The 19 Premier League Players Who Have Played in a World Cup Final...So Far

Since the revamp of English football and the league's formation in 1992, only 19 Premier League players have got on the pitch in a World Cup final.


As many as five Premier League players - Paul Pogba, N'Golo Kante, Hugo Lloris, Olivier Giroud and Dejan Lovren - are likely to start the 2018 final between France and Croatia this weekend, with another in Benjamin Mendy having the possible chance to come off the bench.


Here's a closer look at the 19 who have come before them...

19. Andre Schurrle (2014 - Won)

Country: Germany

Club at the Time: Chelsea 


Andre Schurrle was the first German player to grab hold of winning goalscorer Mario Gotze in celebration in the closing stages of the 2014 final against Argentina, having himself scored during the 7-1 rout of hosts Brazil in the previous round.


The Chelsea winger didn't actually start the final, although he still played 90 minutes to the end of extra-time after replacing the concussed Christoph Kramer during the first half.

18. Christian Ziege (2002 - Lost)

Country: Germany

Club at the Time: Tottenham Hotspur 


Tottenham were German left-back Christian Ziege's third Premier League club after previous spells elsewhere in England with Middlesbrough and Liverpool, with his performances ensuring he was part of his country's World Cup squad in 2002.


Ziege's role in the final was minimal as Germany were already losing 2-0 when he made his way onto the pitch in the 84th minute as a replacement for Marco Bode.

17. John Heitinga (2010 - Lost)

Country: Netherlands

Club at the Time: Everton 


Dutch defender John Heitinga played in the 2010 final with the Netherlands following his first season at Everton and became only the fifth player in history to be sent off when he collected two yellow cards from Premier League referee Howard Webb.


Heitinga spent three more seasons at Goodison Park with the Toffees, before moving on to Fulham, Hertha Berlin and Ajax as his career wound down at a relatively young age.

16. Nigel de Jong (2010 - Lost)

Country: Netherlands

Club at the Time: Manchester City 


Howard Webb may have sent off Heitinga, but even eight years later many are still scratching their heads as to how Manchester City midfielder Nigel de Jong didn't get his marching orders in that game for an infamous chest-high challenge on Xabi Alonso.


De Jong's physical approach characterised the Dutch team in the 2010 final, focused more on stopping Spain by any means necessary than playing their own game. It didn't work.

15. William Gallas (2006 - Lost)

Country: France

Club at the Time: Chelsea


William Gallas started the 2006 final alongside French legend and 1998 World Cup winner Lilian Thuram, which had been Les Bleus' defensive partnership throughout the tournament. Prior to the final, France had only conceded two goals in six games.


Soon after that World Cup, Gallas' club career took a major turn when he joined Arsenal as part of the high profile deal that took Ashley Cole to Chelsea.

14. Frank Leboeuf (1998 - Won)

Country: France

Club at the Time: Chelsea


Frank Leboeuf earned a reputation for arrogance after playing for France in the 1998 final, with an appearance on an episode of comedy panel show 'They Think It's All Over' littered with the 'I won ze World Cup' line that was intended as a joke but rather backfired.


The centre-back, who was joined at Chelsea by France colleague Marcel Desailly shortly after the tournament, only got his chance because of suspension to usual starter Laurent Blanc.


13. Per Mertesacker (2014 - Won)

Country: Germany

Club at the Time: Arsenal 


Per Mertesacker opted to quit international football at the age of just 29 shortly after winning the 2014 World Cup. The Arsenal defender had lost his place as a German starter, but he did play the last few seconds in the final after replacing Gunners teammate Mesut Ozil.


Mertesacker later began to suffer with injuries and opted to retire at the end of last season at the age of 33. A heroic performance a year earlier had won Arsenal an unexpected FA Cup.

12. Pablo Zabaleta (2014 - Lost)

Country: Manchester City

Club at the Time: Argentina


Pablo Zabaleta played all 120 minutes of the 2014 final as Argentina lost against Germany in dramatic late fashion in the iconic Estadio Maracana.


Prior to the tournament, Zabaleta had enjoyed a second Premier League title triumph with Manchester City and was arguably the best right-back in England at the time. His City career only came to an end in 2017 after nine years with the club.

11. Dirk Kuyt (2010 - Lost)

Country: Netherlands

Club at the Time: Liverpool 


Liverpool fan favourite Dirk Kuyt was another of the Premier League's Dutch contingent that appeared in the 2010 final in South Africa, playing 71 minutes in his usual role wide on the right before making way for Hamburg's Eljero Elia.


Kuyt had been a Liverpool player since 2006 at that time and would go on to enjoy his best season for the Reds immediately after the World Cup, scoring 13 Premier League goals.

10. Dietmar Hamann (2002 - Lost)

Country: Germany

Club at the Time: Liverpool


Having earlier joined Newcastle from Bayern Munich in 1998, Dietmar Hamann was a Liverpool player by the time of the 2002 World Cup in South Korea/Japan, starting the final against a Ronaldo-inspired Brazil.


Hamann played the full 90 minutes as Germany were comfortably beaten 2-0 in Yokohama after two second half goals from Brazil's golden man.

9. Emmanuel Petit (1998 - Won)

Country: France

Club at the Time: Arsenal


Emmanuel Petit enjoyed an incredible season in 1997/98. It was the French midfielder's first at Arsenal and he finished it with a Premier League and FA Cup double as a key member of Arsene Wenger's first great Gunners side.


Petit followed that up with success on the global stage with France, even scoring his country's third goal in the much talked about final against pre-tournament favourites Brazil.

8. Claude Makelele (2006 - Lost)

Country: France

Club at the Time: Chelsea


Despite making his senior international debut in 1995, it wasn't until the disastrous 2002 World Cup that Claude Makelele represented France at a major tournament for the first time.


As a back-to-back Premier League title winner with Chelsea after moving to England from Real Madrid in 2004, Makelele went to the 2006 tournament and started every game alongside Parick Vieira in a formidable central midfielder partnership.

7. Robin van Persie (2010 - Lost)

Country: Netherlands

Club at the Time: Arsenal


The 2009/10 campaign proved to be the last of Robin van Persie's injury plagued seasons at Arsenal and he returned from having played in the 2010 World Cup final with his country in top form, scoring 18 Premier League goals.


The season after that saw Van Persie win a Golden Boot after reaching 30 goals, before a controversial move to Manchester United in the summer of 2012.

6. Fernando Torres (2010 - Won)

Country: Spain

Club at the Time: Liverpool


Despite starting to struggle with injuries, Fernando Torres was still a top Premier League striker in 2010 after scoring 18 times in 22 appearances for Liverpool in the season leading up to the World Cup in South Africa.


Torres was no longer a Spain starter, however, having lost his place to David Villa. It meant he had to make do with an appearance as an extra-time substitute in the victorious final.

5. Sergio Aguero (2014 - Lost)

Country: Argentina

Club at the Time: Manchester City


So often pushed into the shadows for Argentina, Sergio Aguero was a half-time substitute in the 2014 final, replacing ineffective winger Ezequiel Lavezzi ahead of the second half.


Arguably Manchester City's best ever player, Aguero was unable to find the elusive breakthrough. But he refused to wallow in disappointment and the season immediately after that World Cup remains his most prolific Premier League campaign with 26 goals.

4. Mesut Ozil (2014 - Won)

Country: Germany

Club at the Time: Arsenal


It was the World Cup in 2010 during which Mesut Ozil announced himself on the global stage as part of an exciting new Germany team. That earned him a move to Real Madrid, while he had become Arsenal's record buy by the time of the 2014 tournament.


Ozil played nearly all of the final against Argentina, only coming off the pitch in stoppage time of extra-time as German coach Joachim Low attempted to eat up the clock.

3. Patrick Vieira (1998 - Won)

Country: France

Club at the Time: Arsenal


Patrick Vieira had celebrated his 22nd birthday during the 1998 World Cup and appeared as a 74th minute substitute for France, by which time the hosts were already 2-0 up and cruising thanks to two Zinedine Zidane headers.


Vieira later started the 2006 final, playing 56 minutes before being replaced by Alou Diarra, but he was no longer playing in the Premier League after leaving Arsenal for Juventus in 2005.

2. Cesc Fabregas (2010 - Won)

Country: Spain

Club at the Time: Arsenal


Cesc Fabregas didn't start the 2010 final for Spain against the Netherlands, but the importance of the part he played was surpassed only by winning goalscorer Andres Iniesta after supplying the pass that gave the Barcelona man his 116th minute chance.


Speculation was already rife in 2010 that Fabregas would rejoin boyhood club Barcelona from Arsenal, with the much talked about deal finally going through the following year.

1. Thierry Henry (2006 - Lost)

Country: France

Club at the Time: Arsenal


Thierry Henry was still at Monaco when France won the World Cup in 1998 and was actually famously an unused substitute in the final despite scoring three goals and being the team's leading scorer at the tournament.


By the time France reached the final in 2006, losing to Italy, Henry was an Arsenal legend in the making and had won four Premier League Golden Boots in the previous five seasons.

This includes only players who were at Premier League clubs at the time of the World Cup and who actually played in the game - unused substitutes like Louis Saha (2006), Pepe Reina (2010) and Lukas Podolski (2014), who didn't actually get on the pitch in the final are not listed.


Others like Stephane Guivarc'h, Juninho, Gilberto Silva and Marcos Rojo joined Premier League clubs very soon after playing in a World Cup final.