It’s important to note that the likes of Jonny Evans who plays for Northern Ireland and Darren Fletcher of Scotland are also included but, as it is, the best of British will be for the most part English-centric.
The Red Devils have effectively five players who attended the World Cup to represent England if you include the signing of Luke Shaw this week from Southampton alongside Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling.
Wayne Rooney is a world-class forward and Welbeck is improving to become a top-level performer for club and country whilst Phil Jones is undoubtedly the best young centre back in the country. Chris Smalling is a far way behind that level despite being included in the squad for the World Cup, which Tom Cleverley, Michael Carrick, and Ashley Young missed out on.
United have 13 British players on the books if you include Wales youngster Tom Lawrence but only Rooney can be considered a world-class top-level talent at his current level.
The Reds have very nearly 11 British players (if you include the imminent signing of Adam Lallana). The Southampton attacker is expected to join the ranks at Anfield alongside his England colleagues Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling, Glen Johnson, Rickie Lambert and Daniel Sturridge.
Martin Kelly, Andre Wisdom and Jon Flanagan were not included in the World Cup and Wales midfielder Joe Allen also missed out on the World Cup. Out of those players, three are world-class or very nearly there: Gerrard, Sterling and Sturridge are undoubtedly key players for their countries and for the Reds and young Allen is certainly one of Wales’ finest but, like Smalling at United, Lambert, Johnson and Lambert are, despite being full internationals, not what one could consider top players.
The Gunners have far fewer British players than their Premier League rivals but those they do possess are top talents. The North Londoners have just six in Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Aaron Ramsey, Kieran Gibbs and Carl Jenkinson.
Certainly out of those the first four are some of Britain’s best. Kieran Gibbs was not taken to Brazil with England but was one of Arsenal’s most reliable players last term while Jenkinson is still very raw and is unlikely to become a first-choice right-back for England any time soon.
Overall, Liverpool have the best pool of British talent. Arsenal have some top talent from the Isles but not enough to compare to the Reds and United’s pool of British players is bogged down with some relatively mediocre players amidst the one or two exceptional talents.
If I had to pick an outfield ten from those 29 players it would be:
Johnson - Jones – Evans – Shaw – Gerrard – Ramsey – Wilshere – Sterling – Rooney – Sturridge