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Premier League XI: Free agents 2013

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Arshavin was released by Arsenal this summer (©GettyImages)
Arshavin was released by Arsenal this summer (©GettyImages).

At the end of every Premier League season, clubs will release some of their players - and this summer is just like the rest.

In fact, even more so as more players than ever before have been released from their clubs.

154 Premier League stars have been released from their clubs and are now all on the free-agents list and are all looking for new teams to join ahead of the new season.

The majority of the players are youth intakes that haven't quite made the cut at a certain club, but there are several top-names that will surely be snapped up pretty quickly.

The biggest names are Andrey Arshavin (Arsenal), Florent Malouda (Chelsea), Yossi Benayoun (Chelsea) and William Gallas (Tottenham).

So with all these players released from clubs, there is a strong pool of players to choose from to create a team that is taken up by free agents, so we decided to search through the 154 players that have been released and pick out the best 11 and turn it into a 'Free-Agents XI'.

The players that I have chosen create a pretty solid-looking team and could easily be competitive in the Premier League. I wouldn't say title-winning, but they certainly would be a fierce outfit.

Read below to see what players have been released and what players make it into the XI.

Goalkeeper: Mark Schwarzer | Released by Fulham
Right-back: Danny Simpson | Released by Newcastle United
Centre-back: William Gallas | Released by Tottenham
Centre-back: Paulo Ferreira | Released by Chelsea
Left-back: Chris Baird | Released by Fulham
Right-wing: Andrey Arshavin | Released by Arsenal
Centre-midfielder: Yossi Benayoun | Released by Chelsea
Centre-midfielder: Denilson | Released by Arsenal
Left-wing: Florent Malouda | Released by Chelsea
Striker: Roque Santa Cruz | Released by Manchester City
Striker: Franco Di Santo | Released by Wigan Athletic

Subs: Ross Turnbull (Chelsea), Sebastian Squillaci (Arsenal), Jermaine Pennant (Stoke City), Dean Whitehead (Stoke City), Eric Lichaj (Aston Villa), David Bentley (Tottenham) and Mladen Petric (Fulham).

 

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