In the words of manager Gareth Southgate, England are making their own history.
The Three Lions are two wins away from getting their hands on the World Cup trophy for the first time since 1966, and Southgate’s men are, so far, exceeding their own expectations at this summer’s tournament in Russia.
In fact, the feel-good story could continue for some of England’s players after the tournament has concluded, as the world has stood up and watched this young Three Lions team grow into potential world beaters.
Here are the six England players who are most likely to get a career-changing move after their exploits in Russia…
6. Jordan Henderson (Liverpool)
The 28-year-old has been a revelation for his country as a midfield pivot in Gareth Southgate’s 3-5-2 set-up, playing four out of England’s five tournament matches so far over in Russia.
Henderson has also proved to be one of the key figures in the England dressing room, with Southgate calling him a “leader of men” ahead the tournament.
Henderson also has a similar influence at club level in his role as Liverpool captain. However, despite his impressive performances for England, the arrivals of Naby Keita and Fabinho at Anfield could limit the 28-year-old’s game time under Jurgen Klopp next season, and the midfielder could be tempted with a move away.
The former Sunderland man has proved at the World Cup that he can play for most top European sides in that position.
5. Harry Kane (Tottenham)
England’s captain has been his country’s saviour at the World Cup, and currently leads the tournament’s goal-scoring charts with six goals in four games.
Should the Tottenham striker win the World Cup’s Golden Boot trophy this week, then it would confirm his status as one of the strikers in world football, which could attract the attention of Europe’s elite clubs.
While the 24-year-old signed a new six-year contract in north London last month, Champions League winners Real Madrid have been long-term admirers of Kane, and could follow Luka Modric and Gareth Bale as players who have moved from White Hart Lane to the Spanish capital.
Let’s not forget that James Rodriguez, the 2014 winner of the Golden Boot trophy, secured a move to the Santiago Bernabeu following his success in Brazil, could the same happen to Kane.
4. Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea)
Although Ruben Loftus-Cheek is already contracted to Premier League giants Chelsea, he had previously struggled to make the grade at Stamford Bridge, and was sent out on-loan to Crystal Palace for the 2017/18 season.
However, following some notable performances for his country at the World Cup, the 22-year-old could be aiming for a permanent move for a top-level side following the conclusion of this summer’s tournament.
Loftus-Cheek started two out of England’s three World Cup group games, and although he has yet to appear in the knockout stages for the Three Lions in Russia, he has shown his potential as a combative and tough-tackling central midfielder, who is capable of playing for any Premier League side.
Premier League clubs West Ham and Everton are reportedly keen on the 22-year-old’s services next season, as both sides look to break into the top-half of England’s top-flight. A move to either side would mean a lot more first-team action for Loftus-Cheek, who has only made 22 league appearances for Chelsea since 2014.
3. Kieran Trippier (Tottenham)
Tottenham’s Kieran Trippier has also excelled for his country over in Russia, being a creative influence for Southgate’s side in the right-wing back role.
The 27-year-old created more chances (6) in a single World Cup game than any other player in the tournament so far, and in the Three Lions’ 2-0 quarter-final win over Sweden, Trippier had passing accuracy rate of 75%, whilst also putting in ten dangerous crosses during the 90 minutes.
The former Burnley defender is developing into one of Europe’s most consistent players in his position, and his form for both Tottenham and England could secure him a high-profile move elsewhere.
2. Harry Maguire (Leicester City)
The Leicester City man has shown that he can do more than just defend at this summer’s World Cup tournament in Russia.
The 25-year-old is developing into the complete player under Gareth Southgate, given that he can carry the ball out from the back, whilst also be a threat from set pieces. He put in a stellar display for the Three Lions in the quarter-final win over Sweden, and deservedly earned his first England goal in a 2-0 win.
And with Manchester United reportedly on the look out for a central defender this summer, Maguire could see his future being away from the King Power Stadium, and at a top-level Champions League club.
1. Jordan Pickford (Everton)
Pickford’s rise from non-league football to international stardom has been nothing short of inspirational to any professional footballer in the game.
And while the Everton man was rarely tested during England’s group stage encounters, it has been in the knockout rounds where the 24-year-old has shone.
Pickford was pivotal to England’s last-16 victory over Colombia last Tuesday, saving from AC Milan’s Carlos Bacca to allow Eric Dier to net the winning penalty for the Three Lions. He performed even better in the quarter-final match against Sweden, making three superb second-half stops as England progressed into the semi-finals.
And with Thibaut Courtois’ future at Chelsea still undecided, and Liverpool unsure over current ‘keepers Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius, a big-money move away from Everton could well be on the cards for England’s number 1.