Premier League Stats Don’t Make Good Reading for Capello’s England

Based on some negative statistics from this weekend’s Premier League games, Fabio Capello couldn’t have had a headache when choosing his England squad for this evening’s friendly in Denmark, given the lack of Englishmen playing, and playing well in the top flight.

Only 4 teams saw Englishmen making up for more than 50% of their side over the first weekend in February. The full list of how many English players were used over the weekend is as follows:

Aston Villa…………………………. 61.5%
Birmingham City…………………. 58.3%
Bolton Wanderers……………….. 57.1%
Newcastle United………………… 53.8%
Blackpool………………………….. 50.0%
Stoke City………………………….. 50.0%
West Ham United………………..  50.0%
Sunderland………………………… 46.2%
Wolverhampton Wanderers… 42.9%
Everton………………………………. 35.7%
Tottenham Hotspur…………… 35.7%
Liverpool………………………… 30.8%
Manchester City……………….. 28.6%
Manchester United……………. 28.6%
Chelsea……………………………. 21.4%
Fulham……………………………. 21.4%
Wigan Athletic………………….. 21.4%
Arsenal……………………………. 14.3%
Blackburn Rovers………………. 14.3%
West Bromwich Albion……….. 14.3%

In total, just 36% of the Premier League players in action this weekend were English. They combined for just 30% (13/43 – 4 were penalties which has to be a positive!) of the goals. More promisingly, 66.7% of the clean sheets (2/3) were kept by English goalkeepers (Joe Hart and Ben Foster).

In terms of talent, Fabio Capello is limited as to what he can choose from. Especially when the current top 4 played 13 English players combined of the 56 players they used in total over the weekend (23%). Just 35% of Premier League starters so far this season have been English.

When it comes to managers, the English don’t even dominate. Scotland leads the way, with all 6 interestingly coming from Glasgow. Only 4 current Premier League managers are English.

Current manager nationalities in the Premier League:

*West Brom are currently without a manager

Fabio Capello has gone with the following squad for tonight’s match:

Ben Foster (Birmingham)
Joe Hart (Manchester City)
David Stockdale (Fulham)

Leighton Baines (Everton)
Gary Cahill (Bolton)
Ashley Cole (Chelsea)
Michael Dawson (Tottenham)
Glen Johnson (Liverpool)
Joleon Lescott (Manchester City)
John Terry (Chelsea)
Kyle Walker (Aston Villa)

Gareth Barry (Manchester City)
Stewart Downing (Aston Villa)
Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)
Frank Lampard (Chelsea)
James Milner (Manchester City)
Scott Parker (West Ham)
Theo Walcott (Arsenal)
Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)
Ashley Young (Aston Villa)

Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa)
Darren Bent (Aston Villa)
Peter Crouch (Tottenham)
Jermain Defoe (Tottenham)
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)

Gabriel Agbonlahor has just 1 Premier League goal this season, while Jermain Defoe has 0. DJ Campbell’s 8 league goals weren’t enough to push his way into Capello’s squad for an international friendly in the middle of February. Perhaps the attacking style of his club side Blackpool would be a disadvantage to him under Capello’s tactical guise. Kevin Nolan has 10 goals from Newcastle’s midfield so far this season, but was overlooked for the likes of Gareth Barry, James Milner and Steven Gerrard who haven’t hit full form this season, and who’s games Capello already knows.

England are 5/4 favourites to win in Copenhagen this evening.