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The most expensive English XI of all time is a combination of stellar names and huge flops

Kyle Walker's £54m move to Manchester City made him the most expensive English player of all time

English football fans will be well aware what the transfer market does to home grown players’ valuations.

For the last few years we’ve had to become fairly accustomed to truly ridiculous fees being thrown around for fairly average players.

Kyle Walker has joined Man City on a five-year deal for a £50m fee

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Walker swapped London for Manchester this summer


And Kyle Walker’s £54m move to Manchester City this summer officially tops the lot after the right back became the most expensive English player and defender of all time.

But who would make up an XI of the priciest English players of all time?

We’ve gone for a rather in vogue 3-4-3 formation…

Goalkeeper – Jordan Pickford (£30m)

Everton have brought in goalkeeper Jordan Pickford from Sunderland

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Remember Shaun from This Is England? This is him now

Pickford’s performances for Sunderland last season weren’t quite good enough to keep the Black Cats in the Premier League, but he did enough to convince Everton to splash a sizeable amount on him last month.

Right centre-back – John Stones (£47.5m)

John Stones is certainly a talented defender, but he needs more protection

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Stones has his critics but is seen as the modern day Rio Ferdinand

One of Manchester City’s many expensive defensive signings in the last few years, Stones swapped Everton for Manchester to join the Pep Guardiola revolution last summer.

Centre-back – Rio Ferdinand (£30m)

Ferdinand poses with a fan

Ferdinand poses with a fan

Ferdinand controversially swapped one United for another in 2002 when he left Leeds for Manchester, going onto win six Premier League winner’s medals.

Left centre-back – Michael Keane (£30m)

Everton have been busy this summer

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Everton have been busy this summer

Keane’s solitary Premier League season with Burnley last campaign really caught the eye of more elite suitors, and Everton again were there to snap him up earlier in July.

Right wing-back – Kyle Walker (£54m)

Kyle Walker in action for Man City after his big money move from Spurs

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Walker tries to keep pace with Marcus Rashford

Walker’s astronomical move to Manchester City this month sent shockwaves around the Premier League, particularly considering he didn’t even start for Tottenham at the back end of last season

Central-midfield – Adam Lallana (£25m)

Rumour has it Lallana’s idea of fun is running around a hamster wheel in his spare time

Rumour has it Lallana’s idea of fun is running around a hamster wheel in his spare time

Lallana was the first to take the now well trodden path from Southampton to Liverpool back in 2014 and he’s now a key cog in Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Central-midfield – James Milner (£26m)

James Milner is among the English players clubs have splashed out to sign

Milner was Mr Reliable at City

Despite being fielded more as a left back in recent times at Liverpool, Milner slots into midfield in our team because of his consistent displays there for Manchester City after his move from Aston Villa in 2010.

Left-wing back – Luke Shaw (£30m)

No left-back in history of football has cost as much as Luke Shaw at £34million

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Shaw isn’t exactly Jose Mourinho’s favourite player at Old Trafford

Shaw’s career has never really got going after leaving Southampton for Manchester United in 2014, particularly after an horrific leg break against PSV in the Champions League in September 2015.

Attacking midfield – Raheem Sterling (£49m)

Raheem Sterling's time at Manchester City has been up and down

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Sterling will have his work cut out for a starting place this season after the arrival of Bernardo Silva

Previously the incumbent of the country’s most expensive transfer before Walker joined him at City, Sterling is an important part of Guardiola’s vibrant attacking set up after leaving Liverpool in 2015.

Attacking midfield – Wayne Rooney (£30m)

Wayne Rooney joined Manchester United from Everton in summer of 2004

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Wazza is back at Goodison Park after 13 years

Rooney has since returned to Everton but his decision to flee the nest for Manchester United in 2014 was more than vindicated, winning five Premier League titles and becoming the Red Devils’ record goal scorer in the process.

Striker – Andy Carroll (£35m)

Andy Carroll seriously struggled at Liverpool after making mega-money move

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How long will Carroll remain Liverpol’s record signing?

Somehow remains Liverpool’s record signing after his move in January 2011, Carroll’s career has been blighted by injuries following a torrid time at Anfield.


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