The Premier League has released the 25-name squads from all 20 teams with the majority of team’s electing to name smaller squads.
There were no real surprises although the inclusion of Wayne Bridge in Manchester City’s squad will have come as a welcome boost for the out of favour defender.
On the face of it Everton’s squad looks to be thinnest with the Toffee’s naming just 18 players – seven short of the maximum – in their official squad submitted to the Premier League, compared with Manchester United and Manchester City who named squads of 22 and 24 respectively for example who named a 22 man squad and Manchester City who named a 24 man squad.
Arsenal for all their high profile departures lodged a 22 man squad with deadline day signings Per Mertesacker, Yossi Benayoun, Mikel Arteta and Park Chu Young giving the squad a stronger look to it.
Each club must have a squad containing no more than 17 players who do not fulfil the home-grown player criteria while the remainder – up to a total of 25 – must be home-grown.
A home-grown player means one who, irrespective of his nationality or age, has been registered with any club affiliated to the Football Association or the Football Association of Wales for a period, continuous or not, of three entire seasons or 36 months prior to his 21st birthday (or the end of the season during which he turns 21).
Under-21 players (for the 2011/12 campaign those born on or after 1st January 1990) are eligible over and above the limit of 25 players, which explains why the likes of Mario Balotelli are not listed at Manchester City even though he is a part of the first team.
(*Squad lists do not include registered Under 21 players as information is not yet available)
ARSENAL: Almunia, Arshavin, Arteta, Benayoun, Chamakh, Diaby, Djourou, Fabianski, Gervinho, Gibbs, Koscielny, Mannone, Mertesacker, Park, Rosicky, Sagna, Santos, Song, Squillaci, Van Persie, Vermaelen, Walcott.
ASTON VILLA: Agbonlahor, Albrighton, Bannan, Bent, Beye, Clark, Collins, Cuellar, Delph, Dunne, Given, Guzan, Herd, Heskey, Ireland, Lichaj, Lowry, Marshall, S Petrov, Warnock, N’Zogbia, Jenas, Hutton.
BLACKBURN: Samba, Salgado, Nelsen, Roberts, Ribeiro, Dunn, Robinson, Bunn, Blackman, M Olsson, Formica, Petrovic, Givet, Pedersen, Nzonzi, Goodwillie, Grella, Vukcevic, Yakubu, Dann, Emerton, Goulon, Linganzi.
BOLTON: Blake, Bogdan, G Cahill, K Davies, M Davies, Eagles, Gardner, Holden, Jaaskelainen, Klasnic, Knight, Lainton, Mears, Muamba, Obadeyi, M Petrov, Pratley, Reo-Coker, Ricketts, Robinson, Steinsson, Tuncay, Wheater, Ngog.
CHELSEA: Cech, Ivanovic, A Cole, Luiz, Essien, Ramires, Lampard, Torres, Mata, Drogba, Mikel, Malouda, Meireles, Bosingwa, Ferreira, Kalou, Turnbull, Sturridge, Terry, Alex, Bertrand, Anelka, Hilario.
EVERTON: Anichebe, Baines, T Cahill, Hibbert, Jagielka, Neville, Osman, Bilyaletdinov, Coleman, Distin, Fellaini, Heitinga, Howard, Mucha, Saha, Yobo, Drenthe, Stracqualursi.
FULHAM: Baird, S Davies, Dembele, Dempsey, Duff, Etuhu, Gecov, Grygera, Sa, Hangeland, Hughes, A Johnson, S Kelly, Murphy, B Riise, J Riise, Ruiz, Schwarzer, Senderos, Sidwell, Somogyi, Zamora, Stockdale.
LIVERPOOL: Jones, Johnson, Enrique, Agger, Aurelio, Suarez, Gerrard, Carroll, Rodriguez, Kuyt, Downing, Spearing, Carragher, Reina, Adam, Doni, Skrtel, Lucas, Bellamy.
MAN CITY: Richards, Hart, Taylor, Lescott, Barry, Milner, A Johnson, Clichy, Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Kompany, K Toure, Kolarov, De Jong, Y Toure, Silva, Nasri, Dzeko, Tevez, Aguero, Onuoha, Bridge, Nielsen, Hargreaves.
MAN UTD: Evra, Ferdinand, Evans, Owen, Anderson, Berbatov, Rooney, Giggs, Smalling, JS Park, Hernandez, Vidic, Carrick, Nani, Young, Cleverley, Fletcher, Valencia, Gibson, Kuszczak, MB Diouf, Lindegaard.
NEWCASTLE: Ameobi, Ba, Ben Arfa, Best, Cabaye, Coloccini, Elliot, Guthrie, Gutierrez, Harper, Krul, Lovenkrands, Marveaux, Obertan, Perch, Simpson, Smith, S Taylor, R Taylor, Tiote, Williamson.
NORWICH: Ruddy, Martin, Drury, B Johnson, Morison, Whitbread, Crofts, Vaughan, Holt, Jackson, Surman, Pilkington, Hoolahan, Fox, Martin, Bennett, Lappin, Barnett, Ward, Tierney, De Laet, Naughton, Wilbraham.
QPR: Kenny, Orr, Hill, Derry, Hall, Gabbidon, Taarabt, K Dyer, Campbell, Bothroyd, Faurlin, Mackie, Traore, Buzsaky, Perone, Connolly, Barton, L Young, Smith, Helguson, Cerny, B Murphy, Wright-Phillips, A Ferdinand, Puncheon.
STOKE: Arismendi, Begovic, Crouch, Delap, Diao, Etherington, Fuller, Higginbotham, Huth, K Jones, Nash, Palacios, Pennant, Shawcross, Shotton, Sidibe, Sorensen, Upson, Walters, Whelan, Whitehead, Wilkinson, Wilson, Woodgate, Jerome.
SUNDERLAND: Bardsley, Bramble, Brown, F Campbell, Carson, Cattermole, Colback, Bendtner, C Gardner, Larsson, Richardson, Turner, O’Shea, Vaughan, Westwood, Elmohamady, Gyan, Mignolet, Sessegnon, McClean, Meyler, Angeleri, Gordon, Kilgallon, Nosworthy, Nyron.
SWANSEA: Vorm, Williams, N Taylor, Tate, Bodde, Britton, Stabilin, C Beattie, Graham, Sinclair, N Dyer, Dobbie, Routledge, Monk, Cotterill, Lita, L Moore, Moreira, Rangel, Agustien, Gower, Butler, Tremmel.
TOTTENHAM: Friedel, Gomes, Cudicini, Assou-Ekotto, Dawson, Gallas, King, Kaboul, Bassong, Corluka, Lennon, Livermore, Huddlestone, Modric, Kranjcar, Bale, Pavlyuchenko, Defoe, Van Der Vaart, Sandro, Adebayor, Pienaar, Dos Santos, Alnwick, Parker.
WEST BROM: Bednar, Brunt, Cox, Dorrans, Fortune, Foster, Fulop, Gera, Jara, B Jones, Long, McAuley, Morrison, Mulumbu, Odemwingie, J Olsson, Reid, Scharner, Shorey, Tamas, Thomas, Tchoyi, Daniels.
WIGAN: Kirkland, Pollitt, Watson, Boyce, Caldwell, D Jones, Thomas, McArthur, Gomez, Rodallega, Diame, Figueroa, Gohouri, Alcaraz, Di Santo, Al-Habsi, Stam, Lopez, Sammon, Maloney, Crusat.
WOLVES: Hennessey, Elokobi, Edwards, Stearman, Craddock, Kightly, Henry, Ebanks-Blake, Fletcher, Ward, Hunt, Ikeme, R Johnson, Berra, Jarvis, Vokes, Hammill, Milijas, Zubar, O’Hara, Doyle, Foley, Guedioura.