair share of defensive work to help his team to a massive three points.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - Arsenal: Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla were both excellent in Arsenal's FA Cup win over Everton but it was arguably Oxlade-Chamberlain that stood out most with his direct running and, crucially, his ability to get back and defend. Surely Roy Hodgson must find a place for both him and Raheem Sterling in his World Cup squad?

Wayne Rooney - Manchester United: In Rooney, United have a player they can rely on. He became the first player ever to reach double figures for goals and assists in five separate Premier League seasons in the 3-0 win at West Brom, heading home the crucial second and then setting up Danny Welbeck for the clinching third.

Jay Rodriguez - Southampton: Another member of our English-dominated XI to boost his World Cup chances over the weekend was Rodriguez, who scored his eighth away goal of the season to earn Southampton a 1-0 win at Crystal Palace. He is the archetypal modern-day wide forward - his crossing throughout the game was excellent, and he is always a goal threat.

Olivier Giroud - Arsenal: Samuel Eto'o is a tad unfortunate not to make our XI after scoring and winning a penalty in Chelsea's win over Tottenham, but Giroud's impact as a substitute for Arsenal against Everton cannot be overlooked. With the game still on a knife edge, the Frenchman scored twice in the final 10 minutes to give the Gunners a great opportunity to end their long wait for silverware.

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