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Free agent best XI

Cole is still without a team for this season (©GettyImages)
Cole is still without a team for this season (©GettyImages).

With a lot of players being released from their clubs this summer, many of the players have found new clubs but some are still seeking to leave a mark and get back into action.

Here, we take a look a look at the best eleven players still on the market...

GK: Craig Gordon - The former Sunderland goalkeeper was released by the Black Cats 12 months ago and still hasn't found any team to get back into action with.

The 30-year-old made 88 appearances for Sunderland after arriving at the Stadium of Light in 2007 but a string of impressive displays wasn't enough to earn a new contract. 

RB: Anthony Réveillère - After spending a decade with Ligue 1 side Lyon, the former France international is looking for a new club after manager Remi Garde wasn't keen to keep the 33-year-old in his squad. Réveillère has five Ligue 1 winners medals to his name.

CB: William Gallas - Gallas was released by Tottenham this summer as Andre Villas Boas prepared to build a better squad to achieve Champions League qualification. After playing for three different London clubs (Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham),  the former France international is ready to take on another experience and might be ready to move to Major League Soccer.

CB: Manuel Friedrich - With both Maynor Figueroa and Kolo Toure signing for Premier League clubs, former Bayer Leverkusen centre-back Manuel Friedrich was the next name on the list. He has made only nine appearances for the German national team but was a rock for Leverkusen over the past six years.

LB: Nicky Shorey - After spending only a year back at Reading making 17 appearances after a successful spell at West Bromwich Albion, Shorey is on the hunt for a new club. 

CM: Thomas Hitzlsperger - With a Bundesliga triumph to his name, Hitzlsperger joined David Moyes' Everton last year but was involved in only seven matches and failed to make an impact at Goodison Park. Before joining the Toffees, the former German international enjoyed spells at Stuttgart and Aston Villa.

CM: Mahamadou Diarra - After playing for Real Madrid and Lyon where he won 12 major pieces silverware, Diarra arrived at London to join Martin Jol's Fulham last February yet consecutive injuries forced him to stay sidelined for the majority of the 2012/13 season. Nevertheless, the Mail international still has a lot to offer. 

RM: Yossi Benayoun - The most capped Israeli player of all-time, Benayoun has played for teams such as Liverpool, Arsenal, West Ham and Chelsea. He is still without a club but currently training in Israel. Benayoun might make a comeback to the Premier League or even reach the MLS.

LM: David Bentley - After being sent out on loan for the past four years, Bentley and Tottenham reached a dead end and finished their relationship. Bentley was at Blackburn Rovers last season but made only five appearances for the club.

AM: Mathieu Flamini - In trying to copy most of the stars that leave Arsenal and succeed in another league, Flamini moved to AC Milan but didn't get the role he wanted. Now, with Wenger urged by Arsenal fans to spend money, the Frenchman might be on his way back to the Emirates.

Striker: Carlton Cole - The 29-year-old Englishman was a major part of West Ham for the last seven years but with Andy Carroll, Modibo Maiga, Ricardo Vaz Te and other young, powerful strikers joining the side, Sam Allardyce didn't need Cole any longer. 

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