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The England World Cup stars you didn't know had links to East Anglia

Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Nick Pope all have links to our region. Credit: PA/Bury Town

England have been making the country proud at this summer's World Cup in Russia, but did you know many of the squad have links to our region?

Captain Harry Kane once failed to impress in a loan spell at Norwich City, while Nick Pope used to do a milk round in Cambridgeshire before making it as a professional footballer.

Here are the Three Lions stars who will be hoping to enter the history books with a win over Croatia tonight...

  • Harry Kane
Harry Kane was a flop at Norwich. Credit: PA

England captain Harry Kane had an unsuccessful loan spell at Norwich City during the 2012/13 Premier League season.

He broke his metatarsal in only his second appearance for the club and then struggled to get back into the team.

He was recalled by Tottenham four months before his season-long loan should have finished, but not before he featured in the Canaries' humiliating FA Cup defeat to non-league Luton Town.

He left Norwich having failed to score in his handful of appearances for the club, and few Canaries fans could have envisaged that he would go on to becomes one of the world's most prolific strikers.

  • Dele Alli
Dele Alli was a big hit at MK Dons. Credit: PA

Many players have come through MK Dons' academy system, but Dele Alli must go down as the best player the club has ever produced.

He broke into the first team as a 16-year-old and it wasn't long before Tottenham snapped him up in a £5 million deal.

From then, he's gone from strength to strength and is now among the finest young midfielders in world football.

Has played a starring role for the Three Lions at the World Cup, scoring the second goal in their quarter-final victory over Sweden.

  • Kyle Walker
Kyle Walker was loaned to Northampton Town by Sheffield United. Credit: PA

He's now one of the most expensive defenders in history, but Man City star Kyle Walker's first professional appearance actually came during a loan spell at Northampton Town in 2008.

A teenage Walker played nine games for the Cobblers before returning to parent club Sheffield United and breaking into their first team.

A big-money move to Tottenham soon followed before Man City broke the bank to sign him in a £50 million deal last summer.

  • Danny Rose
Danny Rose was an England under 21 international when he joined Peterborough United on loan. Credit: PA

Another player who spent time on loan at a club in our region is Tottenham left-back Danny Rose.

He briefly joined Peterborough United in 2009 while they were in The Championship, but he left just a couple of months later following the departure of boss Darren Ferguson.

Rose has largely been the understudy to Ashley Young at the World Cup so far.

  • Ashley Young
Ashley Young made his name at Watford. Credit: PA

Manchester United's Ashley Young grew up in Stevenage and attended the John Henry Newman School.

While at the school, he played in the same team as Lewis Hamilton who has now established himself as one of the greatest Formula One drivers of all-time.

Young was part of the Watford academy and was brought by Aston Villa for an £8 million fee in 2007.

  • Nick Pope
Nick Pope played for Bury Town after he was rejected by Ipswich Town. Credit: Bury Town

Soham-born goalkeeper Nick Pope always dreamt of playing for Ipswich Town as a kid, but suffered a big setback when he was let go as a 16-year-old.

He got his career back on track at West Suffolk College in Bury St Edmunds, where he was taken under the wing of teacher Richard Wilkins who was also his manager at Bury Town.

While at Bury, he got his big break when Charlton Athletic came calling with a professional contract.

Several loan spells then followed, including one at Cambridge United, before he joined Burnley in 2016.

Has just enjoyed his best career to date after starring for the Clarets in the Premier League following an injury to number one Tom Heaton.