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Some are star in their own right plying their trade abroad, others are players making an impression on the biggest stage for the first time, while others still are average footballers enjoying the weeks of their lives.
Members of each of these categories have ended up playing in the Premier League and here’s a list of the top five transfers on the back of a World Cup summer over the last 20 years.
Tomorrow night the USA take on Belgium for a place in the World Cup quarter finals, the second consecutive time the North Americans have successfully negotiated the group stage of the tournament and their third round of 16 appearance in 12 years.
Should Jurgen Klinsmann’s men clinch a place in the last eight it wouldn’t be the first time the USA will have made it so far, having been knocked out by Germany in the quarter finals of the 2002 edition, but it will definitely cap a momentous surge in popularity for the sport.
However, while that might be cause of much annoyance in the capital, few United fans are likely to have been disappointed by the double swoop that took Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw at the end of last week.
England’s less than glorious World Cup campaign came to and end yesterday as Roy Hodgson’s men limped to a 0-0 draw against already qualified Costa Rica, the first time in 56 years the Three Lions have failed to win a single game at the World Cup.
With the autopsy already in full swing since Costa Rica’s 1-0 win against Italy knocked England out on Friday, the FA swiftly confirmed that Hodgson will remain in charge at least until the 2016 European Championship.
From allegations of doping surrounding West Germany’s triumph in 1954, to the battle of Santiago in 1962 when Chilean and Italian resorted to kick the bejesus out of each other, the political regime that aided Argentina’s success 16 years later, controversy has never been far away.
Six days ago Luis Suarez all but ushered England out of the World Cup, taking great pleasure in doing so as he promptly explained to the Uruguayan and British media, yet England had to thank him yesterday.
Suarez’s latest rush of blood to his head – or rather, to his teeth – ensured all the attention on Group D’s final day was focused on Giorgio Chiellini’s shoulder and the Liverpool striker’s gums, rather than on England exiting the World Cup through the back door.