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Euro 2016 Championships: How Many Foreign Born Players Will Feature?

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A popular topic of debate heading into any major football tournament is that of eligibility, particularly that resulting from the residency method. Looking ahead to the Euro 2016 Championships in France Ticket Compare conducted its own study to ascertain the number of foreign-born players in each squad, where they were born and how they are eligible.

The data was pulled from official sources such as Fifa, Opta and the squad sheets published on websites of first division club teams across Europe. The system used by Ticket Compare includes all players that have been featured in their respective national squads for group matches and international friendlies since the start of the qualifying campaign.

EURO 2016 Tickets

The outcome of the research indicates that Wales has called up the highest number of foreign-born players, a total of 9, all were born in England. Republic of Ireland has the second highest at 8, all of whom were born in the United Kingdom. Northern Ireland will feature 6 players born outside of the border, comprising of 5 Englishmen and a Canadian by birth. England’s only foreign born senior player is Raheem Sterling, born in Jamaica; however 18 footballers with an English passport will be turning out for other nations in this year’s tournament – 9 players representing Wales, 4 players representing ROI, 5 players representing N. Ireland.

There are 12 players from Africa and 6 players from North and South America that have earned call-ups to nations competing in Euro 2016.

No doubt the trimming of the squads due to form, injury and personal circumstance have forced managers’ to include last-minute changes which has affected the number of foreign born players in this year’s tournament, although the percentage remains higher than 30% for some teams, such as Wales, Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Euro 2016 Countries with Most Foreign Born Players

CountryNumber of Foreign Born PlayersPlayer NameCountry of Birth
Wales9Ashley WilliamsEngland
  James ChesterEngland
  Jonny WilliamsEngland
  Sam VokesEngland
  Simon ChurchEngland
  George WilliamsEngland
  Andy KingEngland
  David EdwardsEngland
  Hal Robson-KanuEngland
 Republic of Ireland8Jonathan WaltersEngland
  Ciaran ClarkEngland
  Richard KeoghEngland
  Cyrus ChristieEngland
  Shane DuffyN Ireland
  Aiden McGeadyScotland
  James McCarthyScotland
  James McCleanN Ireland
Albania8Mërgim MavrajGermany
  Arlind AjetiSwitzerland
  Naser AlijiMacedonia
  Freddie VeseliSwitzerland
  Migjen BashaSwitzerland
  Amir AbrashiSwitzerland
  Shkëlzen GashiSwitzerland
  Taulant XhakaSwitzerland
 Turkey7Nuri ŞahinGermany
  Olcay ŞahanGermany
  Hakan ÇalhanoğluGermany
  Oğuzhan ÖzyakupNetherlands
  Yunus MallıGermany
  Cenk TosunGermany
  Hakan BaltaGermany
 Portugal7Anthony LopesFrance
  PepeBrazil
  NaniCape Verde
  William CarvalhoAngola
  Danilo PereiraGuinea-Bissau
  Adrien SilvaFrance
  ÉderGuinea-Bissau
  Switzerland6François MoubandjeCameroon
  Gélson FernandesCape Verde
  Admir MehmediMacedonia
  Johan DjourouCôte d’Ivoire
  Valon BehramiKosovo
  Xherdan ShaqiriKosovo
 Northern Ireland6Alan MannusCanada
 Lee HodsonEngland
  Oliver NorwoodEngland
  Jamie WardEngland
  Conor WashingtonEngland
  Will GriggEngland
 Austria4György GaricsHungary
 Martin HarnikGermany
  Zlatko JunuzovićSerbia
  Rubin OkotiePakistan
 France3Steve MandandaZaire
 Patrice EvraSenegal
  Dimitri PayetRéunion
 Italy2Thiago MottaBrazil
  ÉderBrazil
 Croatia2Ivan RakitićSwitzerland
  Mateo KovačićAustria
 Sweden2Emir KujovićMontenegro
  Kári ÁrnasonSweden
 Belgium2Christian BentekeCongo
  Christian KabaseleCongo
 Spain1Thiago AlcântaraItaly
England1Raheem SterlingJamaica
 Germany1Lukas PodolskiPoland
 Hungary1Nemanja NikolićSerbia
 Poland1Thiago CionekBrazil
 Ukraine1Andriy YarmolenkoRussia
 Slovakia///
Czech Republic///
 Romania///
 Russia///
 Iceland///
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