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The best XI of footballers to get engaged or married this summer, including Man Utd’s romantic pair and adored Arsenal ace

HARRY MAGUIRE and Marcus Rashford lead a summer of love as the Premier League stars go from 4-4-2 to a Fall-for-You formation.

With the World Cup moving to Qatar this winter, it looks like more big-name players are getting married or engaged this close (dating) season than ever before.

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Ben White may not want to be called an old-school defender on the pitch, but the Arsenal ace has shown he’s a traditionalist with his proposition to Milly Adams.
It may seem strange to have a team of

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It may seem strange to have a team of “best men” as the most romantic team, but some of the proposals and parameters were dreamy
Andy Carroll had questionable preparation for his wedding to Billi Mucklow, but a happy wedding day photo was posted on Instagram

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Andy Carroll had questionable preparation for his wedding to Billi Mucklow, but a happy wedding day photo was posted on Instagram

Among those who pass from balls to wedding halls are Manchester United’s Maguire, Manchester City title winners Nathan Ake and Ilkay Gundogan, and West Brom’s Andy Carroll.

Big leader Carroll might be lucky not to have found Hawthorns in his marital bed after a stunning pre-wedding photo faux pas.

But everything ended up going well for the former Newcastle hero.

And that earns him a spot in our alluring XI of players getting married or successfully popping the question this summer.

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Arsenal’s Ben White and United striker Rashford have each become engaged in recent days.

And they both dream of making the England squad for Qatar.

New Wed Devil Maguire makes it a total Three Lions engagement that takes a break from the ground game with real romance.

Here’s a complete guide to our romantic XI – featuring 11 top men.

THIBAUT COURTOIS

Life certainly can’t get any better for Real Madrid’s former Chelsea goalkeeper.

The star man in the Champions League final victory over Liverpool, the 30-year-old marked his engagement to model Mishel Gerzig by traveling to his native Israel to make some shady friends at Dolphin Reef Beach.

Maybe with a future wedding in mind – fine blue…

Newly engaged Thibaut Cortois and Mishel Gerzig frolicked with dolphins

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Newly engaged Thibaut Cortois and Mishel Gerzig frolicked with dolphins

BEN WHITE

The 24-year-old centre-back wowed social media – and more importantly Milly Adams – by taking a knee for his proposal.

His description when posting the snaps on Instagram was a little less dreamy – as he wrote “I got you”.

But the couple donned matching “I love you” tattoos on the underside of their wrists with the engagement date “May 29”.

And Milly, 25, took White’s words one step further on her own Instagram post, saying, “I got you for life.”

Ben White might be hoping to emulate an Arsenal defensive legend named Tony, but for now he's engaged to the same dubbed Milly Adams

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Ben White might be hoping to emulate an Arsenal defensive legend named Tony, but for now he’s engaged to the same dubbed Milly Adams

NATHAN AKE

There was heart for Liverpool in the title race – but a few of their stars still joined their City counterparts at the Dutch defender’s wedding to Mallorca on Monday.

The 27-year-old married childhood sweetheart Kaylee Ramman during a ceremony on the beach at the luxurious San Marroig estate.

Kaylee Ramman was quick to post this gorgeous wedding photo with Manchester City defender Nathan Ake on her Instagram

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Kaylee Ramman was quick to post this gorgeous wedding photo with Manchester City defender Nathan Ake on her Instagram

HARRY MAGUIRE

The England ace went straight from training to secretly marry longtime partner Fern Hawkins at the Crewe Registry Office in May.

Maguire, 29, was spotted leaving the service in a white shirt and navy chinos with white sneakers.

Fern wore a huge ring and left the venue separately as a source said, “They wanted to keep it very low key.”

It's the beautiful flame - as Harry Maguire kicked off a summer of top star weddings and engagements when he married childhood sweetheart Fern Hawkins

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It’s the beautiful flame – as Harry Maguire kicked off a summer of top star weddings and engagements when he married childhood sweetheart Fern HawkinsCredit: Instagram @_fernhawkins

JORDI ALBA

It was a seven-year hitch for the Barcelona left-back this month after courting since 2015 – when he married Romarey Ventura at a spectacular estate in Sevilla as superstars Lionel Messi and Co looked on.

The Spanish star, 32, proposed to Romarey while vacationing on a yacht last summer.

Footballing legends like former Barca teammate Lionel Messi were guests as Jordi Alba married Romarey Ventura

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Footballing legends like former Barca teammate Lionel Messi were guests as Jordi Alba married Romarey VenturaCredit: Instagram / @daniellasemaan

DANIEL JAMES

The Leeds winger took his sweetheart Ria Hughes to the Greek island of Mykonos to ask his sweetheart Ria Hughes the big question.

He had prepared for the occasion with an all-white ceremony backed by “MARRY ME” in large letters.

But the 24-year-old Wales speedster has been slower on the romantic side than he is zooming for Wales as the pair have been dating for five years.

The Leeds and Wales hero posted engagement photos on his Instagram account daniel_james97 after Ria Hughes said 'yes'

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The Leeds and Wales hero posted engagement photos on his Instagram account daniel_james97 after Ria Hughes said ‘yes’

ALEX OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN

The English hope of Liverpool has become one of the newly engaged.

Little Mix star Perrie Edwards announced the engagement on instagram saying, “Last night, the love of my life got down on her knees and I said… YES!

The 28, who have been together since 2016, sparked suggestions on social media. Perrie is pregnant as the Ox tenderly placed his hand on her belly for the photos.

Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has had his idyllic proposal posted on the Little Mix singer's perrieedwards Instagram account

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Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has had his idyllic proposal posted on the Little Mix singer’s perrieedwards Instagram account

ILKAY GUNDOGAN

The wife of Etihad and Germany midfielder Sara Arfaoui has posted snaps of their low-key wedding – held a week before City’s title triumph.

The Italian Sara added the instagram Caption: “Always dreaming…my endless love…S&I.”

This chic wedding photo was posted on Sara Arfaoui's sarabenamiri Instagram account after her marriage to 60 cap star Ilkay Gundogan

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This chic wedding photo was posted on Sara Arfaoui’s sarabenamiri Instagram account after her marriage to 60 cap star Ilkay Gundogan

MARCUS RASHFORD

The local Red Devils star proposed to his childhood sweetheart Lucia Loi, also 24, when they visited celebrity hangouts around Los Angeles in May.

Club and country team-mate Jesse Lingard was among close friends to join in the celebrations after Rashford asked the question in an “extremely romantic” moment.

Old Trafford striker Marcus Rashford posted this snap himself after his LA engagement to longtime girlfriend Lucia Loi

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Old Trafford striker Marcus Rashford posted this snap himself after his LA engagement to longtime girlfriend Lucia Loi

JERMAIN DEFOE

The 39-year-old former England striker married beautician Donna Tierney this month after a three-day celebration.

The couple reportedly described the event at Berkshire country house Cliveden House – attended by 360 guests – as ‘like a movie’

Former Sunderland and Rangers hero Jermain Defoe has married Donna Tierney

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Former Sunderland and Rangers hero Jermain Defoe has married Donna TierneyCredit: Instagram

ANDY CARROLL

The former Three Lions and Liverpool hitman married Billi Mucklow this month after the reality TV star forgave him over three-in-one bachelor party photos .

Billi, 33, is believed to have nearly canceled the nuptials after pictures of Andy, 34, with bar manager Taylor Jane Wilkey in Dubai.

And they both reportedly burst out laughing at their wedding when the officiant asked if anyone present knew of a reason why they shouldn’t get married.

Billi Mucklow wished Andy Carroll

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Billi Mucklow wished Andy Carroll “Happy Fathers Day Husband” as things seemed to be calming down quickly for the newlywedsCredit: Instagram