Fin makes best team

Tuesday 16 April 2002

Steve Finnan won a place in the PFA Premiership Team of the Year following his first season in top-flight football.

Finnan, who is set to feature for the Republic of Ireland at this summer's World Cup, has been a solid performer for The Cottagers this season and was chosen ahead of England stars Gary Neville and Danny Mills.

Newcastle keeper Shay Given got the nod ahead of Liverpool's Jerzy Dudek, while Manchester United and Arsenal both had three players included in the line-up.

Leeds' Rio Ferdinand and Liverpool's Sami Hyypia were selected in the two centre-back berths.

PFA Premiership Team of the Year:

Shay Given (Newcastle United), Steve Finnan (Fulham), Rio Ferdinand (Leeds United), Sami Hyypia (Liverpool), Wayne Bridge (Southampton), Robert Pires (Arsenal), Roy Keane (Manchester United), Patrick Vieira (Arsenal), Ryan Giggs (Manchester United), Ruud van Nistelrooy (Manchester United), Thierry Henry (Arsenal).