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<b>Joleon Lescott, Manchester City</b><br/>
Although twice as experienced as the other options on this list (excluding Ferdinand), there is concern that Lescott will fall down the pecking order at Manchester City, particularly after summer signing Matija Nastasic started ahead of him in the Champions League tie against Real Madrid. His club manager, Roberto Mancini, is concerned at Lescott's lack of mobility, while a few costly mistakes this season have not aided his cause.

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Manchester City and Spain midfielder David Silva

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