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star-studded A host of big names don't make the cut as we pick our Premier League dream team

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Virgil van Dijk, Kevin de Bruyne and Mo Salah

Virgil van Dijk, Kevin de Bruyne and Mo Salah

Virgil van Dijk, Kevin de Bruyne and Mo Salah

IT'S the league that has it all, so selecting the dream line-up from England's top flight is no easy task.

The world may be in the grip of a crippling recession as it attempts to clamber out of the Covid-19 pandemic, yet England's Premier League clubs have confirmed they are financially immune to the most catastrophic meltdown imaginable.

Manchester United set the ball rolling as they spent in excess of £100million to sign Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund and Raphael Varane from Real Madrid.

Now Chelsea and Manchester City look certain to follow their lead by shattering their transfer records, too, in the mad scramble to keep up with each other, paving the way for one of the most spectacular seasons in recent memory.

With spectators back in the stands and the game's biggest players and managers going head-to-head, all eyes will be on England's Premier League ahead of one of the most eagerly-anticipated seasons yet.

This Sunday World dream team may have a different look when the final ball of the campaign is kicked next May, but here are the players we believe would make up the ultimate Premier League XI.

GOALKEEPER

Liverpool keeper Alisson Becker was in a league of his own as the outstanding keeper in the Premier League a year ago, but his aura was shattered amid some faltering displays last season.

Even though the tragic death of his father in Brazil, and an alarming slump in form for Jurgen Klopp's side, affected Alisson's performances, he made some huge mistakes in crucial matches.

That allowed Manchester City keeper Ederson, impressive Chelsea signing Edouard Mendy and Leicester's Kasper Schmeichel to battle it out for the title of the best keeper in the league.

With Ederson ending up as a Premier League winner, Mendy taking Champions League glory and Schmeichel helping Leicester win the FA Cup, this contest was tight, but Mendy's impact at Chelsea has been immense.

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Edouard Mendy

Edouard Mendy

Edouard Mendy

Keeper: Edouard Mendy.

DEFENDERS

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We are going for a back four - and two giants stand head and shoulders above the rest at the heart of the defence.

The return from injury of Virgil van Dijk for Liverpool has the potential to be one of the stories of the season, with the instant impact the big Dutch centre-back can make highlighted when he joined the club in 2018.

He might need time to get back into peak condition, but Van Dijk is an A-list performer, and if he can avoid fresh injuries, the Dutchman will inject confidence in Liverpool's entire team.

Alongside him at the heart of the defence is Manchester United new boy Raphael Varane.

The only four-time Champions League winner in the Premier League was also a World Cup winner with France in 2018, and he is a top-quality performer who will shine in English football.

Our full-backs will offer attacking and defensive qualities, with Liverpool's Andy Robertson aiming to get back to his best after a shaky season and Joao Cancelo making his mark at right-back for Manchester City last season.

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INNSBRUCK, AUSTRIA - JULY 29: (BILD ZEITUNG OUT) Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool FC looks on during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Hertha BSC and FC Liverpool at Tivoli Stadion Tirol on July 29, 2021 in Innsbruck, Austria. (Photo by Roland Krivec/DeFodi Images/Roland Krivec/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

INNSBRUCK, AUSTRIA - JULY 29: (BILD ZEITUNG OUT) Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool FC looks on during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Hertha BSC and FC Liverpool at Tivoli Stadion Tirol on July 29, 2021 in Innsbruck, Austria. (Photo by Roland Krivec/DeFodi Images/Roland Krivec/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

INNSBRUCK, AUSTRIA - JULY 29: (BILD ZEITUNG OUT) Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool FC looks on during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Hertha BSC and FC Liverpool at Tivoli Stadion Tirol on July 29, 2021 in Innsbruck, Austria. (Photo by Roland Krivec/DeFodi Images/Roland Krivec/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

Back four: Joao Cancelo, Virgil van Dijk, Raphael Varane, Andy Robertson

MIDFIELDERS

This is a highly competitive area of the team, with a clutch of the world's best attacking midfielders all plying their trade in England.

Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne is the first name on every Premier League team-sheet, with his genius shining through every time he sets foot on the field.

This team also needs to find space for Jack Grealish, who has proved he is a top-tier performer at Aston Villa and now looks set to take his talents to the next level at the Etihad.

If we are to have a holding midfielder, the choice is between Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson and Chelsea's N'Golo Kante.

Both offer different qualities, with Henderson's vocal leadership a key facet in his make-up and Kante's relentless energy singling him out as a special player, with the verdict falling narrowly in Kante's favour.

Manchester United's Bruno Fernandes also gets into our dream line-up despite his goal tally last season being boosted by penalties that may not be awarded this season, with VAR officials ordered not to award spot-kicks for 'soft' clashes in the box.

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Chelsea's Ngolo Kante with the trophy following his side's UEFA Champions League final win over Manchester City at Estadio do Dragao in Porto, Portugal on Saturday. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Chelsea's Ngolo Kante with the trophy following his side's UEFA Champions League final win over Manchester City at Estadio do Dragao in Porto, Portugal on Saturday. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Chelsea's Ngolo Kante with the trophy following his side's UEFA Champions League final win over Manchester City at Estadio do Dragao in Porto, Portugal on Saturday. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Midfield: N'Golo Kante, Kevin De Bruyne, Jack Grealish, Bruno Fernandes

STRIKERS

The first name selected in this area of the field has to be Harry Kane, who is currently doing all he can to get a move from Tottenham to Manchester City.

With 23 goals and 14 assists last season, Kane led the way in both charts, despite playing for a team that lacked the quality to give him the service he needs.

Alongside Kane has to be Liverpool's Mohamed Salah, who was left out of last season's PFA Team of the Year in favour of Tottenham's Son Heung-min.

That omission may have been because the voting for that award took place amid Liverpool's slump in form in the early half of 2021.

Yet, Salah bounced back to finish the season with 22 goals, and he is a class act who needs to be in any Premier League dream team.

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Harry Kane has reported back with Spurs (Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA)

Harry Kane has reported back with Spurs (Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA)

Harry Kane has reported back with Spurs (Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA)

Front two: Harry Kane, Mohamed Salah

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