England stars and a World Cup winner... all going free

Millions of pounds worth of talent are available for nothing but can they find a home this transfer window?

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Three players who have represented England at a World Cup; one French World Cup winner and Joey Barton – all of them available for nothing this summer.

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This year the transfer window offers a particularly rich crop of free agents, many of whom have clearly been released on grounds of age. Others are victims of the 25-man squad limit at the Premier League clubs. All of them would expect that their free status entitles them to a bigger signing-on fee. But, that the likes of Matthew Upson (32) and John Carew (31) are still free agents is a sign of the reluctance to offer attractive deals to older players.