What the stats tell us about the Euro 2016 squads


The European Championships are drawing ever closer, with Tuesday's final squad announcements heavily scrutinised as we all try to figure out who holds a slight advantage.

Here are some of the most interesting observations from the squads ahead of Euro 2016, including why the Premier League is the best league in Europe...

Rule, Britannia!

Snappa graphic showing the number of players who ply their trade in England compared with other countries

Although heavily criticised for a perceived lack of quality compared with the rest of Europe, the English leagues remain a powerhouse against the rest of the Continent. In total there will be 552 players competing at Euro 2016, of whom a remarkable 138 plied their trade in the English league system this season. This is more than double the 65 who did so in Germany, and dwarfs the 56 representatives from Italy.

Unsurprisingly the English clubs dominate too, with three of the four sides to have 10 or more players at the tournament hailing from the Premier League. Liverpool are tied with Juventus for the most representatives with 12 each, while Tottenham have 11 and Manchester United 10.

If the strengths of the home leagues are anything to go by, England will be celebrating a first major championship triumph in 50 years come July...

Snappa graphic showing which clubs have the most representatives at the Euros

There's no place like home

What do Jermain Defoe, Joey Barton and Jay Bothroyd have in common? All three former England internationals have enjoyed time abroad in their careers, but they are rare examples of current English footballers willing to leave their home shores.

The current England squad selected by Roy Hodgson is the only one at Euro 2016 made up entirely of players from their domestic league. Russia pushed them close, with Schalke's Roman Neustadter the only overseas inclusion in their 23-man party.

Thanks to the dominance of the English leagues within the UK, none of their neighbours - Ireland, Wales and Northern Ireland - have a single player from their own domestic divisions.

The kids are all right

Raheem Sterling celebrates with Marcus Rashford against Australia
(Simon Bellis / Sportimage)

It's fair to say Hodgson has put his faith in youth ahead of the Euros. England have three players aged 21 or younger - Marcus Rashford, Dele Alli and Raheem Sterling. Only Croatia and Switzerland have more, with four each.

With only four players over the age of 30 (can you work out who?), the Three Lions have the youngest squad on show, with an average age of 25 years and 308 days when the tournament begins.

On the other hand Martin O'Neill will be taking the oldest squad at an average age of 29 years and 297 days.

Who said you can't win anything with kids?

Germany aren't going anywhere

Snappa graphic showing Germany's goalscoring superiority compared with rivals

Injuries to Bastian Schweinsteiger and Marco Reus added to the retirement of Philipp Lahm might have made you take the current world champions lightly. Think again. Joachim Low has amassed a squad with a scary blend of youth and experience, with the second youngest squad behind England at 25 years and 343 days, and an impressive 925 caps and 208 internationals goals between them.

Only two sides have more caps than the Germans - Ireland have 950 and Spain 961 - but neither come close to their goal total, while England have a modest total of 518 caps and 78 goals.