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Fletcher eyes start record after Morgan misses out

23 Mar 2017
West Bromwich Albion's Darren Fletcher

Leicester captain's starting streak ends at 88, making West Brom player next in line to break Matt Holland's mark

When Wes Morgan missed Leicester City's 3-2 victory at West Ham United on Saturday it brought to an end the longest active streak of consecutive starts for an outfield Premier League player.

Not in the starting XI for the first time since 7 December 2014, Morgan's streak came to a halt after 88 successive starts, falling 27 short of the record for an outfield player, set by Matt Holland who made 115 between 2000 and 2004.

Most consecutive starts by players

All-time outfield Starts Active players Starts
Matt Holland 115 Wes Morgan 88
Wayne Bridge 113 Darren Fletcher 82
Frank Lampard 112 Heurelho Gomes 66
Alan Shearer 107 Steve Cook 55
Jonathan Walters 102 Ben Mee 53

The longest streak by a present outfield player is now held by West Bromwich Albion's Darren Fletcher, who has made 82 consecutive starts.

Matt Holland, Charlton Athletic
Matt Holland holds the PL record for most consecutive starts made by an outfield player

Holland is only 10th on the overall list.

The player with the most consecutive Premier League starts is Brad Friedel, who started between the posts in 310 PL matches in a row between 2004 and 2012, for Blackburn Rovers, Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur.

Brad Friedel, Spurs
The Premier League record for most consecutive starts belongs to Brad Friedel with 310

Friedel is one of eight goalkeepers in the top nine scores, with David James doing so on two separate occasions.

Top 5 consecutive starts 

Player Starts
Brad Friedel 310
Tim Howard 210
Pepe Reina 183
David James 166
David James 158

's Heurelho Gomes (66) is the best-placed of the current goalkeepers, followed by Manchester United's David De Gea (61) and Fraser Forster (45), of Southampton.

See: Milner strike breaks Vassell record

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