Ranking the Premier League clubs on how many players they have at the World Cup

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag and Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola. Credit: Alamy
Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag and Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola. Credit: Alamy

There’s only Erling Haaland training alone at Manchester City while pretty much all his teammates are at the World Cup. But some clubs can basically have a rest and then another pre-season with almost all their players.

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18=) Southampton (2)
Armel Bella-Kotchap (Germany), Mohammed Salisu (Ghana).

After resisting call-ups for the last three years, Salisu suddenly decided he was bang up for Ghana after they qualified for Qatar. Odd that. Bella-Kotchap made the Germany squad but James Ward-Prowse and Duje Caleta-Car missed out on selection for England and Croatia respectively, giving new boss Nathan Jones an almost full squad to work with for six weeks.

 

18=) Crystal Palace (2)
Joachim Andersen (Denmark), Jordan Ayew (Ghana)

Marc Guehi missed out on the England squad but his defensive partner Andersen made it in for Denmark. Ayew but not Jeffrey Schlupp made it for Ghana.

 

18) Bournemouth (2)
Chris Mepham, Kieffer Moore (Wales).

As expected, Mepham and Moore were both selected by Wales, but Philip Billing was left out of Denmark’s final squad.

 

17) Leeds United (3)
Brenden Aaronson, Tyler Adams (USA), Rasmus Kristensen (Denmark).

Leeds’ American duo are Qatar-bound, as is Kristensen after he made Denmark’s first 21. Mateusz Klich and Robin Koch missed out on selection for Poland and Germany respectively, while Luis Enrique ignored Diego Llorente and Rodrigo.

 

15=) Everton (4)
Idrissa Gueye (Senegal), Jordan Pickford, Conor Coady (England), Amadou Onana (Belgium).

Gueye was in the Senegal squad named on Friday morning, 24 hours after Onana received word he was heading to Qatar with Belgium. Pickford and Coady’s selections for England were never in doubt.

 

15=) Aston Villa (4)
Jan Bednarek, Matty Cash (Poland), Leander Dendoncker (Belgium), Emiliano Martinez (Argentina).

Philippe Coutinho and Douglas Luiz both missed out on the Brazil squad, while Tyrone Mings and Ollie Watkins also stay at home while their England colleagues are getting off to Qatar.

 

11=) Wolves (5)
Ruben Neves, Matheus Nunes, Jose Sa (Portugal), Hwang Hee-chan (South Korea), Raul Jimenez (Mexico),

Only three Wolves in the Portugal squad, with Joao Moutinho and Goncalo Guedes axed, and Pedro Neto ruled out of the tournament through injury. Raul Jimenez has won his battle to prove his fitness to Mexico.

 

11=) West Ham (5)
Declan Rice (England), Alphonse Areola (France), Lucas Paqueta (Brazil), Thilo Kehrer (Germany), Nayef Aguerd (Morocco).

Jarrod Bowen has struggled to replicate last season’s form which saw him miss the cut for England. Aguerd has recovered from injury in time to take his seat on Morocco’s plane.

 

11=) Newcastle United (5)
Nick Pope, Kieran Trippier, Callum Wilson (England), Fabian Schar (Switzerland), Bruno Guimaraes (Brazil).

Bruno Guimaraes is in the Brazil squad but Joelinton misses out. Three Magpies make the England squad – only Manchester City have provided more players for the Three Lions. There was bad news for Sven Botman on Friday when he was omitted from Louis van Gaal’s Netherlands squad.

 

11=) Nottingham Forest (5)
Confirmed: Wayne Hennessey, Neco Williams, Brennan Johnson (Wales), Remo Freuler (Switzerland), Cheikhou Koyate (Senegal).

Freuler and Williams are perhaps the only Forest representatives likely to start in Qatar. Dean Henderson was fourth on the list of England goalkeepers.

 

9=) Brentford (6)
Mathias Jensen, Mikkel Damsgaard, Christian Norgaard (Denmark), Bryan Mbeumo (Cameroon), David Raya (Spain), Saman Ghoddos (Iran)

Jensen and Damsgaard were in Denmark’s initial squad, with Norgaard eventually joining them. Raya is among Spain’s three keepers. Mbeumo switched allegiance to Cameroon in the summer and he’s been given the nod for Qatar. No Ivan Toney in England’s squad.

 

9=) Fulham (6)
Harry Wilson, Dan James (Wales), Antonee Robinson, Tim Ream (USA), Joao Palhinha (Portugal), Aleksandar Mitrovic (Serbia).

Ream returns to the USA squad alongside Robinson and while Harris didn’t make Wales’ 26-man squad, he will travel to Qatar as back-up. Kevin Mbabau was left out by Switzerland. Mitrovic will go with Serbia if he has to play on one leg.

 

7=) Leicester  (7)
Confirmed: James Maddison (England), Danny Ward (Wales), Youri Tielemans, Timothy Castagne, Wout Faes (Belgium), Nampalys Mendy (Senegal), Daniel Amartey (Ghana).

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7=) Liverpool (7)
Clisson, Fabinho (Brazil), Jordan Henderson, Trent Alexander-Arnold (England), Virgil Van Dijk (Netherlands), Darwin Nunez (Uruguay), Ibrahima Konate (France).

Jurgen Klopp is unlikely to be affected as badly as some of the other Big Six bosses. Indeed, of Liverpool’s regulars, Mo Salah, Luis Diaz, Thiago, Roberto Firmino and Andy Robertson will all have their feet up, so he can afford to be reasonably relaxed, even if he says he’s not: “It’s really, really hard, but that’s the situation and it’s the same for all of us and that’s the only good thing about it.”

 

6) Brighton (8)
Kaoru Mitoma (Japan), Leandro Trossard (Belgium), Robert Sanchez (Spain), Alexis Mac Allister (Argentina), Tariq Lamptey (Ghana), Moises Caicedo, Pervis Estupinan, Jeremy Sarmiento (Ecuador).

That’s quite the list for a middling Premier League club, though it’s a shame there is no English involvement despite three Brighton players being in the initial 55-man list.

 

5) Arsenal (10)
Aaron Ramsdale, Bukayo Saka, Ben White (England), Granit Xhaka (Switzerland), Gabriel Jesus, Gabriel Martinelli (Brazil), Takehiro Tomiyasu (Japan), Matt Turner (USA), William Saliba (France), Thomas Partey (Ghana)

Martinelli (much to this fella’s disgust) and Gabriel made the Brazil cut but Gabriel Magalhaes did not. White’s versatility and injuries to other England defenders got him in Southgate’s squad, while Saliba made the cut for France.

 

4) Tottenham (11)
Harry Kane, Eric Dier (England), Heung-min Son (South Korea), Hugo Lloris (France), Richarlison (Brazil), Rodrigo Bentancur (Uruguay), Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (Denmark), Ivan Perisic (Croatia), Pape Matar Sarr (Senegal), Ben Davies (Wales), Cristian Romero (Argentina).

That’s a hell of a lot of players, including one who has so far played zero actual minutes for Spurs.

 

3) Chelsea (12)
Edouard Mendy, Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal), Mason Mount, Raheem Sterling, Conor Gallagher (England), Cesar Azpilicueta (Spain), Thiago Silva (Brazil), Christian Pulisic (USA), Kai Havertz (Germany), Matteo Kovacic (Croatia), Hakim Ziyech (Morocco), Denis Zakaria (Switzerland).

Good and bad news for Chelsea surrounding their England representatives. Ben Chilwell never stood a chance after his injury; Reece James was willing to try but Southgate was not; while Conor Gallagher earned a surprise call-up at James Ward-Prowse’s expense. No N’Golo Kante for France because of his fitness concerns.

 

2) Manchester United (14)
Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes, Diogo Dalot (Portugal), Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, Marcus Rashford (England), Raphael Varane (France), Christian Eriksen (Denmark), Tyrell Malacia (Netherlands), Facundo Pellistri (Uruguay), Casemiro, Fred, Antony (Brazil), Lisandro Martinez (Argentina).

Rashford did enough to earn an England recall, while Brazil are taking all three United hopefuls. Varane is winning his battle to recover from a hamstring problem having been named in Didier Deschamps’ France squad.

 

1) Manchester City (16)
Probables: Kyle Walker, John Stones, Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Kalvin Phillips (England), Joao Cancelo, Ruben Dias, Bernardo Silva (Portugal), Rodri, Aymeric Laporte (Spain), Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium), Ederson (Brazil), Ilkay Gundogan (Germany), Manuel Akanji (Switzerland), Nathan Ake (Netherlands), Julian Alvarez (Argentina)

City provide more England players than any other club. There were fitness doubts over Walker and Phillips but both have enough credit in the bank for Southgate to take a risk on the City pair. Reece James, evidently, did not.

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