Per Mertesacker has picked teammate Laurent Koscielny in his ultimate XI because he claims the two centre-backs compliment each other.

The defender also chose Mesut Ozil in midfielder, because, well, who wouldn’t?

In addition, among the BFG’s choices were Bayern Munich defender Philipp Lahm at left-back and Miroslav Klose as a forward.

The majority of Mertesacker’s ultimate XI consists of footballers he’s played with at one time or another, which shows how much respect the defender has for his teammates, past and present.