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Capital One Cup: Team of the Tournament

28 February 2016

As another memorable Capital One Cup campaign reaches its climax, we've looked back through the 92 matches prior to the final and picked out the competition's star performers.

With the help of supporters on social media we have now collated the results, with the following players making it into our Capital One Cup Team of the Tournament...

Goalkeeper: Tomas Mejias (Middlesbrough)

Mejias showed his credentials with a string of impressive displays, before Middlesbrough finally bowed out to semi-finalists Everton in Round 5.

The pick of the bunch, however, undoubtedly came at Old Trafford, where the Spaniard kept a clean sheet before saving two spot-kicks from Wayne Rooney and Ashley Young as Boro eliminated Manchester United in a penalty shoot-out.

Defender: Sebastien Bassong (Norwich City)

Bassong played a crucial role in getting the Canaries to Round 4. After beating Rotherham United, the Norwich defence held firm to keep a clean sheet against West Bromwich Albion in a 3-0 win.

The defender scored in the next round against Everton at Goodison Park, although Norwich were eliminated on penalties.

Defender: Philipp Wollscheid (Stoke City)

The German international played every minute of Stoke's campaign, forming part of a defence that kept clean sheets against Fulham, Sheffield Wednesday and Liverpool.

The Potters also knocked out holders Chelsea en route to the semi-finals, but narrowly missed out on a place at Wembley. 

Defender: Michael Raynes (Carlisle United)

Raynes, 28, was a stand-out performer for Carlisle as they reached the third round of the competition, following impressive wins over Chesterfield and Queens Park Rangers.

Their reward was an unforgettable trip to Anfield where the League 2 side produced an excellent defensive display, holding Liverpool to a 1-1 draw before falling 3-2 on penalties.

Defender: Andrew Robertson (Hull City)

After defeating Accrington Stanley on penalties in Round 1, Robertson formed part of an excellent back four which then kept clean sheets against Rochdale and Swansea City.

Hull took their second Premier League scalp by overcoming Leicester City in a shoot-out and, although Robertson scored at the Etihad against Manchester City, the Tigers were defeated 4-1 in Round 5.

Midfielder: Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)

City's record signing Kevin De Bruyne tops the Capital One Cup scoring charts with five goals.

The Belgian international netted against Crystal Palace, Sunderland and Hull City, before turning the semi-final on its head with a goal and an assist in the 4-3 aggregate triumph over Everton.

Midfielder: Joe Allen (Liverpool)

Allen was a regular feature at the heart of Liverpool's midfield and a creative force throughout their run to the Capital One Cup Final.

The Welsh international set up Daniel Sturridge to begin the Round 5 rout of Southampton, cleverly teed up Jordon Ibe to give them the advantage in the semi-final, and sent the Reds to Wembley with the decisive spot-kick at Anfield.

Midfielder: Gerard Deulofeu (Everton)

The pace and skill of Deulofeu gave defenders nightmares throughout the Capital One Cup as Everton advanced to the semi-finals.

He came off the bench to set up two goals as the Toffees avoided an upset at Barnsley in Round 2, bagged the winner at Reading in Round 3 and was key against Middlesbrough in Round 5, grabbing a goal and an assist in the 2-0 win.

Forward: Lucas Joao (Sheffield Wednesday)

Lucas Joao's Capital One Cup debut was only 13 minutes old when he found the net against Mansfield Town in Round 1.

The Portuguese striker then went on to play a starring role as the Owls saw off Arsenal 3-0 in Round 4, scoring the second goal against the Gunners.

Forward: Romelu Lukaku (Everton)

Belgian Lukaku has been one of the stand-out players in England this term, and he was no different in the Capital One Cup as the Everton front man hit four goals.

He scored two against Barnsley, one against Middlesbrough and another against Manchester City as the Toffees came within touching distance of Wembley.

Forward: Joe Dodoo (Leicester City)

The majority of the talk surrounding Leicester City may be of Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez, but Joe Dodoo provided a magical moment in the Capital One Cup. 

The youngster hit a debut hat-trick in Round 2 against Bury, and added another to his collection as the Foxes knocked out West Ham United at the next stage.

Manager: Carlos Carvalhal (Sheffield Wednesday)

In his first full season as a manager in England, Carlos Carvalhal warmed to the Capital One Cup as Sheffield Wednesday marched to Round 5.

The Portuguese coach guided his side to a win at Newcastle United, before thumping Arsenal 3-0 on a magic night of Cup football at Hillsborough.

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