Premier League players face World Cup fatigue new research reveals

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The World Cup in Brazil is almost upon us, but while fans gear up for the greatest show on earth there's a chance that some of the players involved won't be able to muster the same level of excitement.

That's not because they don't want to play however - but because new research may have revealed that some of the best players that ply their trade in the Premier League could be turning up not exactly at the peak of their powers.

New data released by the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index and published by the Daily Mail reveal that some of the biggest names in the self-proclaimed most exciting league in the world may have run themselves into the ground during the domestic campaign by clocking up the miles on the pitch.

The data shows which players in the Premier League covered the most miles in the 2013/14 - and it is Crystal Palace and Australia star Mile Jedinak who comes out on top. He covered an incredible 266.8 miles last season in 38 games - which equates to just over seven miles every game.

England's excuse every four years is that without a winter break they turn up to major international tournaments exhausted - and this data could well back up that claim. Southampton's Adam Lalllana and Liverpool ace Jordan Henderson, who are both in Roy Hodgson's squad, are second and third on the list having ran 255.7 miles and 236.7 miles respectively. 

Despite his advancing years Steven Gerrard, who will captain England in Brazil, also makes the list in 13th place having covered 210 miles. He comes in just behind Three Lions defender Luke Shaw who grabs 11th spot with 211.3 miles covered.

Of the main contenders for this year's tournament it appears as though France have the most cause for concern, with Olivier Giroud (221.1 miles), and Bacary Sagna (213.3 miles) both in the top ten.

Interestingly, favourites Brazil don't have any players particularly high up the list.

Of the hosts' England-based contingent Chelsea's Ramires comes in 15th having covered 204.3 miles during the Premier League season, while behind much further down the list is Fernandinho (195.9), Paulinho (186.4) and Oscar (163.9)

It's very much the same story for Spain, with Santi Cazorla the hardest worker for the reigning champions, coming home in 22nd having covered 194.5 miles.

Most distance covered in the Premier League (games/distance/miles-per-game):

Mile Jedinak - 266.8 miles covered in 38 games

Adam Lallana - 255.7 in 38

Jordan Henderson - 236.7 in 35

Geoff Cameron - 236.7 in 37

Pablo Zabaleta - 221.8 in 35

Moussa Sissoko - 221.7 in 35

Olivier Giroud - 221.1 in 36

Yaya Toure - 215.6 in 35

Chieck Tiote - 214.6 in 33

Bacary Sagna - 213.3 in 35

Luke Shaw - 211.3 in 35

Gary Medel - 211.2 in 34

Steven Gerrard - 210.4 in 34

Eden Hazard - 206.8 in 35

Ramires - 204.3 in 30

Rickie Lambert - 203.6 in 37

Per Mertesacker - 200.8 in 35

Leighton Baines - 197.2 in 32

Luis Suarez - 196.6 in 33

Fernandinho - 195.9 in 33

Patrice Evra - 194.5 in 33

Santi Cazorla - 194.5 in 31

Ron Vlaar - 192.5 in 32

Dejan Lovren - 192.1 in 32

Wayne Rooney - 190.4 in 29

Manyor Figueroa - 187.2 in 32

Paulinho - 186.4 in 30

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