The nation of Northern Ireland is without doubt a modest force in the world of football and their 54th spot according to the FIFA World rankings reflects their place among the less popular national teams.
Yet the country has competed in three FIFA World Cups since separating from Ireland in 1953, reaching the last eight in 1958 and 1982. Northern Ireland were the smallest nation to qualify for a World Cup until 2006 and reached their maiden European Championship at UEFA Euro 2016.
However, many Northern Irish players feature for Premier League clubs on a weekly basis and thus belong to the best domestic league in the world.
As seen in football trends by Overlyzer, this article will highlight the top players from Northern Ireland currently playing in the Premier League.
Starting this selection is the second-most decorated player in Northern Irish football history who is the current Leicester City vice-captain. Evans underwent nine years of magnificent service at Manchester United that featured 11 trophies including three Premier League titles and the UEFA Champions League.
The experienced centre-back moved to Leicester City for a bargain £3.5 million fee via a three-year spell at West Brom and added to his impressive haul by winning his first FA Cup in 2021 with the Foxes. Evans has evolved as their defensive cornerstone following the retirement of captain Wes Morgan and his importance to Brendan Rodgers’ side cannot be understated.
The 34-year-old has over 400 games in English football under his belt and a further 94 caps for the Green and White Army, which is three short of becoming the country’s fourth record appearance maker. Evans cemented his iconic status in Irish football as he was an ever-present in their EURO 2016 campaign which ended in an unexpected Round of 16 finish.
The Watford defender has been a long-serving Lieutenant for the Hornets, but followed Jonny Evans’ path to the Manchester United academy then moved to Blackpool after three years out on loan, without making a single appearance for the Red Devils. The ex-United youth captain scored his first Premier League goal against his former club for the newcomers Blackpool, but that was quickly followed by immediate relegation to the Championship.
On the expiration of his contract, Cathcart signed for Watford where he has remained for seven-and-half-years. The 32-year-old also featured at Northern Ireland’s best-ever last 16 finish at the European Championship in 2016 and has so far won 65 caps.
He continues to battle to keep the Vicarage Road side in the Premier League this season and Watford are sure to be able to count on one of their most experienced key players.
The left-back was born and raised in England but chose to represent Northern Ireland in international football. Having started out as a junior with his home-town club Luton Town, Lewis further developed at Norwich City where he made his professional debut.
The athletic full-back won the Championship and featured in the Championship Team of the 2018/19 Season as they gained automatic qualification to the top-flight where he made 28 appearances in the following Premier League season. After relegation and 100 games for the Canaries, Lewis joined Newcastle and has become a first team regular for the now Saudi-owned club.
The 23-year-old made his international debut in 2018 and has won 26 caps since, Lewis possesses immense potential and his stock is set to keep rising should Newcastle expectedly stabilize on the pitch.
Born in Cookstown, Northern Ireland, Dallas has remarkably worked his way into the limelight of the Premier League as well as one of its more romantic storylines in modern day with Leeds United.
Although he played most of his early career as a winger, Dallas has become a prominent utility player with superb showings in midfield and at full-back. He was an integral part of Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United team that won the 2019/20 Championship to secure a return to the Premier League after 16 years.
Since joining Leeds in 2015, Dallas also became a key player in the Northern Ireland setup and has 58 caps with three goals. The 30-year-old featured at his country’s historic EURO 2016 campaign and gave a good account of himself.
After a hugely successful maiden season in the Premier League with eight goals from an ever-present campaign, Dallas was awarded Leeds’ Player of the Season, his third Players’ Player of the Season and Goal of the Season for the second in a memorable at Manchester City.
Dallas has been hailed for his great athleticism and football brain as the key reason behind his incredible versatility and if you were following his career closely you can try and bet on his performance on one of these excellent betting sites in the UK.