Best XI of English stars who play abroad including Man Utd transfer target Bellingham and ex-Chelsea star Abraham

GARETH SOUTHGATE has quite a task keeping tabs on all the English talent outside of the Premier League.

That's because there are a gang of Three Lions making an impression on foreign soil.

Here, SunSport selects a best XI made up of English players currently playing abroad.

Jonathan Bond – LA Galaxy

Bond, 28, made the rather unorthodox move from West Brom to LA Galaxy this year as he swapped the Midlands for Los Angeles.

He played 31 of the American side's 34 MLS games but could only help them to an eighth place finish in the Western Conference.

Kieran Trippier – Atletico Madrid

One of the more high-profile English exports – Trippier has carved out a superb career in Spain with Atletico Madrid.

Having left Spurs in 2019, the full-back has gone on to win the LaLiga title under Diego Simeone – shining as an elite level defender.

But this season he has been part of a struggling Atletico side who sit down in fifth place.

Chris Smalling – Roma

Many felt Smalling could not cut it at the top level when he left Manchester United at the start of the 2019-20 season – initially on loan.

But the ex-England international has rejuvenated his career at Roma, establishing himself as a starter in Jose Mourinho's line-up.

He has made 72 appearances for the Italian side and even helped himself to three goals so far this season.

Fikayo Tomori – AC Milan

Tomori, 24, made the brave decision to leave Chelsea in search of more game time at the start of the 2020-21 campaign.

And it has paid off for the English centre-back as he has already made 44 appearances for the Serie A giants.

His impressive form saw him recalled to Gareth Southgate's England squad back in September.

Omar Richards – Bayern Munich

One which has flown a little under the radar.

Richards, 23, is a talented left-back who has found his way to German champions Bayern Munich.

He moved there from Reading in the summer after a successful campaign with the Championship side.

And he has already featured six times for Bayern in the Bundesliga – 11 times in all competitions.



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Reiss Nelson – Feyenoord

Nelson, 22, is still technically a Premier League player as he remains on Arsenal's books.

However, he is spending this season on loan at Turkish side Feyenoord after featuring just nine times for the Gunners last season.

And his luck has not improved a great deal in Turkey as he has only made three appearances for Feyenoord so far.

Still needs to find the right location to showcase his talent.

Jude Bellingham – Borussia Dortmund

Perhaps the most high-profile England player currently plying his trade outside of the Premier League.

Bellingham, 18, is simply one of the hottest prospects in European football having blossomed since joining Dortmund just over a year ago.

He has scored seven goals and provided 13 assists in 70 games for the German side, but the stats do not tell the whole story.

The former Birmingham man played for England at the Euros in the summer and is being touted for a big move at the end of the season – with Liverpool and Manchester United reportedly interested.

Stephy Mavididi – Montpellier

Mavididi, 23, who can play as a left winger, No10 or striker, has had a rather eclectic start to his football career.

He left Arsenal in 2018 following loan spells at Charlton and Preston and linked up with Juventus where he played for their U23s.

He eventually made his debut for the senior side but never received a second appearance and swiftly went on loan to French side Dijon.

Now he is playing for Montpellier and appears to be finding his feet with 15 goals in 53 Ligue 1 games.

Noni Madueke – PSV Eindhoven

An England U21 international, 19-year-old Madueke broke through into the PSV first team last season where he netted nine times for the Dutch side.

And the teenage forward has carried on that impressive record at the start of the new campaign with six goals in 16 games.

One to watch, for sure.

Tammy Abraham – Roma

Frustrated at Chelsea last season, Abraham went to Roma in search of first team football and immediately hit the ground running.

He has already registered 12 goals in 25 games in all competitions and is the top scorer in the Europa Conference League.

Mourinho seems to be getting a tune out of him, so it may not be long before he is pushing for a place in the England set-up.


Marcus Edwards – Vitória de Guimarães

Edwards, 23, left Tottenham two years ago and has flourished since joining Portuguese outfit Vitoria.

The forward, who can play anywhere in a front three, has scored 19 goals and provided 15 assists in 93 games for the club.

And he is enjoying by far his best campaign to date having already netted six times in 15 league games this season.

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