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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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John Terry is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
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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Jamie Redknapp is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
paulyb added Midfielder
Jamie Frank Redknapp is an English retired professional footballer who was active from 1989 until 2005. He is now a pundit at Sky Sports and an editorial sports columnist at the Daily Mail. A ...more
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Chris Waddle is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
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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Rio Ferdinand is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
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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Cliff Bastin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
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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Billy Wright is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
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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Brian Hall is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
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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Gary Neville is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
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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Sol Campbell is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
scruffenstein added 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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Alex Scott is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
Defender, Midfielder
Alexandra Virina "Alex" Scott is an English football defender currently playing for Arsenal in the English FA WSL and the England women's national football team. She is an attacking ...more
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Ashley Cole is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
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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Bill Foulkes is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
Defender
William Anthony "Bill" Foulkes was an English footballer who played for Manchester United in the Busby Babes teams of the 1950s, and also in the 1960s. His favoured position was ...more
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Bobby Robson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
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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Bryan Robson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
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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Brian Clough is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
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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Adebayo Akinfenwa is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
dylanwalters19 added 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
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Adam Lallana is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
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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Neil Ruddock is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
paulyb added Defender
Neil "Razor" Ruddock is an English former professional footballer, television personality, and actor. As a footballer he played as a central defender from 1986 to 2003, and was voted ...more
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Billy Bonds is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
Defender, Midfielder
William Arthur "Billy" Bonds MBE is a former professional footballer and manager, who is most often associated with West Ham United with whom he spent 27 years as player and manager. ...more
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Rob Jones is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
paulyb added Defender
Robert Marc "Rob" Jones is a Welsh-born English former professional footballer who played as a defender from 1987 to 1999. After starting his career with Crewe Alexandra, he went on to ...more
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Stuart Pearce is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
azbats added 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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Alan Waddle is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
Forward
Alan Waddle is a former English footballer who played as a striker. Waddle began his career with Halifax Town, signing professional forms in October 1971. He made 22 League appearances and ...more
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Alan Smith is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
Forward
Alan Martin Smith is an English former professional footballer and current sports television pundit and the club patron of Alvechurch F.C.. As a player he was a striker from 1981 until retiring ...more
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Andrew Cole is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
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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Dele Alli is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
Kmbappe29 added
Bamidele Jermaine "Dele" Alli is an English professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Milton Keynes Dons of Football League One, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur of the ...more