The 2024 Premier League All-Star Game

  • Devising a Premier League All-Star Game in line with NBA
  • North XI contains players such as Erling Haaland and Mohamed Salah
  • Bukayo Saka and Son Heung-min leading names from South XI

'All the stars are here!'
'All the stars are here!' / Matthew Burt / 90min / Getty Images

Every year on NBA All-Star weekend, we at 90min take the opportunity to join in with the festivities and have a little bit of fun ourselves.

An all-star game in football would be a logistical nightmare, but it's still exciting to plot out what one may look like.

Last year, Sean Walsh and Jack Gallagher picked their teams in a draft format in line with the NBA's playground style. Thankfully, the NBA has reverted to traditional old east-vs-west regime and ensured such detailed and tactical planning won't be needed this time around.

East against west doesn't make much sense in the context of the Premier League, so we've gone with north - managed by Jack of Derry - versus south - picked by Sean of London.


Before we begin and reveal our picks, there were a few rules that were agreed on ahead of time.

  • The ten northern teams to choose from were Aston Villa, Burnley, Everton, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Newcastle United, Nottingham Forest, Sheffield United and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
  • The ten southern teams remaining were Arsenal, Bournemouth, Brentford, Brighton & Hove Albion, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Fulham, Luton Town, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United.
  • Players have mainly been selected based on performances from this season, but there are notable exceptions for stars who have missed significant time through injury or suspension and just have to be picked.
  • The concept would be boring if the game featured unlimited numbers of players from one team, so we set ourselves a limit of three players per team (in line with how the rules are in FPL, this isn't just a random number).
  • With that in mind, there will be some notable but explainable selections. Players who are more entertaining and would thrive in an exhibition environment may also be given preference.

Premier League North All-Stars

Picked by Jack Gallagher

GK: Emi Martinez (Aston Villa)

Emiliano Martinez
Martinez gets the nod between the sticks / James Gill - Danehouse/GettyImages

The Aston Villa and Argentina goalkeeper's iconic save to deny Randal Kolo Muani in the last minute of the 2022 FIFA World Cup final is enough of a reason for Emi Martinez to be in this team even regardless of what's gone down this season.

RB: Diogo Dalot (Man Utd)

Diogo Dalot
Dalot has stood out for Man Utd / James Gill - Danehouse/GettyImages

Trent Alexander-Arnold is the best right-back around, but I need my three Liverpool players elsewhere in this team. In TAA's stead is Diogo Dalot, a personal favourite of mine and a full-back who seems to be improving with each passing week.

CB: Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool)

Virgil Van Dijk
Back to his best / Visionhaus/GettyImages

It took a while for him to get back up to speed after his ACL injury, but boy oh boy is he back up to speed now. The towering centre half has been fantastic this season and will be the leader at the heart of my defence.

CB: Sven Botman (Newcastle)

Sven Botman
Newcastle have missed Botman when he's been out / George Wood/GettyImages

Another Dutch centre-back, and another pretty damn brilliant one at that. Sven Botman has been a game-changing player for Newcastle since his rocked up on Tyneside in 2022.

LB: Luke Shaw (Man Utd)

Luke Shaw
Man Utd's full-backs get the nod / Alex Livesey - Danehouse/GettyImages

When Luke Shaw is fit, Man Utd look like a half-decent football team. When he's not fit, Man Utd aren't so half-decent (they're quite bad). That's the impact that Shaw can have, and it's one I expect him to have on my team too (or else).

CM: Kevin De Bruyne (Man City)

Kevin De Bruyne
Loving the new trim / James Gill - Danehouse/GettyImages

The best footballer in the Premier League, of course Kevin De Bruyne is in this XI, regardless of his injury this season. He's an all-time great midfielder.

CM: Rodri (Man City)

One of the world's best / Alex Livesey/GettyImages

Speaking of all-time great Premier League midfielders, after last season Rodri is probably in that bracket too. He'll provide this team with real defensive prowess in the middle of the park

CM: John McGinn (Aston Villa)

John McGinn - Soccer Player
He loves his chips / Visionhaus/GettyImages

The chips-fuelled engine in my midfield. John McGinn will be the legs and also provide some quality in the final third too.

RW: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

Mohamed Salah - Winger - Born 1992
Liverpool's main man / Visionhaus/GettyImages

One of the many, many game-winners in this team, Mohamed Salah's remarkable goal record of 204 goals in 332 appearances at Liverpool is proof of his legendary efficiency in the final third.

CF: Erling Haaland (Man City)

Erling Haaland
Haaland's taken the Premier League by storm / James Gill - Danehouse/GettyImages

Erling Haaland is the best number in the world, never mind in the north of England. He's a goalscoring machine, and his partnership with KDB will benefit this team greatly.

LW: Darwin Nunez (Liverpool)

Darwin Nunez
'He came from Benfica to the big Reds' / Justin Setterfield/GettyImages

McGinn is the runner in midfield, Darwin Nunez is my runner in attack. The striker misses a boatload of chances, sure, but I don't need another goal threat up front really, I need an agent of chaos and an agent of craic, especially in an all-star game. Nunez ticks both those boxes.

Premier League South All-Stars

Picked by Sean Walsh

GK: Guglielmo Vicario (Tottenham)

Guglielmo Vicario
Vicario has been phenomenal / Julian Finney/GettyImages

At this rate, Guglielmo Vicario is going to end the season with a PFA Team of the Year honour to his name. There are a few Tottenham players who at least deserve a shout of being in this all-star side, but the Italian's inclusion is inarguable.

RB: Pedro Porro (Tottenham)

Pedro Porro
Porro has rewritten his own narrative / Julian Finney/GettyImages

Ooh, the Tottenham reporter has taken two Tottenham players out of two so far. That's why the FPL rule is in place - Sean would pick about five if he could.

Pedro Porro, with his mentality that he could conquer a prison if placed in one (his words, not mine), takes the right-back spot.

CB: William Saliba (Arsenal)

William Saliba
A rock at the back / Justin Setterfield/GettyImages

That pesky club limit means I'm only going to take one of Arsenal's monstrous centre-backs. William Saliba just about edges out Gabriel Magalhaes.

CB: Lewis Dunk (Brighton & Hove Albion)

Lewis Dunk
The southern slabhead / Bryn Lennon/GettyImages

Filling this second centre-back slot was hard. The urge to use another Arsenal or Tottenham pick was strong, but I managed to resist temptation.

If Crystal Palace were just a smidge more competent, then Marc Guehi would be here. If Brentford looked like they did last season, then Ethan Pinnock would be here. Well done to Brighton's Lewis Dunk for being decidedly decent.

LB: Emerson Palmieri (West Ham)

Emerson Palmieri
Emerson's quietly gone about his business / Ben Hoskins/GettyImages

OK, if everyone could forget West Ham's mauling by Arsenal last week, that'd be great.

Emerson Palmieri's been really good this season. He's been solid for a few years now, really. An understated performer getting his theoretical all-star flowers.

CM: Declan Rice (Arsenal)

Declan Rice
Rice has been transformative for Arsenal / Shaun Botterill/GettyImages

Everyone knew Declan Rice would be a success at Arsenal, that he'd be an instant hit and a new engine for their midfield. He's a superstar midfielder who has everything, he deserves his spot in this team.

CM: Conor Gallagher (Chelsea)

Conor Gallagher
Gallagher makes the cut / Vince Mignott/MB Media/GettyImages

Usually I wouldn't feel like rewarding Chelsea for spending a billion quid and only just squeezing into the top half, but that would be a little harsh on the players who have actually tried to carry them through the mud this season.

Conor Gallagher, you deserve better. Here's an all-star spot for your troubles.

RM: Bukayo Saka (Arsenal)

Bukayo Saka
Starboy / Justin Setterfield/GettyImages

Bukayo Saka is world class. Don't listen to anyone who says otherwise.

AM: Cole Palmer (Chelsea)

Cole Palmer
Here's that 'Cold Palmer' / Shaun Botterill/GettyImages

The shining light in Chelsea's season. The only player with a sense of ingenuity. The one who makes everything tick.

Welcome to the team, Cole Palmer.

LM: Son Heung-min (Tottenham)

Son Heung-Min
Nice one, Sonny / Julian Finney/GettyImages

Undergoing surgery on long-standing problems seems to have solved a lot of Tottenham's problems this season.

Everyone can see how free Richarlison looks after pelvic surgery, while Son Heung-min's hernia issue is certainly of the past. Let's see some screamers from 25 yards in this game, lad.

CF: Ivan Toney (Brentford)

Ivan Toney
He's him / Naomi Baker/GettyImages

If Jack gets one pick of a player who's barely played all season, then so do I. And I'm using it on Ivan Toney.

Commiserations to Dominic Solanke, who was the pick in my head all week until the last moment. Maybe next year.

Final selections

North All-Stars (4-3-3): Martinez; Dalot, Van Dijk, Botman, Shaw; Rodri, De Bruyne, McGinn; Salah, Haaland, Nunez

South All-Stars (4-2-3-1): Vicario; Porro, Saliba, Dunk, Emerson; Rice, Gallagher; Saka, Palmer, Son; Toney

Appearances by club

  • Man City: 3
  • Liverpool: 3
  • Arsenal: 3
  • Tottenham: 3
  • Man Utd: 2
  • Aston Villa: 2
  • Chelsea: 2
  • Brentford: 1
  • Brighton: 1
  • Newcastle: 1
  • West Ham: 1