England forward Raheem Sterling (right) made 51 appearances for Manchester City in the 2017-18 season

England’s World Cup players played less club football this season than their Spain, France and Brazil counterparts.

Received wisdom suggests players in the Premier League play more than other major leagues, but Gareth Southgate’s squad have played the fourth most minutes of all the nations to qualify for the finals in Russia.

Spain’s squad have played almost a combined 10,000 minutes more than England’s, with France about 5,000 and Brazil 4,000 ahead of England.

The data, provided by independent research group CIES Football Observatory,