Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin was chosen by our official YouTube channel to construct his ultimate XI from past and present stars in world football, and showed that he has the intelligence to go along with his physical attributes.
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Here is who the Frenchman chose in his star-studded team.
GK) Manuel Neuer
The Bayern Munich goalkeeper has rewritten the rule book for modern day shot-stoppers and can often go through games where he has more touches of the ball than the oppositions’ players. Slightly unorthodox, but equally effective.
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A symbolic right-back who raised the standards among full-backs across Europe and forced many clubs to demand more attacking verve from their right-sided defenders. Cafu lifted the World Cup in 2002 after a stunning tournament, that in itself justifies his inclusion.
CB) Lilian Thuram
The fact that Thuram was only used at the heart of the defence sporadically but still merits his inclusion shows the pedigree he had in the game. a Rolls-Royce defender.
CB) Carles Puyol
The leader of arguably the greatest club side in history, Puyol was a Spanish defender in possession of traditional British qualities. A warrior for his nation too, his trophy record speaks for itself.
LB) Roberto Carlos
Putting Cafu in your team without Roberto Carlos – or vice-versa – is just wrong. Coquelin didn’t make such a mistake though and recognised the greatest full-backs to play the game.