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Top 10 players of the decade

With the decade that brought 7-1 wins and title winners that defied all odds, we’re going through the top 10 players of the last 10 years.

Lionel Messi

How could you not put this man in? Labelled one of if not the best player of all time, the Argentinian has been hugely influential. Messi has two Champions League titles and a Golden ball at the 2014 World Cup to his name. He also scored ninety-one goals in one calendar year, a record that hasn’t been equalled in recent years.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Another who is impossible to miss, Ronaldo has done everything a player can do. You name it, the Portuguese has won it. Two La Liga’s, two Copa Del Rey’s, four Champions League’s and a winners medal at Euro 2016 to name just a few team trophies. Real Madrid’s all time top scorer has also won five Ballon d’or.

Neymar

The Brazilian burst onto the scene with Santos in 2013 which earned him a move to Barcelona for around seventy million. After being a crucial part of the deadly MSN trio that lead the Catalonian side to a Champions League, Neymar moved to Paris Saint German for a record breaking two hundred million.

Andreas Iniesta

The first of four midfielders in this list, the magic Spaniard has been included in the Ballon d’or top three twice since 2010. He was also an influential part of the Spanish World Cup winning side in 2010 and he even scored the winning goal in the final.

Xavi

Iniesta’s midfield partner for club and country, Xavi is you dream midfielder. One of the best ball players in recent years, Xavi has been in the top three of the Ballon d’or once and was another who was crucial to Spain’s World Cup wining team. In 2015, he moved from Barcelona, the club where he’d played for over fifteen years to join Quatrain side Al Sadd. After four years of making everyone around him look like fools despite being in his mid thirties, he became their manager at at the start of this season.

Andrea Pirlo

The third magic midfielder in this list, Pirlo is the definition of majestic. The Italian could always find a pass and didn’t just pass. Some of his passes defied physics with him being able to make the ball go where ever he wanted. The fact that he has very little individual credit to his name is outrageous being one of the most underrated players of our decade.

Luis Suarez

After announcing himself to the world with Ajax, the Uruguayan moved to Liverpool where he formed a deadly partnership with Sturridge. After scoring sixty nine goals over four successful seasons, he moved to Barcelona for seventy million. Despite a decline in recent years, Suarez has been brilliant at the Blaugranes.

Luka Modric

The last of the midfielders in this list and unsurprised the only Croatian. He was labelled the ‘worst signing of the summer’ by Real Madrid fans after his move to the club in 2013. He’s proved the haters wrong since then and after an impressive 2017 and 2018 he finally picked up an individual award. He won the Ballon d’or in 2018 and won the golden ball at the 2018 World Cup after helping his nation get to their first ever final on the world stage.

Sergio Ramos

One of the biggest (and dirtiest) characters in the footballing world makes it into our list. Ramos isn’t afraid to voice his opinion or go in for a tackle meaning he has accumulated twenty five red cards (the most in Europe). He has won everything their is to win with Spain and Real Madrid so you can’t not put him in.

Manuel Neuer

Another who’s declined in recent years, Neuer has undoubtedly been one of the best goalkeepers of our decade. He has so much agility and he was probably the best ball playing goalkeeper in his prime. The World Cup winner has also kept Barcelona first choice keeper Ter Stegan to only twenty three Germany caps.

3 Premier League Players who should’ve made the England Squad

The England squad has been announced by Gareth Southgate for the international matches against Slovenia and Lithuania. However, as always when the England squads are announced, people are talking about who is in it who shouldn’t be and who should be in it who aren’t. As well known, the majority of England players come from the Premier League, so here are three Premier League players who could’ve and maybe should’ve been called up by Southgate.

Firstly, Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey. Although still early on in the season, and with Shelvey not covering himself in glory with a red card on the first game of the season, the central midfielder has shown he can be a proven Premier League and international player by coming back, showing off his long range passing and tackling, providing a magnificent assist at the weekend which opened the Liverpool defence, showing his capability both defensive and attacking. Looking at others, Delph has made the squad and although he has shown good performances, has only made one Premier League start for Manchester City. So Shelvey, currently proving himself and still developing at the not very old age of 25, could certainly do a job for the three lions.

Leicester City and England star Jamie Vardy is not in the squad for these two games. Vardy certainly should be given a call-up, as the second highest scoring Englishman in the league at the moment with five to his name. He has also put in wonderful performances for the Foxes against the big boys of Liverpool and Chelsea. However, in the form of his life, it looks like nobody will take Harry Kane’s name for the number nine shirt in that starting XI. But Vardy is an excellent impact player, a super-sub which he has shown for both club and country. His pace and power can be used to tear defences to shreds. Therefore, Southgate could’ve seriously missed out.

Also unlucky to make the squad is James Tarkowski of Burnley. The centre-back has been superb since the departure of Michael Keane, winning Man of the Match in the Clarets’ win at Goodison Park and also a crucial part to the side that has taken points off Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham. These results, which Tarkowski and his defence have been magnificent in getting, has lifted Burnley to sixth. Surely worth a go for England?

Other mentions could be that of Tammy Abraham, Andre Grey, Alex Iwobi, the list could go on. Leave your thoughts in the comments below

Owls on International duty

Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Kieran Westwood has been forced to withdraw from the Republic of Ireland squad due to a rib injury for the upcoming games against Moldova and Wales.

The former Coventry and Sunderland stopper withdrew from Martin O’Neil’s squad on Monday. Westwood is ever improving and it is a well-known fact that O’Neil is a big supporter of the 32-year-old.

Westwood has missed the Owls last two games a 4-2 defeat in the Sheffield derby and Sundays 3-0 victory over fellow Yorkshire rivals Leeds United.

Steven Fletcher and Barry Bannan are gearing up for two crucial ties with Scotland against Slovakia and Slovenia on Thursday and Sunday still in the hope that the Playoffs are still available.

O’Neil said when speaking about Westwood “I am disappointed to lose Kieran he is an outstanding goalkeeper and a great lad to have in and around the dressing room we wish him the best of luck in his recovery”

Fletcher and Bannan did not take part in Monday’s training session at Hampden Park due to recovery time being given due to the Leeds fixture but are set to take part in today’s (Tuesdays) session.

Another Owl in International duty is young England international George Hirst as he was named in Paul Simpson’s squad for games against Czech Republic and Slovakia on Friday and Monday respectively.