Football Language: First choice

first choice
The phrase ‘first choice‘ is used in football to talk about players who play in the first team or the starting xi. The manager chooses the team each week and these choices are known as the first choice.  You will often hear this phrase used with a position such as ‘first-choice keeper‘ or ‘first-choice striker‘. Those players who do not feature in the first team can be described as second choice, such as a ‘second-choice keeper‘.
    • Example:  Manchester City are unsure about who should be their first-choice keeper.

See also:
Set your sights on & Set piece

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