Wayne Rooney leads line in Great Britain best XI

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Goalkeeper | Joe Hart

National team: England

Not one goalkeeper in the United Kingdom can live up to his qualities. They can't even be put in the same sentence. Fraser Forster, Ben Foster, David Marshall – they are not as half as good as this Manchester City goalie.

He was the answer for the drought of good goalkeepers for England a few years ago while Paul Robinson and Scott Carson had been given most of the chances in the starting XI. After seeing Robinson conceding that pathetic goal versus Croatia, it was obvious a change was required.

Hart made England debut in 2008 and was slowly replacing veteran David James from then on. The Citizens have made him their first goalkeeper and so did Fabio Capello for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Since then, the Englishman has made everything right, ensuring the place in both club and the national team.

Right-back | Phil Bardsley

National team: Scotland

The defensive line has to be strong, and Scots are best at being unbreakable. Why not Glen Johnson or Micah Richards, you ask? Well, after all, this is the United Kingdom squad, not England.

Maybe Bardsley doesn't have the same ability as these two, but he surely has the strength and experience that he could learn from. His period at Manchester United wasn't very successful, but it has been since he left for Sunderland.

There, he was the key defender and one of the most used players what ensured him a call-up by the Scotland manager in October 2010. Since then, Bardsley made 13 appearances for his national team and over 150 for the Premier League side.

Centre-back | Jonny Evans

National team: Northern Ireland

The Red Devils signed Evans from Greenisland FC in 2004, when he was 16. Two years later, the 26-year-old was lucky enough to have been offered a professional contract with ex-Premier League champions.

Unlike his two half-brothers, he is still a part of the club after successfully ending three loans since 2006 to 2008 – two at Sunderland and one at Royal Antwerp. Although Evans has never quite been first choice at Old Trafford, his quality was never put into question.

Northern Ireland's national team isn't very prosperous when it comes to international competitions. Their best player, Evans, has made 31 caps for the squad whose value is estimated at just £23 million, almost the same as Marouane Fellaini alone.

Centre-back | Ashley Williams

National team: Wales

Both captain at Swansea and his national team, Williams was previously playing in the Conference North, the sixth strongest English league before joining the Welsh side. At first, he was sent on loan in 2008 and signed by the club later that year.

In July 2013, he was given the captain's armband at Liberty Stadium. Before that, in October 2012, Chris Coleman decided it would be best if Williams would replace Aaron Ramsey as the captain of his national team.

Left-back | Leighton Baines

National team: England

The short left-back has been playing great football ever since he signed for Wigan Athletic, but it took him more than seven years to earn a call-up for the national team. He might not be the best Englishman for this position precisely, but his contribution to the team is enormous every time he steps on the field.

Luke Shaw? Kieran Gibbs? While Shaw has just started playing for the national team, Gibbs has made his debut in 2010, the same year as Baines. Since then, he was only capped for three times and on the other side, Baines made 26 appearances. It is only logical that the Evertonian remains the number one pick for the manager.

Defensive-midfield | Steven Davis

National team: Northern Ireland

One of the biggest surprises in the 2013/14 Premier League season were certainly Southampton. A team that was still playing in the Championship two years ago was recently competing for a Europa League spot. They have also given a great number of players for the national teams.

Davis is not someone who earned his place in the national team whilst playing for the Saints. He got his first cap back in 2005, nine years ago. Back then, the midfielder was one of the best Aston Villa players, eventually earning the Player of the Year award. Since then, he was a part of three different clubs – Fulham, Rangers and Southampton.

Alongside Evans, he is the most expensive Northern Irish player and featured in almost every game for the Saints, despite of other great midfielders at the St. Mary's stadium.

Centre-midfield | Jack Wilshere

National team: England

One of Arsenal's best academy players is just 22, but has already contributed significantly to the team. First trophy for Arsenal in nine years and first ever for Jack has really been special for their boss Arsene Wenger who was close to getting fired.

The club's number 10 has played 24 Premier League matches, scoring three goals and making five assists. Many rival fans were amazed by his goal against Championship side Norwich which was later declared as one of the best goals of the season.

Centre-midfield | Joe Allen

National team: Wales

Allen is one of few players who actually had a chance to represent Great Britain. It was at the Olympics two years ago, when he was selected for the team by Stuart Pearce alongside four other Welshmen.

The 24-year-old who is valued at £12 million plays a huge role in the Wales squad, having made his debut in May 2009. He presents the biggest threat for the opposition in the midfield where he often finds Gareth Bale in the offense.

Attacking-midfield | James Morrison

National team: Scotland

Morrison first played for youth levels of England and decided to accept an invitation from the Scottish manager in 2008. The key factor of his international success were great games at Middlesbrough and later in West Bromwich Albion.

He scored all of three goals for the national side against his neighbours – twice against Wales and against England in August last year. The 28-year-old can also play on the wing, although he only plays in the middle for the Hawthorns.

Centre-forward | Gareth Bale

National team: Wales

Bale was considered a flop back in 2008. Spurs were ready to sell him after just a few months at the club and Bale has successfully turned things around into his favour, later becoming Tottenham's money source.

Tottenham made €90 million on Bale's transfer, later buying many talented players – Christian Eriksen, Erik Lamela, Nacer Chadli and others. They must be very happy that they didn't sell him a few years ago, huh?

In his last season in England, Bale scored 21 goals in 33 matches. Many admire his speed and agility presented in Copa del Rey finals, when Bale got past Marc Bartra in an instant and scored a goal to win the trophy for Real Madrid.

Striker | Wayne Rooney

National team: England

Wayne Rooney made his England debut at the age of 18, and is now close to getting 100 caps for Roy Hodgson's team. Unfortunately, he won't be making them on the World Cup, as the Englishmen have ruled out in the group stage of the competition.

He has to prepare for new challenges under Dutch manager Louis van Gaal at Manchester United. With strong forwards, United players are ready to bring the Premier League trophy to the Theatre of Dreams after a bad season.

Substitutes: David Marshall, Ben Davies, Phil Jones, Chris Brunt, Charlie Adam, Ross Barkley, Daniel Sturridge.

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