REVEALED: After Moyes Wanted 'British-ness' - What % of Your Premier League Club's Squad Is British?

"I thought the game might suit more 'British-ness' in the middle of the pitch," That was the rather questionable explanation offered by Sunderland manager David Moyes as to why he chose to leave club record signing Didier Ndong out of his team in favour of Jack Rodwell and Irish, so technically not British, Darron Gibson against Burnley at the weekend. It probably swelled Sunderland support by one as a Mr Nigel Farage received his official Black Cats membership pack, but it left most others...

Manchester City - 17% 'British'

Just four English players - Raheem Sterling, John Stones, Fabian Delph and Angus Gunn - make up Manchester City's current first-team squad under Pep Guardiola.

There are as many players from Argentina as from England, with Brazil, Spain, Belgium, Gemany and France also well represented in the multi-national group.

Watford - 19% 'British'

Just over four out of every five players in the Watford squad hail from countries outside the United Kingdom or Republic of Ireland. Of the Hornets 26 current first-teamers, 21 have come in from abroad.

The club has bought heavily from Italy in recent years, but the most common nationality is actually French. Including the UK and Ireland there are 19 countries represented in the wonderful Vicarage Road melting pot.

Chelsea - 24% 'British'

John Terry was the last home-grown English youngster to thrive at Chelsea. That may all change in the future, though, as Antonio Conte has provided chances to the likes of Nathaniel Chalobah and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

London-born Tammy Abraham, currently on loan at Bristol City and so not included in these figures, has already been labelled 'the future of Chelsea' by the Italian manager.

Arsenal - 26% 'British'

Arsenal count five Englishmen, five Frenchman and four Spaniards in their current first-team squad. Welsh international Aaron Ramsey makes British just about the most common nationality in the group.

The Gunners' best and most effective players in the Arsene Wenger era have almost exclusively been foreign, certainly in the second half of his reign after the likes of Tony Adams, David Seaman and Lee Dixon were replaced with younger talent from abroad.

Leicester City - 32% 'British'

After the eight British players in their ranks, the Leicester squad is home to a real mix of other nationalities. Algeria is well represented by Riyad Mahrez and Islam Slimani, while there are two Nigerians, two Germans and two Poles, among others.

Overall, there are seven different languages spoken in the Foxes dressing room.

Swansea City - 33% 'British'

Following the departure of Neil Taylor in January and the earlier exit of Ashley Williams last summer, Swansea no longer have any Welsh players in their current first-team squad.

Nine of the 27 in the squad are from England or Scotland, but no local players so to speak. The rest is made up of individuals from the Netherlands, Sweden, Iceland, Poland and various countries around the world. Spain is the most represented foreign nation.

West Ham United - 33% 'British'

West Ham appear to have claimed themselves as 'Britain's club' this season more than ever after moving into the Olympic Stadium and adding a subtle nod to the Union Jack flag on their home and away kits - the British symbolism is much more obvious on the third kit.

The majority of the Hammers' squad remains foreign, though. A total of 13 non-British or Irish nations make up the current 27-man first-team squad.

Manchester United - 38% 'British'

The only British players currently in the Manchester United first-team squad are English. There are nine of them, but no Scots, Welsh, or Irish from north or south of the border.

Spanish is spoken as a first language by nearly as many players as English, but there remains more of a 'home-grown' theme at Old Trafford than there is across town at the Etihad Stadium, or in London at Arsenal or Chelsea.

Tottenham Hotspur - 38% 'British'

Much like Manchester United, Tottenham's 'British-ness' is almost completely English barring Welsh back-up full-back Ben Davies.

Northern Europe dominates the foreign make-up of the squad, with Belgium, France, the Netherlands and Denmark accounting for as many as 10 players just between themselves.

Liverpool - 39% 'British'

Liverpool have 10 Englishmen in their current first-team squad, but no other British or Irish players. Adam Lallana aside, the real flair is provided by the foreign players at Anfield.

The enforced absences of Senegalese winger Sadio Mane and Brazilian creator Philippe Coutinho, through international duty and injury respectively, have been the two biggest losses during the Reds' 2016/17 season.

Middlesbrough - 40% 'British'

Given Aitor Karanka's impact at Middlesbrough during his reign at the club and his contacts in Spanish football, it wouldn't have been far-fetched to predict that Boro might have had more of a foreign feel.

As it is, while more than half the squad is made up of foreign players, 10 of the 25 hail from England. Spanish is still the next most common nationality, though.

Sunderland - 43% 'British'

David Moyes thought that Gabonese international Didier Ndong was not suited to playing for Sunderland against Burnley at the weekend because he's not British.

There are 12 players from Britain or Ireland in the current Black Cats squad. Among the 16 foreign players, 14 different countries feature. Belgium and Italy are the only two that are represented by more than a single player in the highly diverse group.

Crystal Palace - 46% 'British'

Former manager Alan Pardew's penchant for French players has given the current Crystal Palace first-team squad something of a Gallic flavour - Yohan Cabaye is just one of five hailing from the other side of the English Channel.

Ghana, South Korea, Argentina, Serbia, Mali, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Belgium and the Netherlands are the other countries represented at Selhurst Park.

Southampton - 52% 'British'

In this countdown, Southampton are the first club with a greater proportion of British and Irish players than foreign, with only 48% of the first-team squad coming from abroad.

While British individuals like Charlie Austin, Jay Rodriguez, Steven Davis and others have been brought in from other clubs, a number of home-grown players are part of the current first-team squad as well.

Stoke City - 52% 'British'

Stoke have 13 British or Irish players in their 25-man first-team squad, although only six are actually English. That being said, Phil Bardsley and Jonathan Walters were born in England but represent Scotland and Ireland respectively at international level.

What has significantly altered and reduced the proportion of foreign players at Stoke this season is that two Spaniards, a German and a Dane are currently out on loan.

Hull City - 55% 'British'

Hull manager Marco Silva brought in a Senegalese, an Italian, a Norwegian, another Senegalese, a Pole, a Brazilian and a Serbian in January as he desperately added extra bodies to the Tigers' squad in a bid to stave off relegation.

Even so, more than half of the first-team players on the books are still British or Irish.

Everton - 56% 'British'

A strong home-grown element and the buying up of promising domestic talent has given Everton a majority of British players over foreign imports this season.

The likes of Gareth Barry and Phil Jagielka are nearing the end of their respective careers, but youngsters like Tom Davies, Mason Holgate and Ademola Lookman should be stars for many years to come in the future.

Bournemouth - 73% 'British'

Bournemouth's biggest signings since earning Premier League promotion in 2015 have tended to be English - Tyrone Mings, Benik Afobe, Jack Wilshere (loan) and Jordon Ibe are the four key examples.

The group also features a handful of Scottish, Welsh and Irish players, meaning that almost three quarters of the Cherries squad is 'British' under Moyes' definition.

West Bromwich Albion - 77% 'British'

West Brom have a first-team squad of just 22 players, of which only five are from abroad. And no overseas country is represented twice either, with individuals from Argentina, Venezuela, Belgium, Cameroon and Sweden.

Interestingly, the Baggies have as many Northern Irish players (3 - Gareth McAuley, Jonny Evan, James McClean) as all the clubs in the rest of the Premier League combined.

Burnley - 87% 'British'

Only three players in Burnley's small first-team squad can be considered foreign - Johann Berg Gudmunsson, Steven Defour and Scott Arfield. Even then, Arfield was actually born in Scotland but chose to represent Canada at international level instead.

As many as 14 of the Clarets' players are English. George Boyd is a Scotland international, Sam Vokes is a Welsh international, and four others are from Republic of Ireland.

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