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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 "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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179 64
Bobby Moore is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
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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241 99
Steven Gerrard is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
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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176 74
Alan Shearer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
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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269 140
David Beckham is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
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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175 81
Frank Lampard is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
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 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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132 54
Gary Lineker is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
BaruchLalaev added 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
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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110 49
Michael Owen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
azbats added 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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168 94
Paul Scholes is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
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

12
100 47
Kevin Keegan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
BaruchLalaev added 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

13
97 46
Sir Stanley Matthews is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
BaruchLalaev added 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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82 39
Jimmy Greaves is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
BaruchLalaev added 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

15
70 42
Geoff Hurst is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
BaruchLalaev added 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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52 33
Peter Shilton is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
azbats added 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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Matthew Le Tissier is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
jackslee2 added 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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65 50
Tom Finney is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
BaruchLalaev added 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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82 63
John Terry is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Harry Kane is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
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

21
77 63
Gary Neville is listed (or ranked) 21 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

22
70 56
Rio Ferdinand is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Paul Gascoigne is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
Chris4242 added 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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58 48
Billy Wright is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Ashley Cole is listed (or ranked) 25 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