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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
Bobby Charlton Forward, Midfielder Sir Robert "Bobby" Charlton CBE is an English former football player, regarded as one of the greatest midfielders of all time, and an essential member of the England team who won the ...more

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Bobby Moore is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
Bobby Moore Defender Robert Frederick Chelsea "Bobby" Moore OBE was an English professional footballer. He captained West Ham United for more than ten years and was captain of the England team that won the ...more

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Steven Gerrard is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
Steven Gerrard Midfielder Steven George Gerrard, MBE is an English footballer who plays for and captains Premier League club Liverpool. He has played much of his career as a central midfielder, but he has also been used ...more

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Alan Shearer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
Alan Shearer Forward Alan Shearer OBE, DL is an English retired footballer. He played as a striker in the top level of English league football for Southampton, Blackburn Rovers, Newcastle United and for the England ...more

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David Beckham is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
David Beckham Midfielder David Robert Joseph Beckham OBE, is an English former professional footballer. He played for Manchester United, Preston North End, Real Madrid, Milan, LA Galaxy, Paris Saint-Germain, and the ...more

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Frank Lampard is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
Frank Lampard Midfielder Frank James Lampard is an English professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder, attacking midfielder or defensive midfielder for Manchester City. He is the all-time leading ...more

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Gordon Banks is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
BaruchLalaev added Gordon Banks Goalkeeper Gordon Banks, OBE is a former England international football goalkeeper. He made 628 appearances during a 15-year career in the Football League, and won 73 caps for his country. The IFFHS named ...more

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Gary Lineker is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
BaruchLalaev added Gary Lineker Forward Gary Winston Lineker, OBE is an English former footballer and current sports broadcaster. He holds England's record for goals in FIFA World Cup finals, with 10 scored. Lineker's media career ...more

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Wayne Rooney is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
Wayne Rooney Forward Wayne Mark Rooney is an English professional footballer who plays for and captains both Manchester United and the England national team. He has played much of his career as a forward, but he has ...more

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Michael Owen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
azbats added Michael Owen Forward Michael James Owen is a former English footballer who played as a striker for Liverpool, Real Madrid, Newcastle United, Manchester United and Stoke City as well as the England national team. He ...more

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Kevin Keegan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
BaruchLalaev added Kevin Keegan Forward, Center Forward, Midfielder Joseph Kevin Keegan, OBE is an English former football player and manager. He played for several clubs including Liverpool and Hamburger SV. He went on to manage Newcastle United, Fulham and ...more

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Paul Scholes is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
Paul Scholes Midfielder Paul Scholes is a retired English footballer who played his entire professional career for Manchester United and is currently co-owner of Salford City. Born in Salford, but later moving to ...more

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Sir Stanley Matthews is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
BaruchLalaev added Sir Stanley Matthews Outside forward, Midfielder Sir Stanley Matthews, CBE was an English footballer. Often regarded as one of the greatest players of the English game, he is the only player to have been knighted while still playing, as well ...more

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Jimmy Greaves is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
BaruchLalaev added Jimmy Greaves Forward James Peter "Jimmy" Greaves is a former England international footballer. He is England's fourth highest international goalscorer, Tottenham Hotspur's highest ever goalscorer, the ...more

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Peter Shilton is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
azbats added Peter Shilton Goalkeeper Peter Leslie Shilton OBE is a former English footballer who played as a goalkeeper. He currently holds the record for playing more games for the England men's team than anyone else, earning 125 ...more

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Geoff Hurst is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
BaruchLalaev added Geoff Hurst Forward Sir Geoffrey Charles "Geoff" Hurst MBE is a former England international footballer. A striker, he remains the only man to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final as England recorded a ...more

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Matthew Le Tissier is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
jackslee2 added Matthew Le Tissier Forward, Midfielder Matthew "Matt" Le Tissier is a Guernsey-born English former professional footballer and football television presenter. He works as a football pundit for Sky Sports and is the honorary ...more

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Tom Finney is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
BaruchLalaev added Tom Finney Outside forward, Forward Sir Thomas "Tom" Finney, CBE was an English footballer, famous for his loyalty to his league club, Preston North End for whom he made 569 first-class appearances, and for his ...more

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John Terry is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
John Terry Defender John George Terry is an English professional footballer who plays for and captains Chelsea. He commonly plays as a centre back. He was also captain of the England national football team, holding ...more

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Gary Neville is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
Gary Neville Defender Gary Alexander Neville is an English football coach and former player who currently serves as a coach for the England national football team, and as co-owner of Salford City. Since retiring from ...more

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Rio Ferdinand is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
Rio Ferdinand Defender Rio Gavin Ferdinand is an English professional footballer who plays for Queens Park Rangers as a centre-back. He played 81 times for the England national football team between 1997 and 2011, and ...more

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Harry Kane is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
Harry Kane Forward Harry Edward Kane is an English professional footballer who plays for Tottenham Hotspur and the England national team as a forward. He made his senior debut for Tottenham on 25 August 2011 in a ...more

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Paul Gascoigne is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
Chris4242 added Paul Gascoigne Midfielder Paul John Gascoigne is a former England international footballer and football manager. He is also known by his nickname, Gazza. He earned 57 caps during his England career and has been described ...more

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Steve McManaman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
paulyb added Steve McManaman Midfielder Steven "Steve" McManaman is an English former footballer who played as a midfielder, winger and playmaker for Liverpool, Real Madrid and Manchester City. McManaman is the most ...more

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Jamie Carragher is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
paulyb added Jamie Carragher Defender James Lee Duncan "Jamie" Carragher is a retired English footballer who played as a defender for Premier League club Liverpool for 17 years. He is currently a pundit on Sky Sports ...more

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Ashley Cole is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
Ashley Cole Defender Ashley Cole is an English professional footballer who plays as a left back for Italian club Roma. Cole is considered by many critics and fellow professional players as one of the best defenders ...more

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Peter Crouch is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
scruffenstein added Peter Crouch Forward Peter James Crouch is an English footballer who plays for Premier League club Stoke City as a striker. He was capped 42 times by the England national team from 2005 to 2010, scoring 22 goals for ...more

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Billy Wright is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
Billy Wright Defender William Ambrose "Billy" Wright, CBE was an English footballer, who spent his whole career at Wolverhampton Wanderers. The first football player in the world to earn 100 caps, Wright ...more

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Dixie Dean is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
Dixie Dean Forward William Ralph "Dixie" Dean was an English footballer who played as a centre forward. Born in Birkenhead, he began his career at his hometown club Tranmere Rovers before moving on to ...more

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Adam Lallana is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
Adam Lallana Midfielder Adam David Lallana is an English professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Liverpool and the England national team. He began his youth career with Bournemouth before ...more

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Bobby Robson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
Bobby Robson Inside forward, Midfielder Sir Robert William "Bobby" Robson, CBE was an English footballer and football manager. His career included periods playing for and later managing the England national football team. ...more

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Sol Campbell is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
scruffenstein added Sol Campbell Defender Sulzeer Jeremiah "Sol" Campbell is a former England international footballer. A central defender, he had a 19-year career playing in the Premier League and an 11-year international ...more

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Bryan Robson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
Bryan Robson Midfielder Bryan Robson OBE is an English football manager and a former player. He began his career with West Bromwich Albion in 1972 before moving to Manchester United in 1981 where he became the longest ...more

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Alan Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
Alan Kennedy Defender Alan Kennedy is an English former footballer who played as a left back. Active as a professional in England, Denmark, Belgium and Wales, Kennedy made over 500 appearances in a career that lasted ...more

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Andrew Cole is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
Andrew Cole Forward Andrew Alexander "Andy" Cole is an English former professional footballer. He was almost universally known as Andy Cole in the 1990s; in 2000, he allegedly asked to be known as Andrew ...more

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Brian Hall is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
Brian Hall Midfielder Brian Hall was a footballer who played as a midfielder in The Football League in the 1960s and 1970s, including a successful time with Liverpool.

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Brian Clough is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
Brian Clough Forward Brian Howard Clough, OBE was an English football player and manager. As a player Clough was a prolific goalscorer with Middlesbrough and Sunderland, scoring 251 league goals from 274 starts. He ...more

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Chris Waddle is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
Chris Waddle Midfielder Christopher Roland "Chris" Waddle is an English former professional footballer, manager and current Football commentator and pundit. He still plays at semi-professional level for ...more

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Stuart Pearce is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
azbats added Stuart Pearce Defender Stuart Pearce MBE is an English football manager and former player. He was most recently the manager of Nottingham Forest before being sacked in February 2015. Pearce was the manager of the ...more

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Brian Kidd is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
Brian Kidd Forward, Midfielder Brian Kidd is an English football coach and former player, who is currently the co-Assistant Manager of Manchester City, alongside fellow co-assistant Rubén Cousillas and manager Manuel ...more

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Billy Mehmet is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
Billy Mehmet Forward Billy Mehmet is a professional football player who plays for Sarawak FA in the Malaysia Super League. Born in London and of English, Irish and Turkish Cypriot descent, he has played for the ...more

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Bert Tulloch is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
Bert Tulloch Defender Albert "Bert" Tulloch was an English professional footballer. He played as a full-back, and spent his entire ten-year professional career at Blackpool. Tulloch made his debut for ...more

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Billy Tremelling is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
Billy Tremelling Defender, Forward William Reuben "Billy" Tremelling was an English professional footballer. He played as a forward at the beginning of his career, but was later played as a defender. He was the younger ...more

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Mick Channon is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
jackslee2 added Mick Channon Forward Michael Roger "Mick" Channon is a sportsman who enjoyed a career as a striker with Southampton and England in the 1970s and later became a successful racehorse trainer.

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Cliff Bastin is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
Cliff Bastin Outside forward, Midfielder Clifford Sydney Bastin was an English football player. Born in Heavitree near Exeter, Bastin started his career at Exeter City, making his début for the club in 1928, at the age of 16. ...more

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Alfred Lyttelton is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
Alfred Lyttelton Forward Alfred Lyttelton QC was a British politician and sportsman who excelled at both football and cricket. During his time at university he participated in Varsity Matches in five sports: cricket, ...more

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Alf Miles is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
Alf Miles Alfred Miles, also known as Freddie, born in Aston in January 1884, was a football player in England. As a professional he only played for Aston Villa F.C.. He was a full-back who made 269 ...more

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Alf Milward is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
Alf Milward Alfred Weatherell Milward was a professional footballer who played in the 1893 and 1897 FA Cup Finals for Everton and in the 1900 FA Cup Final for Southampton.

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Barry Richardson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
Barry Richardson Goalkeeper Barry Richardson, is an English professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper. Richardson was the goalkeeping coach at Peterborough United, before leaving in January 2013; he is currently ...more

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Adebayo Akinfenwa is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
dylanwalters19 added Adebayo Akinfenwa Forward Saheed Adebayo Akinfenwa, known as Adebayo Akinfenwa and nicknamed "The Beast", is an English professional footballer who plays for AFC Wimbledon as a striker. He is known for his ...more