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Premier League is best-represented at Euro 2012

A full 20 percent of the 368 players taking part in the summer tournament ply their trade in England's top flight, with the competition also still Europe's biggest earner

The Premier League will be the best-represented domestic league at Euro 2012 with 20 percent of all the players involved plying their trade in England’s top flight in 2011-12.

Analysis by the Sports Business Group at Deloitte found that 74 of the 368 members of all 16 squads traveling to Poland and Ukraine hail from the competition.

Germany’s Bundesliga was the next most prominent league with 13% of tournament participants, ahead of Spain’s La Liga (9%), the Italian Serie A and the Russian Liga (both 8%).

With a further five players playing Championship football in 2011-12, England are also the only nation whose 23-man party is entirely made up of home-based players.

Dan Jones, a Partner in the group, noted: “The strong representation of the Premier League at Euro 2012 is a further demonstration of its global appeal and attractiveness to many of the world’s best players.

“It is notable how closely the representation from the different leagues mirrors the financial scale of the leagues set out in our Annual Review of Football Finance.”

Said review, published on Thursday, found that revenues for teams in the Premier League had increased by 12% to a hefty 2.85 billion euros in the season 2010-11.

The greatest growth was in commercial sources, with an 18% rise to 745m euros, but the biggest earner for England’s top sides remains broadcasting income at 1.46b euros, with the Premier League outstripping its closest rival, the Bundesliga, by 40% in revenues.

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