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The 2017/18 Premier League campaign produced many more memorable moments across the division, from Manchester City’s incredible title winning surge to Huddersfield Town surviving a daunting relegation.
There were a host of star men involved for each and every side to take part in the dramatic past top-flight season, but the action doesn’t end there, with the 2018 World Cup now on the horizon.
With the domestic campaign having come to a close, the eyes of the footballing world will now switch focus to the internationals, as 32 nations embark on their respective journeys to Russia for the biggest sporting event of the summer.
Among the countries involved from continents across the globe, there are plenty of Premier League representatives set to take part as they all aim to enjoy a highly successful tournament on Russian territory.
So, with the World Cup drawing ever closer, here are the top Premier League players to watch out for this summer in Russia.
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City & Argentina)
We start off with one of the Premier League title winning stars of 2017/18 from a star-studded Manchester City set-up. Sergio Aguero was the main man in attack once again for Pep Guardiola’s dominant top tier force, as the clinical frontman went on to dispatch an impressive 30 goals in 39 appearances in all competitions for the Sky Blues.
Aguero is regarded as one of the leading contenders to secure the Golden Boot at the 2018 World Cup from top Oddschecker tips and is well worth backing to do the business at 33/1 in Russia for his country, on the back of such a successful club campaign.
The 29-year-old will join arguably the best player on the planet, Lionel Messi, in an intimidating Argentina attacking line-up this summer, while Juventus ace Gonzalo Higuain is another in-form finisher to help their cause. Aguero will be confident of firing his nation to glory with such a talented roster of teammates around him under the guidance of manager Jorge Sampaoli.
Mohamed Salah (Liverpool & Egypt)
Liverpool have a new hero after an amazing 2017/18 season across both the Premier League and Champions League, with Mohamed Salah having been in truly sensational form for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Egypt will be praying that their main man, who single-handedly fired them into the World Cup with his qualifying heroics last year, will be able to replicate his club form at international level once again.
‘The Egyptian King’ was injured by Sergio Ramos in the eventual 3-1 Champions League final defeat but has been confirmed to be fit for the summer tournament in Russia after three weeks out with the setback. With a Premier League Golden Boot under his belt from the past term, don’t rule him out securing more scoring success on Russian soil.
Harry Kane (Spurs & England)
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England will head to Russia with a surprising lack of hope and expectations on their shoulders this summer, with this perhaps being a welcomed boost for the Three Lions for a change. Typically, the nation has been hyped up as potential winners before each competition, but that hasn’t been the case this year.
That’s not to say that Gareth Southgate doesn’t possess a squad capable of going deep into the tournament, though, as he does boast the likes of Tottenham Hotspur hitman Harry Kane for their Russian ventures.
Kane narrowly missed out on a third consecutive top-tier Golden Boot award this past season but he was in typically devastating form throughout for Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs. If England are going to enjoy a strong surge in Russia, then Kane will have to be in top form, with the sharpshooter seemingly being their key man this summer.
Roberto Firmino (Liverpool & Brazil)
Now another Anfield hero is next on the list – this time Brazil international attacker Roberto Firmino. ‘Bobby’, as he has become known among the Liverpool faithful, was another stand out star on the red half of Merseyside, being key to the club’s gallant run to the European Cup final in Kiev, Ukraine.
Despite early season criticism for Jurgen Klopp not signing a ‘proper number nine’ for his Reds side, Firmino stood up and proved to be a superb forward, netting an impressive 27 goals across 57 outings for both club and country this past term.
The Brazilian forward will line up with former Liverpool teammate Philippe Coutinho (now of Barcelona), Man City forward Gabriel Jesus and PSG superstar Neymar in the incredible Samba attacking ranks this summer. After such a superb season in Liverpool, another strong campaign in Russia beckons for Firmino.
Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United & Belgium)
Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku enjoyed somewhat of an indifferent season in the Premier League, coming under some criticism for his performances in red despite netting 27 goals for his club on all fronts in 2017/18.
The bulldozing number nine will be keen to prove any remaining doubters over his ability wrong in Russia with Belgium at the 2018 World Cup.
Lukaku is another potential Golden Boot contender, especially considering the amount of creativity that surrounds him in the Belgium national team. This will include Manchester City pass master Kevin De Bruyne and Chelsea attacking ace Eden Hazard, who will both undoubtedly give the striker more than enough opportunities to find the target this summer.