As we approach 2020, Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer has revealed his Premier League “Team of the Decade”.
Unsurprisingly, no Newcastle players were included in the former NUFC striker’s side, but it’s some line up.
Here’s who big Al picked, with him naming Pep Guardiola as the manager of the decade alongside a XI full of amazing talent and Premier League Champions:
Starting at the back, Petr Cech was a great servant to both Chelsea and Arsenal in his time in the Premier League and was always a safe pair of hands – not that he could stop Papiss Cisse’s screamer at Stamford Bridge in 2012!
The defence is made up of two Chelsea greats in Ivanovic and John Terry as well as Man City legend Vincent Kompany.
In midfield, Shearer has Kevin De Bruyne, Ngolo Kante, David Silva and Yaya Toure. The mostly Man City-made midfield is one of ridiculous technical abilities and epitomises why Man City had so much success in recent year.
As for N’golo Kante, he is one of the big reasons for the Premier League fairy tale story of the decade when Leicester City won the Premier League. Thanks to his ability to single handedly hold down the midfield, Leicester were crowned champions – and he’s gone on to achieve great things with Chelsea since.
The forward line is made up of Sergio Aguero, Wayne Rooney and Eden Hazard – a front three few would be able to handle at their best.
Natural goal scorers and blessed with amazing ability, these three could take on any defence in the world.
Shearer rounds off the team of the decade by choosing manager Pep Guardiola as his manager of the decade. Guardiola’s influence for tiki-taka, possession-based football has influenced the way most football teams play their football now, not forgetting his record breaking side that smashed the history books with 100 points, 106 goals and 32 wins in the 2017/18 season.