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England XI that last faced Brazil in 2017 included six players no longer in the Premier League

England XI that last faced Brazil in 2017 included six players no longer in the Premier League

The entire XI is still playing professional football.

Only five players from England's last named XI to face Brazil still play in the Premier League - while three others play outside of English football entirely.

England take on Brazil on Saturday in an international friendly as Gareth Southgate's side begin to ramp up their preparations for this summer's Euro 2024 tournament in Germany.

Both nations have had their injury issues in the build-up to the match, with Southgate unable to pick five of his regular full-backs, including Kieran Trippier, Luke Shaw and Trent Alexander-Arnold, in his initial 25-man squad.

And Brazil, who picked their squad last month, have since seen Arsenal's Gabriel Magalhaes and Manchester United's Casemiro withdraw due to injury.

But it is set to be a new-look England side that takes on Selecao compared to the last friendly between the two sides.

Almost the entire defence is selected this time around, with Kyle Walker, Joe Gomez, John Stones and Harry Maguire all potentially playing a role at Wembley.

Marcus Rashford, who started the game up front, is the only other current Three Lions who lined up against Brazil in 2017.

In fact, those five are the only players from that line-up who still play in the Premier League. Here are the other six:

Jamie Vardy (Leicester City)


Now 37, Jamie Vardy is plugging away in the Championship this season after relegation with Leicester last season.

The Premier League-winning striker has netted 13 goals in 26 games this campaign as he looks to guide Enzo Maresca's Foxes back to the top flight at the first attempt. However, Ipswich, Leeds and Southampton - as well as any potential play-off opponents - will all have something to say about that.

Ryan Bertrand (Free agent)

When selected in 2017, Ryan Bertrand was one of the top attacking full-backs in the Premier League with Southampton. But you'd be forgiven for wondering what he's been doing for the last three seasons.

Bertrand left Southampton to join Leicester on a free transfer in 2021, but only managed four Premier League appearances before suffering a serious knee injury in a Carabao Cup tie against Liverpool in December of that year.

He had another operation on his knee the following summer, before finally returning to action with Leicester's under-21s last April.

Bertrand was released in the summer and, despite links with Manchester United, the 34-year-old hasn't yet found a new club.

Jake Livermore (Watford)


Like Vardy, Jake Livermore is still plying his trade in the Championship.

The 34-year-old, one of the most consistent midfielders outside of the top division for many years, joined Watford on a free transfer in the summer after leaving West Brom.

As combative as ever, Livermore's passing range sets him apart from many second tier midfielders. He's always had an eye for goal as well, and has netted on three occasions this season.

Eric Dier (Bayern Munich)

Eric Dier made one of the more interesting moves of the most recent January transfer window when he signed for Thomas Tuchel's Bayern Munich on loan from Tottenham.

Tuchel was known to be keen on exploring the Premier League market, and Dier has started all bar two games since his debut in late January.

Bayern are reportedly impressed, and look set to make his move a permanent one this summer.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek (AC Milan)


The second of our list to be currently playing abroad, Ruben Loftus-Cheek has impressed at AC Milan following his summer move from Chelsea.

It is probably a deal Chelsea would have preferred not to do in hindsight, as the 28-year-old has five goals to his name amid consistently strong performances in Serie A and Europe this season.

Having not been selected by Southgate for the current England squad, Loftus-Cheek - who is the half-brother of Wolves cult hero Carl Cort - can perhaps think himself unlucky to not be among the 26-player contingent reporting to St George's Park.

Joe Hart (Celtic)


By the time the summer begins, there will be at least one member of England's 2017 XI versus Brazil to have retired from football.

Joe Hart will hang up his gloves at Celtic at the end of this season, following three years with the Scottish giants.

The Brazil clash was actually Hart's final game as an England international, as despite keeping a clean sheet, his inconsistent form at club level meant this was the last of his 75 caps.

The following summer, he was sold by Manchester City after being discarded on arrival by Pep Guardiola - and held starting and backup roles at Burnley and Tottenham before joining Celtic in 2021.

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Topics: England, Premier League, Brazil, Gareth Southgate, Euro 2024, Jamie Vardy, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Joe Hart