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The Best Soccer Players from England

Updated August 23, 2021 22.6k votes 1.9k voters 44.5k views212 items

List RulesVote up the best English footballers of all time.

Who are the best football players from England? This list includes the greatest soccer players from Great Britain. While the England Men's National Team has a long and storied history of producing top international talent, fans of The Three Lions have been singing "It's Coming Home" and waiting for an international tournament win for quite some time. So, who are the best footballers from England? Who is the best English soccer player of all time?

Some of the best British soccer players include national legends like Wayne Rooney, David Beckham, and Bobby Moore. There are also current English football stars such as Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, and Declan Rice, who are making an impact in English Soccer. 

Vote up the best soccer players from the England, and help decide who is the greatest English footballer of all time!

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    Bobby Moore

    Defender

    BirthplaceLondon, Barking, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

    Robert Frederick Chelsea Moore OBE (12 April 1941 – 24 February 1993) was an English professional footballer. He most notably played for West Ham United, captaining the club for more than ten years,...  more

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    Steven Gerrard

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceWhiston, England

    NationalityEngland

    Steven George Gerrard (born 30 May 1980) is an English professional football manager and former player who manages Scottish Premiership club Rangers. He spent the majority of his playing career as a...  more

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    BirthplaceAshington, Northumberland, England

    NationalityEngland

    Sir Robert Charlton (born 11 October 1937) is an English former footballer who played as a midfielder. He is regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, and was a member of the England team...  more
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    Gordon Banks

    Goalkeeper

    BirthplaceSheffield, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

    Gordon Banks (30 December 1937 – 12 February 2019) was an English professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper. He made 679 appearances during a 20-year professional career, and won 73 caps...  more

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    BirthplaceManor Park, London, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

    James Peter Greaves (born 20 February 1940) is a former England international footballer who played as a forward. He is England's fourth highest international goalscorer (44 goals), Tottenham...  more

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    Sir Stanley Matthews

    Outside forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceHanley, Staffordshire, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

    Sir Stanley Matthews, CBE (1 February 1915 – 23 February 2000) was an English footballer. Often regarded as one of the greatest players of the British game, he is the only player to have been...  more

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    Kevin Keegan

    Forward, Center Forward

    BirthplaceArmthorpe, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

    Joseph Kevin Keegan, OBE (born 14 February 1951) is an English former football player and manager. A forward, he played for several clubs, including Newcastle United, Southampton, Liverpool and...  more

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    BirthplaceGosforth, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

    Alan Shearer, CBE, DL (born 13 August 1970) is an English retired footballer. He played as a striker in the top level of English league football for Southampton, Blackburn Rovers, Newcastle United...  more
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    Frank Lampard

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceRomford, London, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

    Frank James Lampard (born 20 June 1978) is an English professional football manager and former player who is the head coach of Premier League club Chelsea. As a player, he is widely considered to...  more
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    Peter Shilton

    Goalkeeper

    BirthplaceLeicester, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

    Peter Leslie Shilton (born 18 September 1949) is an English former footballer who played as a goalkeeper. He currently holds the record for playing more games for the England men’s national football...  more
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    Dixie Dean

    Forward

    BirthplaceBirkenhead, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

    William Ralph "Dixie" Dean (22 January 1907 – 1 March 1980) was an English footballer who played as a centre forward. Born in Birkenhead, he began his career at his hometown club Tranmere Rovers...  more
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    Tom Finney

    Forward

    BirthplaceCity of Preston, Lancashire, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

    Sir Thomas Finney (5 April 1922 – 14 February 2014) was an English footballer who played from 1946 to 1960 as an outside left for Preston North End and England. He is widely acknowledged to have...  more
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    BirthplaceLeicester, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Gary Winston Lineker (; born 30 November 1960) is an English former professional footballer and current sports broadcaster. He holds England's record for goals in the FIFA World Cup finals, with 10...  more
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    David Beckham

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceLeytonstone, London, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    David Robert Joseph Beckham (UK: ; born 2 May 1975) is an English former professional footballer, the current president of Inter Miami CF and co-owner of Salford City. He played for Manchester...  more

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    Paul Scholes

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceSalford, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

    Paul Scholes ( SKOHLZ; born 16 November 1974) is a co-owner of Salford City, an English football coach and former player. He spent his entire professional playing career with Manchester United, for...  more

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    BirthplaceCroxteth, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Wayne Mark Rooney (born 24 October 1985) is an English professional footballer who plays for American MLS club D.C. United. He has played much of his career as a forward, and he has also been used in...  more

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    BirthplaceChester, England

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Michael James Owen (born 14 December 1979) is an English former footballer who played as a striker for Liverpool, Real Madrid, Newcastle United, Manchester United and Stoke City, as well as for the...  more
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    Geoff Hurst

    Forward

    BirthplaceAshton-under-Lyne, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

    Sir Geoffrey Charles Hurst (born 8 December 1941) is an English former professional footballer. A striker, he remains the only man to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final, when England recorded a...  more
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    Steve McManaman

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceKirkdale, Merseyside, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

    Steven McManaman (born 11 February 1972) is an English former footballer who played as a midfielder for Liverpool, Real Madrid and Manchester City. McManaman is the most decorated English footballer...  more
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    BirthplaceDenmark Hill, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Rio Gavin Ferdinand (born 7 November 1978) is an English former professional footballer who played as a centre back, and current television pundit for BT Sport. He played 81 times for the England...  more

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    Bryan Robson

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceChester-le-Street, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

    Bryan Robson OBE (born 11 January 1957) is an English football manager and former player. Born in Chester-le-Street, County Durham, he began his career with West Bromwich Albion in 1972 before moving...  more
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    BirthplaceBootle, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

    James Lee Duncan Carragher (; born 28 January 1978) is an English retired footballer who played as a defender for Premier League club Liverpool during a career which spanned 17 years. A one-club man,...  more
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    BirthplaceMacclesfield, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

    Peter James Crouch (born 30 January 1981) is an English former professional footballer who played as a striker. He was capped 42 times by the England national team between 2005 and 2010, scoring 22...  more
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    John Terry

    Defender

    BirthplaceLondon, Barking, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

    John George Terry (born 7 December 1980) is an English football coach and former professional footballer who played as a centre back. He was previously captain of Chelsea, the England national team...  more
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    Ashley Young

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceStevenage, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

    Ashley Simon Young (born 9 July 1985) is an English professional footballer who plays as a winger, wing back or full back for Premier League club Manchester United, as their club captain, and the...  more

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