‘Later on, the big names that everyone remembers, Didier Drogba, John Terry, Frank Lampard, Butch Wilkins, Gianfranco Zola.
‘Then there are three players I really liked that probably aren’t remembered as well as some of the others. I really liked Ramires on the right side of midfield and as a guy who could play all over the pitch, Michael Essien was very good. And Dan Petrescu, the Romanian right-back, I don’t think he got the acclaim that he should have.
‘Another combination I loved watching was when Damien Duff was on the left wing and Arjen Robben was on the right wing. Magic happened when those two were playing. Great players – there have been so many through the years!’
The Zombies themselves took their place among the greats when they were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2019, along with The Cure, Def Leppard, Janet Jackson, Stevie Nicks, Radiohead and Roxy Music.