The Starting XI Of England’s Most Valuable Players Is Worth Over £1 Billion
England's current crop of hot football talent means that Gareth Southgate could - if he chose - pick a young starting XI with an eye-watering value of over £1 billion in transfer fees.
A new report from CIES Football Observatory suggests that four of the world's most valuable young players are English. Kylian Mbappe tops the list with a £231 million estimated price tag, but after him in the top five come Raheem Sterling, Jadon Sancho, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Marcus Rashford.
When these superstars were combined with seven other English players on the list by Sportsmail, they could be combined easily into a team worth an astonishing 10-figure sum - and it doesn't even feature Harry Kane.
Dean Henderson, the 23-year-old who's been superb at Sheffield United this season and is tipped as a future No 1 at parent club Manchester United, is in goal with an estimated value of £50 million.
Liverpool's 21-year-old assist machine Alexander-Arnold is a lock for right-back with his whopping £152 million price tag.
The rest of the defence is Harry Maguire (£52 million), West Ham's Declan Rice (£57 million) and Leicester left-beck and reported Chelsea target Ben Chilwell (£85 million to you, Mr Abramovich).
The most expensive central midfielder is a current Blues star - 21-year-old Mason Mount, who Frank Lampard is clearly such an admirer of we're not sure even a £91 million bid would work.
Mount is joined by 23-year-old James Maddison (£58 million) and Tottenham's Dele Alli (£69 million), who seems to have been around for ages but only turned 24 in April.
As you'd expect, though, attack is where the absolutely giant sums arrive. Man City's Sterling is the most valuable English player with a £173 million price tag. Next is Borussia Dortmund's Bundesliga-terrorising Sancho - who only turned 20 in March - worth around £158 million.
Completing the £468 million front line is lockdown hero Rashford, the 22-year-old Man United striker being valued at £136 million by CIES.
It should be noted that Kane also has a £100+ million value. Yet as the England's captain is priced at "only" £105.7 million - mainly because he turns 27 in July - he'll have to be content on the bench alongside Tammy Abraham (£54.9 million).
You can see the Sportsmail's team in full below.
We all know that England have a fine young group of players (we're not going to say "golden generation") coming through.
Though whether these transfer values will prove accurate, considering the impact of the current pandemic on the finances of some major European clubs, remains to be seen.
What are your thoughts on England's billion-pound XI? Is this a team we could actually see take to the field after international football returns? Let us know in the comments.
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