You can perhaps imagine my surprise to see Tony Blair making an appearance on Football Focus yesterday afternoon. Surprise, I emphasise, not excitement. You can perhaps imagine my tutting as I sat through his Man of the People and England Triumphing in 2006 spiels. You can perhaps picture my rolling of eyes as he was asked the question "Which three Premiership players do you most admire?", fully expecting as I was a conventionally unimaginative Shearer, Campbell, Lampard type trio. Certainly, you can imagine my surprise and bemusement then as Tony listed the rather atypical and understated troika of Wigan's Arjan de Zeeuw, Fulham's Steed Malbranque and West Ham's Teddy Sheringham. "What strange tick-all-boxes focus groups has he got together to form this curious threesome for him?" I wondered.
You can no doubt imagine my utter astonishment later that evening as I watched all three play absolute blinders on Match of The Day.
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