Former Sunderland midfielder Bolo Zenden
Former Sunderland midfielder Bolo Zenden

Phil Smith's alternative Sunderland team of the decade: From Zenden's volley to Ji's magic moment

Sunderland supporters earlier this week voted for their team of the decade.

Wednesday, 25th December 2019, 11:45 am

It has been a testing ten years, Sunderland struggling to stay afloat in the Premier League before plummeting to the joint lowest-position in its entire history.

There has been anguish, anger and disastrous signings aplenty.

There were brief, dizzying highs too, of course, and the likes of Jermain Defoe, Darren Bent and Jordan Henderson were rightly recognised for the heights they reached on Wearside.

To battle against the gloom and frustration with the club's current malaise, I went back through the decade to pull together an alternative team.

The criteria was simple.

The players must either have made a solid contribution worth recalling even if they fell just shy of the main XI's standards and longevity, or, they must have made a single outstanding contribution that lifted us all.

Here they are....

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