The Premier League has grown to become something of a global entity, whereby foreign players all desire their chance to prove themselves in what is widely regarded football's greatest league.
As a result of the foreign influx, English players often struggle to impose themselves alongside some of Europe's hottest talent.
Nevertheless, 2015/16 has seen some English players begin to make a name for themselves in what has been one of the most memorable campaigns in recent memory. Here are four English players, one for each area of the pitch, who have taken this season by the scruff of the neck.
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1. Goalkeeper - Jack Butland
Always billed as a player with massive potential, Butland saw his chances in the Premier League briefly limited by the presence of Asmir Begovic at the Britannia.
After the Bosnian’s departure to Chelsea, Butland has seized his opportunity and since gone from strength to strength. Several man of the match performances have helped Stoke rebuild their campaign after what was a shaky start for the Potters.
World-class saves and an authoritative presence have become common practice for Butland this season, with his stock rising almost every week. His athleticism and sharp reflexes make him the archetypal modern-day keeper and he has thrived with these traits this season.
And at just 22, the Stoke man will only improve and could challenge Joe Hart for England's number one spot in the near future.
2. Defender - Scott Dann
A rather controversial choice considering the meteoric rise of Chris Smalling this season, but Dann has been a revelation under Alan Pardew at the heart of the Crystal Palace defence.
Much of the fuss made at Selhurst Park has been for their array of pacey wingers, but it's the defence which has been most impressive.
Dann has led by example and been largely to thank for Palace's Europa League bid, proving a goalscoring threat too with a goal against Liverpool at Anfield.
Whether he will be in contention for a place at next summer's European Championships is another question entirely, but so far this season he has made a pretty strong case.
3. Midfielder - Dele Alli
No one would have expected a player who was plying his trade in League One last season to have made an impact anywhere near as large as Alli has in England's top flight.
The Tottenham midfielder has become a mainstay in one of the league’s most impressive teams this season, with his combative yet elegant style of play really catching the eye.
His ability to play in a deeper role or just behind striker has made him a hugely valuable asset to Spurs and it's this versatility which justifies his inclusion on this list. Three goals and four assists so far this season show just how important he has become at White Hart Lane.
At only 19, Alli has become one of the hottest properties in European football and is surely making a huge claim to be on the plane for Euro 2016.
4. Striker - Jamie Vardy
The Leicester City man has become something of a cult hero during the 2015/16 season. Fifteen Premier League goals and the prestigious record of scoring in 11 consecutive games have seen Vardy become one of the Premier League's most sought-after strikers.
His rise from non-League football has been a revelation, with his goalscoring exploits helping the Foxes reach the Premier League summit over Christmas.
Whether he can maintain such form is debatable, but so far he has been without question the most impressive Englishman in the league.
Harry Kane has been impressive too and with the recent decline of Wayne Rooney, we may see a new man leading the line at France next summer.
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