Neil Warnock names Dan Burn in his bottomless budget Premier League XI

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Neil Warnock was given a bottomless budget to pick a Premier League dream XI ahead of his upcoming live audience tour, but in true Warnock fashion – he was mindful of overspending.

The retired boss, who managed Sheffield United, Crystal Palace, QPR, Cardiff and Middlesbrough among others is ready to talk about his eight promotions and time in the Premier League on his five-date tour that takes him around the country.

One talking point will be Warnock's dream XI from the current crop of top-flight stars, and he has explained those selections in a chat with Daily Star Sport this week with the caveat that he hasn't just spent money for the sake of it.

Neil Warnock's Premier League Dream XI

Kasper Schmeichel

Warnock says: "I went for Schmeichel, I've always liked him.

"I think he's been so loyal to Leicester and he's got a presence while talking a good game. He's always got a smile on his face.

"I've always loved him as a goalkeeper."

Trent Alexander-Arnold

Warnock says: "Trent Alexander-Arnold, every time I watch him he never gives the ball away and his crossing his just unbelievable.

"People talk about the defensive side but he's as good as what you get nowadays.

"I think for England it's a different type of game to what they play at club level."

Virgil van Dijk & Dan Burn

Warnock says: "I did think about the lad at Chelsea, (Antonio) Rudiger, but I just like Burn!

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"I think you get what you see with him. He's got a great left foot. I did think Ben White would probably be better on the ball but I just wanted a good defender.

"It was about who could play alongside Van Dijk, who is head and shoulders the best in the league. I think he's quite inspirational, he's my kind of player."

Kieran Tierney

Warnock says: "I went with Kieran Tierney but I do like Marc Cucurella. I just think Tierney is a little bit better defensively.

Kevin De Bruyne, Declan Rice & Bernardo Silva

Warnock says: "Kevin De Bruyne speaks for himself. I don't think I've seen anybody better than him.

"Whenever he gets the ball… he does things that I never see when I'm watching the game. He does things instantly.

"Declan Rice I think is going to be England captain and leader for the next ten years, I love everything about him, he's heading it off his own line then bursting into the box at the other end.

"The one people might disagree with is Bernardo Silva, a few years ago I didn't think much about him but last year I watched him play closely and he's just amazing, he never loses the ball.

"Twisting and turning, creating chances, scores goals. He had everything last year."

Mohamed Salah, Harry Kane & Son Heung-min

Warnock says: "I think these three pick themselves. Bukayo Saka is close but his time will come.

"But I love Son Heung-min, he optimises everything that's good about the game. He's always smiling and he works his socks off, he's a Neil Warnock player!

"I love him, me. Not much needs to be said about Harry Kane or Mohamed Salah!"

Neil Warnock's Premier League Dream XI in full

Kasper Schmeichel; Kieran Tierney, Dan Burn, Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold; Declan Rice, Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva; Mohamed Salah, Harry Kane, Son Heung-min. Subs: Nick Pope, Aymeric Laporte, Marc Cucurella, Kalvin Philips, Bukayo Saka.

Warnock's Are You With Me? tour kicks off in Cardiff's St David's Hall on September 6 and heads to Sheffield, Huddersfield and Plymouth before finishing in Scarborough on November 19.

The veteran boss promises to talk about his 16 clubs and eight promotions, that took him from non-league to the Premier League, while revealing untold stories from his extended career.

Tickets for Neil Warnock's live audience tour are available now at ecmevents.co.uk/ticketsales

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