Premier League 2012/13: British XI

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The PFA Team of the Year was recently announced, but only four of the players selected were from the British Isles.

Here is an alternative team of the year, featuring only British players.

Goalkeeper: Ben Foster | West Brom

Romelu Lukakau may have taken the plaudits for West Brom this season, but Ben Foster has also been a pivotal part of the team. His contribution of seven league clean sheets is one of the reasons Albion are on course to secure their best-ever league finish.

He is a very reliable shot-stopper and, at times, has kept his team in games - particularly against Liverpool, when he saved a Steven Gerrard penalty.

Right-back: Kyle Walker | Tottenham

This season Kyle Walker has really established himself as a Tottenham regular, contributing greatly to Spurs’ push for Champions League football.

He is fearless in the tackle and shows an insatiable desire to get forward and help his team attack.

Centre-back: Rio Ferdinand | Manchester United

Ferdinand’s international career may be over but he has proven this season that he is still up there as one of the world’s best defenders. He has been part of a Manchester United defence that has only conceded 38 goals all season, on the way to their 20th league title - and his solid performances are a foundation for that success.

It is also fitting that his first goal of the season proved to be the winner in Sir Alex Ferguson’s last home game in charge of United.

Centre-back: Phil Jagielka | Everton

The centre-back has been one of the most consistent performers for Everton this season, playing 34 times during the league campaign.

He is a fearless defender who is always willing to put his body on the line for the benefit of his team. The partnership of himself and Sylvan Distin has been reliable throughout the season and has given confidence to the rest of the squad.

Left-back: Leighton Baines | Everton

Baines has established himself as one of the best left-backs in the world, second only to Chelsea's Ashley Cole in the Premier League. His phenomenal crossing and dead-ball ability have caused havoc to defences throughout the season - as has the partnership he has developed with Steven Piennar.

Everton face a fight to keep him, following David Moyes’ departure to manage Manchester United, amid speculation the Scot wants Baines to go with him.

Right-wing: Theo Walcott | Arsenal

Since the departure of Robin van Persie to Manchester United, Theo Walcott has stepped up to the plate in terms of scoring goals. Fourteen league goals and 21 in all competitions is the best effort of his career, and is one of the contributing factors to Arsenal fighting for the top four.

Whether he plays on the wing or through the middle, he has proven that he has the ability and composure to put the ball in the net.

Centre-midfielder: Frank Lampard | Chelsea

Quite simply, Frank Lampard is a Chelsea legend. He has consecutively scored more than ten goals in each season from 2003/04 - and this season saw him break the goalscoring record at Chelsea, eclipsing Bobby Tambling’s record of 202 goals.

He has been a fierce competitor all season, and played a major role in the Blues’ Europa League success.

Centre-midfielder: Shaun Maloney | Wigan Athletic

Wigan may have been relegated this season, but for a long time it looked like they may survive - and a lot of that is down to Shaun Maloney. The Scotland international has so often been the player to spearhead Wigan’s attacks, with his passing ability and eye for goal.

He scored crucial goals against Queens Park Rangers and Millwall, before setting up the winner in the FA Cup final.

Left-wing: Gareth Bale | Tottenham

For a long time Gareth Bale has been an excellent player, but this year he has flourished into one of the best players in world football.

So often he has been the player to ‘bale’ Spurs out of trouble, scoring crucial late goals against the likes of Norwich City, West Ham and Southampton. Tottenham will have a major challenge to keep hold of the Welsh wonder, with Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United all interested.

Striker: Rickie Lambert | Southampton

Rickie Lambert is the top scoring Englishman in the Premier League this season, with a total of fourteen league goals and five assists.

He has consistently scored highly in the lower divisions, but there was speculation as to whether he could be as effective in the Premier League. He has more than answered those doubters, with important goals against Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City.

Striker: Daniel Sturridge | Liverpool

Since his transfer from Chelsea to Liverpool in the January transfer window, Daniel Sturridge has flourished into a clinical striker.

Having already contributed eleven league goals in his time on Merseyside, he appears to be a perfect player for the Reds - particularly in the absence of Luis Suarez.


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