We are always hearing that English talent is dying out, that foreign influence is taking over the course of the Premier League game. But to what extent are foreign players dominating the league?
Here is a list of the five countries contributing the most players to the 20 teams in the Premier League
5. Scotland | 23 players
Somewhat surprisingly, 23 players give Scotland fifth place in the list. The national side may not be having the best time, recently becoming the first European team to be eliminated from the World Cup qualifiers, but as individuals some players are thriving on the domestic scene. Charlie Adam, Darren Fletcher, Steven Fletcher and Robert Snodgrass are among the players currently plying their trade in the top flight.
4. Republic of Ireland | 29 players
In at number four is another country relatively close to home. Aston Villa seem to be taking advantage of the best Ireland has to offer with seven Irish players in their squad. There is some real quality elsewhere as well with Shane Long, Wes Hoolahan, John O'Shea, Jonathan Walters and Seamus Coleman.
3. Spain | 30 players
Where would the Premier League be without it's Spanish players? Some of the brightest players including: David Silva, Cesar Azpilicueta, Michu, Santi Carzola, Juan Mata and Mikel Arteta all come from the Spain.
Another noticeable player is Chelsea's misfiring striker Fernando Torres who has recently lost his place in the Spanish national team. The Spanish are continuing to produce bucket loads of talent so that number is likely to grow.
2. France | 36 players
Newcastle might spring to mind here. The French revolution at St. James's park has captured the fans heart and sense of humour. But Newcastle isn’t the only route into England. Arsenal and their French manager account for six on the list. Some of the best French talent includes Olivier Giroud, Loic Remy, Samir Nasri, Bacary Sagna, Hatem ben Arfa, Hugo Lloris and Moussa Sissoko. Another Frenchman who you could say has been ruined by the premier league is Chelsea reject, Florent Malouda, who is now forced to train with the reserve squad.
1. England | 223 players
Not surprising at all that the English Premier League is full of Englishmen. But which club has the most registered players? It's West Ham United who have 17 English players in their squad. There is noticeable interest from abroad for players like Wayne Rooney, Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott, but English players prefer to stay at home and this is why England can make a whole national team, worthy of winning anything, out players currently playing in the Premier League.
So it seems that the English Premier League is still dominated by Englishmen. Despite losing many clubs to foreign ownership it looks as though Great Britain is still best when it comes to footballers.
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