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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, Midfielder
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
2
Bobby Moore is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
Defender
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
3
Steven Gerrard is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
Midfielder
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
4
Gordon Banks is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
BaruchLalaev added Goalkeeper
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
5
Sir Stanley Matthews is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
BaruchLalaev added Outside forward, Midfielder
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
6
Kevin Keegan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
BaruchLalaev added Forward, Center Forward, Midfielder
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
7
Alan Shearer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
Forward
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
8
David Beckham is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
Midfielder
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
9
Jimmy Greaves is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
BaruchLalaev added Forward
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
10
Frank Lampard is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
Midfielder
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
11
Peter Shilton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
azbats added Goalkeeper
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
12
Gary Lineker is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
BaruchLalaev added Forward
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
13
Michael Owen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
azbats added Forward
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
14
Wayne Rooney is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
Forward
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
15
Steve McManaman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
paulyb added Midfielder
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
16
Jamie Carragher is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
paulyb added Defender
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
17
Paul Scholes is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
Midfielder
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
18
Peter Crouch is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
scruffenstein added Forward
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
19
Emile Heskey is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
scruffenstein added Forward
Emile William Ivanhoe Heskey (born 11 January 1978) is an English former professional footballer who played as a striker. He made more than 500 appearances in the Football League and Premier ...more
20
Dixie Dean is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
Forward
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
21
Geoff Hurst is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
BaruchLalaev added Geoff Hurst Forward
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
22
Tom Finney is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
BaruchLalaev added Outside forward, Forward
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
23
Alan Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
Defender
Alan Kennedy (born 31 August 1954) is a former English professional footballer who played the majority of his career as a left back for Newcastle United and then Liverpool. He was a stalwart ...more
24
Jamie Redknapp is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
paulyb added Midfielder
Jamie Frank Redknapp (born 25 June 1973) 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 ...more
25
Brian Hall is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
Midfielder
Brian Hall may refer to: Brian Hall (actor) (1937–1997), English actor Brian Hall (author) (born 1959), American author Brian Hall (cricketer, born 1929) (1929–1989), English cricketer with ...more