Manchester City legend Dennis Tueart says the club’s core of English players provides a unique link between the fans and the team, and one that will assist them in the race for the Barclays Premier League title.
The likes of Joe Hart, Micah Richards, Joleon Lescott, James Milner, Gareth Barry and Adam Johnson provide City with an English feel to their cosmopolitan squad.
Tueart, who was part of the City side who won the League Cup in 1976 after beating Newcastle United, says the amount of English players in the team, helps build a relationship with the fans.
“They have what it takes to win the title,” he said.
“The likes of Mario Balotelli, Edin Dzeko and David Silva have taken us to the next level.
“But it is the English players who give the team its heart. To have five or six Englishmen — our own people — galvanises the fans who identify more with the team.
“It underlines the bond between supporters and players.”
“We’ve got Englishmen like Joe Hart, James Milner, Micah ¬Richards and Gareth Barry.
“They know what it takes — what it means — for English fans to win the English title.
“The great Man United teams had that kind of a core — the Nevilles, Butt, Scholes, Beckham — and ¬Barcelona have a core of Catalans.
“The great City team I played for had (Colin) Bell, (Dave) Watson, (Peter) Barnes, (Joe) Royle and me.”