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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 "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
2
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
3
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
4
Gordon Banks is listed (or ranked) 4 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
5
Alan Shearer is listed (or ranked) 5 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
6
Sir Stanley Matthews is listed (or ranked) 6 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
7
Kevin Keegan is listed (or ranked) 7 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
8
David Beckham is listed (or ranked) 8 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
9
Gary Lineker is listed (or ranked) 9 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
10
Frank Lampard is listed (or ranked) 10 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
11
Michael Owen is listed (or ranked) 11 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
12
Wayne Rooney is listed (or ranked) 12 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
13
Jimmy Greaves is listed (or ranked) 13 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
14
Paul Scholes is listed (or ranked) 14 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
15
Peter Shilton is listed (or ranked) 15 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
16
Geoff Hurst is listed (or ranked) 16 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
17
Jamie Carragher is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
paulyb added 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
18
Paul Gascoigne is listed (or ranked) 18 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
19
Steve McManaman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
paulyb added 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
20
Peter Crouch is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
scruffenstein added 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
21
Tom Finney is listed (or ranked) 21 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
22
Dixie Dean is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
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
23
Alan Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
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
24
Matthew Le Tissier is listed (or ranked) 24 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
25
Emile Heskey is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players from England
scruffenstein added Forward
Emile William Ivanhoe Heskey is an English professional footballer who plays for Bolton Wanderers as a striker. Before joining the club, he made more than 500 appearances in the Football League ...more