Manchester United still top the table of providing England players for World Cups

Manchester United still top the table for providing England players for World Cups.

Gareth Southgate’s selection of Phil Jones, Ashley Young, Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford means 41 United players have been picked for the tournament since 1950.

Since England made their debut at the tournament in Brazil 68 years ago, a total of 15 squads have been assembled.

Jesse Lingard is one of 41 Manchester United players in England World Cup squads since 1950

Jesse Lingard is one of 41 Manchester United players in England World Cup squads since 1950

Jesse Lingard is one of 41 Manchester United players in England World Cup squads since 1950

Marcus Rashford is another from the Old Trafford club to be going to Russia this summer

Marcus Rashford is another from the Old Trafford club to be going to Russia this summer

Marcus Rashford is another from the Old Trafford club to be going to Russia this summer

In that time 335 players have turned out for the Three Lions at the World Cup, with only 13 selected from sides outside England. 

Of course, England failed to qualify for the 1974, 1978 and 1994 editions of the global showpiece so those four occasions do not factor into the calculations.

United’s four inclusions this time around match the most players they have had in a squad – it is the seventh time in England’s last 10 tournaments they have achieved that mark. 

The Old Trafford club also hold the record for the only side to provide players for the England squad at every tournament.

Tottenham are second in the table after United having provided 36 players with 10 of these selected for the last three World Cups.

Spurs have the most players (five) in this year’s squad and Liverpool are third on the overall list, providing 32 players, of which 14 have been supplied since 2006.

Dele Alli is one of five Tottenham players in the 23-man group travelling this summer

Dele Alli is one of five Tottenham players in the 23-man group travelling this summer

Dele Alli is one of five Tottenham players in the 23-man group travelling this summer

Both Spurs and Liverpool have had players in all but two England World Cup squads with no players from the Reds in 1986 and no representatives from Tottenham in 2014.

Chelsea (22 players) and Arsenal (20) make up the top five. This table shows a clear link between the Premier League’s ‘big six’ and the England squad, of which 17 of Southgate’s 23 selections have come from.  

Only West Ham separate Manchester City from their ‘big six’ rivals in this table. The Hammers have provided 15 players, with Bobby Moore the standout name having led England to World Cup glory in 1966. 

City have provided four players to the England squad which is the joint-highest provided from either a Premier League or First Division champion in the same season. 

Jack Butland is one of three goalkeepers selected from outside the 'big six' teams

Jack Butland is one of three goalkeepers selected from outside the 'big six' teams

Jack Butland is one of three goalkeepers selected from outside the ‘big six’ teams

The champions share that distinction with Wolves (1957-58), Everton (1969-70), Arsenal (2001-02) and Chelsea (2005-06 and 2009-10). 

The selection of Nick Pope, Jack Butland and Jordan Pickford for this summer’s tournament in Russia marks the first time a ‘big six’ goalkeeper hasn’t been selected since the 1962 World Cup. 

Sheffield Wednesday’s Ron Springett, Sheffield United’s Alan Hodgkinson and an uncapped Gordon Banks of Leicester City were chosen for that year’s tournament in Chile.

ENGLAND PLAYERS AT WORLD CUPS BY CLUB AFFILIATION
TEAM  NUMBER OF PLAYERS TEAM  NUMBER OF PLAYERS 
Manchester United   41  Bolton  
Tottenham     36  Burnley  
Liverpool     32  Huddersfield 
Chelsea     22  Portsmouth  
Arsenal     20  Preston  
West Ham     15  Sheffield United 
Manchester City    14  AC Milan  
Everton     13  Bayern Munich  
Wolves     13  Birmingham  
Leeds     11  Derby  
West Brom     QPR 
Aston Villa     8   Stoke 
Newcastle   Sunderland  
Southampton    Brighton 
Blackpool     Celtic  
Fulham     Crystal Palace 
Blackburn    Cologne 
Middlesbrough     Inter Milan  
Nottingham Forest     Luton 
Rangers     Marseille  
Ipswich    Norwich 
Leicester     Real Madrid  
Sheffield Wednesday     Watford 

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