Premier League: Team of the Seasons

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The Premier League have marked the 20th season of the division's history by opening a series of votes to determine the best moments from the past two decades.

Categories including the best goal, best match, best save and best celebration are open for the public to vote for, as well as a vote for the best team in Premier League history.

During a special presentation on May 15, a panel will debate the best team, best player, best quote, best season and best manager of the last 20 years, while both the public and the chosen panel will be asked to decide on the best fantasy team.

Ten players from each position are available to vote for, so anyone from Steve Stone to Thierry Henry can be included in your dream team. To help you make your minds up, or alternatively to spark you into a frenzy of rage, GMF has come up with it's fantasy XI of the Premier League years.


Goalkeeper - Peter Schmeichel
Clubs: Manchester United, Aston Villa, Manchester City
Appearances/Goals: 310/1

A cornerstone of Manchester United's surge to the top of British football, and arguably one of the greatest signings made by Sir Alex Ferguson during his time at Old Trafford.

Amid United's free flowing attacking play, Schmeichel proved to be a vital last-line of defence, while his proneness to go forward in the twilight of games was indicative of his ambition never to be out of the action.

Saves, particularly against Arsenal and Newcastle United, will long live in the memory.

Highlight: Clawing away John Barnes' header against Newcastle, a save voted the best of the first decade of the Premier League.

Right-back - Gary Neville
Clubs: Manchester United
Appearances/Goals: 397/7

Perhaps not the Premier League's most enterprising of full-backs, but few players were more dependable in the modern era of the English top flight.

Neville's partnership with David Beckham down the right hand-side for club and country was particularly effective, and the duo were a mainstay of United's success.

A rare one club man, Neville saw the end of his career marred by injury.

Highlight: Netting his first goal for United against Middlesbrough to help earn a crucial point in a successful title race.

Centre-back - Sol Campbell
Clubs: Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, Portsmouth, Newcastle United
Appearances/Goals: 503/20

Portrayed as something of a pantomime villain in parts of north London now, but Campbell provided some of the most consistent years of service seen in the Premier League.

As solid a defender as English football has ever seen, Campbell helped stave off relegation on a number of occasions at Spurs, before a controversial move to Arsenal in 2001.

Campbell was then part of the 'invincible' Gunners team of the 2003/04 season, thus retaining his legacy as a Premier League great.

Highlight: Being part of the Premier League's greatest ever side in 2003/04 season as Arsenal went 38 games without defeat.

Centre-back - Tony Adams
Clubs: Arsenal
Appearances/Goals: 253/14

Despite a myriad of nick-names, Adams was the epitome of a player wearing his heart on his sleeve in the centre of Arsenal's defence.

A succession of off-the-field incidents has done nothing to ruin his reputation as one of the most fearsome defenders in English top flight history.

Mr Arsenal led the club to two Premier League titles as captain, and was the mainstay of the club's defence through the years, being paired with Steve Bould, Martin Keown and Sol Campbell to great effect.

Highlight: As Arsenal strolled towards their first Premier League title, Adams capped a brilliant win over Everton with a thunderous fourth.

Left-back - Ashley Cole
Clubs: Arsenal, Chelsea
Appearances/Goals: 335/15

Arguably the best left-back in world football, Cole has been among the most consistent performers in the world for the last 10 years.

Cole has featured in two of the most successful sides in the Premier League, having won the title with both Arsenal and Chelsea, including being part of the invincible Gunners side.

His performances have helped him become the most capped England left-back ever, and one of the country's most consistent tournament performers.

Highlight: One of the few full-backs to have stifled Cristiano Ronaldo in his prime for club and country.

Right-midfield - Cristiano Ronaldo
Clubs: Manchester United
Appearances/Goals: 196/84

Having become the only player to have won the world player of the year award while playing in the Premier League, Ronaldo is arguably the greatest English shores have ever seen.

He took time to flourish with United, but once in full flight he was simply unstoppable. He netted 42 goals in his penultimate season at Old Trafford, before moving to Real Madrid.

Has surpassed David Beckham and Bryan Robson as the club's greatest No.7 and perhaps anyone to have stepped foot in the Premier League.

Highlight: Known for his deadliness from set-pieces, Ronaldo hit his best against Portsmouth, leaving David James helpless.

Centre-midfielder - Patrick Vieira
Clubs: Arsenal, Manchester City
Appearances/Goals: 307/32

At the heart of each of Arsenal's three title wins, Vieira was the driving force behind the Gunners' success under Arsene Wenger.

Very much played on the edge of the rules, and never failed to create controversy, which included spitting at Neil Ruddock.

However, his battles with Roy Keane will live in Premier League folklore and typified the intensity of Vieira in his pomp.

Highlight: A stinging strike against United on the way to Arsenal's first title win.

Centre-midfield - Roy Keane
Clubs: Nottingham Forest, Manchester United
Appearances/Goals: 366/39

Keane was the engine room behind United's multiple title successes, even if he often allowed his temper to get the better of him.

The tough tackling Irishman was the perfect foil for Paul Scholes in midfield, and often played as United's safety net.

His finest performances were left for the European stage, but he rarely shirked away from a battle with old advisory Vieira.

Highlight: Sticking up for teammate Gary Neville in the tunnel at Highbury, ahead of a crushing United win.

Left-midfield - Ryan Giggs
Clubs: Manchester United
Appearances/Goals: 593/107

The division's highest ever appearance maker and chief terroriser of defences, Ryan Giggs is a man for all seasons.

Having scored in each of the 20 seasons, Giggs' Premier League legacy is secure, while he's also become the most decorated player in English football history.

Known for his dazzling runs in his pomp, and his acute passing in his latter years, guessing when he'll call time on his career is proving as tough as stopping him.

Highlight: Better known for his long runs, this strike against Liverpool perhaps tops them all in the Premier League.

Centre-forward - Alan Shearer
Clubs: Blackburn Rovers, Newcastle United
Appearances/Goals: 441/260

The division's highest ever goalscorer, a record that is unlikely to be beaten for some years, Shearer was as dominant a striker as any in the Premier League.

Whether it was physicaly overawing his opponent, or stealing in from six yards, Shearer was often unstoppable.

Shearer wrote his name in Newcastle history by becoming the club's record goalscorer prior to his departure, and his place in the Premier League history books is likely to become just as permanent

Highlight: The moment he became the Toon's highest ever goalscorer, a striker that typified his forward play.

Centre-forward - Eric Cantona
Clubs: Manchester United
Appearances/Goals: 156/70

Something of a pioneer in the Premier League years, Cantona was one of the first foreign players to make it on the English stage.

Furthermore, he led United from the doldrums of English football, to the kings of the Premier League.

Controversy wasn't far away, but his brilliance was just as regular, with no side safe during his prime years.

Highlight: An outrageous chip and celebration against Sunderland during his final days at United showed who was king.

Don't agree with our selections? Comment below and then submit your vote in the 20 Seasons of the Premier League before April 30.

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