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Andy Townsend and Ian Wright pick Premier League all-star teams with surprising managerial choices

Jurgen Klopp and (inset) Mourinho and Guardiola
Jurgen Klopp and (inset) Mourinho and Guardiola
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku has proposed a Premier League all-stars games between players based in the north of England their rivals in the south and now former Ireland captain Andy Townsend and ex-Arsenal striker Ian Wright have picked teams that could take part in the match.

Lukaku has suggested in a Twitter message that the Premier League should introduce an end-of-season game that could be a showpiece occasion for England’s top players, with a team made up of players based at Manchester’s two clubs, Liverpool and the rest of the northern half of England taking on the best of the London-based clubs and maybe anyone Southampton have yet to sell to Liverpool.

While there will be a debate over the players picked and omitted from the teams picked by Townsend and Wright, it was their choice of managers that was even more intriguing.

“My manager in the north, I’d go for Jurgen Klopp just ahead of Pep Guardiola,” declared Townsend, who picked Everton and Ireland's Seamus Coleman in his team. “We are picking these teams with the idea of producing great football and for a bit of fun and Klopp epitomises that.”

Arsenal great Wright couldn’t bring himself to pick Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino to lead his team, as he instead opted for the reigning Premier League title-winning manager and suggested he could be a contender to succeed Arsene Wenger at his former club.

“I was going to go for Poch, but I’m going for Antonio Conte,” stated Wright, as he backed the under-pressure Chelsea boss.

“I just like Conte. There is something about him and I just hope he stays in this league. If he is not going to be at Chelsea (next season) maybe Arsenal should be thinking about him.”

Here are the two teams picked by Townsend and Wright, with the Manchester United duo of David De Gea, Alexis Sanchez and the Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero among the stars names who have been left out, with Jose Mourinho overlooked as a potential manager despite his stunning record of trophy success:

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