List of foreign Premier League players

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This is a list of foreign players in the Premier League , which commenced play in 1992. The following players must meet both of the following two criteria:

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  1. Have played at least one Premier League game. Players who were signed by Premier League clubs, but only played in a lower league, cup, and/or European games, or did not play in any competitive games at all, are not included.
  2. Are considered foreign, i.e., outside the United Kingdom determined by the following:
A player is considered foreign if his allegiance is not to play for the national teams of England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

More specifically,

Clubs listed are those for which the player has played at least one Premier League game – and seasons are those in which the player has played at least one Premier League game. Note that seasons, not calendar years, are used. For example, "1992–95" indicates that the player has played in every season from 1992–93 to 1994–95, but not necessarily every calendar year from 1992 to 1995. Therefore, a player should always have a listing under at least two years – for instance, a player making his debut in 2011, during the 2011–12 season, will have '2011–12' after his name. This follows the general practice in expressing sporting seasons in the UK.

113 of the 207 foreign FIFA-affiliated nations have been represented in the Premier League. On 26 March 2021, Mauritania became the most recent country to be represented, with Aboubakar Kamara was called up and played for Mauritania.

In bold: players who have played at least one Premier League game in the current season (2020–21), and are still at a club for which they have played. This does not include current players of a Premier League club who have not played a Premier League game in the current season.

Details correct as of 1 July 2021

Albania Flag of Albania.svg

Algeria Flag of Algeria.svg

Riyad Mahrez was voted PFA Player of the Year after helping Leicester win the title in 2016 Algerie - Armenie - 20140531 - Riyad Mahrez.jpg
Riyad Mahrez was voted PFA Player of the Year after helping Leicester win the title in 2016

Angola Flag of Angola.svg

Antigua and Barbuda Flag of Antigua and Barbuda.svg

Argentina Flag of Argentina.svg

Carlos Tevez won the Premier League at Manchester United and Manchester City Carlos Tevez.jpg
Carlos Tevez won the Premier League at Manchester United and Manchester City
Sergio Aguero has won four Premier League titles with Manchester City, and is the highest scoring foreign player in Premier League history Kun Aguero vs West Ham.png
Sergio Agüero has won four Premier League titles with Manchester City, and is the highest scoring foreign player in Premier League history

Armenia Flag of Armenia.svg

Australia Flag of Australia (converted).svg

Mark Schwarzer is the only player from outside the United Kingdom to play over 500 Premier League matches MarkSchwarzer.JPG
Mark Schwarzer is the only player from outside the United Kingdom to play over 500 Premier League matches

Austria Flag of Austria.svg

Barbados Flag of Barbados.svg

Belarus Flag of Belarus.svg

Belgium Flag of Belgium (civil).svg

Vincent Kompany captained Manchester City to win the Premier League title in 2012, earning him the accolade of Player of the Season Vincent Kompany holds up the Premier League trophy 2012.jpg
Vincent Kompany captained Manchester City to win the Premier League title in 2012, earning him the accolade of Player of the Season
Eden Hazard was voted the Player of the Season after helping Chelsea to the Premier League title in 2015 Chelsea 2 QPR 1 (15687918092).jpg
Eden Hazard was voted the Player of the Season after helping Chelsea to the Premier League title in 2015

Benin Flag of Benin.svg

Bermuda Flag of Bermuda.svg

Bolivia Flag of Bolivia.svg

Bosnia and Herzegovina Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg

Brazil Flag of Brazil.svg

Edu was a member of the Arsenal "Invincibles" team which won the Premier League in 2004 Edu.jpg
Edu was a member of the Arsenal "Invincibles" team which won the Premier League in 2004
Anderson won four Premier League titles with Manchester United Anderson Luis de Abreu Oliveira.jpg
Anderson won four Premier League titles with Manchester United
Rafael won three Premier League titles with Manchester United Rafael Man Utd 2011.jpg
Rafael won three Premier League titles with Manchester United

Bulgaria Flag of Bulgaria.svg

Burkina Faso Flag of Burkina Faso.svg

Burundi Flag of Burundi.svg

Cameroon Flag of Cameroon.svg

Geremi won two consecutive Premier League titles with Chelsea Geremi Njitap.JPG
Geremi won two consecutive Premier League titles with Chelsea

Canada Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg

Cape Verde Flag of Cape Verde.svg

Central African Republic Flag of the Central African Republic.svg

Chile Flag of Chile.svg

China PR Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg

Colombia Flag of Colombia.svg

Congo Flag of the Republic of the Congo.svg

Costa Rica Flag of Costa Rica.svg

Croatia Flag of Croatia.svg

Cuba Flag of Cuba.svg

Curaçao Flag of Curacao.svg

Until 2010 Flag of the Netherlands Antilles.svg Netherlands Antilles

Cyprus Flag of Cyprus.svg

Czech Republic Flag of the Czech Republic.svg

Until 1992 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czechoslovakia

Petr Cech won four Premier League titles with Chelsea and holds the most Premier League clean sheets Petr Cech Chelsea 2013.jpg
Petr Čech won four Premier League titles with Chelsea and holds the most Premier League clean sheets

Denmark Flag of Denmark.svg

Peter Schmeichel won 5 Premier League titles with Manchester United and is the only goalkeeper to be voted Player of the Season Peter Schmeichel juli 1991.JPG
Peter Schmeichel won 5 Premier League titles with Manchester United and is the only goalkeeper to be voted Player of the Season

DR Congo Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg

Ecuador Flag of Ecuador.svg

Antonio Valencia won the Premier League twice with Manchester United Antonio Valencia cropped.jpg
Antonio Valencia won the Premier League twice with Manchester United

Egypt Flag of Egypt.svg

In 2017-18, Mohamed Salah won the PFA Players' Player of the Year and was the top scorer with a record breaking 32 goals. Mohamed Salah 2017.jpg
In 2017–18, Mohamed Salah won the PFA Players' Player of the Year and was the top scorer with a record breaking 32 goals.

Equatorial Guinea Flag of Equatorial Guinea.svg

Estonia Flag of Estonia.svg

Faroe Islands Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg

Finland Flag of Finland.svg

France Flag of France.svg

With 175 goals, all for Arsenal, Thierry Henry is the second highest-scoring foreign player in Premier League history Thierry Henry applauding 2012.jpg
With 175 goals, all for Arsenal, Thierry Henry is the second highest-scoring foreign player in Premier League history
Nicolas Anelka won the Premier League at Arsenal and Chelsea Nicolas Anelka 4720.jpg
Nicolas Anelka won the Premier League at Arsenal and Chelsea
Gael Clichy has won the Premier League with Arsenal and Manchester City. His part in Arsenal's 2004 triumph made him the youngest player with a winner's medal, a record now held by Phil Foden Gael Clichy, Premier League parade 11-12.jpg
Gaël Clichy has won the Premier League with Arsenal and Manchester City. His part in Arsenal's 2004 triumph made him the youngest player with a winner's medal, a record now held by Phil Foden
Patrice Evra won the Premier League five times with Manchester United Patrice Evra 2008.jpeg
Patrice Evra won the Premier League five times with Manchester United

Gabon Flag of Gabon.svg

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was the joint-top goalscorer in the Premier League in 2018-19, scoring 22 goals for Arsenal. 1 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.jpg
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was the joint-top goalscorer in the Premier League in 2018–19, scoring 22 goals for Arsenal.

Gambia Flag of The Gambia.svg

Georgia Flag of Georgia.svg

Germany Flag of Germany.svg

Jens Lehmann, goalkeeper for Arsenal during their undefeated season in 2003-04 Jens Lehmann.jpg
Jens Lehmann, goalkeeper for Arsenal during their undefeated season in 2003–04
Andre Schurrle won the Premier League with Chelsea Andre Schurrle'14.JPG
André Schürrle won the Premier League with Chelsea

Ghana Flag of Ghana.svg

Michael Essien won the Premier League twice with Chelsea MEssienChelsea06.png
Michael Essien won the Premier League twice with Chelsea

Gibraltar Flag of Gibraltar.svg

Greece Flag of Greece.svg

Grenada Flag of Grenada.svg

Guinea Flag of Guinea.svg

Guinea-Bissau Flag of Guinea-Bissau.svg

Guyana Flag of Guyana.svg

Honduras Flag of Honduras (darker variant).svg

Hungary Flag of Hungary.svg

Iceland Flag of Iceland.svg

Iran Flag of Iran.svg

Israel Flag of Israel.svg

Italy Flag of Italy.svg

Mario Balotelli won the Premier league with Manchester City in 2012. Mario Balotelli Euro 2012 vs England 01.JPG
Mario Balotelli won the Premier league with Manchester City in 2012.

Ivory Coast Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg

Didier Drogba scored 104 Premier League goals, the most by any African player, winning four league titles for Chelsea. Didier aug 2014.jpg
Didier Drogba scored 104 Premier League goals, the most by any African player, winning four league titles for Chelsea.

Jamaica Flag of Jamaica.svg

Wes Morgan captained Leicester's title-winning team in 2016 Wes Morgan Warming up vs Leamington Spa.jpg
Wes Morgan captained Leicester's title-winning team in 2016

Japan Flag of Japan.svg

Kenya Flag of Kenya.svg

Korea Republic Flag of South Korea.svg

Park Ji-Sung won the Premier League four times with Manchester United Park Ji-Sung vs Fulham 2010.jpg
Park Ji-Sung won the Premier League four times with Manchester United

Kosovo Flag of Kosovo.svg

Latvia Flag of Latvia.svg

Liberia Flag of Liberia.svg

Lithuania Flag of Lithuania.svg

Mali Flag of Mali.svg

Malta Flag of Malta.svg

Mauritania Flag of Mauritania.svg

Mexico Flag of Mexico.svg

Javier Hernandez won the Premier League twice with Manchester United Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez vs MLS All Stars.jpg
Javier Hernández won the Premier League twice with Manchester United

Montenegro Flag of Montenegro.svg

Montserrat Flag of Montserrat.svg

Morocco Flag of Morocco.svg

Netherlands Flag of the Netherlands.svg

Edwin van der Sar is the holder of the record for the longest Premier League clean sheet streak, while playing for Manchester United Edwin van derSar playing for MUFC cropped.jpg
Edwin van der Sar is the holder of the record for the longest Premier League clean sheet streak, while playing for Manchester United
Robin van Persie was Premier League top scorer in two consecutive seasons for two different clubs - Arsenal and Manchester United Robin Van Persie captain cropped.jpg
Robin van Persie was Premier League top scorer in two consecutive seasons for two different clubs – Arsenal and Manchester United
Ruud van Nistelrooy was the top scorer and Player of the Season in 2002-03 RVN chelsea.jpg
Ruud van Nistelrooy was the top scorer and Player of the Season in 2002–03

New Zealand Flag of New Zealand.svg

Nigeria Flag of Nigeria.svg

Mikel John Obi has won two Premier League titles for Chelsea John Obi Mikel'14.JPG
Mikel John Obi has won two Premier League titles for Chelsea

North Macedonia Flag of North Macedonia.svg

Until 2019 named Republic of Macedonia

Norway Flag of Norway.svg

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer won 6 Premier League titles for Manchester United, a record for a player from outside the British Isles Solskjaer cropped.jpg
Ole Gunnar Solskjær won 6 Premier League titles for Manchester United, a record for a player from outside the British Isles

Oman Flag of Oman.svg

Pakistan Flag of Pakistan.svg

Paraguay Flag of Paraguay.svg

Peru Flag of Peru (state).svg

Philippines Flag of the Philippines.svg

Poland Flag of Poland.svg

Portugal Flag of Portugal.svg

Cristiano Ronaldo won a hat-trick of Premier League titles with Manchester United, was twice voted Player of the Season and is the only player to win the FIFA World Player of the Year while playing in the Premier League. Ronaldo - Manchester United vs Chelsea.jpg
Cristiano Ronaldo won a hat-trick of Premier League titles with Manchester United, was twice voted Player of the Season and is the only player to win the FIFA World Player of the Year while playing in the Premier League.
Ricardo Carvalho won three Premier League titles with Chelsea Ricardo Carvalho.JPG
Ricardo Carvalho won three Premier League titles with Chelsea

Republic of Ireland Flag of Ireland.svg

Roy Keane won seven Premier League titles with Manchester United, including four as captain Roy Keane cropped.jpg
Roy Keane won seven Premier League titles with Manchester United, including four as captain
Robbie Keane played for six different clubs and scored a total of 126 goals Robbie Keane vs Chelsea.jpg
Robbie Keane played for six different clubs and scored a total of 126 goals
Shay Given has kept a total of 116 clean sheets Shay Given.jpg
Shay Given has kept a total of 116 clean sheets

Romania Flag of Romania.svg

Dan Petrescu was selected as the right defender of the Premier League 10 Seasons Awards Overseas team Dan Petrescu 2012.jpg
Dan Petrescu was selected as the right defender of the Premier League 10 Seasons Awards Overseas team

Russia Flag of Russia.svg

Andrey Arshavin became the first player in the Premier League history who scored four goals in an away game at Anfield Road Arshavin Andrey.jpg
Andrey Arshavin became the first player in the Premier League history who scored four goals in an away game at Anfield Road

Saint Kitts and Nevis Flag of Saint Kitts and Nevis.svg

Senegal Flag of Senegal.svg

Sadio Mane scored the quickest Premier League hat-trick, netting three goals in 176 seconds Audi- quattro-Cup 03.JPG
Sadio Mané scored the quickest Premier League hat-trick, netting three goals in 176 seconds

Serbia Flag of Serbia.svg

Until 2003 Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg FR Yugoslavia, from 2003 to 2006 Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg Serbia and Montenegro

Nemanja Vidic won five Premier League titles for Manchester United and was voted Player of the Season twice Nemanja Vidic.png
Nemanja Vidić won five Premier League titles for Manchester United and was voted Player of the Season twice

Seychelles Flag of the Seychelles.svg

Sierra Leone Flag of Sierra Leone.svg

Slovakia Flag of Slovakia.svg

Slovenia Flag of Slovenia.svg

South Africa Flag of South Africa.svg

Spain Flag of Spain.svg

Fernando Torres was signed by Chelsea from Liverpool in 2011 for PS50 million, then the most ever paid by a Premier League club TorresFinale12 cropped.jpg
Fernando Torres was signed by Chelsea from Liverpool in 2011 for £50 million, then the most ever paid by a Premier League club
Pepe Reina of Liverpool had the most Premier League clean sheets in three consecutive seasons Pepe Reina vs Bolton 2011 (cropped).jpg
Pepe Reina of Liverpool had the most Premier League clean sheets in three consecutive seasons