The relationship between English football and its fans is similar to a marriage drifting further away from the honeymoon period. We’ll claim the analysis of Alan Hansen or a weeknight in Stoke is all we need to stay happy, but that won’t stop us admiring the seductive charm of European football whenever it graces our television screens.

However, the announcement that the FIFPRO XI – an award that celebrates the world’s best starting line-up throughout the past calendar year – contained an unprecedented 11 individuals from a single nation, caught many by surprise. Marcelo and Falcao replaced last year’s inductees Wayne Rooney and Nemanja Vidic to complete a clean sweep for Spain and shun a number of far more deserving candidates.

Football will be forever divided by opinion. La Liga is for those who like to spend a weekend pouring over a good book, while Premier League enthusiasts would rather digest the same story via a 90-minute adrenaline fuelled cinematic experience. So strap yourselves in and enjoy in this alternative starting XI containing only those from the Premier League.

Click on the touchline-hugging, sideburn-loving Leighton Baines to begin

 

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