World Cup 2018: Five England players who could be on the move this summer
AFTER a longer stint in Russia than expected, England’s World Cup heroes return home this weekend.
Some with their reputations enhanced and others will have seen their stock dramatically fall this summer.
And with the Premier League kick-off a month away, will any of Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions be on the move?
SunSport takes a look at five England players who could be heading for the exit door, or have big decisions to make before the transfer window closes.
Harry Maguire (Leicester City)
When others were calling for Gary Cahill or Chris Smalling, Southgate wanted ball-playing central defenders in his back-three at the World Cup, and the Leicester defender has repaid him big time.
Maguire has been outstanding with a string of superb performances in Russia and capped a fine tournament with a goal in the quarter-final win over Sweden.
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The 25-year-old has made a mockery of the £17million fee the Foxes shelled out for him last summer from Hull City.
Boss Claude Puel will not be impressed with Riyad Mahrez stating Maguire should be playing at a higher level.
With reports Manchester United are preparing a £50m bid for the Three Lions hero, the Foxes are desperate to get him back to the East Midlands and tie him down to a lucrative new deal.
Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur)
A Romelu Lukaku double or World Cup final hat-tricks from either Antoine Griezmann or Kylian Mbappe are the only things that can stop Kane from scooping the Golden Boot.
Despite his six goals in Russia, the Spurs striker has not been at his best, but that won’t bother Real Madrid – who are long-term admirers of the England skipper.
Kane, 24, signed a new six-year deal worth around £200,000-a-week before jetting out to the World Cup, and significantly there is no buy-out clause.
Spurs are adamant Kane is not for sale at any price.
But if the Spanish giants are serious about signing one of the best strikers in the world, they will have to be ready to call Daniel Levy with at least double the £99million they banked from the exit of Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea)
The 23-year-old playmaker is at a pivotal point in his career.
Despite making his senior Chelsea debut four years ago, his loan stint at Crystal Palace was his first full season of competitive football.
Loftus-Cheek forced his way into the World Cup squad and is one of the few English stars with the ability to go past players and make things happen.
He made an impact coming on against Tunisia when Southgate needed a bit of X-Factor and fans were calling for him to join the fray when England struggled against Croatia late on.
Palace are keen to take him back next month and there will be interest from other Premier League clubs.
With the season starting in less than a month, and the summer transfer window closing on August 9, does he stick and try to impress new Blues boss Maurizio Sarri or twist and move on?
After impressing in Russia, Southgate will expect Loftus-Cheek to be playing plenty of football next season.
Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur)
Last summer, the left-back looked odds-on to be England’s first-choice left-back and on his way to Manchester United, with Luke Shaw and a few million heading south to Tottenham.
But injury and failing to dislodge Ben Davies hampered his campaign and Ashley Young’s form at Old Trafford has made Jose Mourinho think again.
Rose, 28, made it clear he wanted to “play up north” before he retires and insisted he was underpaid at White Hart Lane, but his options looked to have diminished.
If he wants to move north, only United and Manchester City can afford him.
But the champions have Benjamin Mendy back from injury and United looked to have turned their attention to Juventus full-back Alex Sandro.
Jack Butland (Stoke City)
After relegation with Stoke, a move away from the Bet365 stadium not only looked inevitable but pretty straightforward.
But Southgate opted for Jordan Pickford as his No1 in Russia.
And while Pickford’s stock has gone through the roof, Butland’s has gone in the opposite direction as he looks for a way back to the Premier League.
Liverpool’s interest looks to have cooled, and if Jurgen Klopp was to replace Loris Karius, Roma’s Alisson Becker seems to be top of his shopping list.
Lower down the league, all the other clubs have already signed new keepers or are well stocked in the department, leaving 25-year-old Butland stranded in the Championship and losing his place in the England set-up.