Zamora named in best English XI

On the day that Steve McClaren is set to announce his England squad for their Euro 2008 qualifiers against Macedonia and Croatia next week, Hammers striker Bobby Zamora has been named in a team of top performing English players so far this season.

The Actim Index, the Official Player Ratings of The Barclays Premiership, has produced an Actim Index English XI that shows the top performing English Premiership players in each position so far this season.

Bobby - the division's current top scorer with five goals in the first six games - has been named alongside Everton striker Andy Johnson in attack, while a number of ex-Hammers have also made the team.

Portsmouth's players have made an outstanding start to the season and this is reflected in the line-up with David James, Glen Johnson and Sean Davis all appearing. Strong performances from Gareth Barry and Liam Ridgewell see the Aston Villa duo feature, alongside more established names such as Chelsea's Frank Lampard, Middlesbrough's Stewart Downing and Manchester United's Wes Brown.

The Actim Index England XI

Goalkeeper - David James

Left back - Gareth Barry

Centre half - Liam Ridgewell

Centre half - Wes Brown

Right back - Glen Johnson

Left midfield - Stewart Downing

Centre midfield - Frank Lampard

Centre midfield - Sean Davis

Right midfield - Joey Barton

Striker - Andrew Johnson

Striker - Bobby Zamora

The Actim Index ranks players using Actim Stats according to their performance, both by position and overall. It is calculated using a unique mathematical formula that rates each player's contribution be it goals, shots, passes, dribbles, tackles, crosses, saves, clearances, blocks, interceptions, time on the pitch or number of points gained by the team with marks deducted for red and yellow cards.

Two additional calculations, which take account of player assists and goalkeeper's clean sheets, have been added for the new season to increase the amount of variables a player is now measured by.

For more information on how the Actim Index works, click here