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Samuel Eto'o's Perfect XI: Which two English players make the cut?

“Like Barca, we’ll play 4-3-3,” says the Cameroonian goal machine, before selecting his dream team of stars he's shared a pitch with in July 2008

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Goalkeeper: Iker Casillas

One of the best three goalkeepers in the world. A good person, too. I knew him at Real Madrid when he used to come to training on his moped and wear terrible tracksuits. Iker’s potential was clear, but lots of players have potential. Iker realised his.

Right-back: Daniel Alves

He’s very, very fast and while everyone knows he gets forward, he gets back just as quickly

A player of the highest quality. He never panics. Alves has had success at Sevilla, but he’ll move to a bigger club. He’s very, very fast and while everyone knows he gets forward, he gets back just as quickly. Exceptionally skilful; he’s the new Cafu.

Dani Alves

Eto'o was a fan of Alves even before he joined Barcelona (and then Juventus last summer)

Centre-back: John Terry

He’s very English in his personality and a great leader of his team. He never gives in. Terry is strong and surprisingly quick. He also scores some important goals. I’ve met him at awards ceremonies and I like him.

Centre-back: Pepe

I’d play Pepe alongside Terry. Even I’d struggle to get past those two. He joined Madrid last year from Porto for £30m and was man of the match against Barcelona in the Camp Nou in December.

Left-back: Patrice Evra

We speak the same language, but I don’t know him. Evra is a fabulous player, like Alves, because he’s quick and gets forward quickly. He’s improved a lot at Manchester [United].