Europe's best goalscoring defenders this season (11)

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Craig Gardner | Sunderland | 6 goals

Football News

Before you say 'he's a midfielder!!!' according to the statistics Gardner has made 30 appearances this season - 23 of which were at right-back.

He's much more a defender this season than anything else, so he rightly deserves his place atop the rankings.

Sunderland are scrapping for their lives this campaign, but Gardner's long-range accuracy has chalked up a couple of crucial strikes for the Black Cats.

He's always been good for a few goals a season, but this is his best campaign since he bagged eight league goals in the 2010-11 season.

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