World Cup: Who Has The Most Players At Foreign Clubs?
2018 World Cup
Out of all teams that qualified for the 2018 World Cup, Croatia, Sweden and Iceland have something in common: every single one of their players currently plays for a foreign club outside of the association they represent, according to FIFA. When it comes to Germany, the world champions, 32.4 percent of the squad is based overseas.
Julian Draxler is a notable example and he plies his trade at PSG. Other key players include Per Mertesacker and Mesut Özil play who for Arsenal, Leroy Sané who's at Manchester City, Emre Can at Liverpool and of course Toni Kroos who plays in midfield for Real Madrid. The bulk of the team still plays in the Bundesliga, however, with Manuel Neuer, Jérôme Boateng, Thomas Müller and Mats Hummels among the contingent at Bayern Münich.
England is especially notable as having no players based overseas. Even though David Beckam, Michael Owen and Steve McManaman all moved to Real Madrid in the past, all members of the current England squad play for Premier League clubs.
This chart shows the teams that qualified for the World Cup by share of players at foreign clubs.
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