In this international week, and inspired by this article recently posted on World Soccer Talk, I thought it would be interesting to look at forming international teams out of players who play in the Premier League. Little did I know how much work this would be! There are currently players from 65 countries on the books of Premier League teams, and that doesn’t include the Adnan Januzaj multi-cultural phenomenon.
Be warned this article contains some strange formations, unbalanced teams, players out of positions and some weird national combinations. But it’s all in good fun to pass the time during the slow news week that the international break always is. I’m sure I’ve overlooked people so weigh your thoughts in the comments please.
By the way, I have left England out since no England national team players play overseas at this time (with the exception of Celtic’s goalkeeper).
The teams are listed in no particular order. Skip to the end for the totally made up simulated tournament to see which international squad will win the fictitious tournament.
For such a small country to produce such a powerful team is quite remarkable. Playing an attacking 3-4-3 formation, this team is quite a powerhouse
GK: Simon Mignolet, Liverpool
DEF: Vincent Kompany, Man City
DEF: Jan Vertonghen, Spurs
DEF: Thomas Vermaelen, Arsenal
MID: Marouane Fellaini, Man Utd
MID: Moussa Dembele, Spurs
MID: Kevin De Bruyne, Chelsea
MID: Eden Hazard, Chelsea
FWD: Kevin Mirallas, Everton
FWD: Romelu Lukaku, Everton/Chelsea
FWD: Christian Benteke, Aston Villa
Lining up with a solid defensive 5-3-2, Wales have a powerful midfield and an ancient forward line. The loss of Gareth Bale has clearly hurt this team.
GK: Lewis Price, Crystal Palace
DEF James Collins, WHU
DEF: Danny Gabbidon, Crystal Palace
DEF: Ashley Williams, Swansea
DEF: Ben Davies, Swansea
DEF: Neil Taylor, Swansea
MID: Joe Allen, Liverpool
MID: Aaron Ramsey, Arsenal
MID: Lloyd Isgrove, Southampton
FWD: Craig Bellamy, Cardiff
FWD: Ryan Giggs, Man Utd
Once the power of English soccer, Scotland is now barely able to field a team, sporting a number of backup players, injuries and out of form players. The midfield is a strength but where will the goals come from?
GK: David Marshall, Cardiff City
DEF: Alan Hutton, Aston Villa
DEF: Russell Martin, Norwich City
DEF: Steven Whittaker, Norwich City
DEF: Danny Fox, Southampton
MID: Charlie Adam, Stoke
MID: Graham Dorrans, WBA
MID: James Morrison, WBA
MID: Robert Snodgrass, Norwich City
FWD: Steven Fletcher, Sunderland
FWD: Steven Naismith, Everton
Ireland & Northern Ireland All-Stars
Putting politics aside, we have a combined Ireland side. Playing a 4-5-1, the midfield looks strong but where will the goals come from?
GK: Keiren Westwood (Ire), Sunderland
DEF: Seamus Coleman (Ire), Everton
DEF: Jonny Evans (NI), Man Utd
DEF: Gareth McAuley (NI), WBA
DEF: Marc Wilson (Ire), Stoke
MID: James McCarthy (Ire), Everton
MID: Steven Davis (NI), Southampton
MID: Robbie Brady (Ire), Hull City
MID: Damien Duff (Ire), Fulham
MID: Jonathan Walters , Stoke
FWD: Shane Long (Ire), WBA