ENGLAND’S football clubs may be providing more players for the 2018 World Cup than any other country, but its own squad for Russia has less experience of playing league football abroad than any other participating nation. Every member of England’s squad plays for English clubs. No other squad can match this from the 32 heading for Russia.
According to data compiled by the European Club Association, a total of 132 players from the 736 squad members now play in England. Manchester City lead the way with 16 players, with Chelsea and Tottenham both providing 12.
The figures also demonstrate the shifting power in football and the continuing trend of Latin American clubs selling their best players. Although Europe accounts for the majority (74%), Asian clubs provide 11%. Notably, Chinese clubs contribute eight players, far more than Brazilian clubs (3), Argentina (3) and Uruguay (2). Russian clubs account for 21 of the host nation squad. Belgium, whose so-called “golden generation” is under pressure to deliver, have just one player who plys his trade at home – Leander Dendoncher of Anderlecht.
Predictably, the same names dominate the top 10, with one exception. Real Madrid will send 15 players to Russia, Barcelona 14 and Paris Saint-Germain and Tottenham 12. The 10th-placed club is Al-Ahli of Saudi Arabia, who have nine clubs in the competition. Liverpool and Arsenal have eight apiece.
Arsenal and Liverpool only have three players between them in the England squad, the composition of which is spread across 10 clubs. Tottenham have the most players, five.
Tottenham’s leading scorer and current England captain, Harry Kane, has been named the most valuable player in football by CIES Football Observatory. Kane is valued at € 201 million, up from € 153 in 2017. Tottenham also have Dele Alli in the top 10, valued at € 171 by CIES.
The figures from the European Club Association prove that England is an attractive market for footballers and that the English clubs have the resourcexs to lure top talent to the Premier League.