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Steve Cotterill unveils his Championship 'Dream Team'

16 August 2012

With the start of the 2012/2013 npower Championship days away, former Nottingham Forest manager Steve Cotterill has revealed his 2012/2013 Championship 'dream team' to watch out for this season.

Cotterill unveiled his team to promote the launch of Phones 4u Fantasy Football, the only official fantasy game of the npower Championship, adding to a number of other former Championship manager's teams that have been unveiled.

To pick your own team for a chance to win the £10,000 cash prize along with a brand new mobile phone, head to

Cotterill's team boasts a formidable strike force including Cardiff City's Craig Bellamy and Peter Whittingham, Birmingham City's Marlon King and Burnley's Charlie Austin.

Full team as follows (based on 4-3-3 formation):

GK David Marshall (Cardiff City) - "A very safe pair of hands and will keep plenty of clean sheets"

DF Liam Rosenior (Hull City) - "A very solid, consistent right-back who also loves flying up the wing to pose an attacking threat"

DF Mark Hudson (Cardiff City) - "A solid centre half and a big reason why Cardiff will be so difficult to beat"

DF James Chester (Hull City) - "Was fantastic last season, picking up Hull's player of the season and will only get better this time around."

DF Stephen Ward (Wolverhampton Wanderers) - "An extremely versatile left-back that can play almost anywhere on the pitch"

MF Chris Burke (Birmingham City) - "With 14 goals and 19 assists last season if he is in the same form this year the Blues won't be far away from promotion"

MF Robert Koren (Hull City) - "With 17 goals from midfield last season, he's not only a goal scorer but great on the ball and a huge threat from distance"

MF Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City) - "One of the most comfortable players in the league, if he's not scoring himself there's a good chance he'll be setting up a team-mate"

ST Craig Bellamy (Cardiff City) - "The most high profile addition to the Championship this season and rightly so. Lethal on the wing, he's sure to provide assist after assist for his team mates and contribute with a fair few goals too."

ST Charlie Austin (Burnley) - "Despite his phenomenal goal scoring record at Swindon and Poole Town, Burnley still took a risk by bringing him up a league. Austin certainly repaid the faith shown in him with an excellent debut season"

ST Marlon King (Birmingham City) - "Finished with an impressive 18 goals last season and I have no doubt he will better that tally this time around"

This season, Phones 4u Fantasy Football is bigger than ever, with a host of great prizes including an incredible £10,000 cash prize for the ultimate winner, VIP tickets to the npower Championship Play-Off Final, signed shirts and behind-the-scenes tours.

Managers have the chance to challenge their mates with Private Leagues and can compare each other's progress on the Official Facebook page.

To register your team, head to

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