vote on everything
Sports
1.6k voters

The Best Soccer Players from England

Updated July 13, 2020 31.3k votes 1.6k voters 35.4k views1.1k items

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.

Photo:
...more
  • 26
    Billy Wright is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
    173
    59

    Billy Wright

    Defender

    BirthplaceIronbridge, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

    William Ambrose Wright, CBE (6 February 1924 – 3 September 1994) was an English footballer,... more on Wikipedia
  • 27
    Cliff Bastin is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
    118
    32

    Cliff Bastin

    Outside forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceHeavitree, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

    Clifford Sydney Bastin (14 March 1912 – 4 December 1991) was an English footballer who played... more on Wikipedia
  • 28
    Chris Waddle is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
    140
    50

    Chris Waddle

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceFelling, Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Christopher Roland Waddle (born 14 December 1960) is an English former professional football... more on Wikipedia

    More Chris Waddle 

    #648 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time#11 of 101 The Best Newcastle United Players Of All Time, Ranked

  • 29
    Alan Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
    156
    61

    Alan Kennedy

    Defender

    BirthplaceSunderland, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

    Alan Kennedy (born 31 August 1954) is a former English professional footballer who played the... more on Wikipedia
  • 30
    Bill Foulkes is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
    123
    39

    Bill Foulkes

    Defender

    BirthplaceSt Helens, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

    William Anthony Foulkes ( or ; 5 January 1932 – 25 November 2013) was an English footballer... more on Wikipedia
  • 31
    Albert Stubbins is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
    100
    27

    Albert Stubbins

    Albert Stubbins (17 July 1919 – 28 December 2002) was an English footballer. He played in the... more on Wikipedia
  • 32
    Jamie Redknapp is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
    139
    56

    Jamie Redknapp

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceBarton on Sea, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

    Jamie Frank Redknapp (born 25 June 1973) is an English retired professional footballer who was... more on Wikipedia
  • 33
    Brian Hall is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
    131
    51

    Brian Hall

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceGlasgow, United Kingdom

    NationalityScotland, England

    Brian Hall may refer to: Brian Hall (actor) (1937–1997), English actor Brian Hall (author)... more on Wikipedia
  • 34
    Bob Paisley is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
    88
    21

    Bob Paisley

    Defender

    BirthplaceDurham, England

    NationalityEngland

    Robert Paisley OBE (23 January 1919 – 14 February 1996) was an English footballer and manager... more on Wikipedia
  • 35
    Arthur Goddard is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
    97
    29

    BirthplaceHeaton Norris, Stockport, England

    NationalityEngland

    Arthur Goddard may refer to: Arthur Goddard (footballer) (1876–1960), footballer who played... more on Wikipedia
  • 36
    Alan Waddle is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
    94
    27

    BirthplaceWallsend, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

    Alan Waddle (born 9 June 1954) is an English former footballer who played as a striker. Waddle... more on Wikipedia
  • 37
    Alun Evans is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
    90
    26

    Alun Evans

    Forward

    BirthplaceKidderminster, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

    Alun William Evans (born 30 April 1949) is an English former footballer who made his name as a... more on Wikipedia
  • 38
    Alec Lindsay is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
    99
    36

    Alec Lindsay

    Defender

    BirthplaceBury, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

    Alec Lindsay (born 27 February 1948) is an English former footballer who played in the... more on Wikipedia
  • 39
    Rob Jones is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
    104
    41

    Rob Jones

    Defender

    BirthplaceWrexham, United Kingdom

    NationalityWales, England

    Robert Marc Jones (born 5 November 1971) is an English former professional footballer who... more on Wikipedia
  • 40
    Neil Ruddock is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
    102
    41

    Neil Ruddock

    Defender

    BirthplaceWandsworth, London, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

    Neil "Razor" Ruddock (born 9 May 1968) is an English former professional footballer,... more on Wikipedia
  • 41
    Emile Heskey is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
    154
    82

    BirthplaceLeicester, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

    Emile William Ivanhoe Heskey (born 11 January 1978) is an English former professional... more on Wikipedia

    More Emile Heskey 

    #101 of 135 The Best Liverpool Players Of All Time#11 of 173 The Best Leicester City Players Of All Time

  • 42
    Sol Campbell is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
    102
    44

    Sol Campbell

    Defender

    BirthplacePlaistow, Newham, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

    Sulzeer Jeremiah Campbell (born 18 September 1974) is an English professional football... more on Wikipedia

    More Sol Campbell 

    #136 of 1,310 The Best Soccer Players of All Time#31 of 452 The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time

  • 43
    Alex Scott is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
    70
    22

    Alex Scott

    Defender, Midfielder

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

    Alexandra Virina Scott (born 14 October 1984) is an English former footballer who mostly... more on Wikipedia
  • 44
    Andrew Cole is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
    132
    78

    BirthplaceNottingham, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

    Andrew Alexander Cole (born 15 October 1971) is an English former professional footballer.... more on Wikipedia
  • 45
    Barry Venison is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
    84
    37

    BirthplaceConsett, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

    Barry Venison (born 16 August 1964) is an English former professional footballer and sports... more on Wikipedia
  • 46
    Matthew Le Tissier is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
    111
    67

    Matthew Le Tissier

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceSaint Peter Port, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, Guernsey, England

    Matthew Paul Le Tissier (; born 14 October 1968) is a football television presenter and former... more on Wikipedia

    More 

    #96 of 164 The Best Soccer Players of the '90s#82 of 98 The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports

  • 47
    Paul Gascoigne is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
    120
    89

    Paul Gascoigne

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceDunston, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

    Paul John Gascoigne (, born 27 May 1967) is an English former professional football player and... more on Wikipedia
  • 48
    Harry Kane is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
    139
    116

    Harry Kane

    Forward

    BirthplaceChingford, London, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

    Harry Edward Kane (born 28 July 1993) is an English professional footballer who plays as a... more on Wikipedia

    More Harry Kane 

    #8 of 356 The Best Current Soccer Players#71 of 160 Who's the Best Player in the Premier League?

  • 49
    Bobby Robson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
    64
    47

    Bobby Robson

    Inside forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceSacriston, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Sir Robert William Robson (18 February 1933 – 31 July 2009) was an English footballer and... more on Wikipedia
  • 50
    Alan Pardew is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
    39
    24

    Alan Pardew

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceWimbledon, London, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

    Alan Scott Pardew (born 18 July 1961) is an English football manager and former professional... more on Wikipedia
Soccer PlayersSportsPeople In SportsAthletesUnited KingdomEnglandSoccertop 100