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REVEALED: The Most Common Foreign Languages Spoken in Premier League Dressing Rooms

English is by far and away the most commonly spoken 'first language' among Premier League players. Despite the steady influx of foreign imports over the last 25 years, you'd be incredibly surprised if it wasn't the native tongue of the majority of individuals in England's top flight.

254 current Premier League players speak English as a first language - those who were born and raised in Britain and Ireland, or who hail from countries such as the United States, New Zealand or Nigeria where English is the official language.

But beyond English, what is the next most common first language in the Premier League?

Through extensive number crunching and research, including trawling through Football Manager's incredibly deep database, the answers can be revealed.

There are currently 73 native French speakers from a variety of countries dotted around clubs. Crystal Palace have the most with eight, but there are six each at Sunderland, Watford and West Ham, while Arsenal have five native Francophones, as do Everton and Leicester.

Every club in the division has at least one player whose first language is French, ?bar Burnley. All but two of the Clarets squad have English as their first language, with Steven Defour and Johann Berg Gudmundsson the only exceptions to the homogeneity. From the Flanders region of Belgium, Defour's native tongue is Dutch, while Gudmundsson hails from Iceland.

Spanish speakers have become increasingly common in the Premier League, making it the third most spoken 'first language' for players, behind English and French.

Manchester City have as many as nine native Spanish speakers, including Sergio Aguero and Nicolas Otamendi from Argentina, David Silva and Jesus Navas from Spain itself, and Claudio Bravo from Chile. City are the only club where English is not the most common first language.

The influence of former boss Aitor Karanka can be seen at Middlesbrough where there are eight players who speak Spanish as a first language, notably Victor Valdes and Alvaro Negredo, while Arsenal have seven, and Manchester United have six. Boro, Arsenal, United and Swansea are the five clubs where Spanish is the most common first language among players after English.

There are 28 Dutch speaking players in the Premier League, covering individuals from certain regions of Belgium, like the aforementioned Defour, as well as those actually from the Netherlands.

Belgian and Swiss players are famously multilingual. Basel-born with Kosovo-Albanian parents, Granit Xhaka's first language is German. Eden Hazard's first language is French, while his Belgium team-mate Romelu Lukaku's first language is Dutch, but both speak a number of languages fluently. Dutch tongue Kevin De Bruyne is the same.

There are 23 native German speakers in the Premier League, four of whom belong to Liverpool - Loris Karius, Alex Manninger, Emre Can and Joel Matip. Matip is actually a Cameroon international but was born and lived his whole life in Germany until he moved to Anfield last year. There are also four native German speakers at Arsenal, including Mesut Ozil.

More than a quarter of the Premier League players who speak Portuguese as a 'first language' belong to Chelsea. Brazilian-born Diego Costa is one of five, joined in a common tongue by David Luiz, Willian, Kenedy and backup Portuguese goalkeeper Eduardo.

The three native Portuguese speakers at Manchester City - Gabriel Jesus, Fernandinho, Fernando - are all Brazilian. It is the same at Liverpool with Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Lucas Leiva.

Currently, there are only seven Premier League players whose first language is Italian, while there are a total of 27 different 'first languages' across the league in its entirety, that includes Polish, Arabic, Swedish, Korean, Japanese, Romanian, Hungarian and Greek among others.