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Stephen Elliott's SAFC XI - Which Former Mackems Made His Team?

Just in case you missed it, we've had a two-part interview with former Republic of Ireland and Sunderland striker Stephen Elliott up on the site - read part one here, and part two here. Today, we sit down with 'Sleeves' as he gives us his best starting eleven of players he played with when on Wearside.

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GK: Thomas Myhre

Thomas Myhre was a brilliant goalkeeper for us. He was really experienced.

He was also an excellent bloke to have around the club, so I have to go for him.

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(At this point I asked him if he was sure he didn’t want to go for Kelvin Davis…)

Kelvin Davis? No, I don’t think the fans were too happy with him! I remember when Matty Taylor lobbed him from 40-yards and someone ran on the pitch and wanted to kill him. I guess that it just didn’t work out for him here, he ended up doing alright at Southampton I suppose. But I’ll leave Kelvin out of that squad.

LB: George McCartney

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He had a difficult second period at the club, but definitely George McCartney – he was fast, and a really good player that could not only get back but also attack.

He was a really solid left back.

RB: Nyron Nosworthy

Danny Simpson did alright for us at right back but, although he was best as a centre back, I’d go for Nyron Nosworthy because he was an animal!

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He wasn’t the best footballer, but you know defensively not much would go by him. He was an absolute monster.

CB: Jonny Evans

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Jonny Evans was very good - you could see he had came from Manchester United.

CB: Gary Breen

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Gary Breen was a bit like Tommy Myhre - an experienced head, and good in the dressing room. He had a good season in the year of my first promotion. He was really dependable, experienced pro.

LM: Julio Arca

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100 million percent, I have to choose Julio Arca. Definitely. He was a genius of a footballer.

RM: Carlos Edwards

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When he came in he had a great season and did really well – he was as pacey as you like, could beat his man well and really did score some amazing goals, but he also got some important ones.

CM: Dean Whitehead

Dean Whitehead's energy was outstanding. You could play him anywhere and he’d do a job.

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I think he even played right back at points. He came in at the same time as me and had a great season. He was a really good, young player.

CM: Graham Kavanagh

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I would say Kav. Although when he came he got injured a lot, when he did play he was excellent. He was another one that was brilliant in the dressing room.

I played with him a lot in the national team and he was fantastic.

CAM: Ross Wallace

I think I’m going to change my formation up a bit and go for Ross Wallace in the hole.

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Ross had a great delivery, too. His left foot was ridiculous. Yeah, I’ll have him there - Ross and Julio can interchange.

I honestly thought that he would have spent longer in the Premier League - he’s doing well at Sheffield Wednesday now, though.

CF: Marcus Stewart

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Definitely Marcus. He was a great player to learn from. There was a lot to learn from him - the way he carried himself as a professional. He would really look after me on the pitch, with his movement and all that.