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The best Millwall XI since the Millennium – Full Backs

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Since the beginning of 2000, it’s been all action at The Den.

Promotions, relegation’s, league titles and a host of FA Cup giant-killings – it’s been exciting in SE16. But with Gary Rowett’s men currently 8th in the Championship standings, it’s a good time to be a Millwall supporter.

Here, we take a look at the best full-backs over the previous 20 years in the next installment of our Millwall team of the century. Who would you pick?

Matt Lawrence

Having joined from Wycombe at the beginning of 2000, Lawrence enjoyed a highly successful six-years at The Den.

The right-back came within touching distance of gaining promotion to the Premier League, captained the side for the FA Cup Final against Manchester United in 2004, before playing both legs of Millwall’s UEFA Cup first-round defeat against Hungarian outfit Ferencváros – the only European appearances of his career.

Lawrence would go on to wear the famous blue and white shirt on more than 250 occasions.

Alan Dunne

Dunne’s 15-year career in South London wasn’t boring, was it?

The Dublin-born defender was sent off ten times in his Millwall career, received more than 80 bookings, played in two promotion-winning campaigns to the second-tier and is currently sixth on the club’s all-time appearance list with 379.

Dunne’s only regret from his time as a Lions player will be the FA Cup Final against Manchester United. He previously admitted in an interview with the Telegraph that he was named in the starting line-up two days before the game, although he ended up being an unused substitute against Sir Alex Ferguson’s men in place of Dennis Wise.

Robbie Ryan

Ryan was arguably the best £10,000 that Millwall ever spent.

The former Republic of Ireland Under-21 international missed just a handful of league matches in his first season at The Den as the Lions won the Second Division title.

Despite just six years in South London, Ryan played almost 250 matches for Millwall before departing for Bristol Rovers in 2004 – with his last appearance the FA Cup Final against United, in which he was tasked with marking a certain Cristiano Ronaldo.

Tony Craig

Born just miles from the ground, Craig was always destined to play for Millwall, and he did exactly that across three spells, plus a brief loan stint back in 2008.

Perhaps Craig’s time as a Lions player was summed up by an iconic moment in a League One game against Bury in the 2016-2017 campaign when he made a miraculous goal-saving tackle to prevent James Vaughan from opening the scoring and celebrated like he’d score a goal, much to the delight of the home fans at The Den.

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The best Millwall XI since the Millennium - Full Backs

Matt Lawrence

Matt Lawrence

Alan Dunne

Alan Dunne

Robbie Ryan

Robbie Ryan

Tony Craig

Tony Craig

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