Brits Abroad: All-star English players currently playing abroad XI

Joe Hart Torino

Former stars from the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham, Aston Villa and Birmingham City are now plying their trade abroad.

 

English players are often criticised for their reluctance to venture abroad during their careers, and particularly during their prime. The decision to remain in England is an obvious and understandable one. The money on offer in the Premier League and the Championship is typically far greater than the salaries on offer from equivalent clubs in Germany, Italy or virtually anywhere else.

Remaining in England then tends to offer less risk and more financial reward. The time in which English players are often more inclined to go abroad is for the swansong of their careers, with many heading to the US, such as the recently MLS departed duo Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard. Alternatively, some young English players are loaned abroad to aid their development, Chelsea's link-up with Vitesse Arnhem of the Netherlands being a fine example of this. 

Despite the criticism, the number of English players heading overseas does seem to be on the rise, albeit rather slowly. Here we take a look at the best XI of English players currently plying their trade on foreign shores, featuring a current England first teamer, a number of Premier League winners and one Champions League winner. 

Joe Hart TorinoEngland's number one Joe Hart is currently on-loan at Torino

Goalkeeper: Joe Hart

The outstanding player in this XI, Joe Hart is still England's number one, and despite a difficult Euros, his stock seems to have risen following his replacement by Claudio Bravo at Manchester City and some impressive displays for England.

The 29-year-old is a four-time Premier League Golden Glove winner, making him the record recipient of the award. He has played 348 games for Manchester City and won 68 caps for England; Hart is currently on-loan with Serie A outfit Torino.  

Right-Back: Andre Wisdom

Liverpool full-back Andre Wisdom's current loan move to RB Salzburg probably wasn't the wisest move for his development, something HITC Sport profiled here. The former England youth international has played 22 games for Liverpool and had loan spells at Derby, West Brom and Norwich.

Now on-loan at Austrian side RB Salzburg, Wisdom has found his game time to be very restricted, and the defensive minded right-back has only really been utilised in Salzburg's Europa League games. Aged 23, Wisdom really needs more first team football. 

Centre-Back: Liam Ridgewell

Birmingham's Matt Derbyshire (L) and Liam Ridgewell celebrate winning the Carling CupFormer Birmingham City, Aston Villa and West Brom man Liam Ridgewell

Experienced centre-back Liam Ridgewell can name Aston Villa, Birmingham City and West Brom among his former employers. A League Cup winner with Birmingham in 2011, Ridgewell added the second notable trophy of his career last year, winning the MLS Cup with Portland Timbers. He has twice had loan spells back in England but is still playing for and captaining the Timbers in the MLS. 

Centre-Back: Tafari Moore

The Netherlands has become a popular destination for young footballers on-loan from Premier League clubs looking to hone their trade, and Tafari Moore is another one of those. The 19-year-old Arsenal prospect has been capped by England at five different youth levels and is a current member of the England U-20 group. He plays on-loan for Ultrecht.  

Left-Back: Ashley Cole

A six-time Premier League winner, seven-time FA Cup winner and one-time Champions League winner, Ashley Cole was an outstanding defender, and arguably the finest left-back of his generation. England's most capped full-back with 107 caps, Cole spent 2 years in Serie A playing for Roma between 2014 to 2016, and now plays for LA Galaxy in the MLS.

Central Midfield: John Bostock

John Bostock - Tottenham Hotspur (R) in action as manager Harry Redknapp (L) looks onJohn Bostock is watched by Harry Redknapp whilst playing for Tottenham Hotspur

Former Tottenham and Crystal Palace wonderkid John Bostock really did have the world at his feet at one point. He broke into the Palace team at 15, and was exceptionally well-built for his age. Bostock's technical ability was also immediately obvious to all those who saw him play, leading to some surprise that all 5 of his loan moves could be considered failures.

His attitude and application have been criticised in the past, but the 24-year-old is well on the way to rebuilding his reputation. Successful spells at Antwerp and Leuven in Belgium earned him a move to Ligue 1 side Lens in the summer. 

Central Midfield: Lewis Baker

As a young player at Chelsea, Lewis Baker will have to get used to being loaned out, and the 21-year-old is already on his third loan move, this time to Chelsea's favourite feeder club, Vitesse Arnhem. It is the England under-21 internationals second season in Holland, and he has scored 9 goals in 17 games from midfield so far this campaign. 

Right Wing: Jack Harrison

MLS: New York City FC at Montreal ImpactJack Harrison alongside Frank Lampard and Andrea Pirlo at New York City FC

A name that may be less familiar to some English football fans as Jack Harrison has never played in the Premier League or Football League, the 20-year-old is very highly rated in the MLS. He spent 7 years in the Manchester United academy as a child, having previously been involved in the setup at Liverpool, and now stars for New York City. Harrison was the #1 overall pick during the 2016 MLS SuperDraft. 

Attacking Midfield: Kyle De Silva

Following Ravel Morrison's loan move to Queens Park Rangers, the mercurial ex-Manchester United man is replaced in this line-up by Kyle De Silva. Formerly of Crystal Palace, De Silva spent last season at Notts County, before joining Dutch outfit FC Eindhoven where he has made more than 20 appearances.  

Left Wing: Shaun Wright-Phillips

Picture Supplied by Action ImagesFormer Chelsea and Manchester City man Shaun Wright-Phillips

Former Manchester City, Chelsea and England winger Shaun Wright-Phillips has won the Premier League and the FA Cup, as well as making the PFA Team of the Year for 2004/05, the season preceding his £21 million switch to Chelsea. With his career having stalled in England, SWP linked up with brother Bradley at MLS side New York Red Bulls in 2015, and now plays for Phoenix Rising FC in the United Soccer League.

Centre-Forward: Bradley Wright-Phillips 

Whilst it was Shaun who had by far the more distinguished career in England, it is Bradley who has tasted the most success in the States. The 31-year-old former Manchester City, Southampton, Plymouth and Charlton forward has scored 76 goals in 126 games since heading over to the MLS.

Wright-Phillips holds the record for the joint most goals in a single MLS season, he was the first player to score 20+ goals in two seasons and holds the record for the most MLS goals over a 3 year period. Current boss Jesse Marsch described him as the NY Red Bull's greatest ever player. 

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