Best footballer from each English county

Earlier this year, using a chart posted on reddit, we listed the biggest clubs in each of England’s 48 counties.

Among the clubs that have not been named the biggest in their counties are Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

But what about the best footballers in each English county?

It was a topic covered by The Athletic at the end of 2021.

They named the ‘most important current player’ to emerge from each English county – male or female.

Athletic looked at the players’ childhood home – rather than their place of birth – to tell which county they represented.

See all of the Counties’ current top players below… click here to see a more detailed breakdown of The Athletic’s findings.

(counties sorted north to south)

Northumberland—Dan Burn, Newcastle United

Tyne and Wear—Jordan Henderson, Liverpool

Durham – Steph Houghton, Manchester City Women

Cumbria – Dean Henderson, Manchester United

North Yorkshire—Ben Godfrey, Everton

East Yorkshire – Daniel James, Leeds United

West Yorkshire—Erling Haaland, Borussia Dortmund

DORTMUND, GERMANY – MARCH 13: Erling Haaland (Dortmund) looks on during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and DSC Arminia Bielefeld at Signal Iduna Park on March 13, 2022 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)

South Yorkshire — Kyle Walker, Manchester City

Lancashire – Scott McTominay, Manchester United

Greater Manchester – Phil Foden, Manchester City

Merseyside—Trent Alexander-Arnold, Liverpool

Cheshire—Jesse Lingard, Manchester United

Staffordshire—Aaron Ramsdale, Arsenal

Derbyshire — Millie Bright, Chelsea Women

Nottinghamshire—Patrick Bamford, Leeds United

Leicestershire—Che Adams, Southampton


Lincolnshire—Sam Clucas, Stoke City

Shropshire – Joe Hart, Celtic

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – FEBRUARY 13: Joe Hart of Celtic salutes the fans after the Scottish Cup match between Celtic and Raith Rovers at Celtic Park on February 13, 2022 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Herefordshire—Jarrod Bowen, West Ham United

West Midlands – Jack Grealish, Manchester City

Northamptonshire—Ivan Toney, Brentford

Worcestershire—Jude Bellingham, Borussia Dortmund

Warwickshire—Ben Foster, Watford

Bedfordshire—Ben Chilwell, Chelsea

Buckinghamshire – Leah Williamson, Arsenal Women

Cambridgeshire—Nick Pope, Burnley

Norfolk—Todd Cantwell, Norwich

Suffolk – Matthew Clarke, West Brom (on loan from Brighton)

Hertfordshire—Ashley Young, Aston Villa

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – MARCH 05: Ashley Young of Aston Villa during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Southampton at Villa Park on March 5, 2022 in Birmingham, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Essex—Josh Cullen, Anderlecht

Greater London – Harry Kane, Tottenham Hotspur

Kent—Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Chelsea

East Sussex – Lewis Dunk, Brighton

West Sussex – Adam Webster, Brighton

Hampshire—Mason Mount, Chelsea

Isle of Wight – Simon Moore, City of Coventry

Surrey – Luke Shaw, Manchester United

Berkshire—Fran Kirby, Chelsea Women

Wiltshire—Tyrone Mings, Aston Villa

Oxfordshire—Callum O’Dowda, City of Bristol

Gloucestershire—Eric Dier, Tottenham

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 20: Eric Dier of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on March 20, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Eddie Keogh/Getty Images)

Bristol—Joe Bryan, Fulham

Somerset: Jack Butland, Crystal Palace

Dorset—Ben White, Arsenal

Devon—Ollie Watkins, Aston Villa

Cornwall — Jack Stephens, Southampton

Athletic couldn’t find a single player from Rutland, so they left them blank.

Four women appear. Houghton, Brighton, Williamson and Kirby have been named the most notable current players from Durham, Derbyshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire respectively.

Seven of the players are goalkeepers, including Pope (Cambridgeshire) and Moore (Isle of Wight).

While a total of five players have chosen to represent other nations.

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James plays for Wales, Cullen and O’Dowda play for the Republic of Ireland, Adams plays for Scotland and Haaland represents Norway.

Haaland qualifies as he was born in West Yorkshire and spent the first three years of his life there, before returning to Norway in 2004.

Among the England internationals who are not considered their country’s best players are Harry Maguire, Declan Rice, Raheem Sterling, Jadon Sancho and James Ward-Prowse.

Ward-Prowse (Hampshire) misses Mount, Maguire (South Yorkshire) misses Walker while Rice, Sterling and Sancho (Greater London) misses Kane.

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