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North v South: Who would win in an All-Star Premier League game?

Romelu Lukaku asked for it, but who would actually win in an All-Star Premier League game?

Romelu Lukaku asked, we listened.

The Man United striker took to Twitter to ask the Premier League to sort out an All-Star North v South game.

We’re up for it, even if the Premier League aren’t. Unfortunately Lukaku didn’t quite make the cut.

So who does makes the team?

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North (4-3-4)

Honorary Mancunian David De Gea beats Ederson (not literally) to take the North’s gloves, just because we’d want to give him the chance to play with some decent defenders for once.

But City get one back over United as Kyle Walker pips Antonio Valencia to the right-back spot, where he plays alongside captain, leader, legend Vincent Kompany.

It’s an all-Liverpool affair for the rest of the back four with Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson seeing off competition from the likes of Harry Maguire, Eric Bailly, Nicolas Otamendi, Luke Shaw and Fabian Delph.

North’s finest

North’s finest

Moving into midfield, David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne’s inclusions don’t need much discussion. They’re joined by Paul Pogba, meaning no place for Fernandinho, Wilfred Ndidi or Nemanja Matic.

Now the attack- always a point of contention.

Mohamed Salah sees off Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez to take a place on the right, with Leroy Sane playing on the opposite flank.

Sergio Aguero takes the no.9 shirt, which is harsh on Roberto Firmino and his repeated commitment to not looking every time he scores a goal.

North XI

North XI


Thibaut Courtois starts in goal for the South, who would all take the tube to the game in complete silence without making eye contact.

Cesar Azpilicueta could play anywhere in this XI but he will have to make do with right-back, on the opposite side of defence to team-mate and set-piece taker Marcos Alonso.

Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld complete the defence, leaving Mr Composure Andreas Christensen and Alfie Mawson disappointed.

Protector of the South

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Protector of the South

It doesn’t really matter who we played in defence, because with N’Golo Kante and Mousa Dembele in midfield they wouldn’t need to do anything.

That base leaves Christian Eriksen, Mesut Ozil and Eden Hazard free to orchestrate behind Harry Kane.

Harsh on Dele Alli, Wilfried Zaha, Richarlison, Willian, Abdoulaye Doucoure and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but that’s the nature of the (made up) game.

South XI

South XI