Top ten overworked English players this season

Date published: Wednesday 13th November 2019 8:04 - Sarah Winterburn

Gareth Southgate is said to be worried about Harry Maguire and Manchester United’s over-reliance on him. But there are other players who are playing more football – for club and country this season.

We have only included players in the first tier of leagues, so no James Tavernier and Connor Goldson, who would actually top this list if we included the Scottish Premiership…


10) Aaron Ramsdale (1440 minutes)
Minutes for Bournemouth: 1080
Minutes for England Under-21s: 360

Undisputed No. 1 for both Bournemouth and England’s Under-21s this season, Ramsdale is one of the Premier League’s breakthrough players of the season at just 21. If he played outfield you would be worried about burn-out.


9) Jadon Sancho (1443 minutes)
Minutes for Borussia Dortmund: 1249
Minutes for England: 194

Sancho has actually missed club games though suspension and injury – and has played barely half the possible minutes for England – and yet that is still a lot of football for a (very good) 19-year-old.


8) Mason Mount (1480 minutes)
Minutes for Chelsea: 1360
Minutes for England: 120

Just be careful, Frank. Mount is just 20 and has started 15 of 16 Premier League and Champions League games. With no goals in his last six starts, it might be time for a breather.


7) Marcus Rashford (1522 minutes)
Minutes for Manchester United: 1334
Minutes for England: 188

When you sell Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez in one summer – and then Anthony Martial gets injured – there is no time for a rest. Now with Martial back, Marcus Rashford is in fine form; his record of nine goals from 17 United games is truly impressive in a poor side.


6) Trent Alexander-Arnold (1537 minutes)
Minutes for Liverpool: 1447
Minutes for England: 90

Liverpool’s lack of full-back cover means that TAA has played every single Premier League minute and three of four Champions League games (did he really need to face Genk last week?). Add in some glorified friendlies and the boy is working very hard indeed. Is that one reason for Gareth Southgate’s reluctance to play him?


5) Harry Kane (1692 minutes)
Minutes for Tottenham: 1345
Minutes for England: 347

Ill for the rotten 1-1 draw with Everton, Harry Kane has barely missed another minute for either club or country this season. History suggests he is just about due an ankle injury.


4) Harry Maguire (1710 minutes)
Minutes for Manchester United: 1350
Minutes for England: 360

No wonder Gareth Southgate is supposedly worried; Solskjaer has picked Maguire and played him for 90 minutes in every Premier League game this season and has added two Europa League and a Carabao Cup clash in the last month. Solskjaer might argue that this is exactly why his club paid £80m for his services.


3) Jordan Pickford (1710 minutes)
Minutes for Everton: 1350
Minutes for England: 360

Poor Jonas Lossl. Jordan Pickford has not missed a single minute for club or country this season, even facing Lincoln City in the second round of the Carabao Cup.


2) Raheem Sterling (1763 minutes)
Minutes for Manchester City: 1439
Minutes for England: 324

What we do know is that he is about to get a rest this week. Maybe the tiredness got to him when he decided to grab his England teammate Joe Gomez by the neck. He will have to wait to add to his 17 goals for club and country this season.


1) Conor Coady (1980 minutes)
Minutes for Wolves: 1980
Minutes for England: 0

He has played every single sodding minute of Wolves’ 22 Premier League and Europa League games this season – which started in July. He and indeed Wolves have not lost in either of those competitions since September. Maybe not calling him up to the England squad is an act of mercy.

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