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The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom 

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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.

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George Best is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
Midfielder from Belfast

Nationality: Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

George Best (22 May 1946 – 25 November 2005) was a Northern Irish professional footballer who played as a winger, spending most of his club career at Manchester United. Named European Footballer ...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 and Midfielder from Ashington

Nationality: England

Sir Robert Charlton (born 11 October 1937) is an English former footballer who played as a midfielder. He is regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, and was a member of the England ...more

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Bobby Moore is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
Defender from London

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

Robert Frederick Chelsea Moore OBE (12 April 1941 – 24 February 1993) was an English professional footballer. He most notably played for West Ham United, captaining the club for more than ten ...more
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Steven Gerrard is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
Midfielder from Whiston

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

Steven George Gerrard (born 30 May 1980) is an English professional football manager and former player who manages Scottish Premiership club Rangers. He spent the majority of his playing career ...more

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Gordon Banks is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
Goalkeeper from Sheffield

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

Gordon Banks (30 December 1937 – 12 February 2019) was an English professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper. He made 679 appearances during a 20-year professional career, and won 73 ...more
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Kenny Dalglish is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
Forward from Glasgow

Nationality: Scotland, United Kingdom

Sir Kenneth Mathieson Dalglish (born 4 March 1951) is a Scottish former football player and manager. He made over three hundred appearances for both Celtic and Liverpool and earned over one ...more

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#175 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #121 of 1,412 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #2 of 140 The Best Liverpool Players Of All Time

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Kevin Keegan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
Forward and Center Forward from Armthorpe

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

Joseph Kevin Keegan, OBE (born 14 February 1951) is an English former football player and manager. A forward, he played for several clubs, including Newcastle United, Southampton, Liverpool and ...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 and Midfielder from Hanley

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

Sir Stanley Matthews, CBE (1 February 1915 – 23 February 2000) was an English footballer. Often regarded as one of the greatest players of the British game, he is the only player to have been ...more

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#151 of 1,412 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #5 of 1,057 The Best Soccer Players from England

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Denis Law is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
BaruchLalaev added Forward from Aberdeen

Nationality: Scotland

Denis Law (born 24 February 1940) is a Scottish former footballer who played as a forward. His career as a football player began at Second Division Huddersfield Town in 1956. After four years at ...more

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Ian Rush is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
RussellBrill added Forward from St Asaph

Nationality: Wales

Ian James Rush, (born 20 October 1961) is a Welsh former professional footballer who played as a forward. At club level Rush played for Liverpool from 1980–1987 and 1988–1996. He is the club's ...more
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Alan Shearer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
Forward from Gosforth

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

Alan Shearer, CBE, DL (born 13 August 1970) is an English retired footballer. He played as a striker in the top level of English league football for Southampton, Blackburn Rovers, Newcastle ...more

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John Barnes is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
Midfielder from Kingston

Nationality: United Kingdom, Jamaica, England

John Charles Bryan Barnes MBE (born 7 November 1963) is an English former professional footballer and manager, who currently works as a commentator and pundit for ESPN and SuperSport. A fast, ...more
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Graeme Souness is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
BaruchLalaev added Midfielder from Edinburgh

Nationality: Scotland

Graeme James Souness (; born 6 May 1953) is a Scottish retired professional football player, who played as a midfielder, and manager. Souness was the captain of the successful Liverpool team of ...more
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Michael Owen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
Forward from Chester

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

Michael James Owen (born 14 December 1979) is an English former footballer who played as a striker for Liverpool, Real Madrid, Newcastle United, Manchester United and Stoke City, as well as for ...more

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John Charles is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
BaruchLalaev added Forward and Midfielder from Swansea

Nationality: Wales

William John Charles, CBE (27 December 1931 – 21 February 2004) was a Welsh international footballer who played for Leeds United and Juventus during his 25-year playing career. Rated by many as ...more

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Alan Hansen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
BaruchLalaev added Defender from Sauchie

Nationality: Scotland, United Kingdom

Alan David Hansen (born 13 June 1955) is a Scottish former football player and BBC television football pundit. He played as a central defender for Partick Thistle, for the successful Liverpool ...more
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Jimmy Greaves is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
RussellBrill added Forward from Manor Park

Nationality: England

James Peter Greaves (born 20 February 1940) is a former England international footballer who played as a forward. He is England's fourth highest international goalscorer (44 goals), Tottenham ...more

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#129 of 1,412 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #92 of 103 Coolest Soccer Players

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Roger Hunt is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
Roger Hunt Forward from Golborne

Nationality: England

Roger Hunt, (born 20 July 1938) is an English former footballer who played as a forward. He spent eleven years at Liverpool and was the club's record goalscorer with 286 goals until that number ...more
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Peter Beardsley is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
Forward and Midfielder from Hexham

Nationality: England

Peter Andrew Beardsley MBE (born 18 January 1961) is an English former footballer who played as a forward or midfielder between 1979 and 1999. In 1987, he set a record transfer fee in the ...more

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#26 of 140 The Best Liverpool Players Of All Time #2 of 100 The Best Newcastle United Players Of All Time, Ranked

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Ray Clemence is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
Goalkeeper from Skegness

Nationality: England

Raymond Neal "Ray" Clemence, (born 5 August 1948) is a former England international football goalkeeper and was part of the Liverpool team of the 1970s. He is one of only 25 players to ...more

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Glenn Hoddle is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
Midfielder from Hayes

Nationality: England

Glenn Hoddle (born 27 October 1957) is an English former footballer and manager. He now works as a television pundit and commentator for ITV Sport and BT Sport. He played as a midfielder for ...more
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Duncan Edwards is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
Duncan Edwards Wing half and Midfielder from Dudley

Nationality: England

Duncan Edwards (1 October 1936 – 21 February 1958) 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 ...more

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Tom Finney is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
Outside forward and Forward from City of Preston

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

Sir Thomas Finney (5 April 1922 – 14 February 2014) was an English footballer who played from 1946 to 1960 as an outside left for Preston North End and England. He is widely acknowledged to have ...more
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David Beckham is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
Midfielder from Leytonstone

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

David Robert Joseph Beckham (UK: ; born 2 May 1975) is an English former professional footballer, the current president of Inter Miami CF and co-owner of Salford City. He played for Manchester ...more

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Ryan Giggs is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
BaruchLalaev added Forward and Midfielder from Cardiff

Nationality: Wales

Ryan Joseph Giggs (born Wilson; born 29 November 1973) is a Welsh football coach and former player. He is the manager of the Wales national team and a co-owner of Salford City. He played his ...more

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