By Noel Whelan

17th Sep, 2022 | 12:00pm

Pundit can't believe Premier League latest amid new Everton quotes - 'I'm not having it'

Noel Whelan has insisted he is “not having” Todd Boehly’s plans for a Premier League “All-Star” game as Everton manager Frank Lampard speaks out on the issue.

The former Leeds striker was speaking exclusively to Football Insider after the Toffees boss, 44, indicated his openness to exploring new ideas in order to “bring our game forward”.

As per The Independent (14 September), Chelsea owner Todd Boehly has revealed plans to launch a Premier League ‘All-Star’ Game – with the proceeds being used to help the wider football pyramid.

Responding to the proposals (as seen in a video from Football Daily, 16 September), Lampard insisted the plans are not “ridiculous” and suggested such a game could be “interesting” – while acknowledging the risk of injury for top players.

Jurgen Klopp and Steven Gerrard are among the other Premier League managers to come out and condemn the plans.

Whelan insisted the World Cup already provides ample opportunity for fans to see the best players on the big stage.

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He told Football Insider’s Ewan Kingsbury: “I’m not having it at all.

“It’s a game which doesn’t need to be on the fixture list.

“You’d probably like to see the best players out there on the pitch – but that’s what the World Cup is for.

“There are enough games in a season with league and cup competitions to avoid another one being shoved into the schedule.

“The players don’t need it. There isn’t enough time to have a break for the players as it is.

“It’s not necessary. We’re not America. We’re not American Football or basketball.”

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