There are not many English footballers playing overseas. If we consider the other 4 major European leagues (La Liga, Ligue 1, Bundesliga and Serie A) there are only 4 players with English nationality. Well, to be fair there are 6, but the other two have other main nationalities.
So, who are they?
Nationality: England / Barbados
Current team: AS Roma
Previous teams: Chelsea FC, Arsenal FC, Crystal Palace
He signed for Roma last season after playing in the Premier League since 1999.
Current team: AC Fiorentina (loan)
Previous teams: Manchester City
He was loaned to AC Fiorentina from Manchester City. Last week Manchester City included him in the released list.
Current team: Chievo Verona
Previous teams: Monza, Pro Patria, Exeter City, Blackburn, Aldershot, Aberdeen FC, Leyton Orient.
He played consistently for the Italian team Pro Patria in Lega Pro (Italian third category) but he didn’t play a single minute in Serie A.
Current team: RC Lens
Previous teams: –
He was born in England but he moved to France when he was 7.
As you can see, 3 of them play for Serie A and the other one for Ligue 1. But are there more Italian and French players in the Premier League? Short answer: yes. There are 5 Italians and a whopping 33 Frenchs playing in England.
There are some countries that export more footballers than others. For example, there are 54 Spaniards playing for the other major European competitions, almost half of them in England. But French are the most international. There are 68 players spread among the biggest leagues. Have a look to the graphic!