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Callum Hudson-Odoi and Declan Rice among London-born England talent

Callum Hudson-Odoi and Declan Rice among London-born England talent


London is the hotbed for English talent this millennium, according to a Sky Sports study.

In total, 50 England stars that have played since 2000 were born in London, with Jadon Sancho being the most recent debutant from the capital.

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We take a look into the dominant birthplaces of England internationals

That number could be boosted further if London-born duo Callum Hudson-Odoi and Declan Rice make their debuts in the upcoming European Qualifiers.

Image: Where England internationals since 2000 were born

The North West has the second-highest number with 46 representatives since the turn of the century, including England's all-time leading scorer Wayne Rooney.

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Then there is a big drop to the next region, with 21 players born in the South East, followed by Yorkshire and the Humber with 17 players.

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 18: Dele Alli of England during the UEFA Nations League A group four match between England and Croatia at Wembley Stadium on November 18, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Dele Alli
Image: Dele Alli was born in the South East, in Milton Keynes

Goalkeeper Joe Hart is one of 13 players born in the West Midlands, while 11 players came from the East of England - including Cambridge-born Nick Pope and Manchester United's Ashley Young.

Another 11 were born in the North East, including Jordan Pickford, Jordan Henderson and, of course, Alan Shearer.

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Alan Shearer celebrates his second and England's third goal against Holland at Wembley during Euro 96
Image: Alan Shearer was born in the North East

Five were born in the East Midlands: Leicester-born Emile Heskey and Chris Kirkland and Nottingham trio Tom Huddlestone, Jermaine Jenas and Andy Cole.

The South West has produced only three England players, while five have come from abroad - including Jamaica-born Raheem Sterling and Owen Hargreaves, who was born in Canada.

Kyle Walker of England and Harry Maguire of England celebrate after teammate Kieran Trippier scores their team's first goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Semi Final match between England and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 11, 2018 in Moscow, Russia.
Image: Kyle Walker(left) and Harry Maguire were both born in Yorkshire and the Humber

The findings restore parity to an all-time trend published in a Sky Sports study two years ago, which revealed northern England had produced twice as many internationals than the south since 1872.

Image: Where every England international since 1872 was born

Over the past 147 years, there have been 817 England internationals born in the five northern regions, compared with just 378 born in the south - while 39 were born abroad and the birthplaces of six others were unidentified.

England international birthplaces

Period North England South England
All-time (since 1872) 817 378
Since 2000 92 85

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