Euro 2024: England lead way for home-based players with two squads completely abroad

Harry Kane and Jude Bellingham celebrate a goal for England against Italy in Euro 2024 qualifying in Octber 2023.
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Switzerland did not have a single representative from the Swiss league in their side in their 3-1 group stage opening victory over Hungary on Saturday afternoon – which was not too surprising, given they only have two domestic players in their squad.

The Swiss will not be alone in that over the course this tournament, however, with only six of the 24 competing nations naming predominantly home-based players in their 26-man squads. Most nations are in single figures, including some big hitters like France, the Netherlands and Portugal.

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Steven Chicken

Steven Chicken has been working as a football writer since 2009, taking in stints with Football365 and the Huddersfield Examiner. Steven still covers Huddersfield Town home and away for his own publication, Steven is a two-time nominee for Regional Journalist of the Year at the prestigious British Sports Journalism Awards, making the shortlist in 2020 and 2023.