The latest analysis as shown by the Castrol Rankings makes for interesting reading for English goalkeeping fans and may also be an eye-opener for England coach Fabio Capello.

According to the data, Birmingham keeper Joe Hart is by far and away the highest ranked English shot-stopper, due in part to City’s extraordinary unbeaten run in the Premier League which stretches back to late October 2009.

castrol top 10 english keepers

Hart is placed 28th in the overall rankings, a massive 235 places higher than the second placed Englishman, Chris Kirkland. As for other potential World Cup squad candidates, Rob Green of West Ham United is at number 275, Portsmouth’s David James is 354 with Paul Robinson at 451.

Hart’s excellent recent form means that he is also ranked as the third best keeper from the five major European leagues with only Edwin Van der Sar of Manchester United and Bordeaux’s Cedric Carrasso above him.

european top 10 goalkeepers

The Castrol Rankings are the world’s first rankings based on the actual performance of every football player across Europe’s top five leagues. They are calculated by objectively measuring each individual action performed on the field.

For goalkeepers this includes clean sheets, saves, distribution and goals conceded (including where the shot came from).

In terms of all players, Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo has moved to the top of the tree from third place last month with 965 points, just one point ahead of the Barcelona pairing of Thierry Henry and World and European player of the Year, Lionel Messi. The top five is completed by Gerard Pique, again of Barcelona in fourth, and Liverpool’s Fernando Torres in fifth.

top 10 players castrolAmazingly, players from La Liga take up eight of the top ten places with only Torres and Bayern Munich’s Daniel Van Buyten also getting a look in.

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  1. says: Kyle

    Wow, really interesting reading!

    I’d love to know how Torres keeps ranking so highly, I love the guy, but I think it’s fair to say he’s not been on the top of his game recently!

  2. says: cw2194

    Finally the defenders get some respect. That’s the reason Barca is the best team in the world: they have the best defense around. Who’s gonna say that they have a better defense than Pique, Puyol, and Dani Alves?

  3. says: joe

    So how does the player ranking work? Henry has not been on top of things lately. He is struggling. Messi should be number 1, he is sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo dangerous. Those “o” shows how dangerous Messi is

  4. says: what???

    Ben Foster should be higher, but he doesn’t have as much playing time as Hart… Foster>Hart just my opinion. Foster has the lil stroke of genius like Casillas.

  5. says: channo

    whoever… the three lions had great midfielders and defenders this year. desperately need good goalkeeper and the world cup title seems quite realistic.

    in the last world cup, i remember watching 10 brave lions and a groggy, groggy Robinson. whoever get past terry, then it’s all over.

    look at Spain. so you manage to past Puyol? you’re not even halfway yet boy. you still got the world’s no.1 Iker Casillas to beat.

  6. says: fifinho

    i’ve gone through the full Castrol rankings and must admit that some of them look pretty dodgy. The top 5 goalkeepers for example reads as follows:

    1. Van Der Sar
    2. Carrasso
    3. Hart
    4. Sorensen
    5. Dida

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