The Places That Produce The Most England International Footballers

Football for many of us is more than just a sport, it’s a way of living. Whether you support your local team or travel miles for every match, you are guaranteed to feel at home within your club's stadium. In fact, many supporters form strong rivalries with opposing teams whilst firmly standing by their chosen team. Yet there is one team every football fan will support each time they play, sticking with them through the ups and downs (and there's been a lot!).

The England squad gets the whole nation singing, whether it's down the pub, in our own homes, or at the stadium. Events such as The World Cup and The Euro’s brings the football community together and allows some of the best players in the game to shine. However, the football rivalry won’t stop because the players are on one team, as many of us take the opportunity to gloat about star players being from our club. But which places have dominated the England line-up throughout the years?

In order to find which places gifted us the most England internationals, we went to Wikipedia to find the birthplace of every England Footballer who has been selected for either a European Championships or World Cup squad. This gave us our list of 285 players that have represented England at a major tournament.

Which Regions Dominate the England Team?

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Northhumberland

Phil Neal
Jimmy Adamson
Jackie Milburn
Jack Charlton
Bobby Charlton
Trevor Steven
Trever Steven
Andy Sinton
Ray Kennedy
Peter Beardsley
Fraser Forster
Tony Woodcock
Jeff Astle
Dave Watson
Viv Anderson
Steve Hodge
Jermaine Jenas

Tyne & Wear

Norman Hunter
Chris Waddle
Steve Stone
Paul Gascoigne
Andy Carroll
Alan Shearer
Jimmy Mullen
Michael Carrick
Stan Mortensen
Allenby Chilton
Jordan Pickford
Steve Howey
Nigel Clough
Jordan Henderson

County Durham

Bryan Robson
Colin Bell
Stan Anderson
Harry Hooper
Bobby Robson
Terry Fenwick
Eddie Hopkinson

Cumbria

Gary Stevens
Emlyn Hughes
Peter Thompson
Scott Carson
Dean Henderson

North Yorkshire

Michael Dawson
Derek Kevan
Stewart Downing
Alan Peacock
Bobby Smith
Will Hannion
Billy Nicholson
Terry Cooper

West Yorkshire

Ken Armstrong
Fabian Delph
Cyril Knowles
Trevor Cherry
James Milner
David Batty
Aaron Lennon
Peter Swan
Kalvin Phillips

Lancashire

Bryan Douglas
George Eastham
Tom Finney
Ronnie Clayton
Phil Jones
Mike Summerbee
Billy Slater
Stephen Warnock
Sam Johnstone

East Riding of Yorkshire

Paul Robinson
Nick Barmby

South Yorkshire

Willie Watson
Gordon West
Tommy Taylor
John Stones
Kevin Keegan
Graham Rix
Danny Rose
Ron Flowers
Alan Hodgkinson
David Seaman
Gordon Banks
Teddy Burgin
Laurie Scott
Kyle Walker
Jamie Vardy
Harry Maguire
Albert Quixall
Dominic Calvert-Lewin

Greater Manchester

Paul Mariner
Nat Lofthouse
Tommy Banks
Alan Ball
Francis Lee
Phil Neville
Kieran Trippier
Gary Neville
Colin McDonald
John Aston
Nobby Stiles
Roger Byrne
Nicky Butt
Wes Brown
Marcus Rashford
Ron Staniforth
Keith Newton
Joe Corrigan
Danny Welbeck
David Platt
Paul Scholes
Henry Cockburn
Geoff Hurst
Jimmy Armfield
Phil Jagielka
Phil Foden

Merseyside

Steve McMahon
Rickie Lambert
Phil Thompson
Leighton Baines
Steven Gerrard
Martin Kelly
Wayne Rooney
Tommy Wright
Robbie Fowler
Ian Callaghan
Trent Alexander-Arnold
Terry McDermott
Steve Coppell
Ross Barkley
Peter Withe
Peter Reid
Laurie Hughes
Gerry Byrne
David Johnson
Dave Watson
Brian Labone
Steve McManaman
Jamie Carragher
Billy Eckersley
Alan A'Court
John Connelly
Alvin Martin
Conor Coady

Nottinghamshire

Tony Woodcock
Jeff Astle
Dave Watson
Viv Anderson
Steve Hodge
Jermaine Jenas
Garry Birtles

Lincolnshire

Chris Woods
Ray Clemence

Leicestershire

Peter Shilton
Gary Lineker
Emile Heskey
Eddie Clamp

Derbyshire

Ray Wilson
Mark Hateley
Gary Cahill

Staffordshire

Gerry Hitchens
Stanley Matthews
Dennis Wilshaw
Billy McGarry

Cheshire

Tom Heaton
Michael Owen
Peter Crouch
Roger Hunt
Jesse Lingard

West Midlands

Syd Owen
Daniel Sturridge
Gil Merrick
Tony Daley
Joleon Lescott
Darius Vassell
Carlon Palmer
Steve Bull
Allan Clarke
Bert Williams
Don Howe
Jack Grealish
Jude Bellingham

Shropshire

Joe Hart
Billy Wright

Worcestershire

Alan Smith

Warwickshire

Tim Flowers
Ben Foster

Northamptonshire

Phil Neal

Cambridgeshire

Nick Pope

Bedfordshire

Kerry Dixon

Buckinghamshire

Dele Alli

Ben Chilwell

Norfolk

Danny Mills
Maurice Norman

Suffolk

Richard Wright
Kieron Dyer
Gary Bailey
Matthew Upson

Hertfordshire

Kevin Phillips
Adam Lallana
Jack Wilshere
Ashley Young
Ian Walker
Gareth Southgate
David James

Oxfordshire

Martin Keown
Mark Wright

Gloucestershire

Roy Bentley
Jack Butland
Keith Curle

Bristol

Roy Bentley
Jack Butland
Keith Curle

Greater London

Trevor Brooking
Bobby Moore
John Terry
Alf Ramsey
Paul Merson
Dave Beasant
Johnny Haynes
Les Ferdinand
Shaun Wright-Phillips
Peter Brabrook
Glen Johnson
Chris Smalling
Eddie Baily
Des Walker
Ron Springett
Stuart Pearce
Theo Walcott
Tony Adams
Frank Lampard
Glenn Hoddle
Ray Wilkins
Gary Stevens
Jimmy Taylor
Bedford Jezzard
George Cohen
Dennis Wise
Alan Mullery
Luke Shaw
Bukayo Saka
Jadon Sancho

Scott Parker
Nathaniel Clyne
Ruben Loftus-Cheek
Alex Stepney
Jermain Defoe
Jimmy Greaves
Sol Campbell
Martin Peters
Kenny Green
Rob Lee
Paul Parker
Paul Ince
Rio Ferdinand
Kenny Sansom
Trevor Sinclair
Ryan Bertrand
Ledley King
Ivor Broardis
Ashley Cole
Teddy Sheringham
David Beckham
Harry Kane
Peter Bonetti
Reece James
Declan Rice
Joe Cole

Kent

Peter Broadbent
Ted Ditchburn

Berkshire

Neil Webb
Peter Osgood

Surrey

Rob Green
Mick Mills

East Sussex

Gareth Barry

Hampshire

Jimmy Dickinson
Jamie Redknapp
Steve Foster
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Wayne Bridge
Peter Sillett
Darren Anderton
Terry Paine
Mason Mount

Devon

Maurice Setters
Trevor Francis

Cornwall

Nigel Martyn

Somerset

Tyrone Mings

Click on the circles to reveal the players from each county.

#1 Region - North West

The North West of England is synonymous with a few things, but we can now for certain crown them as the Kings of English Football. The region produced an incredible 73 international footballers, with the top clubs Manchester Utd and Liverpool being the key driving force of the North West’s success.

In fact, the North of England did fairly well in general, with Yorkshire & the Humber (37 players) and the North East (31 players) both coming in behind London (56 players). If we settled the North/South divide based on England's football team alone, then the South would be losing by a mile, with only 8 players coming from the South West and 20 from the South East.

Some things never change though, as the Midlands sits directly in the middle of the table with the West Midlands producing 22 players, whilst the East Midlands comes shortly behind with 17 players. Eastern England produced slightly less with a respectable 15 players, placing them just behind the Midlands. 

#1 County - Greater London

Although the North had some of the best regions for producing international footballers, it is actually Greater London that came out on top as the best county. Greater London is responsible for 56 players, with the likes of Bobby Moore, David Beckham, and Harry Kane all being born in the County.

The Northern Counties of Merseyside (28 players) and Greater Manchester (26 players) followed the big smoke. Merseyside greats include Steven Gerrard, Terry McDermott, and Steve McMahon. Whilst Greater Manchester is home to Phil and Gary Neville, Marcus Rashford, and Geoff Hurst.

Other Counties producing 10 or more international players include: South Yorkshire (18 players), Tyne & Wear (14 players), West Midlands (13 players), and Northumberland (10 players).

#1 District - Liverpool

The City of Liverpool is the district that played home to the most internationals, producing 15 players over the years. Liverpool are running away in the lead, followed by Manchester next with 9, Sheffield with 8, followed by Newham and Birmingham with 7.

Some of the famous players born in Liverpool include Wayne Rooney, Robbie Fowler, Peter Reid, Brian Labone and World Cup winner Gerry Byrne, with the most recent being Trent Alexander-Arnold. 

St Helens and Sefton on Merseyside have also produced 3 players each, with Knowsley joint 5th on the list with Birmingham, producing 6 call ups including Steve McMahon, Phil Thompson and of course Steven Gerrard.

The only other cities/district's to have produced at least 5 players are Bolton, Bury, Gateshead, Preston, Southwark & Sunderland.

#1 Towns - Ashington / Bury / Greenwich

Focusing just on towns rather than larger cities, our research revealed that the towns that have produced the most players are Ashington, Bury and Greenwich. Ashington is famous for being the birthplace of Bobby & Jack Charlton, as well as Jackie Milburn & Jimmy Adamson. The last squad however, including players born in Ashington was all the way back in 1970.

Bury is of course famous for producing the Neville brothers with 8 tournament call ups between them. Bury also had Colin McDonald in the ‘58 World Cup squad and Kieran Trippier in the 2018 squad whose right foot had us all believing for an all too brief period in the Luzhniki Stadium.

Peter Brabrook was the only player to come from Greenwich before 2010, but with a burst of producing Shaun Wright-Phillips, Glen Johnson, and Chris Smalling in the same era, they also quickly shot to the top of the list.

Close behind are 5 towns which have each produced 3 players - Barking, Camberwell, Gateshead, Kirkby & Plaistow.

The Clubs That Send The Most Players To Tournaments

Interestingly, the “big six” clubs when it comes to historically sending the most players to major international tournaments is remarkably similar to the modern “big six”, with Everton coming in 6th, followed by Man City in 7th. Man Utd & Liverpool are battling it out for top position with Utd slightly ahead with 71 to Liverpool’s 68. 15 of the top 20 are also teams that were in the Premier League this season.

Liverpool do however come out on top if we only count each player once. For example, Bobby Charlton represented Manchester United at 5 different tournaments, thus he is counted 5 times in the above figures. Counting the number of unique players a club sends, Liverpool lead the way with 40, followed by Tottenham with 36 and then Man Utd with 33.

As for the non-English teams, Rangers have sent the most unique representatives, 5 in total - Chris Woods, Gary Stevens, Terry Butcher, Trevor Steven and Paul Gascoigne. These all came between ‘88 and ‘96 with 4 Rangers players in the 1990 World Cup squad.

The other foreign teams that have sent multiple players to represent England are AC Milan (Ray Wilkins & Mark Hateley, both in ‘86), Inter Milan (Gerry Hitchens in ‘82 and Paul Ince in ‘96), Marseille (Chris Waddle in ‘90 and Trevor Steven in ‘92), Monaco (Glenn Hoddle & Mark Hateley, both in ‘88) and Borussia Dortmund (Jadon Sancho & Jude Bellingham this year).

The Prototype To Make An England International Squad

Obviously the date of your birthday has nothing to do with how likely you are to make a Euros or World Cup squad. But for the sake of strange curiosity, what if it did?

If you were born in October then you have the best chance of making a tournament squad, with 12% of the call ups being born in October. Bad news for players born in June though, with only 10 of the 285 players born in June, giving you 3.5% chance. Your chances are pretty similar if you were born in any other month.

So anyone born on October 18th is off to a great start apparently! The birth date that has produced the most squad players with 5 is December 8th. 4 players have been born on July 28th, August 5th and September 3rd. The only exact dates that have produced multiple players are April 29th 1927, March 19th 1966 and July 25th 1973, and 1966 isn’t just the year of England's greatest triumph, it’s also the year in which more players were born than any other year.

24-26 is the age when you’re most likely to get called up too. There’s also been an England International that has been to a major tournament that was born in every year of the 20th century since 1915 except 1916, ‘28, ‘31, ‘50, ‘52, ‘69 and ‘76. The more you know!

The most common name to get you a call up? 4% of the players ever called up are called Peter, 12 in total. There’s been 9 Steve/Steven’s, 7 Alan and Paul’s, and 6 players called David, Phil, Gary & Jimmy. 11 is the “perfect” number of characters to have between your first name and surname in order to get called up.

The point of all this? If your name is Peter, you have a 6 letter surname, 26 years old and were born in October, preferably on the 18th, you’re statistically more likely to go to a major tournament with England than anyone else is!



All data was collected from Wikipedia. You can view the full dataset here.