Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville have both selected their Premier League Teams of the Decade – and were able to agree on a large portion of the side.
The duo, appearing on Monday Night Football, were selecting their sides as we edge towards the 2020s, though Neville’s decision to crowbar Eden Hazard into a midfield three drew a jibe from Carragher, who poked fun at his colleague’s failed stint in charge of Valencia.
However, the duo were able to agree on their goalkeeper and their defensive unit, with David De Gea earning selection in nets, with Pablo Zabaleta, Vincent Kompany, Virgil van Dijk and Cesar Azpilicueta making up the rearguard.
And while both selected a 4-3-3 formation, there were disagreements of who compromised their midfield and attacking units.
While both Carragher and Neville opted for Man City legends Yaya Toure and David Silva, Neville’s selection of Hazard drew condemnation from his colleague, with Carragher, perhaps more wisely, opting instead for double Premier League winner N’Golo Kante.
Carragher, however, did select Hazard as part of his three-man attack, which also featured Gareth Bale and Sergio Aguero; Neville instead choosing Aguero alongside Luis Suarez and Harry Kane – the Tottenham star being the only Englishman in either’s side to make the grade.
The highlight, however, had to be Carragher’s dig at Neville for picking Hazard in his midfield three, saying: “How do we wonder how he failed at Valencia when he’s got Eden Hazard in centre-midfield? That is just nonsense.
“Kante goes in. Kante is a World Cup-winner, he’d get in a world XI possibly now.
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“He won the league at Leicester, then came to Chelsea and won the league and was probably the best player in both years.
“He won PFA player both years, he’s got to go in there.
“The one who I was very close to putting in was Kevin de Bruyne.
“I think if he hadn’t got injured a year or so ago and had another 12 months of real quality he maybe would have pushed me with Yaya Toure.
“But I just think with Yaya Toure – those two seasons where they won the league, I just remember him powering through, he was like a man in a kid’s game. That’s what it felt like.”