Ex-Chelsea and Liverpool star leaves Gerrard and Lampard out of 5-a-side of old team-mates

Former Chelsea and Liverpool defender Glen Johnson has named his ideal five-a-side team of former team-mates – and left out both Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard. Johnson won the Premier League and League Cup with Chelsea during a four-year spell at Stamford Bridge between 2003 and 2007. After a successful time at Portsmouth, Johnson then joined Liverpool in 2009 where he spent six years, again winning the League Cup.

The former England right-back had a list of top names he could have picked in his five-a-side team.

However, there was no place for Chelsea’s all-time top scorer Lampard and one of Liverpool’s finest players and captain’s Steven Gerrard.

Two former Chelsea players made the cut, with John Terry in defence and Juan Sebastian Veron in midfield.

Ex-Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina was named in goal, with Philippe Coutinho and Luis Suarez rounding off the five.

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Johnson explained his selections on talkSPORT earlier this week.

“I’ve gone for Pepe Reina in goal, JT as my defender, and I’ll have Coutinho, Veron as my midfielders, and Suarez as the striker,” he said.

“It’s a powerful five-a-side team. To be fair it’s different because obviously five-a-side’s different.

“I’ve gone for like small, technical players that think on their feet. So that’s the reasoning behind my pick.

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“Veron was unbelievable. He just wasn’t a proper athlete in terms of pace and power but like I say I’ve put him in there because on a five-a-side court he could be the main man.

“This is the thing, when you’ve got to pick five players it’s tough. But in terms of the smaller space, it’s a different game.

“Obviously Stevie [Gerrard] was very athletic and quick and powerful but you don’t need that in five-a-side.

“So I’ve just gone for small, football-minded, technical, little superstars.”

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Meanwhile, Johnson has praised Premier League players for their #PlayersTogether initiative, helped to raise funds for the NHS during the coronavirus pandemic.

“I said at the time, don’t keep pushing them to do it, they’ll do it anyway,” Johnson said.

“In the dressing room there will be more players who support a charity privately than don’t.

“The lads don’t promote it and do it for praise, it’s because it’s in their heart and it’s what they want to do.

“It’s only now because things are so public that they’ve got to come out and say exactly what it is they’re doing.

“In the football community players and clubs and staff will support most causes.”

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