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Three England players who could light up the Premier League in 2015/16

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The globalised era of the Premier League has seen talented English players become almost a rare breed when compared with the influx of foreign stars who have taken control of our domestic division.

The national team have suffered as a result and have been way off emulating the success of 1966 for a number of years.

However 2015/16 may be a turning point for these three English stars who have shown glimpses of their enormous talent, but so far have yet to prove it on a consistent basis.

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Raheem Sterling

It may seem odd to include a man who has just completed a £49m transfer to Manchester City but nevertheless I believe Sterling's career will take off at the Ethiad after what was an underwhelming last campaign with Liverpool.

When Sterling was at his best during his Liverpool days it was usually when he was accompanied by Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez, two of the league's finest forwards at the time.

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He learned from them and the movement and understanding they formed nearly propelled Liverpool to the league title two seasons ago and announced Sterling on the world stage.

Now he has a chance to rediscover this form playing alongside the likes of David Silva and Sergio Aguero, two of the league's most formidable offensive players. They may be the support Sterling needs in order to flourish as he once did at Anfield.

He has already registered three goals during Manchester City's pre-season and it seems highly likely to me that Sterling will thrive at his new club.

The finished article? Certainly not, but 2015/16 may be the season he finds the consistent form he has been searching for.

Luke Shaw

Once again I am including a rather expensive English player, in fact the most expensive teenager in the history of the game when he moved to Manchester United for £30m last summer from Southampton.

His first season at United was rather unfairly labelled as a flop as Shaw struggled for fitness and was even said to have been put on a special dietary plan by manager Louis Van Gaal. He did suffer his fair share of injuries too and subsequently only appeared in 20 of United's 44 games last campaign.

Unfairly branded a flop after just one season, Shaw was finally showing his true class towards the end of last season with his searing pace and offensive capabilities - his finest performance of the lot coming during the 1-0 loss at Stamford Bridge.

With a full pre-season behind him I expect to see a totally different player this time out, one that will make the left back position his own at United and improve with every game.

Jack Wilshere

Arguably more famous for his alcohol induced songs about Tottenham rather than his outstanding football potential, Wilshere's career has stagnated over recent seasons after a series of injury lay-offs.

He spent six months out last season with an ankle injury after it looked like he was just getting back into his stride and showing the world what we all know he can do.

However, his recent outstanding performances in an England shirt and some impressive displays in Arsenal's final games of last season show that maybe Wilshere's time may finally be arriving.

While he may struggle to break into what is a very strong Arsenal side Wilshere's talent is something Arsene Wenger has always admired and tried to fit in with his plans.

A few impressive displays during pre-season will only help his case, we could now be seeing a more mature and therefore dangerous Jack Wilshere, one who may finally start fulfilling that potential of his.

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Manchester City
Jack Wilshere
Luke Shaw
Raheem Sterling
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