SON HEUNG-MIN edged out Sadio Mane and Raheem Sterling in Monday Night Football duo Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher’s team of the year.
The Sky Sports pundits made the tough call when selecting their Premier League dream team for 2020 as the calendar year draws to a close.
The Tottenham winger was joined up front in the side by England skipper Harry Kane, with Mane’s Liverpool team-mate Mo Salah unsurprisingly completing the forward line.
Carragher and Neville rewarded Son’s form in a Spurs team that has not been as successful as reigning Premier League champions Liverpool or Carabao Cup holders Manchester City.
Neville said: “You cannot criticise Son or Mane, there’s no negative about them.
“Every club in the world would want them. Just on goals and assists, Son has done better in a team that isn’t as good.”
And Carragher concurred, adding: “Son has been off the charts and Mane is going through a tough spell at the moment.
“Mane and Sterling have been as good as anyone in the world at that position. But Rashford and Son have jumped up now.”
Sterling’s club team-mate Kevin De Bruyne made the midfield three alongside Liverpool skipper and SPOTY runner-up Jordan Henderson.
And prolific Portugal and Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes completed the trio after his phenomenal impact at Old Trafford since arriving in January.
Carragher said: “Jordan Henderson was involved in SPOTY. He was Footballer of the Year last year.
“De Bruyne pipped him for PFA and if Bruno Fernandes had been signed in the summer rather than in January then he would’ve been in the running for PFA as well.”
Liverpool understandably dominated the XI with three out of the back four plus goalkeeper Alisson.
And it was still a scouser in Wolves skipper Conor Coady who was the odd one out among Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil Van Dijk and Andy Robertson.
Neville said: “The second centre back I put in Maguire, Dier, Coady, Laporte, Mings.
“Coady to be fair with Wolves’ defensive record he’s broken into the England team and his stats are as good as the rest.
“Robertson the left-back is unbelievable. To do what he’s doing up and down that wing for three to four years.
“Trent Alexander-Arnold is a star but if Trent wants to look at what he wants to become then he just has to look at his left-back.”