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My European Dream Team – Emmet McEvoy

by on August 5, 2012

Once again, we’re back for another instalment of ‘My European Dream Team’. A series where young guest writers are invited to write about their European ‘dream team’. The fourth in the series, this time we have Emmet McEvoy who has selected 11 players from across Europe to play together. 

Without further ado, here’s the man himself:

For my dream team I’ve decided to focus on the best young players in the European game. (By young I mean under 25 years of age at the time of writing.) I’ve gone for a 4-4-1-1 formation, relying on the old cliché, ‘attack is the best form of defence.’

Goalkeeper: Wojciech Szczesny

Not the hardest choice. Commanding, superb reflexes, very good in a physical battle. Of course he has his minor glitches, but that’s to be expected for a goalkeeper of that age. He has plenty of time on his side to iron them out and I expect him to go on to be one of the world’s best.

RB: Kyle Walker

A Tottenham player. I know. But I was trying to be unbiased. Last season was his big breakthrough and, I must admit, he impressed me. Good at the back and down the wing, he chips in with goals too (as his goalkeeper in this team will testify, unfortunately).

CB: Mats Hummels

One of the best young defenders in the game at the moment, he reputation enhanced by two title-winning seasons with Borussia Dortmund. He’s particularly good at reading the game, comfortable on the ball and strong in the air as well. An easy pick.

CB: Nevan Subotic

This one was trickier. There are a number of candidates but I’ve gone for Subotic on the basis of his chemistry with Hummels and success with Dortmund. Very good in the air and an excellent tackler, he compliments his defensive partner perfectly.

LB: Jordi Alba

Alba made himself known to a larger audience after some impressive displays at Euro 2012, bagging himself a move to Barcelona in the process. A good defender who’s very keen to attack, chips in with the odd goal and a very good crosser.

RM: Eden Hazard

Not the most popular of players due to his attitude, but in terms of ability he’d walk into most teams in the world. A creative, versatile player with a keen eye for goal, we’ll soon see how he adapts to the Premier League. Nonetheless, an easy choice.

CM: Jack Wilshere

Jack. Boy, did we miss him last season. Classy, creative, gritty, hard-working, a leader even at the age of 20; a lynchpin in the centre of the midfield. His defensive contribution is key in this team. Absolutely top class and was the first name on this team sheet.

CM: Christian Eriksen

One of the game’s most coveted players. The creative force that landed Ajax the Dutch League title last season. Possesses the skill to beat any defender and has a good goal and assists ratio. Expect to see him in the Premier League in the future.

LM: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

OK, I may have been biased here. He hasn’t nailed down a regular spot in Arsenal’s first team but he’s shown he has the quality to play at the highest level. Insanely fast, he loves to take on his man and scores goals as well as setting them up. A versatile player who can play in the centre as well as on the wing. Going to be world-class in the coming years.

CAM: Mario Goetze

The German Messi, according to a certain Mr. Beckenbauer. Another of the game’s most coveted players. Composed on the ball, skilful, bags plenty of goals and assists. Injury cut short his season last year but another player that would walk into most teams in the world. In this team he’ll play the #10 role, just in behind the striker.

ST: Sergio Aguero

Easy choice. He took to the Premier League like a house on fire and his goals played a massive part in Man City’s title win. Deadly from close range, great from long-range too. Likes to run at defenders and sets up goals for others as well. The only surprise is that he’s only 24, it seems like he’s been around forever!

So there we have it. I have a few honourable mentions for the likes of Shaqiri, Reus, Badstuber, Varane who would definitely be included if it was an 18-man squad.

Enjoyed the article? Well, you can follow Emmet on twitter @emmetmcevoy. 

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