For Premier League fans, having players swapping their club jerseys for their country’s colours is one of the biggest flexes going. Not only does it show an adept ability in either scouting or purchasing the best in the business, but it can add an extra layer of gloating if one of your players is able to overcome a rival on the biggest international stages. With the 2022 Qatar World Cup just about ready to kick off, we here at SinkorSwimSports thought we would take a look at which Premier League teams have the most players represented at this year’s World Cup.
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6. Brighton And Hove Albion (8 Players)
Beating out the likes of Liverpool and Newcastle into the top six of the best-represented Premier League clubs is Roberto de Zerbi’s Brighton side. It’s been a dramatic season for the Seagulls so far, but the club’s savvy approach to scouting has seen an impressive array of talent to keep rotating through the door. Lewis Dunk was once again denied a call-up from Gareth Southgate, but Tariq Lamptey’s switch of allegiance to Ghana and investment in the South American market has seen eight names representing Brighton at the World Cup.
World Cup Players: Kauro Mitoma (Japan), Leandro Trossard (Belgium), Robert Sanchez (Spain), Alexis Mac Allister (Argentina), Tariq Lamptey (Ghana), Pervis Estupinan, Moises Caicedo, Jeremy Sarmiento (all Ecuador)
5. Arsenal (10 Players)
Mikel Arteta’s long-term vision for Arsenal has fostered a crop of hungry and talented young players, most of which are jetting off to Qatar this winter. Gabriel Martinelli beat out Roberto Firmino to a spot in Brazil’s squad, William Saliba has made the France squad and the English trio of Bukayo Saka, Ben White and Aaron Ramsdale will all hope to find a spot in Southgate’s starting eleven.
World Cup Players: Gabriel Jesus, Gabriel Martinelli (both Brazil), Takehiro Tomiyasu (Japan), Granit Xhaka (Switzerland), William Saliba (France), Matt Turner (USA), Aaron Ramsdale, Ben White, Bukayo Saka (all England), Thomas Partey (Ghana)
4. Tottenham (11 Players)
Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs side were the most represented Premier League side at the 2018 World Cup, and the bulk of their players are back in the fold for 2022. The team will also have the honour of claiming to have three different national team captains at this year’s World Cup, with Harry Kane, Hugo Lloris and the fit-again Son Heung-min representing England, France and South Korea respectively. Elsewhere, Richarlison was another Brazilian talisman to keep the impressive Roberto Firmino out of the Brazilian squad, whilst Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg could be the crucial cog in Denmark being one of the dark horses to watch out for at the tournament.
World Cup Players: Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (Denmark), Ivan Perisic (Croatia), Richarlison (Brazil), Ben Davies (Wales), Hugo Lloris (France), Eric Dier, Harry Kane (both England), Rodrigo Bentancur (Uruguay), Pape Matar Sarr (Senegal), Cristian Romero (Argentina), Son Heung-min (South Korea)
3. Chelsea (12 Players)
Chelsea have certainly grappled with their fair share of injuries this season, with Reece James and Ben Chilwell being arguably the two biggest hitters coming into Qatar. Conor Gallagher’s selection for the England World Cup squad makes the Three Lions the most-represented nation in the Chelsea ranks. Senegal are the only other nation to have multiple representatives coming from the Blues, with the remaining seven players jetting off to the World Cup all flying the flag for different nations at the tournament.
World Cup Players: Mateo Kovacic (Croatia), Thiago Silva (Brazil), Denis Zakaria (Switzerland), Christian Pulisic (USA), Hakim Ziyech (Morocco), Kai Havertz (Germany), Mason Mount, Conor Gallagher, Raheem Sterling (all England), Edouard Mendy, Kalidou Koulibaly (both Senegal), Cesar Azpilicueta (Spain)
2. Man United (14 Players)
In the wake of Cristiano Ronaldo’s explosive interview with Piers Morgan, some breathing space in the Man United dressing room might be the best thing for the club. The bulk of the Red Devils’ representatives at the 2022 World Cup are made up from Ronaldo’s Portugal, Brazil and England. On another note, it’s great to see Christian Eriksen returning to the international arena on the biggest stage of all.
World Cup Players: Antony, Casemiro, Fred (all Brazil), Christian Eriksen (Denmark), Raphael Varane (France), Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, Marcus Rashford (all England), Diogo Dalot, Bruno Fernandes, Cristiano Ronaldo (all Portugal), Facundo Pellistri (Uruguay), Tyrell Malacia (Netherlands), Lisandro Martinez (Argentina)
1. Man City (16 Players)
No surprises here, the best in the land have the most amount of players lining up at this year’s World Cup, even if Erling Haaland will be missing out. With five Englishmen jetting off from Pep Guardiola’s ranks, Man City are sending more players to Gareth Southgate’s squad than any other Premier League team. Elsewhere, Portugal have three players courtesy of Man City, whilst Spain have two. Kevin De Bruyne is once again proving himself to be one of the Premier League’s best players and will be joining up with Belgium for the tournament.
World Cup Players: Manuel Akanji (Switzerland), Ederson (Brazil), Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium), Ilkay Gundogan (Germany), John Stones, Kyle Walker, Kalvin Phillips, Phil Foden, Jack Grealish (all England), Joao Cancelo, Ruben Dias, Bernardo Silva (all Portugal), Nathan Ake (Netherlands), Aymeric Laporte and Rodri (both Spain), Julian Alvarez (Argentina)
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