Premier League players look to end sixteen-year run in World Cup.Despite the fact that the Premier League is widely regarded as the best in the world at the moment, and has been for some time, players from the English top division have a surprisingly poor record at this crucial stage of proceedings at the World Cup finals.
Much is made of the failure of the England national team to live up to expectations when it comes to major international tournaments, with the increasing number of players from abroad joining the top clubs in big-money moves, but even they have struggled to make their mark at this stage of the biggest competition in world football.
Incredibly, no Premier League-based player has registered a single goal in the semi-finals, final or third-place playoff of a World Cup since Emmanuel Petit’s late strike for France in the 1998 final against Brazil. For sixteen years now, players from the biggest league in the world have not quite been at the centre of the action when it matters most on the international stage.
With a host of big names from English clubs set to take part in this year’s semi-finals, fanatix looks at ten Premier League stars who can end this long run and help fire their national sides to glory in Brazil.