Football: Heavy EPL presence in semi-finals will stoke interest among Singaporean fans

Almost half of the players in the four teams ply their trade in world's most popular league

England forward Harry Kane (right) and midfielder Eric Dier catch up with Belgium's Mousa Dembele after their group-stage match. All three are team-mates at Tottenham, the EPL club with the highest representation of players in the World Cup semi-fina
England forward Harry Kane (right) and midfielder Eric Dier catch up with Belgium's Mousa Dembele after their group-stage match. All three are team-mates at Tottenham, the EPL club with the highest representation of players in the World Cup semi-finals.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

When Belgium's "Golden Generation" of players step out onto the pitch at the St Petersburg Stadium today to face France in the first World Cup semi-final, coach Roberto Martinez could field up to eight English Premier League (EPL) stars in his starting line-up.

And that doesn't include Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Mousa Dembele and Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi on the bench.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 10, 2018, with the headline 'Heavy EPL presence in Cup semi-finals'. Print Edition | Subscribe