London produces more Premier League footballers than any other area in the country which is probably not a surprise given it is also the most populous.

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 25: Jack Wilshere of West Ham United shows appreciation to the crowds after the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and West Ham United at Emirates Stadium on August 25, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

From Arsenal and Tottenham to Liverpool and Manchester United, rivalries in the Premier League are decades strong and fuel the game with excitement and pride. England’s Premier League is one of the most-watched sports leagues in the world, with 4.7 million people celebrating or commiserating their team’s results.

Football is loved all over the world with nations uniting for the World Cup, bringing a sense of pride to homes, pubs and streets around the globe. But when it comes to national leagues, it can be a very different story.

Have you ever wondered where your favourite English Premier League players are from, and if they grew up in a town near you? Which regions of England are producing the most Premier League talent? If a league was created where English Premier League players represented the region they were born, which area would top the league table?

Protectivity has analysed the 2018-19 Premier League, using the hometowns of England’s Premier League players to determine which regional team would top the table

The English regions producing the highest number of Premier League players are:

Rank Region Number of players
1 London 111
2 North West 69
3 South East 29
4 West Midlands 26
5 East of England 25
6 Yorkshire 23
7 East Midlands 15
8 North East 14
8 South West 14

London comes out as the clear winner for producing the highest number of Premier League players with a total of 111. Being the capital, and having one of the highest populations of all regions, this comes as no surprise. There are also five Premier League teams in the London region including the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea.

The North West has produced 69 Premier League players – the second highest number of all the English regions, with players such as Marcus Rashford and Tom Heaton holding impressive Fifa scores of 83 and 79. The North East and South West produced the least amount of Premier League stars, each claiming 14 players, which is seven times less than the amount produced by London!

The regions with the most football talent, according to the latest FIFA scores are:

Rank Region Overall FIFA score
1 Yorkshire 873
1 North West 873
2 London 871
3 South East 840
4 West Midlands 834
5 East of England 832
6 East Midlands 798
7 North East 786
8 South West 782

 

Combining the FIFA scores of the 11 best players from each English region to find out who was producing the best team, Yorkshire and the North West came out joint top with a score of 873. With Yorkshire coming in as the fifth region with the highest number of players, it seems that the players they do have are extremely valuable, including such players such as James Vardy and Kyle Walker.

The North East was the only region to fall short of a full 4-4-2 squad with a real lack of defenders born here. Instead, a 3-4-3 formation would be needed to give them their best chance in the league. They do, however, have England’s World Cup hero Jordan Pickford, the highest rated keeper across all of the regions and a player who stole the hearts of England fans back in Summer 2018.

How does your region rank in Protectivity’s England Regional Premier League?