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The Premier League Needs To Introduce A Premier League North Vs South All-Star Game

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The Premier League Needs To Introduce A Premier League North Vs South All-Star Game

In 2018, a day after scoring one and assisting another for Manchester United against former club Chelsea, Romelu Lukaku took to social media to share a brilliant idea

The Belgian striker suggested that the Premier League follow in the footsteps of the NBA in staging an All-Star game.

This year, Team LeBron and Team Durant will play out the 70th edition of the fixture - with players from the eastern and western conferences locking horns on the court.

Lukaku, a big NBA fan, made the proposal a few years back now and we're still waiting for the Premier League to answer our prayers.

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But it needs to happen. When the world gets back to normal, imagine an end-of-season friendly fixture between the best from the north and the best from the south.

We'd see some unlikely alliances formed on the pitch but it would be a great spectacle. And like when it comes to testimonials, you can do it for a good cause and have all the funds raised go to different charities.

Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho simply have to be the managers in the dugouts, but how would the teams look?

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Image: PA
Image: PA

Here at SPORTbible HQ we've had a stab at selecting a north XI and a south XI - with those playing in the midlands turning out for the latter side.

Up north, it's a side featuring five players from leaders Manchester City, three from champions Liverpool, two from Manchester United and one from Everton.

A centre-back partnership of Ruben Dias and Virgil van Dijk would be quite something, as would Bruno Fernandes and Kevin De Bruyne sharing playmaking responsibilities in attack.

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Mo Salah and Raheem Sterling bring quality on the flanks, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin getting a go up top. Sergio Aguero has barely played this season but there's no denying he's a Premier League legend.

Image: Lineup builder
Image: Lineup builder

As for the south, that side is also brimming with quality. N'Golo Kante and Tomáš Souček run the midfield and give Aston Villa skipper Jack Grealish the free role he craves.

Heung-Min Son, Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy is a frightening attacking trident.

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Image: Lineup builder
Image: Lineup builder

Which team do you think would come out on top? What changes to the teams would you make?

Sound off in the comments.

Topics: Football, NBA, Premier League

Josh Lawless
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