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The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom

Updated August 26, 2020 57.9k votes 3.5k voters 137.3k views200 items

Curious as to who the best soccer players from United Kingdom are? This list includes the top soccer (or “football”) players from United Kingdom, 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. Who is your favorite English soccer player?  These are the best English soccer players ever!

A list made up of players like Justin Fashanu and Tom Brown and other famous English soccer players, answering the questions, "Who are the best British footballers?" and "Who is the greatest British soccer player of all time?" You can help determine just who are the best players by voting up your choices below, and voting down any you feel should be lower on the list.

You can click on the names of these popular soccer players of United Kingdom 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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    George Best

    Midfielder
    George Best (22 May 1946 – 25 November 2005) was a Northern Irish professional footballer who...  more

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    Bobby Charlton

    Forward, Midfielder
    Sir Robert Charlton (born 11 October 1937) is an English former footballer who played as a...  more
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    139

    Duncan Edwards

    Wing half, Midfielder
    Duncan Edwards (1 October 1936 – 21 February 1958) was an English footballer who played for...  more
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    Denis Law

    Forward
    Denis Law (born 24 February 1940) is a Scottish former footballer who played as a forward....  more
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    Bobby Moore

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

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    Bryan Robson

    Midfielder
    Bryan Robson OBE (born 11 January 1957) is an English football manager and former player. Born...  more
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    110

    Ray Wilkins

    Midfielder
    Raymond Colin Wilkins, (14 September 1956 – 4 April 2018) was an English football player and...  more
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    292

    Paul Scholes

    Midfielder
    Paul Scholes ( SKOHLZ; born 16 November 1974) is a co-owner of Salford City, an English...  more
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    Ryan Giggs

    Forward, Midfielder
    Ryan Joseph Giggs (born Wilson; born 29 November 1973) is a Welsh football coach and former...  more

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    Nobby Stiles

    Midfielder
    Norbert Peter "Nobby" Stiles (born 18 May 1942) is an English retired footballer. He was born...  more
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    Andrew Alexander Cole (born 15 October 1971) is an English former professional footballer....  more
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    James Peter Greaves (born 20 February 1940) is a former England international footballer who...  more

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    #102 of 103 Coolest Soccer Players#19 of 293 The Best Chelsea Players Of All Time

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    Joe Jordan

    Forward
    Joseph Jordan (born 15 December 1951) is a Scottish football player, coach and manager, who...  more
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    Gordon Banks

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

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    #98 of 1,299 The Best Soccer Players of All Time#16 of 188 The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time

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    Sir Stanley Matthews

    Outside forward, Midfielder
    Sir Stanley Matthews, CBE (1 February 1915 – 23 February 2000) was an English footballer....  more

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    Roy Keane

    Midfielder
    Roy Maurice Keane (born 10 August 1971) is an Irish football manager and former professional...  more

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    #54 of 329 The Most Obnoxious Athletes#7 of 30 The Best Athletes Who Wore #16

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

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    #52 of 452 The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time#13 of 102 Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked

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    161

    John Charles

    Forward, Midfielder
    William John Charles, CBE (27 December 1931 – 21 February 2004) was a Welsh international...  more
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    154
    Leslie Mark Hughes, OBE (born 1 November 1963) is a Welsh football manager and former player,...  more
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    Edward Paul Sheringham, MBE (born 2 April 1966) is an English football manager and former...  more
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    David Beckham

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

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    Pat Jennings

    Goalkeeper
    Patrick Anthony Jennings (born 12 June 1945) is a Northern Irish former footballer. He played...  more

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    #2 of 22 The Best Arsenal Keepers Of All Time#32 of 117 The Best Arsenal Players Of All Time

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    Tom Finney

    Outside forward, Forward
    Sir Thomas Finney (5 April 1922 – 14 February 2014) was an English footballer who played from...  more
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    100

    Peter Shilton

    Goalkeeper
    Peter Leslie Shilton (born 18 September 1949) is an English former footballer who played as a...  more
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    274
    72

    Billy Meredith

    Outside forward
    William Henry Meredith (30 July 1874 – 19 April 1958) was a Welsh professional footballer. He...  more