Sunday 25 February 2018

Star-studded panel leave Roy Keane and Paul Scholes out of all-time Premier League XI...and Twitter erupts

Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira among the high profile absentees from the BBC's all-time Premier League dream team \ Mandatory Credit:Clive Brunskill /Allsport
Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira among the high profile absentees from the BBC's all-time Premier League dream team \ Mandatory Credit:Clive Brunskill /Allsport
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

The enduring debate over Steven Gerrard's credentials to be included in an all-time Premier League XI was re-ignited as a star-studded BBC selected a line-up that sparked an instant Twitter storm.

Despite his sparkling performances for Liverpool over the course of a 17-year first team career with his hometown club, Gerrard failed to get his hands on the Premier League trophy.

A near miss in the 2013/14 season was the closest Gerrard got to winning the biggest prize in English football and in the opinion of his critics (and most of those tend to be Manchester United fans), that void on his C.V. rules him out of lists of this nature.

Even though Paul Scholes won 11 Premier League titles at United and Keane claimed seven golds in England's top division, the duo were left out of the central midfield berths in favour of Gerrard and Chelsea legend Frank Lampard.

Gary Lineker, Ian Wright, Alan Shearer and Danny Murphy were the presiding judges over a team that alsp failed to find room for former Arsenal skipper and Keane's old sparring partner Patrick Vieira despite his three Premier League titles with the Gunners.

This was the team selected by the panel on the Premier League show, with the debate over the midfield positions the most debated and came as little surprise that reaction on Twitter was instant:

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