Revealed: Stats show France are most at risk from burnout at Euro 2016


France's home advantage at Euro 2016 could be offset after a study revealed their squad is most likely to suffer from burnout at this summer's tournament.

The Press Association Sport Burnout Study looked at how much time all 552 players at the tournament have spent on the pitch in the past year for club and country - and it's not good reading for Les Bleus.

Didier Deschamps' 23-man squad played almost 2,500 minutes more than any other team at the tournament after spending a combined 86,115 minutes playing for club and country last season. To put that into perspective, that's the equivalent of a combined 957 games at an average of 41.6 each.

Graphic showing most minutes played by Euro 2016 teams

Spain rank second with an average of 40.4 games per player, with Portugal (39.9) third and England (39.3) fourth.

By contrast the lowest-ranked team, dark horses Austria, have a combined 59,094 minutes on the park - the equivalent of 28.5 games each.

England's all-Premier League squad's high ranking is hardly surprising given the workload in their home competition, which is made even more notable by the significant drop-off between Roy Hodgson's men in fourth and Germany in fifth place.

England's Chris Smalling during a training session
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Germany's squad played 4,000 minutes less than England during the July 1 2015 to May 31 2016 qualification period. That's a difference of about two games per player.

A key reason for that is they play four games fewer in the Bundesliga than most of the big leagues in Europe, but could those extra minutes in the tank prove crucial?

Wales will hope so, with their squad ranked 19th out of 24 to make them, on paper at least, one of the freshest squads in France, although key man Gareth Bale's season did end as late as possible as he helped Real Madrid to the Champions League title after a penalty shootout.

Gareth Bale at Wales training
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Northern Ireland (70,218) sit relatively high on the list in ninth, three places ahead of the Republic of Ireland (67,698).

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has spoken about the need to rest players whose workload has left them in "the red zone" in the past few seasons and it might be no coincidence that Chris Smalling - who last year played more minutes than anyone else at the tournament - suffered a training mishap this week.

Smalling tops the list for players with 5,472 minutes played - the equivalent of 61 matches - and the top four are all England-based, with Liverpool pair Simon Mignolet and Nathaniel Clyne falling in behind the United defender. Wales' Chris Gunter is fourth after playing with Reading in the Championship.

Graphic showing Euro 2016 players who've played the most

France's most "burned out" player is Antoine Griezmann, after he took Atletico Madrid to the Champions League final - that ranked him ninth on the overall list.

He is joined by three team-mates in the top 20 to make France the most represented team at the top of the list, although two of those are goalies - Hugo Lloris and Steve Mandanda - alongside Paul Pogba.

The survey used publicly accessible 'minutes played' data available on the website, and the competitions covered included domestic league and cup competitions - excluding the Liechtenstein domestic cup - international club competitions such as the Champions League and Europa League or other continental equivalents and the Fifa Club World Cup, Euro 2016 qualifiers and senior international friendlies.