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The Best Soccer Players from England

Updated July 13, 2020 31.5k votes 1.7k voters 36.0k 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.

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    Bobby Moore
    435
    173

    Bobby Moore

    Defender

    BirthplaceBarking, London, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Robert Frederick Chelsea Moore OBE (12 April 1941 – 24 February 1993) was an English... more on Wikipedia
  • 2
    Bobby Charlton
    465
    207

    Bobby Charlton

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceAshington, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

    Sir Robert Charlton (born 11 October 1937) is an English former footballer who played as a... more on Wikipedia

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  • 3
    Steven Gerrard
    648
    272

    Steven Gerrard

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceWhiston, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

    Steven George Gerrard (born 30 May 1980) is an English professional football manager and... more on Wikipedia

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    Gordon Banks
    324
    142

    Gordon Banks

    Goalkeeper

    BirthplaceSheffield, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom,England

    Gordon Banks (30 December 1937 – 12 February 2019) was an English professional footballer who... more on Wikipedia

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  • 5
    Sir Stanley Matthews
    264
    108

    Sir Stanley Matthews

    Outside forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceHanley, Staffordshire, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

    Sir Stanley Matthews, CBE (1 February 1915 – 23 February 2000) was an English footballer.... more on Wikipedia

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    Jimmy Greaves
    237
    80

    BirthplaceManor Park, London, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

    James Peter Greaves (born 20 February 1940) is a former England international footballer who... more on Wikipedia

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  • 7
    Michael Owen
    292
    140

    BirthplaceChester, England

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

    Michael James Owen (born 14 December 1979) is an English former footballer who played as a... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Peter Shilton
    194
    75

    Peter Shilton

    Goalkeeper

    BirthplaceLeicester, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

    Peter Leslie Shilton (born 18 September 1949) is an English former footballer who played as a... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Alan Shearer
    367
    201

    BirthplaceGosforth, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

    Alan Shearer, CBE, DL (born 13 August 1970) is an English retired footballer. He played as a... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Dixie Dean
    178
    66

    Dixie Dean

    Forward

    BirthplaceBirkenhead, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

    William Ralph "Dixie" Dean (22 January 1907 – 1 March 1980) was an English footballer who... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Kevin Keegan
    285
    136

    Kevin Keegan

    Forward, Center Forward

    BirthplaceArmthorpe, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Joseph Kevin Keegan, OBE (born 14 February 1951) is an English former football player and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 12
    Frank Lampard
    418
    230

    Frank Lampard

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceRomford, London, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Frank James Lampard (born 20 June 1978) is an English professional football manager and... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Paul Scholes
    344
    190

    Paul Scholes

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceSalford, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

    Paul Scholes ( SKOHLZ; born 16 November 1974) is a co-owner of Salford City, an English... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Tom Finney
    193
    88

    Tom Finney

    Outside forward, Forward

    BirthplaceCity of Preston, Lancashire, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

    Sir Thomas Finney (5 April 1922 – 14 February 2014) was an English footballer who played from... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    David Beckham
    541
    335

    David Beckham

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceLeytonstone, London, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

    David Robert Joseph Beckham (UK: ; born 2 May 1975) is an English former professional... more on Wikipedia

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  • 16
    Jamie Carragher
    208
    99

    BirthplaceBootle, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

    James Lee Duncan Carragher (; born 28 January 1978) is an English retired footballer who... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Wayne Rooney
    435
    263

    BirthplaceCroxteth, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

    Wayne Mark Rooney (born 24 October 1985) is an English professional footballer who plays for... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Rio Ferdinand
    210
    105

    BirthplaceDenmark Hill, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

    Rio Gavin Ferdinand (born 7 November 1978) is an English former professional footballer who... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Gary Lineker
    252
    139

    BirthplaceLeicester, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom,England

    Gary Winston Lineker (; born 30 November 1960) is an English former professional footballer... more on Wikipedia

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  • 20
    Bryan Robson
    139
    53

    Bryan Robson

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceChester-le-Street, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

    Bryan Robson OBE (born 11 January 1957) is an English football manager and former player. Born... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Steve McManaman
    176
    83

    Steve McManaman

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceKirkdale, Merseyside, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

    Steven McManaman (born 11 February 1972) is an English former footballer who played as a... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Geoff Hurst
    159
    78

    Geoff Hurst

    Forward

    BirthplaceAshton-under-Lyne, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

    Sir Geoffrey Charles Hurst (born 8 December 1941) is an English former professional... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Peter Crouch
    229
    152

    BirthplaceMacclesfield, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

    Peter James Crouch (born 30 January 1981) is an English former professional footballer who... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    John Terry
    198
    196

    John Terry

    Defender

    BirthplaceBarking, London, England

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

    John George Terry (born 7 December 1980) is an English football coach and former professional... more on Wikipedia

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    Ashley Cole
    164
    178

    Ashley Cole

    Defender

    BirthplaceStepney, East London, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Ashley Cole (born 20 December 1980) is an English retired footballer who played as a left... more on Wikipedia