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Premier League: Best English XI of the season

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The Premier League has been blessed with talented English players season after season, and the present campaign is no different. Although the English players are always under more pressure to perform in the biggest league in the world than their foreign counterparts, they deliver more often than not.

The league which has seen the likes of David Beckham, Michael Owen and Paul Scholes in the past, has now been taken over by a new generation of talents such as Marcus Rashford, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Raheem Sterling.

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Without further ado, let’s look at the Premier League’s best English XI of the season.

Goalkeeper: Dean Henderson (Sheffield United)

Dean Henderson, in his first season in the Premier League, has made a name for himself with several outstanding performances between the sticks for Sheffield United.

Henderson, who is on loan from Manchester United, has appeared 27 times for the Blades this season, managing 10 clean sheets and conceding just 22 goals. His displays are one of the major reasons behind the newly-promoted Premier League outfit pushing for a European spot.

The 23-year-old looks destined to be a future England and Manchester United regular if he keeps putting in such impressive displays.

Right-back: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)

The England international is arguably the best right-back in the country currently. Trent Alexander-Arnold joined Liverpool’s academy at the age of six and progressed through every age group before making his first-team debut in 2016.

The 21-year-old has made 29 appearances in the Premier League this season, scoring twice and providing 12 assists. However, the youngster, who is brilliant going forward, needs to work on his defensive game if he wishes to become the best right-back in the world.

Centre-back: Harry Maguire (Manchester United)

Since moving to Manchester United from Leicester City in a big-money deal last summer, Harry Maguire has justified his price tag with a number of key performances for the Red Devils. The England international has been trusted with captaining the Red Devils in his very first season at the club. 

Maguire, who is one of the best ball-playing defenders in the Premier League, is also good in the air, managing to win 136 aerial duels – the third-best in the league for a defender after James Tarkowski and Virgil van Dijk.–DUewpCdk/?igshid=101y6h61tgfnp

The 27-year-old has made 29 Premier League appearances this season, helping his side keep eight clean sheets.

Centre-back: James Tarkowski (Burnley)

One of the most consistent defenders in the Premier League for the past few years, James Tarkowski has not looked back since joining Burnley in 2016. The English international is one of the reasons behind Burnley currently being in the top half of the table.

He has made 29 appearances for the Clarets this season, helping his side keep an impressive 11 clean sheets. Tarkowski has also won the most headed duels as a defender (144). His numbers look even more impressive as he doesn’t play for a so-called big team. The 27-year-old has also chipped in with a goal and an assist so far.

Left-back: Ben Chilwell (Leicester City)

The Leicester City left-back has been one of the most consistent performers for the Foxes since displacing Christian Fuchs from the starting XI a few seasons back.

Ben Chilwell, who has helped Leicester City keep eight clean sheets in 23 Premier League appearances this season, has also scored twice and set up three more.

The Leicester City academy graduate is one of the reasons behind the Foxes’ consistency this season as they are firmly in the race for a top-four finish.

Defensive midfielder: Jordan Henderson (Liverpool)

The Liverpool captain is having one of best seasons of his career. Jordan Henderson, who is mainly a box-to-box midfielder, has been often used as a defensive midfielder by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.

The 29-year-old doesn’t try anything fancy on the field, instead focusing on doing the basic things efficiently. He has made 25 appearances this season, scoring three times and providing five assists. He is one the best players in recovering the ball, with Henderson making 148 recoveries so far this season.

Henderson is on the verge of becoming the first-ever Liverpool captain to lift the Premier League trophy. 

Central midfielder: Jack Grealish (Aston Villa)

Jack Grealish is one of the best English talents in the Premier League presently. He has been one of the rare shining lights for Aston Villa, who are in the relegation scramble.

Grealish has drifted between a role in central midfield and at left-wing and has excelled at both positions. He has played 26 times in the league this season, scoring seven goals and setting up six more – his best returns in a single Premier League campaign.

The Englishman’s performances have caught the eyes of Manchester United, who are looking to sign him at the end of the season.

Central midfielder: Mason Mount (Chelsea)

The 21-year-old is playing his first season in the Premier League and such has been his impact that he has already been capped by England.

Mason Mount, who was out on loan for the last two season at Vitesse and Derby County respectively, has impressed one and all with his impressive performances for Chelsea in the present campaign.

Mount has featured in 29 Premier League matches in the present campaign, netting six goals and setting up four more. The youngster is an intelligent passer of the ball and possesses good technical abilities. He is a threat going forward as evident from his numbers of almost three shots and three dribbles per game.

Left-wing: Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)

Marcus Rashford is arguably the most talented player in the Manchester United squad and despite being just 22, he is a vital member of the team.

After enduring two difficult seasons under Jose Mourinho, the Manchester United academy graduate has burst into life under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and has been scoring goals for fun.

Before his unfortunate back injury in March, Rashford appeared 22 times in the Premier League this season, scoring 14 times and providing four assists. His form is key to Manchester United’s ambitions of qualifying for the Champions League next season. 

Right-wing: Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)

Raheem Sterling has always been considered a talented player and he did great for Liverpool before moving to Manchester City in the summer of 2015.

Under Pep Guardiola, the England international has raised his game to a different level and has become a ruthless finisher in front of goal.

The 25-year-old, who is blessed with insane speed and dribbling abilities, has made 24 times Premier League appearances this season, scoring 11 times and assisting one.

Striker: Jamie Vardy (Leicester City)

One of the most sensational stories in the recent history of the Premier League has to be the rise of Jamie Vardy. A player who was playing non-league football not so long ago led Leicester City to the most miraculous title win in 2016.

The Englishman is this season’s current highest goalscorer with 19 goals in 26 Premier League appearances. He also has four assists to his name.

In addition to his goalscoring prowess, Vardy is known for his high work-rate, relentless running, and direct approach, which make him one of the most complete strikers in the league.

Here’s how the Premier League’s best English XI of the season would line up.

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