Best XI of footballers to get engaged or married this summer including romantic Man Utd pair and loved-up Arsenal ace

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HARRY MAGUIRE and Marcus Rashford are leading a summer of love as Premier League stars switch from 4-4-2 to a Fall-for-You formation.

With the World Cup in Qatar moved to this winter, it seems more big-name players are getting married or engaged this close (encounters) season than ever before.

Ben White might not want to be called an old-fashioned defender on the pitch but the Arsenal ace showed he's a traditionalist off it with his proposal to Milly Adams

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Ben White might not want to be called an old-fashioned defender on the pitch but the Arsenal ace showed he’s a traditionalist off it with his proposal to Milly Adams
It might seem strange to have a team of 'best men' as the most romantic team but some of the proposals and settings were dreamy

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It might seem strange to have a team of ‘best men’ as the most romantic team but some of the proposals and settings were dreamy
Andy Carroll had a dodgy build-up to his wedding with Billi Mucklow but a joyful picture of the wedding day was put on Instagram

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Andy Carroll had a dodgy build-up to his wedding with Billi Mucklow but a joyful picture of the wedding day was put on Instagram

Among those going from heading 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 frontman Carroll might not be lucky not to have found Hawthorns in his marital bed after a stag-gering pre-wedding photo faux pas.

But it all went smoothly for the former Newcastle hero in the end.

And that earns him a place in our alluring XI of players either tying the knot or successfully popping the question this summer.

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

And they are both also dreaming of making England’s squad for Qatar.

New Wed Devil Maguire makes it a betrothal total of Three Lions who are taking a break from footie floor-play with some true romance.

Here’s a complete guide to our romantic XI – with 11 best men.

THIBAUT COURTOIS

Life surely can’t get much better for Real Madrid’s ex-Chelsea keeper.

Star man in the Champions League final win over Liverpool, the 30-year-old marked his engagement to model Michel Gerzig by jetting to her native Israel to make some fishy friends at Dolphin Reef Beach.

Perhaps with a future wedding in mind – some fin blue …

Newly-engaged Thibaut Cortois and Michel Gerzig frolicked with dolphins

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Newly-engaged Thibaut Cortois and Michel Gerzig frolicked with dolphins

BEN WHITE

The center-back, 24, wowed social media – and more importantly Milly Adams – by getting down on one knee for his proposal.

His description when posting the shots 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 along with the ‘May 29’ engagement date.

And Milly, 25, took White’s words one step further on her own Instagram message as she said: “I got you for life.”

Ben White might hope to emulate an Arsenal defensive legend named Tony but for now has got engaged to the same-surnamed Milly Adams

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Ben White might hope to emulate an Arsenal defensive legend named Tony but for now has got engaged to the same-surnamed Milly Adams

NATHAN AKE

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

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

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

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

HARRY MAGUIRE

The England ace headed straight from training to wed long-time partner Fern Hawkins in secret at Crewe Registry Office in May.

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

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

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It's The Beautiful Flame - as Harry Maguire launched a summer of marriages and engagements for top stars when he wed childhood sweetheart Fern Hawkins

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It’s The Beautiful Flame – as Harry Maguire launched a summer of marriages and engagements for top stars when he wed 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 – as he married Romarey Ventura at a spectacular estate in Seville as superstar pals Lionel Messi and Co watched on.

The Spain star, 32, proposed to Romarey while holidaying on a yacht last summer.

Footballing legends like ex-Barca team-mate Lionel Messi were guests as Jordi Alba married Romarey Ventura

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Footballing legends like ex-Barca team-mate Lionel Messi were guests as Jordi Alba married Romarey VenturaCredit: Instagram / @daniellasemaan

DANIEL JAMES

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

He’d prepared for the occasions with an all-white ceremony backed by ‘MARRY ME’ in huge letters.

But the Wales speedster, 24, has been slower on the romantic side than he is zooming around for Wales as the couple were dating for five years.

The Leeds and Wales hero posted engagement pictures on his daniel_ james97 Instagram account after Ria Hughes said 'yes'

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The Leeds and Wales hero posted engagement pictures on his daniel_ james97 Instagram account after Ria Hughes said ‘yes’

ALEX OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN

Liverpool’s England hopeful has rocked up as one of the newest fiancés.

Little Mix star Perrie Edwards announced the engagement on Instagram by saying: “Last night the love of my life got down on one knee and I said… YES!”

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

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

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

ILKAY GUNDOGAN

The Etihad and Germany midfielder’s wife Sara Arfaoui posted snaps from their discreet wedding – held a week before City’s title triumph.

Italian Sara added the Instagram caption: “Still dreaming…. My endless love … S&I.”

This classy wedding shot was posted on Sara Arfaoui's sarabenamiri Instagram account after she married 60-cap star Ilkay Gundogan

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This classy wedding shot was posted on Sara Arfaoui’s sarabenamiri Instagram account after she married 60-cap star Ilkay Gundogan

MARCUS RASHFORD

The home-grown Red Devils’ star proposed to childhood sweetheart Lucia Loi, also 24, when they toured celebrity hangouts around Los Angeles in May.

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

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

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

JERMAIN DEFOE

The former England forward, 39, wed beauty therapist Donna Tierney this month after a three-day celebration.

The couple are said to have described the event in Berkshire country house Cliveden House – accompanied by 360 guests – as ‘like a movie’

Ex-Sunderland and Rangers hero Jermain Defoe has wed Donna Tierney

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Ex-Sunderland and Rangers hero Jermain Defoe has wed Donna TierneyCredit: instagram

ANDY CARROLL

The ex-Three Lions and Liverpool hitman tied the knot with Billi Mucklow this month after the reality TV star forgave him for three-in-a-bed stag-do photos.

It’s thought 33-year-old Billi, 33, came close to calling off the nuptials after pictures of Andy, 34, with bar manager Taylor Jane Wilkey in Dubai.

And they are both said to have joined in loud laughter at their wedding when the officiator asked if anyone present knew of a reason they should not be married.

Billi Mucklow wished Andy Carroll 'Happy Fathers Day Husband' as things seemed to quickly settle down for the newly weds

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Billi Mucklow wished Andy Carroll ‘Happy Fathers Day Husband’ as things seemed to quickly settle down for the newly wedsCredit: instagram

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