If Peter Drury's to be believed, chess and football are pretty much the same thing. And, at last year's European Team Championship, you could have forgiven such commentators for saying so. To paraphrase Crisp Man:
"Chess is a game for 8 people that sit down, move some pieces, and one arbiter who makes a slew of mistakes, and in the end Germany always wins."
Gazza ate Golden Wonder instead
So, in true Question of Sport style, here's my Chess XI. I doubt they'd get as much as a throw-in at Euro 2012, but perhaps that's a good thing. These chess similes in football commentaries need to stop. I'd keep Hodgson as manager though. Julian, that is.