Vinnie Jones surprised Premier League fans by finding no room in his all-time top-flight XI for Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard or Arsenal hero Thierry Henry.
Jones, 55, is more likely to be known to younger football fans for his Hollywood exploits in films such as Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels than his playing days with the likes of Leeds, Chelsea, Millwall and Wimbledon’s ‘Crazy Gang’ where he won the FA Cup.
The former Wales international is a Tottenham fan but that doesn’t seem to have had any great bearing on his decision to snub Henry, who scored 175 Premier League goals, from his team.
“As for my main striker, it could have been Drogba or Thierry Henry, Kane or Aguero, but I’ve gone for Alan Shearer,” Jones told easyodds.com.
Vinnie Jones in his time as a QPR player
“Great for Newcastle and England, he was the centre-forward’s centre-forward. Tough to play against, great to play with I’d imagine.”
In midfield Jones plumped for Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante to shield the defence and Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne to act as playmaker, leaving just one other space in the three to be filled.
In the mid-2000s the ongoing debate in pubs up and down the country regarded the question of whether Frank Lampard and Gerrard could play together in the England team.
Jones couldn’t find room for Thierry Henry or Steven Gerrard in his all-time Premier League Xi
Jones has decided that the legendary pair wouldn’t benefit his team so the Kop hero, who now manages Rangers, has been left out.
“‘Super Frank’ is next,” he continued. “Now making his mark as an outstanding English manager, Frank is another record-breaker.
“He’s Chelsea’s all-time leading goalscorer and the most complete box-to-box player with a goal threat there’s probably ever been.
“While some might go Scholes or Keane for Kante, or Gerrard for…