2005 Premiership team of the year

Last updated : 06 January 2006 By Smallsy

Young Carragher Terry Del Horno

Nolan Lampard Alonso

Boa Morte Henry Rooney

Manager: Stuart Pearce

Gaffer: It isn't very often that an ex player with little management experience can jump straight into the job but Stuart Pearce has done exactly that. Brining a whole new brand of management and honesty in post match interviews, Man City can only progress with 'Psycho' at the helm.

Petr Cech (Goalkeeper - Chelsea) - Rarely putting a foot wrong in the Premiership, Cech's form has been impeccable this year. Helping Chelsea to the title and the Czech's to the World Cup it is hard to look elsewhere for a better goalkeeper in the world.

Luke Young (Right Back - Charlton) - Making his way into the England squad during our important qualification period, Young has not put a foot wrong and replaced stalwart Neville with pride. Helping Charlton to another strong mid-table finish both attackingly and defensively Young can be relied on by club and country.

Jamie Carragher (Central Defense - Liverpool) - Outstanding in the Liverpool backline which won the Champions League, Carragher has been by far the most reliable player in the Merseysiders' team. His no nonsense approach to defending and seeming single handed clean sheet keeping ability is only one of Jamie's man excellent attributes.

John Terry (Central Defense - Chelsea) - A simply outstanding year has seen terry become England's number one central defender. Uncompromising and defensively faultless Terry is a natural leader. Capable of providing goals from the back Terry is an attack weapon as well as a defensive rock.

Aiser Del Horno (Left Back - Chelsea) - Alongside the excellent Terry, the Spainard has gone from strength to strength. Providing width and an option going forward del Horno's defensive capabilities also shine through when playing for the blues.

Kevin Nolan (Central Midfielder - Bolton) - On the brink of the England squad, Nolan provides goals and assists from midfield at vital times for Bolton. Effective both going forwards and assisting his backline Nolan makes a strong case for a central midfield option.

Frank Lampard (Central Midfielder - Chelsea) - From young hopeful to world class midfielder, Lampard's rise to the top of English football has been metioric. His range of passing, runs from midfield and awareness of those aroung him makes the Chelsea player one of the first choices in Sven's squad. Being placed top of the scoring charts Lampard is loved by both fans and pundits for his hard work and consistency.

Xabi Alonso (Central Midfielder - Liverpool) - A leading light in Liverpool's Champions League success in 2005, Alonso's passing and cretivity has to be seen to the believed. Setting up many goals for his team mates Alonso has blended quickly into the Benitez era and become a resounding success.

Luis Boa Morte (Forward - Fulham) - Since leaving Arsenal in 1999 Luis has ressurected his career at Craven Cottage. Pacey controlled and naturally creative Boa is now the central attraction in Fulham's squad. Setting off from deep positions Boa Morte is a danger to all oppositions no matter how secure.

Thierry Henry (Forward - Arsenal) - Another year, more success for Henry. Despite missing Arsenal's only success this season, Henry as expected broke Ian Wright's Arsenal goalscoring record. Well on the way to 200 Premiership goals, henry provides the complete package. An entertainer not just a footballer, Thierry is sure to lead Arsenal into many more special years.

Wayne Rooney (Forward - Man Utd) - Wayne's world has become a lot bigger this year, with added expectancy on the young Evertonian's shoulders, Rooney has not disapointed. Finding more positions on the pitch than any other player, creating and scoring goals the world is yet to see the best of Rooney. The 2006 World Cup is set to be lit up by the Man Utd's strikers brilliance.