With the 2020/21 Premier League season due to get underway this weekend, we asked our team of writers to vote for their all-time Premier League XI.
To make things simple we opted for a traditional formation of 4-4-2 and each writer had to vote for the best player in each position.
As you can imagine, some positions were closer calls than others but here is All Out Football’s all-time Premier League XI!
GK: Peter Schmeichel (310 Appearances for Manchester United, Aston Villa and Manchester City – 1991-2003)
Iconic and a trailblazer. Quite possibly the greatest goalkeeper of all time.
LB: Ashley Cole (385 Appearances for Arsenal and Chelsea – 1999-2014)
For longevity and consistency alone, Ashley Cole takes the No.3 shirt. For many years he could even have had a claim to be the world’s best.
CB: John Terry (492 Appearances for Chelsea – 1998-2017)
Captain. Leader. Legend. What else is there to say?
CB: Rio Ferdinand (504 Appearances for West Ham, Leeds, Manchester United and QPR – 1995-2015)
His pace, reading of the game and composure on the ball confirming the early promise to be a truly great centre half.
RB: Gary Neville (400 Appearances for Manchester United – 1992-2011)
“Passion” is the most overused and overvalued term in football, but it really was the special quality of Gary Neville the player. The finest right b back of his generation.
LM: Ryan Giggs (632 Appearances for Manchester United – 1990-2014)
It is easy to forget how influential Ryan Giggs still was towards the end of his career. The only player to have scored in each of the first 21 seasons of the competition; Giggsy was an integral part of United’s dominance in the 1990s and 2000s.
CM: Frank Lampard (609 Appearances for West Ham, Chelsea and Manchester City – 1995-2015)
A remarkable scoring record for a midfielder and a driving force behind Chelsea’s sustained success in the late 2000’s.
CM: David Silva (309 Appearances for Manchester City – 2010-2020)
Never hurried, he’s the type of man who never has to break stride to make a bus that others would miss sprinting at full speed. Silva puts football fans immediately at ease when in possession, he’s a human beta-blocker.
RM: Cristiano Ronaldo (196 Appearances for Manchester United – 2003-2009)
The PL saw the beginning of his rise, but not his best. Yet this was the most skilful and raw version of CR7 that was arguably more of a joy to watch than the one he would become.
ST: Alan Shearer (441 Appearances for Southampton, Blackburn and Newcastle – 1988-2006)
The Premier League’s all-time goalscorer, how could he not make the all-time team?
ST: Thierry Henry (258 Appearances for Arsenal – 1999-2007)
Neither the record goal scorer nor the longest serving, few combined the pace and quality to such devastating effect as Thierry Henry. Uncontainable on his day… and he had a lot of those days.
So there you have it the All Out Football all-time Premier League XI! With an astonishing 53 Premier League medals between them, I’m sure you’ll agree that this is one hell of a team!