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STEARS: MY FIVE-A-SIDE TEAM

2 April 2020

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Richard Stearman discusses the best players he’s played with

- Richard Stearman chooses his five-a-side team
- Five-a-side team full of the defender’s former teammates
- Tell us on Twitter what you think of Stears’ team

Who do you think made Richard Stearman’s five-a-side team?

The Huddersfield Town defender was tasked with naming a side made up of players that he’s played with during his on-going 16-year career.

Here’s who he selected:

Goalkeeper – Dean Henderson

In goal I went with a ‘keeper from my previous team; it’s Dean Henderson. Somebody who I think will go on to be England’s number one at some point. One of the best shot stoppers I’ve seen let alone played with.

Defender – Martin Keown

I went with one defender from my time at Leicester City, the former Premier League winner, Martin Keown. He was obviously with Arsenal for many seasons. He was coming towards the latter stage of his career when I played with him, but as a young player to see how he conducted himself and trained was a real eye opener for me, something I learned quite a bit from. He still has that tenacity every day in training that he’s famous for. He used to take me to the side quite often after training and make me do extras with him, which was great for my personal development.

Midfielder – Scott Parker

One of my two midfielders, I went with Scott Parker. He was somebody who was just above everyone else in training. In training, the pitches aren’t as big and if they weren’t the current size in First Team football, I think he’d still be playing now. He’s someone I was in awe of, he conducted himself fantastically well both on and off the pitch, was the perfect Club Captain and had fantastic ability. He never lost the ball, could find the back of the net, could dictate training and take training sessions on his own. He’s central midfielder and Captain for me.

Midfielder – Tom Cairney

Again, from my time at Fulham, their Captain, plays for Scotland. Some of the stuff I used to see him do in training I’d never seen before and haven’t since. His ability to retain the ball, his care and vision in possession was very impressive. He has a good eye for goal and is a good friend of mine off the pitch as well.

Striker – Billy Sharp

Leading the line, someone born to score goals, Billy Sharp. The most natural born finisher I’ve ever come across. He seems to be getting better with age. He scored 23 I think last season and is someone who was born to score goals, all types of goals, tap-ins, headers, penaltys, volleys; he had the lot. I’ve gone with Billy up top.


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