Every Premier League club’s most-capped England man of all time features World Cup winners

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England lift World Cup in 1966 Credit: PA Images
England lift World Cup in 1966 Credit: PA Images

Thanks to the rather questionable process that led to Qatar hosting a World Cup and the subsequent decision to hold the competition in winter, we’ve had to put up with never-ending transfer sagas and intense analysis on pre-season training methods this summer instead of watching the greatest cup competition on the planet. At least we’ve had the rather excellent Women’s Euros to focus on.

If the World Cup was on, Raheem Sterling’s move to Chelsea may not have happened yet and he would’ve made a few more England appearances as a Manchester City player, seeing him overtake Joe Hart as the club’s most-capped Englishman of all-time. Here’s a list of every Premier League side’s top ranking Three Lion.


Arsenal: Kenny Sansom
England’s 12th most-capped man won 77 of his 86 England caps whilst playing for Arsenal, with Kenny Sansom edging out former Highbury hero David Seaman for top spot. Legendary Gunners skipper Tony Adams’ total of 66 puts him in third out of 68 players.


Aston Villa: Gareth Southgate
Surprisingly, Aston Villa have provided more players for the national side than Arsenal, with a total of 76. Current England boss Gareth Southgate has amassed the most appearances, winning 42 of his 57 caps during his time at Villa Park. Gareth Barry is a distant second on 29.


Bournemouth: Callum Wilson
Bournemouth didn’t have an active England international until 2018, when Lewis Cook made his debut in a 1-1 draw with Italy. Cook remains a one-cap wonder, leaving former Cherries team-mate Callum Wilson in top spot with four.


Brentford: Billy Scott and Leslie Smith
If he doesn’t leave the club, Ivan Toney just needs Gareth Southgate to give him a try-out in a couple of meaningless friendlies to top the Brentford rankings, with one cap enough to lead the charts now. The west London side haven’t possessed an active England international since before the Second World War, when Billy Scott and Les Smith lined up for the Three Lions.


Brighton: Steve Foster
Before Lewis Dunk earned his first and only England cap in 2018, no Brighton player had lined up for the Three Lions in over 36 years. Former centre-half Steve Foster was the last man, making three appearances for his country, including one at the 1982 World Cup.


Chelsea: Frank Lampard
Sterling certainly won’t be topping the Chelsea rankings, unless he can muster another 105 appearances for the national team during his stay at Stamford Bridge to knock Frank Lampard off top spot. Lampard won the first two of his England caps whilst at West Ham, just like his father, but surpassed his old man with over a century of appearances for the Three Lions as a Chelsea player.


Crystal Palace: Kenny Sansom and Geoff Thomas
Sansom requires far fewer caps to top the Crystal Palace charts than he does to lead the way at Arsenal, with nine enough to seem him tie for first place with former Eagles midfielder Geoff Thomas. The Selhurst Park based club have provided just 17 players to England, with the first coming way back in 1914.


Everton: Jordan Pickford
As one of the founding members of the Football League in 1888, it’s no surprise that 70 Everton players have been active England internationals. More of a shock is that current Toffees keeper Jordan Pickford tops the lot, with 45 appearances, seeing off the challenges from Goodison Park legends and World Cup heroes Ray Wilson and Alan Ball. Wilson does at least top the rankings at Championship side Huddersfield.


Fulham: Johnny Haynes
Out of the 12 Fulham players who’ve represented England, only two have reached double figures. World Cup winner George Cohen and fifties superstar Johnny Haynes are the men in question, with Haynes leading the way for the Cottagers on 56.


Leeds United: Jack Charlton
1966 hero Jack Charlton is Leeds’ leading man, despite not playing for his country until he was 29. The older Charlton brother edges out former team-mates Norman Hunter, Paul Madeley, Allan Clarke, Trevor Cherry and Terry Cooper. Having recently departed Elland Road, Kalvin Phillips could well have caught up with Charlton if he spent another year in Yorkshire.


Leicester City: Gordon Banks
Another World Cup winner features in this list, with iconic goalkeeper Gordon Banks beating current Leicester striker Jamie Vardy to top spot for the Foxes. Banks is also number one for Championship side Stoke City, having left Filbert Street for the Victoria Ground in 1967, following the emergence of future England legend Peter Shilton at Leicester.


Liverpool: Steven Gerrard
Way out in a seemingly unassailable lead for the Reds is former skipper Steven Gerrard, who won all of his 114 England caps as a Liverpool player, ending his international career a year before he left Anfield for the sun in Los Angeles. Current club captain Jordan Henderson is in second spot, some 46 appearances behind his former team-mate.

Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard and Watford boss Roy Hodgson Credit: PA Images
Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard and Watford boss Roy Hodgson Credit: PA Images


Manchester City: Joe Hart
There was a time when it looked as if Joe Hart would end up head and shoulders above any other City player in these rankings, but Pep Guardiola’s arrival at the Etihad put paid to that. Hart’s total of 64 was in Sterling’s reach but now John Stones seems the most likely to take the number one spot. Currently on 48, the centre-back shares third spot with Colin Bell, the leading player of the pre-Sheikh days.


Manchester United: Bobby Charlton
The only club that can boast of having two players who won over a century of England caps whilst at the club, Bobby Charlton and Wayne Rooney lead the way for Manchester United. Whilst Rooney managed to overtake the World Cup winner as record goalscorer for club and country, Charlton wins this particular battle by four appearances.


Newcastle United: Alan Shearer
The expected rise of Newcastle United as a superpower in the Premier League may well see their England international rankings change drastically over the course of the decade, but for now hometown hero Alan Shearer’s total of 35 ensures he leads the pack of 37, despite retiring from international football six years before he called it quits at St James’ Park.


Nottingham Forest: Stuart Pearce
Notts Nottingham Forest’s return to the Premier League will no doubt conjure up nostalgic images of Stuart Pearce going full throttle into tackles for those of a certain vintage. Pleasingly for those old folks, Psycho is way out in front here on 76, finally proving that you can beat Des Walker, who sits in second with 41.


Southampton: Peter Shilton
Despite not arriving at the Dell until 1982, when he was 32, Peter Shilton still tops the charts for Southampton with 49, four clear of long-serving Saints forward Mick Channon. England’s record appearance holder also leads the way for League One Derby County, even though he didn’t call the Baseball Ground home until a year after Diego Maradona inexplicably outjumped him at the ’86 World Cup.


Tottenham Hotspur: Harry Kane
More Tottenham players have represented England than any other club, starting all the way back in 1903 with Viv Woodward, the superstar striker of the era who has an impressive record of 29 goals from 23 international appearances. Even current leading man Harry Kane can’t keep up with that strike ratio, but he does top this list, with his total of 73 caps keeping him well ahead of the pack.


West Ham United: Bobby Moore
The fourth and final World Cup winner in this list is legendary captain Bobby Moore, who made all of his 108 England appearances whilst on the books at West Ham, with his international career ending a few months before he made his last appearance at Upton Park. Hat-trick hero Geoff Hurst is in second place for the Hammers on 49.


Wolves: Billy Wright
The first man to reach a century of caps for England, Billy Wright also shares the record with Moore for most matches as skipper, leading the Three Lions in 90 of his 105 matches. Club captain for the majority of the fifties, Wright led Wolves to three top-flight titles during the Old Gold’s golden era.


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