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You're More Likely To Be A Striker If You're From London

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You're More Likely To Be A Striker If You're From London

Footballers in England are more likely to be strikers if they're born in London and footballers from Yorkshire are more likely to be defenders.

England have four recent international defenders that have come from the West Riding region of Yorkshire, with John Stones, Harry Maguire, Danny Rose and Kyle Walker all having featured for the Three Lions in recent years.

So it's no surprise to find that research conducted by Ellevate Football has proved that footballers from Yorkshire in the Premier League and Football League are more likely to be defenders.

Londoners Harry Kane, Tammy Abraham and Rhian Brewster are proof that coming from the capital means you're likely to be a striker and the south as a whole is most likely to produce midfielders.

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London, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham and Leeds also provide the highest percentage of footballers in the top four tiers in English football down to League Two, with over 200 professionals coming from those cities.

Those living in Essex and Berkshire have a 1 in 25,000 chance of being a footballer and whilst that might seem like slim odds it's actually better than everywhere else.

On the flip side those in Kent only have a 1 in 100,000 chance of making it so your fellow south easterners are actually four times more likely.

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Where professional footballers are from in England. Image: E11evate
Where professional footballers are from in England. Image: E11evate

On Tuesday England play Denmark in their latest Nations League game, a match that's missing two forward players from the north in Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden, after their incident following the Iceland game.

The three goalkeepers in Gareth Southgate's squad suggest that there's no correlation in where goalies are from with Jordan Pickford from Sunderland, Dean Henderson from Whitehaven and Nick Pope from Soham, with all three being in complete different ends of the country.

For more information behind the research and to find out more about what Ellevate Football do visit: https://e11evate.co.uk/does-where-youre-born-affect-your-chances-of-being-scouted

Featured Image Credit: E11evate

Topics: Harry Maguire, Football stats, Football News, EFL, football league, English Football, Stats, Premier League, England, Dele Alli, Harry Kane

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