If anybody wanted to assemble England’s national team at club level, it would cost them a pretty penny.
With youth and quality often the two most valuable assets, the Three Lions have an absolute plethora of both.
Most of the football world will be stunned to learn that Trent Alexnader-Arnold only turned 23 on Thursday.
The Liverpool right-back already has a trophy cabinet most retired players would dream of, having won the Premier League and Champions League.
But it speaks volumes of the quality at Gareth Southgate’s disposal that Alexander-Arnold isn’t first or second choice in his position.
Man City’s Kyle Walker and Chelsea’s Reece James both appear to be above him in the pecking order.
Meanwhile, three of Alexander-Arnold’s young England teammates are considered more valuable than him.
According to Transfermarkt, the Reds defender is the joint-eighth most valuable player 23 years old or under in world football, with an estimated market value of £67.5million.
But Englishmen make up half of the top ten, with Manchester United duo Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford third and fourth, while Man City’s Phil Foden and Chelsea’s Mason Mount are seventh and joint-eighth respectively.
Most valuable players under 23
1. Kylian Mbappe (PSG) – £144m
2. Erling Haaland (Dortmund) – £135m
3. Jadon Sancho (Man United) – £81m
4. Marcus Rashford (Man United) – £76.5m
5= Phil Foden (Man City) – £72m
5= Joao Felix (Atletico Madrid) – £72m
5= Pedri (Barcelona) – £72m
8= Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) – £67.5m
8= Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus) – £67.5m
8= Mason Mount (Chelsea) – £67.5m
Borussia Dortmund teenager Jude Bellingham, West Ham midfielder Declan Rice and Arsenal forward Bukayo Saka don’t even make the list – although they are in the top 20.
Simply put, Alexander-Arnold isn’t the only current England star to reach the top of world football at such a young age.
That said, the Liverpool star has undoubtedly climbed the highest, with more trophies than any of his young colleagues.
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