The Big Six XIs if the PL didn’t stop for internationals….

Date published: Sunday 8th September 2019 4:12

The idea was raised in the Mailbox for the Premier League to ignore international football and play on in the absence of all the call-ups. Indeed, MLS did exactly that this weekend, with Seattle Sounders forced to travel to Colorado Rapids without 13 of their first-team squad. Unsurprisingly, Sounders, without six likely starters, lost 2-0. 

What if the Premier League took a similar approach? It might level the playing field since this is what the Big Six might have looked like this weekend…



Man Utd

Sergio Romero

Diogo Dalot, Axel Tuanzebe, Phil Jones, Ashley Young

James Garner, Fred

Andreas Pereira, Juan Mata, Largie Ramazani

Anthony Martial

Both Dalot and Martial would be rushed back into action having been nursing injuries prior to the international break. The wonderfully-named Largie Ramazani is the least experienced played in a squad featuring eight players with international caps.





Neco Williams , Joel Matip, Tom Clayton, James Milner

Dal Varesonovic, Pedro Chirivella, Adam Lallana

Sadio Mane, Mo Salah, Xherdan Shaqiri


If Liverpool hadn’t been given the weekend off, they could have called upon their two biggest stars, with Salah and Mane not due to return to international action until November. Shaqiri asked to be excused Switzerland duty while Jurgen Klopp’s defence would be boosted by the availability of Milner and Matip, who would have to guide youngsters Tom Clayton and Neco Williams through their senior bows.



Emiliano Martinez

Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Rob Holding, Shkodran Mustafi, Calum Chambers

James Olayinka, David Luiz, Mesut Ozil

Gabriel Martinelli, Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

The internet tells us that an Arsenal supporter supposedly bumped into Holding at Luton Airport during the international break when the defender said that he is ready to return, so he gets the nod to tidy up Mustafi’s mess, with David Luiz moved into a holding midfield role. Lacazette can’t get into the France squad while Aubameyang’s Gabon aren’t in action this week.


Manchester City

Scott Carson

Kyle Walker, Yeboah Amankwah, Nicolas Otamendi, Angelino

Felix Nmecha, Fernandinho, David Silva,

Ian Poveda, Gabriel Jesus, Sergio Aguero

Jesus is suspended from Brazil duty while Aguero was given a breather from the Argentina squad. David Silva retired from international football, but Pep Guardiola would have to ask Otamendi to pull a Roy Carroll and play immediately upon his return to guide 18-year-old Amankwah through his senior debut. The Argentina defender was released early and excused from the friendly with Mexico but Guardiola doesn’t have enough centre-backs to be so charitable.



Willy Cabellero

Reece James, Fikayo Tomori, Cesar Azpilicueta, Marcos Alonso

Tariq Uwakwe, N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic

Willian, Tammy Abraham, Pedro

Frank Lampard needs three players to grit their teeth and run through the pain. The international break was seen as the ideal time to give Kante a breather following a series of knocks since the end of last season, but with the rest of Chelsea’s senior internationals away, the midfield machine will be asked to play on once again. Similarly, Kovacic reported for international duty but was excused with a knock – not serious enough to sit this one out, though. Reece James was injured prior to the break but reports suggest he should be fit by the time the Premier League returns.



Paulo Gazzaniga

Kyle Walker-Peters, Jonathan Dinzeyi, Eric Dier,  Ryan Sessegnon

Tashan Oakley-Boothe, Tanguy Ndombele, Dele Alli

Shilow Tracey, Lucas Moura, Maurizio Pochettino

Spurs are down to the bare bones to the extent that Mauricio Pochettino would have had to play his family members, with son Maurizio one third of the attack. Ndombele was excused France duty but is expected to be back for the Palace game next week, so we’re sure he could have done a job. Sessegnon is still some way from full fitness but needs must so get your boots on, Ryan.

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