CM: Steven Gerrard (c)
England’s captain Gerrard is one of the finest players in Premier League history and, of course, hails from Liverpool. The all-action midfielder has spent his entire career with his hometown club and would surely captain the North West XI.
CM: Kevin Nolan
Like Gerrard, Nolan hails from Liverpool but unlike his more illustrious compatriot, Nolan has played for a variety of clubs up and down the country. The goal-scoring midfielder is currently captain at West Ham but would be looking to bring down the London XI in this clash.
CM: Ross Barkley
One of England’s brightest young things, Barkley completes a trio of Liverpool-born centre midfielders for the North West XI. The Everton star is expected to be part of the England squad for this summer’s World Cup and will be a big part of Roy Hodgson’s plans for Euro 2016 qualification, which starts later this year.