Since I was kid, I have always enjoyed playing the game of choosing who you would pick as the first player in your team. Not for the kick about game but when picking a team of the best players in the world...or for the England team.
So let me get right to it. The first player I would pick for my team would be Wayne Rooney. He's got great ability, is as strong as an ox, has a great work ethic, can score goals and can make other players around him better. All this adds up to a great player and great teammate.
Up until his sub par season this year, Gerrard was always in the same conversation as Rooney. Sometimes I couldn't choose between the two.
Does this mean I think Rooney is best player in the world if he is my number one choice? Not necessarily, but I do think he could be the best player in the world, it depends on what attributes you value in a player. He should definitely be in the discussion.
Of course, good arguments could be made for players like Ronaldo, Messi and others, and maybe I just value certain attributes over others, but I would rather coach a player like Rooney and have him as a teammate than Ronaldo or Messi.
So who would be your first pick? Does it matter what position they play? What attributes are important to you?