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Garth Crooks' Team of the Week: Sterling, Zaha, Azpilicueta, Fernandinho

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It was a weekend of key action at the bottom of the Premier League as West Brom lived to fight another day and Southampton secured a huge win.With Stoke also taking an unlikely point at Anfield, and big wins for Crystal Palace and Everton, it's all getting very exciting.But who did enough to make my team of the week[/img]

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Goalkeeper - Ben Foster (West Brom)
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The recent performances by West Bromwich Albion have been synonymous with some brilliant saves from Ben Foster. Against Newcastle, the former England keeper produced a reaction save from Dwight Gayle that was utterly breathtaking. How he clawed the ball out of the back of the net I will never know.Darren Moore has now taken maximum points off Jose Mourinho and Rafa Benitez and come back from two goals down against Jurgen Klopp. West Brom may have stumbled upon a manager here.
Did you know[/IMG]Defenders - Joel Ward (Crystal Palace), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Craig Dawson (West Brom), Patrick van Aanholt (Crystal Palace)
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[b]Joel Ward:
What a clearance off the line by the Palace full-back against Leicester. Ward saw the danger posed by Jamie Vardy and did everything he could to avert it. The clearance itself was absolutely brilliant but Ward's attitude epitomised the entire Palace team performance. Ward, like Palace, has had a difficult season but both have come good in the end.Did you know[/img]
Midfielders - Fernandinho (Manchester City), Idrissa Gueye (Everton), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Crystal Palace)
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[b]Fernandinho:
Regular readers will know what I think of this lad. Fernandinho is everything Paul Pogba should be. In fact if Pogba had what Fernandinho had, Manchester City would have suffered far more sleepless nights this season - and not just the one they suffered a few weeks ago at the hands of the mercurial Frenchman. Against a very ordinary West Ham, Fernandinho was as regular and as dependable as Greenwich Mean Time. You can't get more dependable than that.Did you know[/img]
Forwards - Dusan Tadic (Southampton), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)
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[b]Dusan Tadic
: Stoke fans will be incandescent with rage when they see Southampton players being hugged by Mark Hughes at their expense. There is no doubt about it, Hughes left Stoke in a perilous situation but seems to be reviving Southampton in a way he couldn't manage in the Potteries. In a very tense affair against Bournemouth, Tadic - who somehow refused to let the occasion get to him - kept his nerve. Southampton's players played as if their contracts depended on it, and Bournemouth looked determined to send their rivals down. It was a great watch and the best team won. Just about.
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The Crooks of the matter...
This week we learned that the Football Association is considering selling Wembley Stadium.What's next, the sale of Buckingham Palace[/img]

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Fulham owner Khan confident of Wembley purchase
I was a member of the Sport England executive board when the FA made its application for Lottery funding to help it redevelop the game's national stadium, and worked through the furore that followed about the dismantling of the twin towers. The time and effort, not to mention the millions in funding that was needed to get the project off the ground, let alone completed, was immense. To think that less than two decades later the FA is considering selling the best national stadium in the world is quite extraordinary and frankly contemptible.Is it any wonder that football luminaries like Sir Dave Richards, who was the Premier League chairman at the time and presided over the new site, is up in arms[/i] about the possible sale and calling for heads to roll? The FA is a not-for-profit governing body and the argument some of its executives are making to sell the game's greatest asset and plough the rewards into grassroots football is nothing less that shocking short-termism. A better business case for the FA would be to revise its position with Brent Council on terms that are favourable to the governing body and the council to rent the asset in ways not previously envisaged. Pull that off and, hey presto, you have a real cash cow. A national asset that will fund grassroots football and help develop the surrounding area for generations.The new Wembley wasn't built to be sold to foreign investors. It was built to serve the England national football team and remind the world that England is the home of football, and Wembley its temple.
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