Colin Hendry: Former Scotland defender, Blackburn Rovers, Manchester City and Rangers pick his XI teammates


Born in the small town of Moray de Keith, Colin Hendry went on to win the Premier League, Scottish national treble and captain of his country while racking up more than 50 caps.

The defender, now 55, played for eight senior clubs, including the Blackburn Rovers, where he won the English title in 1995, Manchester City and Rangers, where he was part of the Conquerors squad of Dick Advocaat in 1999.

Here, Hendry selects his greatest XI teammates.

Goalkeeper: Tim Flowers

It comes down to Andy Goram and Flowers, but I played in front of the Englishman much more than anyone. He was exceptional in the season we won the league with Blackburn Rovers in 1994-95, so I’m going with him.

Defenders: Henning Berg, Guðni Bergsson, Paul Lake, Graeme Le Saux

Berg was probably one of three, at most, where you got 7.5 / 10 in every game. You never had four, five, six, it was at least 7.5 in every game and the consistency he showed as a footballer was pretty amazing at times.

Bergsson was like me when I was nearing the end of my career. I could still hack it, produce it, man against the younger ones coming up. He wasn’t the greatest footballer but he had a pretty damn good attitude. Bergsson really reflects the way I have been throughout my career.

Many people may not even know the lake. I played with him at Manchester City, he was part of the FA Youth Cup winning team that went through the system. He would be my captain on this team. Without injury he would have easily continued to play for England and at the highest level without a shadow of a doubt. He had it all.

The Saux had an engine and a half. He was exceptional and continued to be a big part of the England organization. He had a lot to prove when he joined Blackburn Rovers and he left to return to Chelsea and proved he can do it on the big stage.

Midfielders: Andrei Kanchelskis, Tim Sherwood, Gary McAllister, Giovanni van Bronckhorst

I went with Kanchelskis on the right, you can see why he was part of a successful Manchester United squad. And on the left, Van Bronkhorst, who went on to win the Premier League with Arsenal and then traveled to Barcelona. It’s really hard to look past these two.

In the middle of the park, I have probably the best all-rounder I have ever played with, which was McAllister. He showed his abilities because he went to Liverpool and he was the only player who took them forward when they won the treble – League Cup, FA Cup, UEFA Cup – at the age of 36 .

And alongside Gary is my captain at Blackburn Rovers, Tim Sherwood, who was a massive figure in the locker room.

Forwards: Alan Shearer, Robbie Keane

The obvious number nine candidate is Shearer. A world class striker, and he could easily have been the greatest striker in the world at the time.

The other one might surprise you – Keane, who I played with in Coventry City. He came from Leeds and did great things, played all over the world and I think sometimes he was really, really underrated. But I’m telling you, he was world class. He has shown it through what he has done in his career.


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