Euro 2016 kicks off this Friday, with the hosts France taking on Romania in Paris. Hopes are reasonably high for Roy Hodgson’s bright young England side, while the Home Nations are also represented by Gareth-Bale led Wales – in their first major tournament since 1958 – and Northern Ireland.
Millions of people from all over Europe – from Albania to Iceland – will be heading to France to attend matches and fill the fan zones of the host cities.
Here, we look at the houses of three of England’s main stars, in our attempt to put a property spin on the upcoming finals.
England’s captain, talisman and record goalscorer lives in a very plush £5 million mansion in Cheshire (a very popular location for Premier League footballers playing in the North-West).
The 20 acre, three-storey home – situated in the picturesque village of Prestbury – boasts its own cinema and as, as you’d expect, a mini football pitch. It also includes a swimming pool, gym, Jacuzzi, indoor bar and a luxury (very luxury) kitchen.
When you’re earning £300,000 a week, money really is no object – but let’s hope Rooney can let his feet do the talking when it really matters, starting with this Saturday’s Group B opener against Russia at the Stade Velodrome, Marseille.
The Chelsea defender and England stalwart will shortly be moving into a £5 million mega mansion in Surrey, which has drawn opposition from local residents.
The home, which will have four floors, will include a cinema, a library, a wine room and a games room. In addition, a gym, a bar, a boot room and staff living quarters are also included in the blueprints for the home.
Despite opposition from neighbours – complaining that the new home will be too big and 'ugly' – Cahill was given the green light to crack on with the building work.
Hopefully he can show the same levels of determination and persistence while manning England’s defence in France.
The 21-year old Manchester City winger is another Cheshire resident – he moved into his £3.5 million mansion, close to Sir Alex Ferguson’s Tudor-style home, after leaving Liverpool for the blue side of Manchester.
The six-bed property, which is said to boast a 30ft swimming pool, a cinema room and a large garage space capable of housing three sports cars, is situated in the affluent town of Wilmslow, which is well-known for its rich and famous residents and the luxurious lifestyle it offers.
Sterling, who cost Manchester City £49m last summer, has had a fairly average season but is expected to play a key role in Hodgson’s side over the coming month.
England fans will hope he can repeat his performances at the 2014 World Cup, where he was one of the few bright spots in an otherwise dismal campaign.
We’re making no predictions – other than, if it goes to penalties, England will go out – but the form of players like Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy, Dele Alli, Rooney and Joe Hart should give plenty of cause for optimism.
We say it at every tournament, but there is a chance that this could finally be the tournament where football comes home.
(Please don’t hold us to the above prediction. Tears, missed opportunities and glorious failure are, sadly, far more likely).