Pathways: How inexperienced are England in comparison?

Date published: Sunday 12th November 2017 1:43

You’ve seen the worrying date over the minutes given by Premier League clubs to English talent and how we compare to the rest of Europe. So where does that currently leave us?

Gareth Southgate has discussed why England’s squad appears so young and inexperienced. Indeed, it is. Judging by the top-tier appearances of the players in the latest squads, with data taken from the wonderful transfermarkt.com, the Three Lions have between them the fewest appearances in total and as an average per player of all the European nations who have qualified for the World Cup, and those who are currently competing in the play-offs to reach Russia.

The identity of the most-experienced nation might surprise a few, but their reputation as up-and-comers has up and gone a while ago…

The most inexperienced squads by number of top-tier appearances:

1. England
Total top tier appearances (24-man squad): 2609
Average top tier appearances per player: 108
Most experienced player: Joe Hart – 349

 

2. Portugal
Total top tier appearances (24-man squad) – 2677
Average top tier appearances per player: 112
Most experienced player: Pepe – 314

 

3. Republic of Ireland
Total top tier appearances (22-man squad) – 2991
Average top tier appearances per player: 135
Most experienced player: John O’Shea – 460

 

4. Greece
Total top tier appearances (27-man squad) – 3995
Average top tier appearances per player: 148
Most experienced player: Alexandros Tziolis – 327

 

5. Iceland
Total top tier appearances (25-man squad) – 3733
Average top tier appearances per player: 149
Most experienced player: Ragnar Sigurdsson – 263

 

6. Serbia
Total top tier appearances (28-man squad) – 4345
Average top tier appearances per player: 155
Most experienced player: Branislav Ivanovic – 340

 

7. Poland
Total top tier appearances (28-man squad) – 4416
Average top tier appearances per player: 157
Most experienced player: Jakub Blaszczykowski – 298

 

8. Russia
Total top tier appearances (26-man squad) – 4188
Average top tier appearances per player: 161
Most experienced player: Igor Akinfeev – 357

 

9. Northern Ireland
Total top tier appearances  (19-man squad) – 3119
Average top tier appearances per player: 164
Most experienced player: Aaron Hughes – 481

 

10. Germany
Total top tier appearances (24-man squad) – 4146
Average top tier appearances per player: 172
Most experienced player: Mesut Ozil – 331

 

11. Denmark
Total top tier appearances (25-man squad) – 4415
Average top tier appearances per player: 177
Most experienced player: William Kvist – 296

 

12. Sweden
Total top tier appearances (24-man squad) – 4261
Average top tier appearances per player: 178
Most experienced player: Andreas Granqvist – 307

 

13. France
Total top tier appearances (25-man squad) – 4535
Average top tier appearances per player: 181
Most experienced player: Blaise Matuidi – 410

 

14. Croatia
Total top tier appearances (23-man squad) – 4359
Average top tier appearances per player: 190
Most experienced player: Ivan Rakitic – 360

 

15. Switzerland
Total top tier appearances (24-man squad) – 4615
Average top tier appearances per player: 192
Most experienced player: Stephan Lichtsteiner – 440

 

16. Italy
Total top tier appearances  (27-man squad) – 5362
Average top tier appearances per player: 199
Most experienced player: Gianluigi Buffon – 627

 

17. Spain
Total top tier appearances (25-man squad) – 5021
Average top tier appearances per player: 201
Most experienced player: Pepe Reina – 542

 

18. Belgium
Total top tier appearances (26-man squad) – 5298
Average top tier appearances per player: 204
Most experienced player: Mousa Dembele – 382


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