Thursday, October 21, 2021

Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard left out of Darren Bent’s all-time Premier League XI

Darren Bent has left Wayne Rooney, Paul Scholes and Frank Lampard out of his all-time Premier League XI, but there is a place for Liverpool star Mohamed Salah.

Rooney, who scored 208 Premier League goals in 491 appearances for Manchester United and Everton, was snubbed in favour of the league’s all-time record goalscorer Alan Shearer and Arsenal icon Thierry Henry.

Meanwhile, Scholes and Lampard also failed to make the side with Bent instead choosing Arsenal Invincible and current Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira alongside former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard in central midfield.

In goal, Chelsea legend keeper Petr Cech, who kept a Premier League record 202 clean sheets in his career, was preferred to Edwin van der Sar and Peter Schmeichel.

Ashley Cole, who also played for Chelsea and Arsenal, was selected at left-back, with current Manchester City and England star Kyle Walker named as the right-back over Gary Neville and Pablo Zabaleta.

Bent picked four-time Premier league champion Vincent Kompany in central defence alongside former United, Leeds and QPR defender Rio Ferdinand.

Current United star and five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo was named on the right-hand side of midfield, with Liverpool winger Salah picked on the opposite wing.

Bent explained his reasons for leaving out some of the biggest names in world football, but believes the players he did select are the best the league has ever seen.

‘I want two in middle of the park, Patrick Vieira and Steven Gerrard, you’re going to get people that say Paul Scholes, Lampard and De Bruyne, but for me Steven Gerrard was better,’ he told talkSPORT.

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