Centre-back: Curtis Davies (Hull)
With England's centre-back situation somewhat fluid as the team awaits a long-term pairing to succeed John Terry and Rio Ferdinand, it's perhaps surprising that the country's best stopper didn't get a look-in. The affable and intelligent Londoner has quietly set about defying the critics who thought he wasn't cut out for top-flight action.
Davies has won individual awards at Luton (Football League One Player of the Year 2005) and West Brom (as part of the PFA Championship Team of the Year 2007), but hadn't established himself in the Premier League, comparing his Aston Villa debut to a "pub team player". However, he has flourished under Steve Bruce at a Hull side happy to switch between a three- and four-man defence, thanks to his combination of intelligent interceptions and strength in aerial duels. No defender made more of either, and that's why he's the Stats Zone Premier League Centre-Back of the Season 2013/14.