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HOMETOWN HEROES: NORTHUMBERLAND PRODUCE THE MOST ENGLAND PLAYERS PER CAPITA THAN ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE COUNTRY

UEFA Euro 2024
  • Northumberland has the highest percentage of major tournament squad representatives per capita
  • Gloucestershire and Somerset are the worst areas for producing England stars
  • Greater London is sending seven representatives to this summer’s Euros

Being born in Northumberland gives budding footballers the strongest chance of representing England in a major tournament, according to new research.

Ahead of EURO 2024 in Germany, the BonusCodeBets.co.uk study analysed the birthplace of every player to play for the Three Lions at a World Cup or European Championships since 1966, finding the county in the North-East has the largest number of players, compared to its population size.

Northumberland, a county that actually borders Scotland, has produced seven English players in the past 58 years – equating to one player for every 46,337 people that live there.

England legend Peter Beardsley, and World Cup winning brothers Bobby and Jack Charlton are amongst those to have been born in the area.

The only other county with more than one player per 100,000 people is Merseyside (one per 60,087 people) – cementing its place as a hub of footballing talent for the nation.

By contrast, it’s those based in Gloucestershire and Somerset who have been represented in England squads the least, with only one player from each area receiving a call up, from their 928,466 and 975,782 populations, respectively.

Top 10 Counties for People per Call-Up

Rank County Population Players from County People per Call-up
1 Northumberland 324,362 7 46,337
2 Merseyside 1,442,081 24 60,087
3 Tyne and Wear 1,141,795 10 114,180
4 South Yorkshire 1,392,105 12 116,009
5 Lancashire 1,515,487 13 116,576
6 Hertfordshire 1,204,588 8 150,574
7 Greater Manchester 2,911,744 19 153,250
8 Cumbria 499,781 3 166,594
9 County Durham 871,531 5 174,306
10 Greater London 8,866,180 47 188,642

When looking at Gareth Southgate’s 26-man squad for the 2024 European Championships, it’s those in Greater London who have the largest representation, with seven members of the squad hailing from the nation’s capital – 75% more than second placed Greater Manchester.

Three newcomers to the England squad, Ezri Konsa, Joe Gomez and Eberechi Eze, helped cement Greater London’s top spot, ahead of West Midlands, which tied with the capital at the 2022 World Cup with four players apiece. With the likes of James Maddison and Jack Grealish not making it into Gareth Southgate’s final squad, Jude Bellingham is now the sole representative for the West Midlands in this tournament.

Four players in the squad will be representing the Greater Manchester area, with South Yorkshire and Merseyside being tied for third place, with two representatives each.

England EURO 2024 Squad Location Ranking

Rank County Number of Players
1 Greater London 7
2 Greater Manchester 4
=3 Merseyside 2
=3 South Yorkshire 2
=5 County Durham 1
=5 East Sussex 1
=5 Lancashire 1
=5 Cumbria 1
=5 Northamptonshire 1
=5 Staffordshire 1
=5 Devon 1
=5 Surrey 1
=5 West Midlands 1
=5 Herefordshire 1
=5 International 1

A spokesperson for Bonuscodebets.co.uk said: “Everyone grows up dreaming of one day playing for their country, so it’s fascinating to find out which areas of England are the best and worst for producing national talent.

“To our surprise, it’s Northumberland that is England’s call up capital, despite not having a football league team. With just two of the top ten represented counties coming from down south, it’s safe to say that the North of England remains the real football capital.”

FULL TABLE OF PLAYER REPRESENTATION BY COUNTY:

Rank County Population Players from County People per Call-up
1 Northumberland 324,362 7 46,337
2 Merseyside 1,442,081 24 60,087
3 Tyne and Wear 1,141,795 10 114,180
4 South Yorkshire 1,392,105 12 116,009
5 Lancashire 1,515,487 13 116,576
6 Hertfordshire 1,204,588 8 150,574
7 Greater Manchester 2,911,744 19 153,250
8 Cumbria 499,781 3 166,594
9 County Durham 871,531 5 174,306
10 Greater London 8,866,180 47 188,642
11 Herefordshire 188,719 1 188,719
12 Suffolk 768,555 4 192,139
13 Nottinghamshire 1,170,475 6 195,079
14 Bristol 472,465 2 236,233
15 Surrey 1,214,540 5 242,908
16 West Yorkshire 2,378,148 9 264,239
17 Hampshire 1,856,770 7 265,253
18 Leicestershire 1,067,121 4 266,780
19 Cheshire 1,069,646 4 267,412
20 East Riding of Yorkshire 602,327 2 301,164
21 Warwickshire 607,604 2 303,802
22 West Midlands 2,953,816 9 328,202
23 Derbyshire 1,056,000 3 352,000
24 Oxfordshire 738,276 2 369,138
25 Northamptonshire 757,181 2 378,591
26 Staffordshire 1,139,794 3 379,931
27 Buckinghamshire 817,263 2 408,632
28 East Sussex 850,590 2 425,295
29 Berkshire 917,762 2 458,881
30 Shropshire 506,737 1 506,737
31 Lincolnshire 1,098,445 2 549,223
32 Cornwall 575,525 1 575,525
33 North Yorkshire 1,170,146 2 585,073
34 Devon 1,209,773 2 604,887
35 Worcestershire 609,216 1 609,216
36 Kent 1,868,199 3 622,733
37 Bedfordshire 682,311 1 682,311
38 Dorset 776,780 1 776,780
39 Cambridgeshire 859,830 1 859,830
40 Norfolk 925,299 1 925,299
41 Gloucestershire 928,466 1 928,466
42 Somerset 975,782 1 975,782