Man United & Chelsea stars selected in best England XI

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Sven-Göran Eriksson has named the best players he coached while managing England between 2001 and 2006.

The Swede, who has hit the headlines several times this week after stories from his new book were revealed, led the Three Lions to three consecutive quarter-final finishes at World Cups 2002 and 2006, plus Euro 2004.

Eriksson was the manager in charge of England's so-called 'Golden Generation', which featured a host of Premier League stars in their peak years.

However, he was succeeded by his assistant Steve McClaren in 2006 after taking the decision to leave the England job after the World Cup finals in Germany that year.

His best England XI contains few surprises, but some of the comments about the selected players are fascinating.

Sven believes that John Terry was "technically better than Sol Campbell", while the 65-year-old hails David Beckham – his former captain – as "professionally perfect".

And of Michael Owen, Sven told the Telegraph: "Even the Queen likes Michael Owen."

Sven's best England XI:

Goalkeeper: David Seaman

Right-back: Gary Neville

Centre-back: John Terry

Centre-back: Rio Ferdinand

Left-back: Ashley Cole

Right-wing: David Beckham

Central midfield: Steven Gerrard

Central midfield: Frank Lampard

Left-wing: Paul Scholes

Striker: Wayne Rooney

Striker: Michael Owen

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