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The Best Soccer Players from England

Updated July 13, 2020 31.6k votes 1.7k voters 37.3k 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 Moore1
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    Bobby Moore

    Defender

    BirthplaceLondon, Barking, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

    Robert Frederick Chelsea Moore OBE (12 April 1941 – 24 February 1993) was an English...  more

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  • Bobby Charlton2
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    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
  • Steven Gerrard3
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    Steven Gerrard

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceWhiston, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

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

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  • Sir Stanley Matthews4
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    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

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  • Gordon Banks5
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    Gordon Banks

    Goalkeeper

    BirthplaceSheffield, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom,England

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

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  • Jimmy Greaves6
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    BirthplaceManor Park, London, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

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

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  • Michael Owen7
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    BirthplaceChester, England

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

    Michael James Owen (born 14 December 1979) is an English former footballer who played as a...  more
  • Alan Shearer8
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    BirthplaceGosforth, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

    Alan Shearer, CBE, DL (born 13 August 1970) is an English retired footballer. He played as a...  more
  • Kevin Keegan9
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    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

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  • Frank Lampard10
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    Frank Lampard

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceRomford, London, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Frank James Lampard (born 20 June 1978) is an English professional football manager and...  more
  • Paul Scholes11
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    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
  • David Beckham12
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    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

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  • Peter Shilton13
    192
    83

    Peter Shilton

    Goalkeeper

    BirthplaceLeicester, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

    Peter Leslie Shilton (born 18 September 1949) is an English former footballer who played as a...  more
  • Dixie Dean14
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    78

    Dixie Dean

    Forward

    BirthplaceBirkenhead, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

    William Ralph "Dixie" Dean (22 January 1907 – 1 March 1980) was an English footballer who...  more
  • Tom Finney15
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    90

    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
  • Wayne Rooney16
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    BirthplaceCroxteth, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

    Wayne Mark Rooney (born 24 October 1985) is an English professional footballer who plays for...  more

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  • Gary Lineker17
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    BirthplaceLeicester, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom,England

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

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  • Rio Ferdinand18
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    BirthplaceDenmark Hill, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

    Rio Gavin Ferdinand (born 7 November 1978) is an English former professional footballer who...  more

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  • Bryan Robson19
    143
    56

    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
  • Jamie Carragher20
    206
    110

    BirthplaceBootle, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

    James Lee Duncan Carragher (; born 28 January 1978) is an English retired footballer who...  more
  • Geoff Hurst21
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    Geoff Hurst

    Forward

    BirthplaceAshton-under-Lyne, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

    Sir Geoffrey Charles Hurst (born 8 December 1941) is an English former professional...  more
  • Steve McManaman22
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    90

    Steve McManaman

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceKirkdale, Merseyside, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

    Steven McManaman (born 11 February 1972) is an English former footballer who played as a...  more
  • Peter Crouch23
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    BirthplaceMacclesfield, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

    Peter James Crouch (born 30 January 1981) is an English former professional footballer who...  more
  • John Terry24
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    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

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  • Ashley Cole25
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    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

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