12 players, 12 fans

At the end of 2004, when I posted my mid-year all-EPL soccer team, the dozen or so readers who follow English soccer responded en masse. Therefore, I’m presenting my end-of-the-end team:
Peter Cech-Chelsea
John Terry-Chelsea
Matthew Upson-Birmingham
Ledley King-Tottenham
Frank Lampard-Chelsea
Steven Gerard-Liverpool
Tim Cahill-Everton
Stewart Downing-Middlebrough
Shaun Wright-Phillips-Manchester City
Andrew Johnson-Crystal Palace
Thierry Henry-Arsenal
Those who prefer a less all-out attacking team should substitute Arsenal’s Ashley Cole for Wright-Phillips.
John Terry is my selection for player of the year, followed by Lampard and Henry.
I won’t do honorable mentions, but if I did I would mention, among others, Evertonians Tony Hibbert and Nigel Martyn, along with former Evertonian Wayne Rooney, plus Nolberto Solano, the favorite of Scott’s brother-in-law. I would also include whichever player the exclusion of whom from the top 12 you, the reader, are going to write me to complain about.
UPDATE: Reader Mike McCabe takes me to task for excluding Liverpool’s hard-man defender, Jamie Carragher. In fairness, he probably has a point.


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