by Stuart Moriarty-Patten

At the time of writing there are a sizable number of professional footballers that, as the transfer window gets ready to shut, may be looking through the situations vacant columns in the local paper during the next few weeks.  In fact, if the Jobcentre decided to put out a team of players who they may be signing in the next few days I reckon they could make a decent Championship side, slightly aging but with loads of international experience.

The Job Seekers Allowance XI could well look like this.

1/ David James (last club played for – Bristol City)

Age 42; 53 appearances for England

2/ Michel Salgado (Blackburn Rovers)

Age 36; 53 appearances for Spain

3/ Lee Naylor (Cardiff City)

Age 32; 3 appearances for England U-21

4/ Daniel Gabbidon (QPR)

Age 33; 46 appearances for Wales

5/ Steve Gohouri (Wigan)

Age 31; 13 appearances or Ivory Coast

6/ George Boateng (Nottingham Forest)

Age 36; 4 appearances for Holland

7/ Lee Bowyer (Ipswich)

Age 35; 1 appearance for England

8/ Papa Boup Diop (West Ham)

Age 34; 63 appearances for Senegal

9/ Michael Owen (Man United)

Age 32; 89 appearances for England

10/ Emile Heskey (Aston Villa)

Age 34; 62 appearances for England

11/ Darius Vassell (Leicester)

Age 32; 22 appearances for England

To be serious though its no fun watching anyone slip into unemployment, so good luck to all those footballers looking for work in the next 24 hours, although Michael, you may have to take that pay cut, and lower your sights slightly.