L'Equipe name the best possible Premier League XI

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With the transfer window shut and the end of the international break now in sight, fans of the Premier League are desperately looking forward to the return of domestic football this weekend.

Three weeks of fixtures gave many pundits, fans and critics an early chance to look ahead to each team's prospects and in the case of Paul Merson, probably tweak a few of those pre-season predictions.

And now the campaign is due to resume once again, French publication L'Equipe have decided to pick a best possible Premier League XI.

Selections like this are always likely to spark a fierce debate and this one is no different.

There are more than a few surprising inclusions and omissions which will raise a few eye brows amongst many PL supporters.

The Team:

GK: David de Gea

Arguably one of the easiest decisions to make. De Gea has established himself as one of the best shot-stoppers in the world at Manchester United.

DF: Serge Aurier, Eric Bailly, David Luiz and Benjamin Mendy

The recent arrivals of Aurier and Mendy will surprise a few but given L'Equipe have watched more of them in Ligue 1 over the last few years than most of us, they might know something we don't.

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Luiz's spell at Paris Saint-Germain and form last season meant he was always a likely selection meanwhile Bailly's impressive first season at Man United has clearly won over those across The Channel.

MF: N'Golo Kante, Philippe Coutinho and Kevin De Bruyne

That's a fairly strong midfield three by anyone's standards. They pretty much have every department covered too.

It does mean, however, that France international Paul Pogba can only make the bench.

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FW: Alexis Sanchez, Harry Kane and Eden Hazard

Tough to argue with L'Equipe's choice here too. Liverpool supporters might feel Sadio Mane has been hard done by given his start to the campaign but you can understand why Hazard and Sanchez were both picked.

And Kane's goal record over the last three years speaks for itself really.

SUBS: Thibaut Courtois, Kyle Walker, Laurent Koscielny, Paul Pogba, Dele Alli, Romelu Lukaku and Gabriel Jesus.

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