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Seven former West Ham stars in Jamie Carragher's best ever cockney XI
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Seven former West Ham stars in Jamie Carragher's best ever cockney XI

West Ham United have a big influence in a fantasy best ever cockney XI devised by Jamie Carragher.

Liverpool legend Carragher was challenged by former teammate Robbie Fowler to come up with three ‘best ever’ teams made up of ‘Scousers, Mancunians and Cockneys’.

West Ham are not the most decorated of the London clubs.

Indeed it is now 40 years since West Ham last won a major trophy, the FA Cup in 1980.

But they were represented by no fewer than SEVEN players in Carragher’s best ever XI from players who hail from London.

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Hammers great Moore among West Ham seven in Carra’s cockney XI

Carragher opted for a 352 formation and he selected former West Ham goalkeeper David James in goal.

The back three is made up entirely of West Ham academy stars with Rio Ferdinand and John Terry either side of the great Bobby Moore.

Terry, from a family of West Ham fans, was one of the stars of Tony Carr’s youth setup. But aged 14 he left to join up with his friends at Chelsea and the rest as they say is history.

Two more West Ham academy graduates Frank Lampard and Paul Ince take their places in the midfield alongside Glenn Hoddle.

And up front is ex Hammers striker Jimmy Greaves alongside fellow Spurs legend Harry Kane.

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West Ham great Hurst omitted from Manchester XI

But surprisingly there was no place in the Mancunian side for West Ham’s World Cup winning hero Geoff Hurst.

Marcus Rashford, Francis Lee and Nat Lofthouse make up Carragher’s Manchester XI.

That’s despite Ashton-Under-Lyne-born Hurst having an amazing record of 323 goals in 723 games for club and country – 242 of those for West Ham and of course three in the famous 1966 World Cup final.

Other London-born West Ham academy graduates Tony Cottee and Jermain Defoe will have been in contention.

And former Hammer Ian Wright would also surely have been in with a shout of making the squad for such a list.

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The great underachievers?

Of course it is all a bit of fun.

But it perhaps highlights just how badly West Ham have under-achieved over the years given the array of talent they have had and produced.

West Ham fans will point out that a true ‘cockney’ XI should really only be players from their East London manor as per the term’s origins.

But use of the word cockney has been widened to cover Londoners over the years.

So who would win if Carragher’s fantasy teams played one another?

The Sky Sports pundit said Liverpool and London would face off in a final.

And while he conceded the Londoners have more quality, he believed the Liverpudlian spirit would see the ‘scouse’ XI through.

“(The final would be Liverpool) against London!,” Carragher said on Twitter.

“It’ll be tough as they’ve got slightly more quality than ourselves but with us out numbering them 2/1 on the terraces & kicking the s**t out of them I think we’ll just nick it late with a goal from a fella called God!!”