The managers to have provided the most England debutants since 2012-13

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It’s well known that Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has provided more England debutants than any other Premier League boss in recent seasons – but numbers two and three on the list may come as a surprise.

England’s captain and match-winner, as well as the Three Lions’ latest debutant, both had the same man in mind to thank for their latest success over the weekend. And they are certainly not alone.

“All his debutants show Mauricio’s one of the best managers in the world, if not the best,” said Harry Kane.

“He brings players through, gives them chances on the big stage and they deliver for him. We can’t thank him enough for that. He deserves all the credit.”

Harry Winks echoed his skipper’s sentiment: “Mauricio is a fantastic manager and he has a lot of belief in us. Not only does he give us the opportunity, but he gives us advice when we need it. I can’t thank him enough for everything he’s done for me.”

Kane and Winks are just a couple in a group of a dozen players who made their senior England debuts while under the guidance of Pochettino at club level.

Incredibly, during his reigns at Tottenham and previously Southampton, the Argentine has brought through 29 per cent of England’s debutants in the last five years.

In addition to that dozen, another three – James Ward-Prowse, Calum Chambers and Nathaniel Clyne – also owe a huge debt of gratitude to their former manager for the influence he had before they parted at club level.

Since 2012, Pochettino has seen eight more of his players win their first England cap than any other manager.

Brendan Rodgers’ time in charge of Liverpool spawned four debutants, while Andre-Villas-Boas, for all his faults, watched three of his Spurs players earn Three Lions recognition – the same number as Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho combined.

England debutants by club manager

12 – Mauricio Pochettino

4 – Brendan Rodgers

3 – Andre Villas-Boas

2 – Arsene Wenger, Roberto Martinez, Sean Dyche, Claude Puel

1 – Lee Clark, Sir Alex Ferguson, Chris Hughton, David Moyes, Tony Pulis, Ian Holloway, Paul Lambert, Ronald Koeman, Nigel Pearson, Claudio Ranieri, Louis van Gaal, Jose Mourinho, Slaven Bilic, Craig Shakespeare

QUIZ: Can you name every player capped by Gareth Southgate for England?

England debutants by club

10 – Tottenham

8 – Southampton

4 – Liverpool

3 – Manchester United, Everton, Leicester

2 – Arsenal, Burnley

1 – Chelsea, Birmingham, Norwich, Stoke, Crystal Palace, Aston Villa, West Ham

QUIZ: Can you name every player to score for England this century?

England debutants since the start of 2012-13


Ryan Bertrand – Roberto Di Matteo

Jack Butland – Lee Clark

Tom Cleverley – Sir Alex Ferguson

Jake Livermore – Andre Villas Boas

John Ruddy – Chris Hughton

Jonjo Shelvey – Brendan Rodgers

Steven Caulker – Andre Vilas-Boas

Carl Jenkinson – Arsene Wenger

Leon Osman – David Moyes

Ryan Shawcross – Tony Pulis

Raheem Sterling – Brendan Rodgers

Wilfried Zaha – Ian Holloway


Rickie Lambert – Mauricio Pochettino

Ross Barkley – Roberto Martinez

Andros Townsend – Andre Villas-Boas

Fraser Forster – Mauricio Pochettino

Adam Lallana – Mauricio Pochettino

Jay Rodriguez – Mauricio Pochettino

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Luke Shaw – Mauricio Pochettino

John Stones – Roberto Martinez

Jon Flanagan – Brendan Rodgers

Calum Chambers – Arsene Wenger

Fabian Delph – Paul Lambert

Nathaniel Clyne – Ronald Koeman


Harry Kane – Mauricio Pochettino

Ryan Mason – Mauricio Pochettino

Jamie Vardy – Nigel Pearson

Dele Alli – Mauricio Pochettino

Danny Ings – Brendan Rodgers

Eric Dier – Mauricio Pochettino

QUIZ: Can you name every England player to wear No.9 at a major tournament since 1990?


Danny Rose – Mauricio Pochettino

Danny Drinkwater – Claudio Ranieri

Tom Heaton – Sean Dyche

Marcus Rashford – Louis van Gaal

Jesse Lingard – Jose Mourinho

Aaron Cresswell – Slaven Bilic


Michael Keane – Sean Dyche

Nathan Redmond – Claude Puel

James Ward-Prowse – Claude Puel

Kieran Trippier – Mauricio Pochettino

Harry Maguire – Craig Shakespeare

Harry Winks – Mauricio Pochettino

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