Due to MyFootBallFacts.com, the Premier League has known over 2000 foreign players since 1992. Down is countries to have supplied a big number to the 2000; countries like Italy (68), Brazil (64), Argentina (63) won’t appear to the list, as only 4 countries managed to supply more than 100 players.
4. Spain –115 players
Spanish football has permeated European football more and more over recent years. Tika-taka is idolized the world over, while English football’s up-and-at-’em approach is widely derided. The total number of Spanish players in the Premier League has been on the rise for the past decade.
The trickle started with the likes of Nayim, Albert Ferrer and Marcelino before 2001. Today, any Premier League follower can identify more than 10 Spaniards playing in the League. They are everywhere.
3. Netherlands –120 Players
The Dutch national side has provided English football with some of its very best players in the Premier League era. We all remember Dennis Bergkamp, Robin van Persie and Ruud van Nistelrooy and their contributions.
Netherlands still has many players in the league; Netherlands coach Danny Blind named seven Premier League players in his provisional squad for the World Cup qualifier.
2. Republic of Ireland –175 Players
When it comes to the Republic of Ireland, political issues, and geographical locations (just 60 miles from UK), tend not to be considered as foreigners; but they are. They have always been a bound between the two countries even before the UK and Ireland joined the EU. Some source even claims that one of England’s best players (Rooney) has Irish grandparents.
But this can’t wash our memories of best Irish players; with the likes of Richard Dunne; Denis Irwin; John O’Shea; Shay Given; Roy Keanne; etc.
1. France –194 Players
Which other country if not France? Frenchmen have always been everywhere in the Premier League, and gave memories worth to keep. Names like, Eric Cantona; Thierry Henry; Nicolas Anelka; Samir Nasri; Patrice Evra; Emmanuel Petit; Claude Makelele; Robert Pires; Patrick Viera; etc. will always be remembered in the Premier League history.
However, even today, it is hard to find a team in the Premier League without a French player; and names like Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante, Anthony Martial, Olivier Giroud, etc. sound familiar today.