England marked their 1000th international fixture in their history with a 7-0 thumping of Montenegro at Wembley last Thursday night, a victory which saw captain Harry Kane hit a hat-trick as Gareth Southgate’s side secured qualification for next summer’s European Championships.
The build-up to the contest was surrounded by facts and figures regarding the Three Lions’ 147-year history, and we’ve decided to look back at some stats regarding the English national team.
Here are the clubs that have provided the most England internationals over their first 1000 games…
Arsenal – 63 internationals
Unai Emery’s side may be lacking home-grown talent at present with no current Arsenal player featuring in Southgate’s squad for the recent internationals, though it has not always been that way for the North London side who have been represented by 63 players during England’s first 1000 fixtures.
Former full-back Kenny Sansom was their most prolific representative, winning 77 of his 86 caps whilst an Arsenal player.
Only Callum Chambers in the current squad has a senior England cap, though is nowhere near the current international setup, with U21 representatives Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson perhaps their best chance of adding to their tally.
Manchester United – 67 internationals
Unsurprisingly, Manchester United are in the top five of this particular list thanks to the club’s famed policy for promoting talent from their own academy ranks.
World Cup winning legend Bobby Charlton is their most capped player with all 106 of his caps coming in United colours, whilst the club also hold the record for the most represented club for a single fixture including substitutes, having seen seven players feature for a World Cup qualifying match against Albania in March 2001.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka was their latest call-up having been included in the squad for September’s qualifiers, though the full-back is yet to make his debut and is likely to add to the club’s number of internationals in the near future.
Everton – 68 internationals
Just one ahead of their North-West rivals are Everton, whose current England internationals include defender Michael Keane and goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.
Wayne Rooney would become England’s youngest ever goalscorer whilst still an Everton player at just 17-years-old, whilst the club’s iconic forward Dixie Dean shares the record for most goals in a calendar year with 12 in 1927.
Emerging midfielder Tom Davies is the club’s likeliest new addition to their 68 internationals, having earned 16 caps for the U21 side so far.
Liverpool – 74 internationals
Liverpool are the next best-represented club side, their 74 internationals the equal second-most of any club.
The Merseyside outfit shares the record for the most internationals in a single squad for a major tournament, having provided six players for the Three Lions’ ill-fated 2014 World Cup campaign, as well as in the 1980 and 2012 European Championships.
Steven Gerrard is the club’s most capped player having earned all of his 114 caps whilst a Liverpool player, whilst the club are also the last to have had an England player sent-off, Raheem Sterling seeing red in a friendly with Ecuador in 2014.
Aston Villa – 74 internationals
Level with Liverpool are Aston Villa, with defender Tyrone Mings becoming their latest international having earned his first senior cap in the qualifying win in Bulgaria last month.
Long before his waistcoat wearing days on the touchline, current England boss Gareth Southgate became the club’s most capped player, the former defender having earned 42 of his 57 caps during his six-year spell at Villa Park – though his most memorable moment saw him miss the decisive penalty in England’s shoot-out defeat to Germany in the semi-finals of Euro 96.
Villa could make it into second place outright should Southgate listen to the growing calls to include Jack Grealish into one of his upcoming squads.
Tottenham – 77 internationals
Tottenham are the side to have provided England with the most internationals, with the club boasting three players in the current squad, including captain and leading scorer Harry Kane.
The likes of Dele Alli and Eric Dier have also been included in recent squads, the North London side regularly having a healthy contingent within the Three Lions’ camp.
Jermaine Defoe has represented Spurs in England colours on more occasions than any other player, the forward earning 49 caps during his two spells at the club.