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Premier League officially highest quality competition in world

The Premier League is officially the highest quality competition in the world.

Almost two out of every three top-flight stars have played for their countries at some time, a major FIFA-backed survey has found.

The Professional Football Players' Observatory, a Swiss-based research body, has just published its census of the top leagues in 36 leading European football nations, says The Sun.

The PFPO analysed 12,524 players at 528 of the continent's biggest clubs.

It found 48 per cent of Premier League players are currently part of their countries' full national squads, the highest in Europe.

And 65 per cent of England's top-flight performers have been capped, a figure that outdoes Germany (53 per cent), Italy (40), Spain (36) and France (34).

Figures suggest the Prem attracts the most players in their prime - whereas Italy and Spain are seen more as rest homes for ageing stars.

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