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

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Centre midfield: Steven Gerrard

Liverpool were very difficult to play against with Gerrard because he covers so much space

More attacking than Diarra, he scores a lot for a midfielder. Gerrard is the heartbeat of the Liverpool team and he’s from Liverpool. Imagine being captain of your hometown team! Liverpool were very difficult to play against with Gerrard because he covers so much space.

Steven Gerrard

Eto'o loved the idea of Gerrard captaining his hometown club

Centre midfield: Mahamadou Diarra

It was hard for anyone to replace Ivan Helguera in front of Madrid’s defence, but Diarra’s done it. He’s tireless and very, very strong, especially in the air. You need character as well as talent in this position and he has lots.

Centre midfield: Alessandro Del Piero

He’s a veteran, who's been a star for 15 years. To play at such a high level like him is incredible. Some players can play like this for two or three years. Del Piero has done it every year of his career. A legend of Italian football and a gentleman on and off the pitch.

Forward: Cristiano Ronaldo  

Everyone wants to play like him and to his level. He has got better and better. Is there anyone better than him? Not at the moment. He scores more goals than the best strikers.