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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
Midfielder George Best was a Northern Irish footballer who played as a winger for Manchester United and the Northern Ireland national team. In 1968 he won the European Cup with United, and was named the ...more

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Bobby Charlton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
BaruchLalaev added 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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Bobby Moore is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
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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Gordon Banks is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
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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Ryan Giggs is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
BaruchLalaev added Forward, Midfielder Ryan Joseph Giggs, OBE is a Welsh football coach and former player who is currently the assistant manager at Manchester United and co-owner of Salford City. Giggs made his first appearance for ...more

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Kenny Dalglish is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
Forward Kenneth Mathieson "Kenny" Dalglish MBE is a Scottish former footballer and manager. In a career spanning 22 years, he played for Celtic and Liverpool, winning numerous honours with ...more

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Paul Scholes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
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

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Sir Stanley Matthews is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
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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Steven Gerrard is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
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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Kevin Keegan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
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

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Denis Law is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
BaruchLalaev added Forward Denis Law CBE is a Scottish former football player, who enjoyed a long and successful career as a striker from the 1950s to the 1970s. Law's career as a football player began at Second Division ...more

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Alan Shearer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
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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Ian Rush is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
RussellBrill added Forward Ian James Rush, MBE, is a Welsh former footballer. Rush played for Liverpool F.C. from 1980-1987 and 1988-1996, and is the club's all-time leading goalscorer, having scored a total of 346 goals ...more

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David Beckham is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
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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Paul Gascoigne is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
RussellBrill 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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Frank Lampard is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
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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Gary Lineker is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
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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128 65
Jimmy Greaves is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
RussellBrill 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

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John Barnes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
Midfielder John Charles Bryan Barnes MBE is a Jamaican-born English former footballer and manager, who currently works as a commentator and pundit for ESPN and SuperSport. During his playing career, Barnes ...more

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87 36
Glenn Hoddle is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
Midfielder Glenn Hoddle is an English former footballer and manager who played as a midfielder for Tottenham Hotspur, AS Monaco, Chelsea and Swindon Town and at international level for England. He was most ...more

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100 56
Graeme Souness is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
BaruchLalaev added Midfielder Graeme James Souness is a Scottish former professional football player and manager. Souness was the captain of the successful Liverpool team of the early 1980s and player-manager of Rangers in ...more

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87 39
Pat Jennings is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
BaruchLalaev added Goalkeeper Patrick Anthony "Pat" Jennings OBE is a Northern Ireland former football player. He played 119 games for Northern Ireland as a goalkeeper, a figure which at the time was a world record ...more

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Billy Bremner is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
BaruchLalaev added Midfielder William John "Billy" Bremner was a Scotland international footballer and manager. A midfielder, he played for Leeds United from 1959 to 1976, and captained the side during this time, ...more

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Peter Shilton is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
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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Peter Beardsley is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
Forward, Midfielder Peter Andrew Beardsley MBE is an English former footballer who played between 1979 and 1999. In 1987, he set a record transfer fee in the English game and represented his country 59 times ...more

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Wayne Rooney is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
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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John Charles is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
BaruchLalaev added Forward, Midfielder William John Charles, CBE was a Welsh international footballer who played for Leeds United and Juventus. Rated by many as the greatest all-round footballer ever to come from Britain, he was ...more

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Michael Owen is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
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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Ray Clemence is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
Goalkeeper Raymond Neal "Ray" Clemence, MBE is one of English and European football's most decorated goalkeepers and was part of the Liverpool team of the 1970s. He currently acts as Head of the ...more

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Jimmy Johnstone is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
BaruchLalaev added Outside forward, Midfielder James Connolly "Jimmy" Johnstone, nicknamed "Jinky", was a Scottish football player. Johnstone was best known for his time with Celtic, and was voted their best ever player ...more

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Chris Waddle is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
MatthewGill added Midfielder Christopher Roland "Chris" Waddle is an English former professional footballer, manager and current Football commentator and pundit. He still plays at semi-professional level for ...more

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Alan Hansen is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
BaruchLalaev added Defender Alan David Hansen is a Scottish former football player and BBC television football pundit. He played as a central defender for Partick Thistle, for the successful Liverpool team of the late 70s ...more

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Gareth Bale is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
jackslee2 added Forward, Midfielder Gareth Frank Bale is a Welsh footballer who plays as a winger for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Wales national team. Bale began his professional career at Southampton, playing at left-back ...more

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Dixie Dean is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
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

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Steve McManaman is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
Tom Šmíd 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

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Tom Finney is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
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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Geoff Hurst is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
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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Roger Hunt is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
Forward Roger Hunt, MBE is an English former footballer. He was a member of the England team which won the 1966 World Cup.

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Matthew Le Tissier is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
RussellBrill 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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Jamie Carragher is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
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

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Bryan Robson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
Midfielder Bryan Robson OBE is an English football manager and a former player. He began his career with West Bromwich Albion in 1972 before moving to Manchester United in 1981 where he became the longest ...more

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44 34
Dave Mackay is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
BaruchLalaev added Defender, Midfielder David Craig Mackay was a Scottish football player and manager. Mackay was best known for a highly successful playing career with Heart of Midlothian, the Double-winning Tottenham Hotspur side of ...more

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Duncan Edwards is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
Wing half, Midfielder Duncan Edwards was an English footballer who played for Manchester United and the England national team. He was one of the Busby Babes, the young United team formed under manager Matt Busby in ...more

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Billy Liddell is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
bigcraig added William Beveridge "Billy" Liddell was a Scottish footballer, who played his entire professional career with Liverpool. He signed with the club as a teenager in 1938 and retired in ...more

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Nobby Stiles is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
Midfielder Norbert "Nobby" Peter Stiles MBE is a retired English footballer. He was born in Collyhurst, Manchester. Stiles played for England for five years, winning 28 caps and scoring 1 goal. ...more

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Jimmy Case is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
Midfielder James Robert Case is a retired English football player who shot to fame with the all-conquering Liverpool side of the 1970s and became known as a player with one of the hardest shots in the

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David Seaman is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
RussellBrill added Goalkeeper David Andrew Seaman MBE is an English former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper for several clubs, most notably Arsenal. He retired from the game on 13 January 2004, following a ...more

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Rio Ferdinand is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
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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Ian Wright is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
RussellBrill added Forward Ian Edward Wright, MBE is an English former professional footballer turned television and radio personality. Wright enjoyed success with London clubs Crystal Palace and Arsenal, spending six ...more

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Tony Adams is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
RussellBrill added Defender Tony Alexander Adams, MBE is an English football manager and former Arsenal player. Adams spent his entire playing career of 22 years as a defender at Arsenal. He is considered one of the ...more