When I asked Tom to pick his football heroes, I felt pretty confident about who he’d pick. I shouldn’t have been. I got his classic players right, but I was totally wrong about all 3 of his current choices. I guess I don’t know my brother as well as I thought! Over to Tom:
ULTIMATE FOOTBALL HEROES
Marcus Rashford – Manchester United
As one of the Premier League’s brightest young stars, Rashford has big things ahead. He loves the big games and he’ll only get better under José Mourinho. Maybe he’s the man to finally lead England back to glory too!
Marco Asensio – Real Madrid
Asensio has had to wait his turn in a star-studded Real Madrid midfield, but he’s the real deal. He’s silky smooth on the ball, scores with either foot and plays at his own pace. It’s only a matter of time before he’s one of the first names on the team sheet for club and country.
Andrew Surman – AFC Bournemouth
I played against (and occasionally alongside) Surman at youth level, so it’s been cool to see him develop into a Premier League regular. After starting at Southampton, he had to take a winding path via Wolves and Norwich but he’s found a home in Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth midfield. The teenager I once knew is now going toe-to-toe with Paul Pogba, David Silva and Eden Hazard! That’s amazing.
CLASSIC FOOTBALL HEROES
Paolo Maldini – AC Milan
Maldini made the 0-0 draw and 1-0 win cool – to me, at least. I was a defender for a few seasons of youth football, and he was my hero. He was the greatest defender of his generation and a proud “one club man”. Whether he played at left-back or centre-back, Maldini somehow kept the opposition out without even getting his kit dirty! He never quite won a major tournament with Italy, but 5 Champions League titles isn’t bad, is it?
Roy Keane – Manchester United
When I wasn’t playing at the back, I was doing my best to patrol the midfield like Keano – crunching tackles and box-to-box running. He was the engine that drove those great Manchester United teams and a true leader. Who could forget him laying into Patrick Vieira in the Highbury tunnel after the Frenchman dared to have a go at Gary Neville?! He made you want to be on his team.