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Global Boot Spotting

The international break once again throws up the perfect opportunity for players to show off some signature style and special edition kicks. So sit back and take in the latest edition of Boot Spotting, highlighting some of the best boot stories from around the globe.

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Raheem Sterling (England) Nike Mercurial Vapor XV

Question marks over Raheem Sterling's time with New Balance were raised when he showed for England training in a blacked out pair of Nike Mercurial Vapor XV...

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Raheem Sterling (England) New Balance Furon v7

...But it looks as though those questions were fairly emphatically answer when he showed up in what looks to be a new signature Furon v7 from New Balance in a subsequent training session. Watch this space for more on these in the near future...

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Christian Pulisic (USMNT) PUMA Ultra Ultimate

Must be signature season, because Sterling's not alone in showing off an upcoming special edition. Fellow Chelsea and United States forward, Christian Pulisic looks like he's getting his first ever signature edition in the Ultra Ultimate, courtesy of PUMA.

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James McClean (Republic of Ireland) Nike Phantom Ultra Venom

Can always rely on James McClean for a Nike special edition, and sure enough the Republic of Ireland veteran showed off the recently released Nike Phantom Ultra Venom.

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Lionel Messi (Argentina) adidas X Speedportal Balon Te Adoro

Messi's been enjoying playing in his latest signature edition, the adidas X Speedportal 'Balon Te Adoro', recently, and he bagged a brace in them this week as Argentina beat Honduras 3-0.

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Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid) Next Gen Nike Phantom Prototype

Dani Carvajal is one of a few players to be testing out the next generation Phantom prototype from Nike. If we're after any hints as to what this boot is going to be all about, a look at the recently released Phantom Ultra Venom should give us some clues. More on this as and when...

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Pasquale Mazzocchi (Italy) Lotto Solista 200 IV

A rare sighting on the Lotto Solista 200 IV, and in a new upcoming colourway to boot! This one comes courtesy of right back, Pasquale Mazzocchi, and the new look sees a black base joined by hits of white and green.

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Erling Haaland (Norway) Nike Mercurial Vapor XV

Erling Haaland manages to keep us all guessing on his boot future, even when he's on international duty. The striker has been flirting with adidas and PUMA while he continues to play in an old colourway of the Nike Mercurial Vapor 14 in the 'Motivation Pack' colourway. But this week he switched into the current gen Mercurial Vapor XV in training. We're just waiting for him to play in a match with adidas on one foot and Nike on the other...

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Mapi Leon (Barcelona Femeni) adidas X Speedportal +

Mapi Leon opened the scoring with a stunning free kick in Barcelona's 4-1 win over Villareal, and she did so in the Champions League-inspired 'Beyond Fast' X Speedportal + from adidas.

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Jude Bellingham (England) adidas Predator Edge .1 low

Jude Bellingham has been lacing up in the 'Beyond Fast' colourway of the adidas Predator Edge .1 low recently, and he did so again in England's 1-0 Nations League defeat to Italy.

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Xabi Alonso (Liverpool Legends) adidas Predator Pulse

We always knew Xabi Alonso was a classy player, but he's just gone up even further in our estimation following his choice of the adidas Predator Pulse from the 'Legends' pack. A perfect option for the Liverpool Legends v Manchester United Legends match if ever we saw one.

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