The taller you are, the harder you fall - or so the saying goes - and though this may just be a slice of height envy from the Aaron Lennons and Joe Allens of this world, it would be interesting to put together the tallest possible team from this season's Premier League.
Below we have what cynics would call a Tony Pulis or Sam Allardyce dream team: a team comprised of the tallest players in each position from the 20 Premier League clubs.
Perhaps unsurprisingly Stoke City, with three, are the team with the most players.
Goalkeeper: Costel Pantilimon | Manchester City | Height: 6ft 8in
The big Romanian is the current tallest player in the top-flight and has enjoyed Manchester City’s run in the FA Cup this season, playing every minute and conceding for the first time in five games against Chelsea in the semi-finals. Yet to debut in the league, he is looking odds-on to start in the final against Wigan.
Sub: Petr Cech | Chelsea | Height: 6ft 5in
Right-back: Chris Smalling | Manchester United | Height: 6ft 4in
Chris Smalling has experienced a stop-start third season at Old Trafford, missing several weeks with injuries. One of several versatile defensive options that Manchester United possess, one piece of good news for Smalling has been claiming a place in the England squad, starting the last two matches.
Sub: Martin Kelly | Liverpool | Height: 6ft 3in
Centre-backs: Brede Hangeland | Fulham | Height: 6ft 6in & Per Mertesacker | Arsenal | Height: 6ft 6in
With these two absolute giants in central defence, the opposition would probably need a stepladder to score from a corner. Not only that, but both are dangerous goal scoring threats in the other area. Brede Hangeland has long been Fulham’s strongest defender, while Mertesacker has settled into Arsenal’s back four this year, ousting captain Thomas Vermaelen in recent games.
Subs: Sebastian Coates | Liverpool | Height: 6ft 5in & Mike Williamson | Newcastle United | Height: 6ft 4in
Left back: Sylvain Distin | Everton | Height: 6ft 4in
Another central defender who is comfortable playing as a full-back, Sylvain Distin has been a stalwart for whichever club he has played for in England, with Newcastle, Manchester City, Portsmouth and Everton all enjoying his services.
Sub: Nathan Baker | Aston Villa | Height: 6ft 3in
Right-wing: Ryan Shotton | Stoke City | Height: 6ft 3in
Ryan Shotton is not only in the side for his height, though at 6ft 3in that’s impressive for a winger. He also has an excellent long throw that would benefit this team of colossi. Without a doubt, coming through the Stoke academy into a team including Rory Delap would have honed his skills.
Sub: Brek Shea | Stoke City | Height: 6ft 3in
Centre-midfielders: Marouane Fellaini | Everton | Height: 6ft 4in & Steven N’Zonzi | Stoke City | Height: 6ft 4in
Marouane Fellaini is the tallest midfielder in the Premier League, and is a hugely effective aerial threat as his impressive 11 goals for Everton in the competition imply. Put Steven N’Zonzi alongside him and you have a central midfield that would be strong, defensively stout, and intimidating.
Subs: Tom Huddlestone | Tottenham | Height: 6ft 3in & Stephane Mbia | QPR | Height: 6ft 2in
Left-wing: Aleksandar Kolarov | Manchester City | Height: 6ft 2in
Not noted for his height, or his aerial ability, Aleksandar Kolarov is nevertheless the joint tallest player who can comfortably play left midfield. His addition would also add a quality free-kick taker to deliver the ball to his taller teammates.
Sub: Ricardo Vaz Te | West Ham | Height: 6ft 2in
Strikers: Peter Crouch | Stoke City | Height: 6ft 7in & Olivier Giroud | Arsenal | Height: 6ft 4in
Many a joke has been made of Peter Crouch’s height down the years, but having played Premier League football since 2001, Crouch’s place in this team is the most secure. Add his penchant for the odd incredible volley, and that's enough to make Crouch the obvious choice for captain.
His strike partner could be one from three 6ft 4in players currently registered in the league, with Olivier Giroud taking the spot given his greater goals record this season.
Subs: Edin Dzeko | Manchester City | Height: 6ft 4in & Franco Di Santo | Wigan Athletic | Height: 6ft 4in
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