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London at the World Cup

They call it the World Cup, but it is really a London thing, a summer get-together on foreign soil for the city’s footballers.

For the TV cameras and a small fee, London’s top professional footballers will resignedly arrange themselves into teams based on nation-states, but when no-one’s looking, our stars line-up in one of two teams. They play for either the London Latecomers or the London True-Borns.

Latecomers XI
(only one player per country allowed in a bid to brag about the famed cosmopolitan nature of London)
Petr Cech - Chelsea and Czech Republic,Emmanuel Eboue - Arsenal and Ivory Coast, Tony Popovic – Crystal Palace and Australia, Philippe Senderos – Arsenal and Switzerland, Robert Huth – Arsenal and Germany, Jose Antonio Reyes– Arsenal and Spain, Gilberto Silva – Arsenal and Brazil, Claude Makelele – Chelsea and France,Arjen Robben – Chelsea and Holland, Hernan Crespo – Chelsea and Argentina, Andrei Shevchenko – Chelsea and Ukraine

True-Borns XI
(all hatched in London, except Walcott, who was born very close and is very young, so we’ll let him off and let him in. All play for England, except Cox, who plays for Trinidad and Tobago.)
David James – born Welwyn Garden City, Ashley Cole - Stepney, Sol Campbell - Newham, John Terry - Barking, Ian Cox – Croydon, Rio Ferdinand - Peckham, Joe Cole - Islington, Frank Lampard - Romford, David Beckham - Leytonstone, Theo Walcott – Newbury, Jermaine Defoe – Beckton

At first glance, you would have thought the Latecomers XI would wipe the floor with the True-Borns, but that’s why the latter have sportingly included Crystal Palace’s own-goal specialist Tony Popovic in their line-up, to even things up a bit.

Whatever happens, London wins. Hooray!

1. Manager
2. Goalkeepers
3. Defenders
4. Midfielders
5. Strikers

Manager

SVEN-GORAN ERIKSSON:
Born: 05 February 1948

Goalkeepers

SCOTT CARSON:
Born: 3 September 1985
Club: Liverpool

DAVID JAMES:
Born: 1 August 1970
Club: Manchester City

PAUL ROBINSON:
Born: 15 October 1979
Club: Tottenham

Defenders

WAYNE BRIDGE:
Born: 5 August 1980
Club: Chelsea

SOL CAMPBELL:
Born: 18 September 1974
Club: Arsenal

JAMIE CARRAGHER:
Born: 28 January 1978
Club: Liverpool

ASHLEY COLE:
Born: 20 December 1980
Club: Arsenal

RIO FERDINAND:
Born: 7 November 1978
Club: Manchester United

GARY NEVILLE:
Born: 18 February 1975
Club: Manchester United

JOHN TERRY:
Born: 7 December 1978
Club: Chelsea

Midfielders

DAVID BECKHAM:
Born: 2 May 1975
Club: Real Madrid

MICHAEL CARRICK:
Born: 28 July 1981
Club: Tottenham

JOE COLE:
Born: 8 November 1981
Club: Chelsea

STEWART DOWNING:
Born: 22 July 1984
Club: Middlesbrough

STEVEN GERRARD:
Born: 30 May 1980
Club: Liverpool

OWEN HARGREAVES:
Born: 20 January 1981
Club: Bayern Munich

JERMAINE JENAS:
Born: 18 February 1983
Club: Tottenham

FRANK LAMPARD:
Born: 20 June 1978
Club: Chelsea

AARON LENNON:
Born: 16 April 1987
Club: Tottenham

Strikers

PETER CROUCH:
Born: 1 January 1981
Club: Liverpool

MICHAEL OWEN:
Born: 14 December 1979
Club: Newcastle

WAYNE ROONEY:
Born: 24 October 1985
Club: Manchester United

THEO WALCOTT:
Born: 16 March 1989
Club: Arsenal