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

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Forward: Didier Drogba

In his position, he’s one of the few players who holds the ball up and scores lots of goals

He’s won the African Footballer of the Year award like me. In his position, he’s one of the few players who holds the ball up and scores lots of goals. He's scored nearly one in two for his whole career. He is two types of striker in one.

Samuel Eto'o, Didier Drogba

More heated times for Eto'o and Drogba

Forward: Fredi Kanoute

The current African Footballer of the Year. Why did you let him leave England? He’s magnificent. Or maybe he wanted to leave so that he could win trophies. And he's won many trophies with Sevilla.

Substitutes

Emmanuel Adebayor

He’s a very creative player. I watch the English Premier League a lot on television and he has been Arsenal’s best player this season.

Abdul Keita

The Lyon winger is Ivorian like Didier Drogba. He's very versatile because he can play as a centre-forward or on either wing.

Didier Zokora

Another Ivorian. Understands the tactics of the game very well and is very hard. Every team needs a hard player.

Rio Ferdinand

Secure with the ball and very quick. Ferdinand and Vidic play well together. He passes the ball like a playmaker, too.

Rio Ferdinand, Samuel Eto'o

Ferdinand and Eto'o fight for the ball during the 2008 Champions League semi-final

Wayne Rooney

[Before naming his Perfect XI, Eto’o asked FFT: “Is Rooney’s first name Roy or Wayne?” We put him straight before he named young Roy, sorry Wayne, among his substitutes]. He’s not Manchester’s biggest star, but he has the most energy of their players. Like me, he attacks, but he defends too when his team lose possession. This is important. It’s not all about the glory of goals.

Raul

So many games and goals for Madrid, Raul has won everything more than once. He’s the icon of Real Madrid, the King of Madrid.

Manager: Luis Aragones

My grandad. I’ve got to have my grandad as manager. He put so much faith into me and I always tried to pay it back. Anyone who questions him knows nothing about football.

Interview: Andy Mitten

This feature first appeared in the July 2008 issue of FourFourTwo magazine. Subscribe

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