We’ve changed the sell to: Chelsea and Man United fans fume at omissions of Cristiano Ronaldo, John Terry, Frank Lampard from BT Sport’s all-time Premier League XI… even though the team was voted for by supporters

  • BT Sport conducted a fan poll of the best-ever Premier League XI over Twitter
  • After more than 200,000 votes, fans chose a star-studded lineup
  • However several legendary players were omitted from the final team
  • Fans on social media engaged in a heated debate over who deserved a spot

BT Sport has sparked controversy after setting up a poll to determine the Premier League‘s greatest ever XI.

Fans were encouraged to submit their all-time greatest Premier League players through a poll on Twitter with the most frequently selected players in each position finding their way into the starting eleven.

With more than 200,000 votes cast, and scores of sensational players to choose from there was always going to be some contention in the comments about the players who missed out on the final verdict.

BT's all-time fan-voted Premier League XI was the subject of much debate on social media

BT’s all-time fan-voted Premier League XI was the subject of much debate on social media

However, several notable omissions from the team left many fans scratching their heads on social media.

One of the most contentious results was the decision to leave out John Terry, with the former England captain winning five Premier League titles during his time at Stamford Bridge.

@Is_AbdM commented: A total disrespect to John Terry… Virgil van Dijk ahead of JT is a total nonsense’

Another user added: ‘Terry is the best defender I’ve seen in PL..’

A further user agreed, adding that former Chelsea and Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech should have replaced Peter Schmeichel in the squad: ‘Terry and cech any others it’s debatable but how those two are not in is crazy’

Despite scoring arguably the most iconic goal in top flight history, and picking up five winners’ medals during a decade in the Premier League, Manchester City legend Sergio Aguero also failed to find a place in the team.

MCFC_P commented: ‘Just ignoring the highest scoring non-British player? Aguero miles ahead of Salah.’

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes was also absent from the team, drawing the ire of fans online.

@PinnacleOfMan wrote: ‘Gerrard ahead of scholes is hurting my eyes’

Narrowing down the thirty-year history of the Premier League to just eleven players was always going to prove controversial.

But although some of the picks proved contentious, it is hard to argue that any of players selected are not among the best in their positions to have ever featured in the top flight.

Final team: Peter Schmeichel, Ashley Cole, Virgil van Dijk, Rio Ferdinand, Gary Neville, Kevin De Bruyne, Steven Gerrard, Patrick Vieira, Mohamed Salah, Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry.

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