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English football's reputation as the game's pre-eminent melting pot will be cemented at Euro 2004, with one in six of the players signed to English clubs.

English football's reputation as the game's pre-eminent melting pot will be cemented at Euro 2004, with one in six of the players signed to English clubs.

In addition to 21 members of Sven Goran Eriksson's side, 40 are contracted to clubs in England, mostly in the Premiership. English clubs will therefore contribute 61 players to the tournament in total.

German clubs contribute the next largest amount, 50, including 20 members of Germany's 23-man squad. Next come Italian clubs (46 players in total, 23 with Italy), Spanish clubs (27, 23 with Spain), French and Portuguese clubs (20 each), Greek clubs (17) and Dutch clubs (16).

At the World Cup in Japan and South Korea two years ago, English football was also the largest provider of players, accounting for one in seven (or 105 from 736).

The multi-national nature of the Premiership is reflected by the range of clubs represented. No fewer than 16 of the 20 clubs who will comprise next season's top division are represented at Euro 2004. Only fans of Blackburn, Crystal Palace, Middlesbrough and Norwich will be unable to spot one of their players in action. Chelsea fans will be able to follow the fortunes of 11 familiar faces, including four England squad members.

Arsenal and Manchester United will be represented by eight players apiece, with two of Highbury's contingent and four of those from Old Trafford in Eriksson's squad. There are seven Liverpool players in action (three with England), while Aston Villa have five (one English), Tottenham four (two English), Everton three (one English) and Charlton, Fulham, Manchester City and Southampton two. Birmingham, Newcastle, West Brom, Bolton and Portsmouth have one, with Kieron Dyer the only Englishman.

England's players come from 13 different clubs, 11 of them in England providing 21, plus Real Madrid and Bayern Munich with David Beckham and Owen Hargreaves respectively.

Italy and Spain have squads wholly comprised of home-based players. Germany and Russia have 20 home-based players each. France have only eight, the Netherlands six and Croatia one. The latter have the most dispersed squad, with 23 from 21 different clubs.



Ivica Mornar Portsmouth


Petr Cech Chelsea

Milan Baros Liverpool

Vladimir Smicer Liverpool


Stephan Andersen Charlton

Thomas Gravesen Everton

Jesper Gronkjaer Chelsea

Claus Jensen Charlton

Martin Laursen Aston Villa

Thomas Sorensen Aston Villa


Wayne Bridge Chelsea

Nicky Butt Manchester United

Sol Campbell Arsenal

Jamie Carragher Liverpool

Ashley Cole Arsenal

Joe Cole Chelsea

Kieron Dyer Newcastle United

Steven Gerrard Liverpool

Emile Heskey Birmingham

David James Manchester City

Ledley King Tottenham Hotspur

Frank Lampard Chelsea

Gary Neville Manchester United

Phillip Neville Manchester United

Michael Owen Liverpool

Paul Robinson Tottenham Hotspur

Wayne Rooney Everton

Paul Scholes Manchester United

John Terry Chelsea

Darius Vassell Aston Villa

Ian Walker Leicester City


Marcel Desailly Chelsea

William Gallas Chelsea

Thierry Henry Arsenal

Claude Makelele Chelsea

Robert Pires Arsenal

Louis Saha Manchester United

Mikaël Silvestre Manchester United

Patrick Vieira Arsenal

Sylvain Wiltord Arsenal


Dietmar Hamann Liverpool

Jens Lehmann Arsenal

Christian Ziege Tottenham


Nikolaos Dabizas Leicester City

Stylianos Giannakopoulos Bolton


Marians Pahars Southampton

Andrejs Stolcers Fulham


Paul Bosvelt Manchester City

Edwin van der Sar Fulham

Ruud van Nistelrooy Manchester United

Boudewijn Zenden Middlesbrough


Helder Postiga Tottenham Hotspur

Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United


Alexei Smertin Portsmouth


Marcus Allback Aston Villa

Tobias Linderoth Everton

Fredrik Ljungberg Arsenal

Olof Mellberg Aston Villa

Anders Svensson Southampton


Bernt Haas West Bromwich Albion

Stéphane Henchoz Liverpool