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I don't just mean in terms of their ability, I mean the works: attitude, "old-skoolness" (you know, traditional, "that's what a footballer should be"), manners, fair play, passion, respect... the works.
I was just watching CL & thinking how it really pisses me off that Ferdinand's captain over Giggs when Giggs is one of the best in the league for all those aspects, I think he's a far better role model and would like him to be the player named as the one the rest of the team should look to and try to emulate. He's also pretty damn good, which is a bonus.
Off the top of my head I can't think of any better suggestions, can you? If King could control his boozing he might be up there... it seems to me it's most likely to be 'single club men', not sure that's entirely fair but that's the way it is I suppose.
Tim Cahill of Everton
Scott Parker of West Ham
Dirk Kuyt of Liverpool
Kolo Toure of Arsenal
Martin Laursen of Villa
Ian Ashbee of Hull City
Andrei Arshavin of Arsenal (we will see this more next season)
Ledley King of Spurs
To name a few suggestions.
When you cast your mind back to the former great players you mentioned there, the game has changed drastically since then financial wise. Great club-men will be a thing of the past before too long.
Look at a couple of Spurs players you've got now, Keane, Defoe---coming and going. Even Harry, joking aside---what if he receives a phone call from you know where shortly.
This got ne thinking nbr. Whilst I was trying to rack my brains for some names of the current EPL players I could not but help thinking about the players I would like to name but that are not around anymore - Moore, Charlton, Peters, Hurst, England - I could go on and on.
Makes you think doesn't it - in just a few short years we have gone from a lengthy list of players that would fit your criteria to struggling to think of any let alone English ones. Shame.
Alessandro Del Piero, Paolo Maldini, Raul Bravo.... and last but FAR FROM THE LEAST.... the incomparable Franco Baresi! But why do I get the feeling you are only concerned with the EPL. In the Premiership, it would have to be Frank Lampard of Chelsea, hands down. Brilliant player, exemplary professional.
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You get that feeling because in the subject it says "Premier Legaue".
Lampard's someone I instinctively thought no about, but actually he's not a bad shout, although that may be compared to the rest of the Chelsea booboys. He hardly shows the ref the respect I'd like to see, but comes across as fairly genuine and hard-working.
Sfer, that's why I asked the question... go on, there have got to be one or two! I think they're likely to be in some of the 'smaller' clubs, players who don't come to mind straight away when you think of the PL.
Also, it's been all British players named so far, any internationals?