Modric, Ozil, Alonso: Best Premier League XI that were never named in PFA TotY

Luka Modric is a tremendous footballer.

The Croatian has had incredible success at Real Madrid and recently guided them to the Champions League title.

Modric has won almost everything there is to win during his career.

However, during his four-season stint at Tottenham Hotspur, he was never named in the PFA Team of the Year.

After the PFA awards for the 2021/22 season were given out on Thursday evening, Football365 put together an incredible XI of players that were never named in the Premier League Team of the Year.

We’ve tweaked the XI slightly and it makes for a quite frightening side. View it below…

GK: Pepe Reina
Reina was one of the best goalkeepers in England’s top tier during his nine-year spell at Liverpool. He kept 136 Premier League clean sheets, the sixth most in history.

Pepe reina in action for Liverpool in 2007
WATFORD- JANUARY 13: Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Reina makes a point to his defenders during the Barclays Premiership match between Watford and Liverpool at Vicarage Road on January 13, 2007 in Watford, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

CB: Ricardo Carvalho
Carvalho is one of the best defenders of his generation. He won three Premier League titles and was part of the incredible 2004/05 Chelsea side that conceded just 15 league goals.

CB: Steve Bruce
Bruce played 12 seasons in England’s top tier but was never named in the Team of the Year. He won three Premier League titles with Manchester United.

CB: Cesar Azpilicueta
A versatile and dependable defender. Azpilicueta has made 324 Premier League appearances since signing for Chelsea in 2012.

Cesar Azpilicueta in action for Chelsea
LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 23: Cesar Azpilicueta of Chelsea looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge on December 23, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

LM: Mesut Ozil
Ozil recorded 19 Premier League assists in the 2015/16 season. Only two players have recorded more in a single season (Thierry Henry in 2002/03, Kevin De Bruyne in 2019/20).

CM: Michael Essien
Essien was a dominant midfielder at his peak. He won nine trophies with Chelsea.

CM: Xabi Alonso
Alonso won everything there is to win in football. He won the Champions League twice (with Liverpool in 2005 and Real Madrid in 2014), while he won the European Championship twice and the World Cup in 2008. His peers never voted him in the PFA Team of the Year, though.

Did you know his older brother, Mikel, was also a footballer who had spells at Bolton and Charlton Athletic?

Xabi Alonso in action for Liverpool
LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM – SEPTEMBER 20: Xabi Alonso of Liverpool in action during the Barclays Premiership match between Liverpool and Newcastle United at Anfield on September 20, 2006 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

CM: Luka Modric
Modric is the only Ballon d’Or winner in the XI, having won the award in 2018.

RM: Freddie Ljungberg
The Swede played a key role in Arsenal’s ‘Invincible’ season in 2003/04. He scored 46 Premier League goals for the club.

CF: Gianfranco Zola
An absolute wizard. Zola was 30 years old when he joined Chelsea but that didn’t stop him enjoying a highly successful seven seasons with the cub. He notched 59 goals in 229 Premier League games for the Blues.

ST: Robbie Fowler
Fowler is the eighth highest goalscorer in Premier League history, having hit the back of the net 163 times.

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