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          Mapping out where English Prem players come from

          Finding English football's talent hotbeds

          2020/05/14 13:19
          By Connor Andrews
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          Whilst there's been plenty of talk about fixing English football since Wayne Rooney's retirement prompted the end of the country’s painfully unsuccessful ‘Golden Generation’ we may be far further along the line than we realise.

          With a World Cup semi-final appearance in 2018 and a plethora of trophies through U21s to U17’s in the past five years, the argument could be made English football is in fact already fixed.

          We’ve taken it upon ourselves to look at where all this new talent is coming from, wading through all 167 players born in England to play Premier League minutes this season, with some interesting results.

          The fact this all-star list doesn’t even include two of the game's best players, Raheem Sterling (born outside England) and Jadon Sancho (playing outside England) shows just how good things are, and that while tournament football requires a giant dose of luck, regular knockout appearances might at least ease the years of hurt.
           



          Greater London x41

          East London x13
          Reece James, Jonjo Shelvey, David Martin, Adam Smith, Mark Noble, Andros Townsend, Jordon Ibe, Jeremy Ngakia, Junior Stanislas, Ezri Konsa, Joe Gomez, Ainsley Maitland Niles, Kortney Hause

          South Londonx11
          Aaron Wan Bissaka, Emile Smith-Rowe, Michail Antonio, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Brandon Pierrick, Eddie Nketiah, Reiss Nelson, Tammy Abraham, Ryan Sessegnon, Ryan Bertrand, Jack Cork

          North London x9
          Harry Kane, Dwight Gayle, Joe Willock, Angel Gomes, Henri Lansbury, Kyle Walker Peters, Japhet Tanganga, Steven Alzate, Theo Walcott

          West London x8
          Declan Rice, Luke Shaw, Bukayo Saka, Patrick Roberts, Max Aarons, Ryan Fredericks, Tariq Lamptey, Max Kilman

          Walthamstow and Kingston lead all London boroughs with three players each, Kingston could be top of the pile with four, but Raheem Sterling was in fact born in Kingston, Jamaica.

          Greater Manchester x15
          James Tarkowski, Brandon Williams, Marcus Rashford, Martin Kelly, Danny Welbeck, Danny Drinkwater, Dwight McNeil, Craig Dawson, Michael Keane, Ben Mee, Phil Foden, Phil Jagielka, Nathan Holland, Rob Holding, Dale Stephens

          Merseyside x12
          Conor Coady, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jack O’Connell, John Lundstram, Aaron Cresswell, Tom Davies, Leighton Baines, Ross Barkley, Scott Dann, Curtis Jones, Anthony Gordon, James Garner

          While Greater Manchester may have the edge on North Western rivals Merseyside, the city of Manchester’s 5 is actually less than Liverpool’s 10.

          South Yorkshire x9
          Harry Maguire, Jamie Vardy, Dominic Calvert Lewin, Kyle Walker, Billy Sharp, Mason Holgate, Danny Rose, Matty Longstaff, John Stones

          South Yorkshire has massively outperformed its size, as the fourth joint highest producing county, despite being 10th in population size.

          Hampshire x9
          Mason Mount, Joel Ward, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Calum Chambers, Simon Moore, Tom Cleverly, Matt Targett, Danny Ings, James Ward-Prowse

          Portsmouth has been one of the country’s top hot beds but their team has never profited, with Ward-Prowse, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Mason Mount all born in the city but never making an appearance for Pompey.

          West Midlands x6
          Jack Grealish, Nathan Redmond, Troy Deeney, Demarai Grey, Andre Gray, Leon Clarke

          Hertfordshire x6
          Ashley Young, Jack Wilshere, Keinan Davis, Adam Lallana, Oliver Skipp, Harry Winks

          Essex x5
          Charlie Daniels, Ryan Bennett, James Tomkins, Sam Byram, Isaac Hayden

          Tyne & Wear x5
          Andy Carroll, Sean Longstaff, Jordan Henderson, Chris Basham, Jordan Pickford

          Derbyshire x4
          Jamaal Lascelles, Ben Osborn, Gary Cahill, Matt Lowton

          Lancashire x4
          Jay Rodriguez, Matty James, Harvey Barnes, Phil Jones

          Cheshire x4
          Josh Brownhill, Jesse Lingard, Tom Heaton, Ashley Westwood

          West Yorkshire x4
          Fabian Delph, Mason Greenwood, James Milner, Aaron Lennon

          North Yorkshire x3
          Ben Godfrey, Charlie Taylor, Lewis Cook

          Norfolk x3
          Angus Gunn, Jed Steer, Todd Cantwell

          Surrey x3
          Harvey Elliott, Will Hughes, Alex McCarthy

          Berkshire x3
          Sam Surridge, Dominic Solanke, Jack Stacey

          Buckinghamshire x3
          Ben Chilwell, Dele Alli, George Baldock

          East Sussex x3
          Solly March, Steve Cook, Lewis Dunk

          Warwickshire x3
          James Maddison, Callum Wilson, Ben Foster

          Staffordshire x3
          Morgan Gibbs White, Marc Albrighton, Aaron Ramsdale

          Somerset x2
          Tyrone Mings, Ashley Barnes

          Herefordshire x2
          Connor Wickham, Jarrod Bowen

          Herefordshire has one of the smallest population sizes in the country, meaning two top flight players is a decent return, even though Wickham has now moved to the Championship. 

          Devon x2
          Dan Gosling, Jack Stephens

          Dorset x2
          Tino Anjorin, Jack Simpson

          Leicestershire x2
          Hamza Choudhury, Che Adams

          Cumbria x2
          Glenn Murray, Dean Henderson

          Nottinghamshire x1
          Simon Francis

          Northumberland x1
          Dan Burn

          Kent x1
          Luke Freeman

          Kent seriously need to up their game with the sixth highest population size of any English county, but just one player produced.

          Bedfordshire x1
          James Justin

          Gloucestershire x1
          Eric Dier

          West Sussex x1
          Adam Webster

          Cambridgeshire x1
          Nick Pope
           


           

           

           

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