West Brom contribute more England youth players than Man Utd

West Brom's Sam Field played for England U20s against the Czech Republic yesterday

West Brom's Sam Field played for England U20s against the Czech Republic yesterday

WEST BROM contributed more players to the England youth teams than both Manchester United and Liverpool during the October international break.

The Baggies had a representative at every age level from Under-16s to U21s, according to research carried out by Youth Hawk.

They had a total of seven players in the six youth teams, compared to six from Manchester United and five from Liverpool.

Chelsea were again top of the table, with an impressive 23 players in the England youth teams, with Manchester City second (18) and Arsenal third (16).

The trio of the clubs contributed more than a third of the 162 players who represented England at U16, U17, U18, U19, U20 and U21 level during the break.

All of the clubs in the top 10, which you can see at the bottom of the page, are Category 1 Academies, and all but two (West Brom and Middlesbrough) are in the Premier League.

Opportunities for their clubs are again proving an issue though. Of the 162 players, 12 have picked up minutes for their clubs in the Premier League this season, with only seven playing more than half of the minutes available.

Two third of that playing time came from two clubs: Everton (Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Tom Davies, Jonjoe Kenny, Ademola Lookman) and Leicester (Ben Chilwell, Demarai Gray and James Maddison).

Manchester United were top of TGG’s Academy productivity rankings for 2016/17, with Arsenal second and Chelsea third. West Brom were a distant 30th.

England players (U16s to U21s):

  • 1. Chelsea (23)
  • 2. Manchester City (18)
  • 3. Arsenal (16)
  • 4. Tottenham (10)
  • 5. Everton (8)
  • 6. West Brom (7)
  • 7. Manchester United (6)
  • 8. Liverpool (5)
  • 8. Fulham (5)
  • 10. Middlesbrough (4)
  • 10. Leicester (4)

(Call ups to England squads during October international break. Source = Youth Hawk.)

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