Film Star XI: BBC Sport readers pick their team

Film XI characters

After Chelsea's poor start to the season, manager Jose Mourinho said winning the title "was a job for Mission Impossible star Tom Cruise".

Cruise, 53, has got out of trickier situations in his Mission: Impossible franchise as Ethan Hunt, agent for the 'Impossible Missions Force.'

But which film star or character could you do with in your team?

We asked BBC Sport readers for their suggestions on the hashtag #bbcfootballexternal-link - and this is how they responded.

Film XI
How the BBC Sport readers' film XI lines up

'A Rock in defence'

In goal, who better to star than Peter Parker - better known as Spiderman? BBC Sport fan Max Baggins-Craig wants the superhero in nets as "My beloved Rotherham could do with Spiderman, he could web up our goal to prevent conceding." I think that probably counts as cheating Max...

At the back, Twitter user Trev nominated Dr Emmett Brown from the Back to the Future trilogy as he could take Aston Villa back to 1982 and the scene of their finest hour - a European Cup win.

Sylvester Stallone's heavyweight champion of the world, Rocky Balboa, is at centre-back, with reader Danny Johnston saying Chelsea "need a real rock in defence." He is partnered by Batman's nemesis, the Joker, with Neil Saldanha saying: "Any team would love the Joker playing centre-half. He would sort a striker like Diego Costa out in no time."

Rocky Balboa
Italian stallion Rocky Balboa may be past his best - but at his peak he would make a formidable centre-back

Making up a formidable back four is versatile actor Johnny Depp - as Craig Alan rightly points out the Edward Scissorhands star "can play any role".

'Run, Forrest, run!'

Good luck to anyone taking on midfield duo Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Incredible Hulk.

Action star Arnie would walk into any team but Auay Jokesomefun suggests he could be the anchor man that Arsenal are missing, while the Hulk - don't make him angry - was also suggested as an option for the Gunners by Tony Mcginnis.

Tom Cruise
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You need speed on the wings and in Forrest Gump and the Flash this team has plenty of pace.

Gump - who of course ran right across the United States - has plenty of stamina and Jay suggests he is the man to stretch defences for Manchester United, while comic book hero the Flash - who can react at light speed - is a better transfer target for United than Cristiano Ronaldo according to Martyn Hearne.

In the hole is fictional footballer Santiago Munez. The hero of the Goal trilogy, Munez starred for both Newcastle and Real Madrid and could probably help Steve McClaren out now according to Jay Ross.

And up front, who better than Ted Striker, hero of 1970s comedy classic Airplane! As Jamie points out, he could also do a job "on the wings."

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