• A quarter (25%) of the 552 players going to Euro 2016 play in the English Football Leagues (inc. Swansea & Cardiff)
  • There are more than double the number of players going to Euro 2016 from the English League than from the German League.
  • Nearly 4 times as many English Football League players will compete in Euro 2016 than players from the Spanish La Liga.

Grosvenor Casinos have analysed all the players competing in the 2016 European championship to find out which country’s Premier League is the most sort after by players in Europe. They have visualised the data on an interactive map which can be found here.

While the England’s national team may not be the bookies’ favourites to win, interestingly most players competing in the Championship are actually English Premier League players. With a quarter (25%) of the 552 players going to Euro 2016 coming in from the English Leagues (inc. Swansea & Cardiff).

Making the English Premier League most prestigious League (or at least the most preferred league) to play for in Europe.

One of the bookies’ favourites, Germany, is a distant second place with 65 players from the German’s premier league going on to compete in the Euro Championships. There are more than double the number of players going to Euro 2016 from the English League than from the German leagues.

Despite the Spanish National football team being the defending champions, 10 of their players are currently playing in the English Premier League. While there are only 35 players from The Spanish Premier League are participating in the Euros compared to England’s 138 players.

The results may initially leave the FA open to criticism that they haven’t done enough to nurture home grown talent compared to other European football associations. However, another key reason other European leagues have fewer numbers is team investing more in talent from outside of Europe, particularly Brazil and other South American countries. While the English Premier League has sourced the majority of foreign upcoming talent from within and neighbouring European Countries.

Top Ten Countries/Leagues by players attending Euro 2016
Country/League No. of players
England (& Wales*) 138 (25%)
Germany 65 (12%)
Italy 57 (10%)
Turkey 36 (6.5%)
Spain 35 (6.3%)
Russia 31 (5.6%)
Ukraine 21 (3.8%)
France 17 (3.1%)
Czech Republic 16 (2.9%)
Switzerland 15 (2.7%)

With 7 of the top 20 teams ranked by players attending Euro 2016, English league clubs dominate. Liverpool are joint top with Juventus, both sending 12 players.

Team No. of players going to Euro 2016 Ranking
Juventus 12 =1st
Liverpool 12 =1st
Tottenham Hotspur 11 =2nd
Real Madrid 11 =2nd
Manchester United 10 3rd
Barcelona 9 =4th
Bayern Munich 9 =4th
Basel 9 =4th
Fenerbahce 9 =4th
CSKA Moscow 8 =5th
Roma 8 =5th
Dynamo Kiev 7 =6th
Dinamo Zagreb 7 =6th
Shakhtar Donetsk 7 =6th
Southampton 7 =6th
Besiktas 7 =6th
Arsenal 7 =6th
Viktoria Plzen 6 =7th

Other teams of interest: Stoke City are joint 8th with 5 players, new Premier League champions Leicester City are joint 9th with 4 players – way down the bottom, relegated Aston Villa and Newcastle are joint 12th (last) with just 1 player.