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The Best Soccer Players from England 

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If you're wondering who makes the list of the best soccer players from England, you'll find them right here. The list includes the top soccer (or “football”) players from England, along with photos when available. This list of best British soccer players is ordered by popularity, so only the greatest players are at the top of the list. If you're searching for a particular famous British soccer player you can use the "search" box to find what you're looking for.

List is made up of a variety of players, including Charlie Twissell and Austin Hayes, answering the questions, "Who are the best British footballers?" and "Who is the greatest British soccer player of all time?" You can provide your input as well by voting up your favorite players from the list, and voting any down you feel should be lower on the list.

You can click on the names of these popular soccer players of England in order to get more information about each one. If you're a sports lover then you can use this list of popular British soccer players to discover some new athletes that you might really enjoy watching.

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Bobby Charlton is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
Forward and Midfielder from Ashington, United Kingdom

Nationality: England

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 ...more

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Bobby Moore is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
Defender from Barking, London, England

Nationality: United 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 ...more

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#68 of 1,419 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #99 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #5 of 464 The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time

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Steven Gerrard is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
Midfielder from Whiston, United Kingdom

Nationality: England

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 ...more

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David Beckham is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
Midfielder from Leytonstone, London, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

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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Alan Shearer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
Forward from Gosforth, United Kingdom

Nationality: United 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 ...more

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Gordon Banks is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
BaruchLalaev added Goalkeeper from Sheffield, United Kingdom

Nationality: United 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 ...more

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#116 of 1,419 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #11 of 230 The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time #5 of 262 The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom

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Frank Lampard is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
Midfielder from Romford, London, United Kingdom

Nationality: United 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 ...more

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#53 of 1,419 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #2,166 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #415 of 464 The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time

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Sir Stanley Matthews is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
BaruchLalaev added Outside forward and Midfielder from Hanley, Staffordshire, United Kingdom

Nationality: United 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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#98 of 1,419 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #47 of 85 Great Athletes Who Waited Too Long To Retire #6 of 262 The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom

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Kevin Keegan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
BaruchLalaev added Forward and Center Forward from Armthorpe, United Kingdom

Nationality: United 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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#834 of 1,419 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #304 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #14 of 262 The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom

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Paul Scholes is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
Midfielder from Salford, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom

Nationality: England

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, ...more

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Wayne Rooney is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
Forward from Croxteth, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

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 ...more

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#46 of 1,419 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #416 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #201 of 343 The Most Obnoxious Athletes

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Michael Owen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
azbats added Forward from Chester, England

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

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 ...more

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#55 of 203 The Best Soccer Players of the '90s #131 of 1,419 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #272 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time

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Gary Lineker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
BaruchLalaev added Forward from Leicester, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

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 ...more

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Jimmy Greaves is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
BaruchLalaev added Forward from Manor Park, London, United Kingdom

Nationality: England

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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#398 of 1,419 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #1,685 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #101 of 103 Coolest Soccer Players

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Tom Finney is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
BaruchLalaev added Outside forward and Forward from City of Preston, Lancashire, United Kingdom

Nationality: United 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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#346 of 1,419 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #20 of 262 The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom

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Peter Shilton is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
azbats added Goalkeeper from Leicester, United Kingdom

Nationality: England

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 ...more

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#393 of 1,419 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #66 of 103 Coolest Soccer Players #19 of 230 The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time

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Dixie Dean is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
Forward from Birkenhead, United Kingdom

Nationality: England

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 ...more

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#164 of 1,419 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #25 of 262 The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom

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Jamie Carragher is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
paulyb added Defender from Bootle, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

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 ...more

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#191 of 1,419 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #203 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #44 of 464 The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time

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Rio Ferdinand is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
Defender from Denmark Hill, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

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 ...more

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#215 of 1,419 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #61 of 464 The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time #77 of 103 Coolest Soccer Players

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Steve McManaman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
paulyb added Midfielder from Kirkdale, Merseyside, United Kingdom

Nationality: England

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 ...more

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Geoff Hurst is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
BaruchLalaev added Geoff Hurst Forward from Ashton-under-Lyne, United Kingdom

Nationality: England

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 ...more
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Peter Crouch is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
scruffenstein added Forward from Macclesfield, United Kingdom

Nationality: England

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 ...more

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#679 of 1,419 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #126 of 262 The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom

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Bryan Robson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
Midfielder from Chester-le-Street, United Kingdom

Nationality: England

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 ...more

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#142 of 1,419 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #16 of 262 The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom #30 of 126 Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked

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John Terry is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
Defender from London, Barking, United Kingdom

Nationality: United 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 ...more

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#237 of 1,419 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #760 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #63 of 464 The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time

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Ashley Cole is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
Defender from Stepney, East London, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

Ashley Cole (born 20 December 1980) is an English retired footballer who played as a left back, most recently for Championship club Derby County. Cole is considered by many critics and fellow ...more

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