Euro 2016: If the home nations could steal one player from another team, who would they pick?


If you could pick any one player from a Euro 2016 nation and put them in your starting XI, who would you pick?

That's what we asked some former pros from the England, Republic, Northern Ireland and Wales squads - and here's what they said ...

Workers clean the Pierre Mauroy Stadium near Lille
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John Barnes - England

"I would have to pick Cristiano Ronaldo. Actually, I don't think England's problems will necessarily be scoring goals, it'll be defensive because I don't think we're strong defensively. I am trying to think of a centre-back who is commanding enough to put in the team - a fit Vincent Kompany, that's who I would have."

Danny Gabbidon - Wales

"Paul Pogba. It's his first real major tournament to show what he's about as a midfielder. He's been talked about as one of the best in the world for the last couple of seasons - and this could be a big tournament for him."

Paul Pogba playing for France
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Phil Neville - England

"Ronaldo. Easy - he is the best in the world."

Neil Lennon - Northern Ireland

"Ronaldo. He'll certainly be the best player in this tournament - he can score at any time from anywhere and, talk about a big-game temperament, there's none better than him."

Cristiano Ronaldo playing for Portugal
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Robbie Savage - Wales

"Antoine Griezmann. He's got pace and his link-up with Bale would be incredible. It's in France as well so he would have the support of his home fans."

Paul Ince - England

"Gareth Bale."

Gareth Bale in a Wales training session
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Ray Houghton - Republic of Ireland

"Harry Kane. I like everything about Harry. He's got a great attitude, he's a great goalscorer and he's the type of player we need at the moment."

Terry Butcher - England

"Jerome Boateng. I would've said Vincent Kompany if he was fit."

Jerome Boateng playing for Germany
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John Hartson - Wales

"Paul Pogba. He's the most sought after footballer in the world. I genuinely feel that he's going to light up the summer. I can see him fitting along Aaron Ramsey and Joe Allen nicely in that Wales midfield."

Teddy Sheringham - England

"Ronaldo, quite simply."