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Gary Neville And Jamie Carragher's Top 10 Football Draft Picks

Gary Neville And Jamie Carragher's Top 10 Football Draft Picks

They are known for disagreeing and having alternate views on football but Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher both believe PSG star Kylian Mbappe is the most valuable player in world football.

The pair of Sky Sports pundits both picked the French boy-wonder as their first pick in a mock football draft to coincide from the ongoing NFL draft stateside.

World Cup winner Mbappe has scored over 130 goals for club and country before he's even turned 22 and Carragher felt he had to be the top pick.

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He explained: "I think he's very close to being the best player in the world and that's going to happen in the next two or three years, so I certainly think he would be number one."

Carragher then opted for Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk, widely deemed to be the best defender in world football - with Neville instead selecting Raphael Varane of Real Madrid at number two and picking the Dutchman third.

Liverpool legend Carragher's next selections were Dortmund goal machine Erling Haaland and Manchester City's Raheem Sterling, who he put in at the expense of Sadio Mane.

Justifying his choice, Carragher said: "I think right now if you were buying him you would be buying him for the future as well.

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"The thing I love about Sterling is that, and this is if I was buying someone over a five-year period, he is never injured. His high-intensity running is off the scale and he's getting lots of goals as well.

"Mane would probably have the edge on the back of this season, but with Mane in his late twenties and Raheem being 25, that's why I've gone for Raheem. He's a brilliant player who will get better in the future."

Neither of the two gave Cristiano Ronaldo a go but Carragher did go for six-time Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi as his only player over 30.

Neville, meanwhile, picked a total of eight Premier League players - including five from European champions Liverpool.

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"If you look at Liverpool in the last two seasons, they have got to two Champions League finals and they are well clear at the top of the Premier League," he commented.

"Our league has had a real resurgence and I think that's because we've had the best managers in the world here over the last few years and that's driven us back to the top.

"I think the Liverpool team at the moment is the best in our league and the best in Europe, so I don't think it's that big a surprise really."

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The other interesting call that both made was leaving out Borussia Dortmund and England hot-shot Jadon Sancho, still only 20. Carragher decided on Marcus Rashford and thinks he will only get better in the coming years.

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"I think Rashford is playing in one of the biggest clubs in the world," the 42-year old stated.

"I think Dortmund is just a level below the real elite.

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"He's the next one who is going to get that big move to England, whether it's this summer or next summer, but if England were going to the Euros now, I think it's more likely that Rashford would be in that team.

"We've talked about him playing front but he's found that role as a left-sided attacker. He takes free kicks, penalties, he gets goals. I think over the next four or five years, him and Raheem Sterling could go on to be superstars for club and country."

On reflection, Neville admitted he should have find a place for Manchester United's No.10, saying: "He's the only one I'd swap on mine. I think the player I'd take out might be N'Golo Kante."

Here are the ten picks in full:

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Topics: Football News, Football, Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe, Gary Neville, Raphael Varane, Jamie Carragher

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