Dream Teams: Everton

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Since Everton was founded in 1878, no other club has spent more time in the English top division. One of the founder members of the Football League in 1888 and the Premier League in 1992, this Sunday the Toffees travel to Wembley to take on Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-final - the team they defeated on their last visit to Wembley in 1995.

As well as playing in a record-equalling 25 semi-finals, Everton have won the FA Cup on five occasions and the Goodison Park trophy cabinet is also filled with nine league titles and a solitary European trophy, the 1985 Cup Winners' Cup.

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That season under Howard Kendall, who had previously won the league with the club as a player, Everton also won the league and finished runners-up in the FA Cup. The tragic events at Heysel and the subsequent ban on English clubs in European competition deprived Kendall's team of the chance to stamp their undoubted authority on the continent's premier trophy.

Despite a lack of European success, no other club has echoed through top-flight history for as long as Everton and players of the stature of Gordon West, Ray Wilson, Tommy Lawton, Colin Harvey, Bob Latchford, Joe Royle and Gary Linekar must take their places on the Dream Team sidelines.

Should any of them have to miss out and, if not, who would they replace in your Everton dream team? Let us know what you think by leaving your comments below.

The classic Z Cars theme tune has been making hairs on the back of necks stand up at Goodison Park since 1962 but what is your favourite pre-match entrance music and is there any more appropriate than White Hart Lane's 'Phantom Menace'? Click here to join in the debate.

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