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Everyone loves a football hardman, but the truth is, they don’t make them like they used to.

Troy Deeney caught the headlines last week after he called out the Arsenal team for not having the testicular fortitude to compete with the Hornets.

That, however, does not make the Watford centre-forward a feared opponent.

Going back through the years, The Football Republic pick out the top ten hardmen to ever play football.

To be deemed a hardman, you needed to be able to back up the actions of your mouth with action on the pitch.

From old-fashioned defenders and proper midfielders that added steel to the spine, to players who helped give clubs the ‘dirty’ moniker and made it stick.

Did they get it right? Who did they miss out? Who makes your top ten?

Credit: Football Republic

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