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West Bromwich Albion may currently be competing in the English second tier, but that hasn’t stopped them from ranking amongst the elite on one particular spectrum.
Slaven Bilic’s side are attempting to return to the promised land of the Premier League this season, and they appear to be right on track as they sit top of the table going into the third international break of the season.
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Despite enduring a second year away from the glamour the top-flight can bring, the club are still one of the most efficient providers of talent for the England national team.
Albion rank tenth from a total of 143 clubs, both domestically and abroad, that have ever supplied the Three Lions.
This should offer up serious encouragement going forward as it goes to show that the Hawthorns can be a place where British talent can thrive, which is in no doubt aided by the phenomenal academy setup at the club.
West Brom are renowned for their development squads, which has seen the likes of Rekeem Harper, Kyle Edwards, and Nathan Ferguson all breakthrough into the first team in recent years.
These players have also started to gain international recognition, meaning one day they could go on to add to that total of 44, especially if the Baggies can win promotion this campaign.
The exploits of Ferguson (England U20s), Edwards (U20s) and Grady Diangana (U21s) should be the perfect motivation for those in the academy ranks to remain at the club while those from further afield that may get the opportunity to join the club can see that it may eventually pay dividends.
Gareth Barry has made the most England caps of any player in this West Brom side with 53 appearances.