Every Premier League club’s most capped international player
Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool can all call upon the services of players with over 100 caps – but the Premier League is so big nowadays that every club has a smattering of experienced internationals.
Brighton and Huddersfield are playing in the competition for the first time this season, but the two clubs have two of Australia’s best players in their squads, highlighting the strength and appeal of the English top flight.
Here is the most-capped international player at every club.
Arsenal – Petr Cech (124 caps for Czech Republic)
Alexis Sanchez and Per Mertesacker have both collected over 100 international caps, with the Chilean needing 10 more caps to surpass Cech’s haul, which he may not do while still at Arsenal given he has just one year left to run on his contract.
Bournemouth – Artur Boruc (64 caps for Poland)
The Cherries have an actual World Cup-winning captain among their ranks in England Under-20s hero Lewis Cook, but former Poland stopper Boruc beats Jermain Defoe and Asmir Begovic on this front, though the latter could overtake the man he replaced as No.1.
Brighton – Mathew Ryan (35 caps for Australia)
Ryan was briefly Brighton’s record signing after joining from Valencia this summer and is set for a busy season trying to keep the newly-promoted outfit in the Premier League ahead of the 2018 World Cup.
Burnley – Johann Berg Gudmundsson (58 caps for Iceland)
Sean Dyche can call upon a host of international stalwarts in the likes of Chris Wood, Steven Defour, Sam Vokes and Republic of Ireland quartet Jonathan Walters, Stephen Ward, Jeff Hendrick and Robbie Brady.
Gudnudsson, however, has the most experience, and started every game of Iceland’s heroic Euro 2016 campaign.
Chelsea – Cesc Fabregas (110 caps for Spain)
Considering the wealth of talent Spain have had available in midfield, Fabregas’ longevity in the national team is outstanding, as he has gone on to win two European Championships and one World Cup.
Crystal Palace – Chung-Yong Lee (76 caps for South Korea)
Lee has hardly been a regular in his three-and-a-half years at Selhurst Park, but he has been a mainstay of the South Korea team since making his debut in 2008.
Everton – Wayne Rooney (119 caps for England)
You might have heard that Rooney has now retired from international duty, and it’s hard to argue with a career in which he has become Manchester United and England’s record goalscorers.
Huddersfield – Aaron Mooy (26 caps for Australia)
Like Matt Ryan at Brighton, Mooy will be a crucial figure in keeping his team in the Premier League and is likely to have an equally important role for Australia at the World Cup.
Leicester City – Shinji Okazaki (108 caps for Japan)
A player it’s very difficult not to love, Okazaki is hardly considered prolific at the King Power Stadium but has a very impressive record of 50 goals in 108 caps for Japan.
Liverpool – Ragnar Klavan (119 caps for Estonia)
Just one cap behind Mart Poom, who is almost certainly the only other player you can name from Estonia.
Manchester City – Claudio Bravo (115 caps for Chile)
Despite coming off the back of a dreadful season for Manchester City in which he lost his place as the club’s No.1 goalkeeper, Bravo was named the best stopper at this summer’s Confederations Cup.
Manchester United – Zlatan Ibrahimovic (116 caps for Sweden)
Antonio Valencia held this honour until Thursday afternoon with his 89 caps for Ecuador, but then Zlatan returned. And Zlatan doesn’t do second best. He’s scored 62 goals for Sweden at a rate better than one every two games.
Newcastle United – DeAndre Yedlin (46 caps for USA)
This probably speaks volumes why Rafa Benitez is desperate to add to his Newcastle squad.
Southampton – Steven Davis (93 caps for Northern Ireland)
Given Southampton have often had their best players poached by bigger clubs, it seems strange has been a lack of interest in Davis, who has been a model of consistency for both club and country.
Stoke City – Darren Fletcher (78 caps for Scotland)
Well it wasn’t going to be Stephen Ireland, was it?
Swansea City – Ki Sung-yueng (93 caps for South Korea)
Asian footballer of the year in 2009, Ki also has an Olympic bronze medal and was part of the side which finished as runners-up at the Asian Cup in 2015.
Tottenham – Jan Vertonghen and Hugo Lloris (90 caps for Belgium and France, respectively)
Vertonghen and Lloris are two of the leaders in the Spurs side and form part of one of the Premier League’s best defences. They’re also quite handsome, although we’re not sure if that’s related to their international longevity.
Watford – Sebastian Prodl (50 caps for Austria)
This could literally have been anybody.
West Brom – Gareth McAuley (72 caps for Northern Ireland)
Still going strong at the grand old age of 37 years old for both club and country, he scored the first Northern Ireland goal in a tournament for 30 years at Euro 2016, which is made even more remarkable by the fact he almost retired from international duty in 2007.
West Ham – Javier Hernandez (96 caps for Mexico)
Earlier this summer Chicarito became Mexico’s record goalscorer, though he is still well short of breaking Claudio Suarez’s record of 177 caps.