I supose Maldini's getting on a bit now, but I'd still have him in my team.
Practise every day.
It is really the only way.
Continuing the trend, Ledley King moves to number 1 in my list.
Good shout on Rafael Marquez. But for sheer consistency and longevity at the world class level I'm saying Gary Neville.
Hargreaves out, Gilberto in.
Rio Ferdinand makes too many mistakes to be considered top class. He had the potential about 3 years ago but he still hasn't cut out the mistakes from his game. 'On his day' he's great but there aren't enough of those 'days'.
Eat your greens.
Nah, some sound advice above I notice.
Well why not? He's stopped the best wingers in the world for a decade. Hardly ever puts a foot wrong, a leader who wears either shirt with pride, and as a bonus great crossing since David Beckham left Manchester United.
Heh, don't 'nah' that advice Dan; "eat your greens" is always and forever good advice.
If there was a top 5 list, when fit, Jonathan Woodgate would be on it, and I honestly think that - I'm not trying to be biased.
Rio doesn't make as many mistakes as people think he does, and I've never seen him make a mistake for England. Terry's great but Ferdinand makes defending look so easy. He reads the game better than any one I can think of and he has all the abilities a top class defender needs. He does appear uninterested and loses concentration sometimes for United, and people assume that makes him a liability in big games and especially for England, but it never has done and I don't think it ever will. He turns it on when it's needed.
Also, Gary Neville has been one of the top two right backs in the world for the last 10 years, and probably England's best right back ever. You don't get more world class than that.