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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.

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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Kenny Dalglish is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Steven Gerrard is listed (or ranked) 6 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) 7 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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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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Ian Rush is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Ray Clemence is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Pat Jennings is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Roger Hunt is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Peter Beardsley is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Peter Shilton is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Steve McManaman is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Graeme Souness is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Denis Law is listed (or ranked) 17 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 Hansen is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Jimmy Greaves is listed (or ranked) 19 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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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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Jimmy Johnstone is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Michael Owen is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Billy Liddell is listed (or ranked) 23 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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John Barnes is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Dixie Dean is listed (or ranked) 25 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