Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville each pick their Team of the Year

Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher typically only agreed on six picks for their Premier League Team of the Season selections, and one of them even left out Harry Kane.

Sadly it’s that time of the year when the football season starts winding down and we have to work out what to do with ourselves for the next few weeks, at least until the Ashes start.

Manchester City wrapped up the title at the weekend and the Champions League places are almost done and dusted, following Newcastle United’s draw with Leicester City.

That means the final weekend of the campaign will almost be fully focused on whether Leicester, Everton or Leeds United will be the team who survives the drop.

There’s obviously the small matter of two cup finals for City as they attempt to win the Treble and the play-off finals in the Football League.

As well as all the loose ends of the season to tie up it’s very much awards season, with Erling Haaland having already picked up the FWA’s Player of the Season gong.

The Norwegian is likely to hoover up every other iteration of that award too and he will likely feature in everyone’s Team of the Season.

On Monday night Neville and Carragher kicked that off on Monday Night Football by both including him in their teams but there were only five other players both picked.

Kieran Trippier, Ruben Dias, Martin Odegaard, Rodri and Kevin De Bruyne were the others, with the midfield trio basically picking itself.

Carragher’s Team of the Season. Image: Sky Sports.

Carragher managed to pick two Liverpool players in his side, despite Jurgen Klopp’s team having their worst season in a while and likely to finish outside the top four.

He chose Alisson in goal with Newcastle United’s Sven Botman and Arsenal’s Oleksandr Zinchenko rounding off his defensive unit.

Alongside Haaland in attack he’s picked Mohamed Salah and Kane, who has scored 28 goals this season despite Tottenham Hotspur’s poor season.

Maybe Kane and Haaland would be a difficult fit together in a functioning team but it seems impossible to leave the England captain out in a fictional best XI.

Somehow Neville managed it however, instead picking Arsenal duo Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka either side of Haaland.

Neville’s team. Image: Sky Sports

The Manchester United legend went with Newcastle’s Nick Pope in goal with William Saliba his other centre back, the Frenchman’s absence has been seen as a major reason for Arsenal’s recent slips.

Perhaps the most surprising choice of the two teams is Neville’s decision to go with Brighton left back Pervis Estupinan, who has admittedly had a stunning debut campaign in England.

“Kane has 28 league goals. He has to be there no matter what,” one fan claimed.

“Manchester United are top four at the moment, to not include ONE player from the team is a joke,” argued a second.

A United fan added, “Ok, I’m biased, but I think maybe Marcus Rashford and possibly Lisandro Martinez should get a look in here.”

“Saliba and Botman have not had a better season than John Stones, and Zinchenko and Estupinan have not been better than Nathan Ake this season,” exclaimed a City fan.

“How does Bernardo Silva not make these teams???”, questioned another supporter, who perhaps hasn’t noticed Silva doesn’t always get in Pep Guardiola’s team.

The two men don’t usually see eye-to-eye on many things in fairness and last week they had to pick their combined ‘Treble’ XIs.

Neville initially refused to have a single City player in the team in place of any of the United side he played with in the 1998/99 season, due to Guardiola’s men not having completed it yet.

He eventually relented and had some players in it but there was still a majority of Sir Alex Ferguson’s side selected by Neville.

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