The Best Ever Sunderland and Newcastle Combined Premier League XI

Yeah, literally no idea how this formation would work but who cares ?

Shay Given

 

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The levels of consistency that Shay Given has shown throughout his Premier League career is commendable, and there’s certainly a case to suggest the Irishman should be at least considered when discussing the likes of David Seaman, Peter Schmeichel & co.

Just to note, Steve Harper ran him close for selection, here…

Mathieu Debuchy

Not famous for his goals during his time with the Toon, but Debuchy established himself as one of the league’s best right-backs. Things haven’t gone to plan at Arsenal, and the Frenchman will leave in the summer, but you can totally understand why Arsene Wenger moved for him when Bacary Sagna left.

Jonathan Woodgate

Sorry, Jonathan, but even when discussing you in a positive context, it would be criminal not to show the most infamous debut in footballing history. The fact the biggest side in world football signed the England defender just goes to show just how imperious Woodgate was during his spell at St James’ Park.

Danny Rose

 

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Lol what the hell is that?!

But yeah, Danny Rose was actually really impressive for the Black Cats during his loan spell and is thankful to the Mackems for making him the England international he is now:

“I have a lot to be thankful to Sunderland for.

“Martin O’Neilll as well. He gave me my chance to play regularly in the Premier League and I have to be grateful for that.

“I enjoyed my time there, it really helped my development.”

Danny Rose

 

Peter Beardsley

Beardsley taught Messi everything he knows ?

Jordan Henderson

Often (unfairly) a figure of ridicule amongst football fans, Henderson has gone on to become captain of Liverpool. All jokes aside, that’s an impressive achievement and you can understand why Steve Bruce believes that Hendo would’ve helped him avoid the sack if he had stayed at the Stadium of Light.

Juilo Arca


Arca certainly knew how to endear himself to the Black Cats faithful!

David Ginola


Man crush overload?

Kevin Phillips


239 appearances in all competitions for Sunderland, bagging 134 goals in the process. Phenomenal.

Niall Quinn


You can’t have just the little part of the little and large combo now, can you?!

Alan Shearer

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