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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

Birthplace: Belfast, United Kingdom

Nationality: 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, Midfielder

Birthplace: Ashington, United Kingdom

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

Birthplace: Barking, London, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

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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Gordon Banks is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
Goalkeeper

Birthplace: Sheffield, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

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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Sir Stanley Matthews is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
Outside forward, Midfielder

Birthplace: Hanley, Staffordshire, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

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 1,053 The Best Soccer Players from England

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Denis Law is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
BaruchLalaev added Forward

Birthplace: Aberdeen, Scotland

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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#89 of 103 Coolest Soccer Players #1,940 of 2,198 The Best Athletes Of All Time

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Dixie Dean is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
Forward

Birthplace: Birkenhead, United Kingdom

Nationality: England

William Ralph "Dixie" Dean (22 January 1907 – 1 March 1980) was an English footballer who played as a centre forward. Born in Birkenhead, he began his career at his hometown club ...more
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Steven Gerrard is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
Midfielder

Birthplace: United Kingdom, Whiston

Nationality: United Kingdom

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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Kenny Dalglish is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
Forward

Birthplace: Glasgow, United Kingdom

Nationality: 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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#77 of 1,412 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #175 of 2,198 The Best Athletes Of All Time #2 of 141 The Best Liverpool Players Of All Time

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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

Birthplace: Armthorpe, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

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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Ryan Giggs is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
BaruchLalaev added Forward, Midfielder

Birthplace: Cardiff, Wales

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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Graeme Souness is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
BaruchLalaev added Midfielder

Birthplace: Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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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Ian Rush is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
RussellBrill added Forward

Birthplace: St Asaph, United Kingdom

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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Peter Beardsley is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
Forward, Midfielder

Birthplace: Hexham, United Kingdom

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

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Jimmy Greaves is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
RussellBrill added Forward

Birthplace: Manor Park, London, United Kingdom

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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Duncan Edwards is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
Duncan Edwards Wing half, Midfielder

Birthplace: Dudley, United Kingdom

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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#359 of 1,412 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #80 of 175 Athletes Whose Careers Ended Too Soon #286 of 464 The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time

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John Charles is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
BaruchLalaev added Forward, Midfielder

Birthplace: Swansea, United Kingdom

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) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
BaruchLalaev added Defender

Birthplace: Sauchie, United Kingdom

Nationality: 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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Tom Finney is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
Outside forward, Forward

Birthplace: City of Preston, Lancashire, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

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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Jimmy Johnstone is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
BaruchLalaev added Outside forward, Midfielder

Birthplace: Uddingston, United Kingdom

Nationality: Scotland

James Connelly Johnstone (30 September 1944 – 13 March 2006), nicknamed "Jinky", was a Scottish footballer who played as an outside right. Johnstone was best known for his time with ...more

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David Beckham is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
Midfielder

Birthplace: Leytonstone, London, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

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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John Barnes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
Midfielder

Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica

Nationality: United Kingdom, Jamaica

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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Alan Shearer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
Forward

Birthplace: Gosforth, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

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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#41 of 208 The Best Soccer Players of the '90s #1,521 of 2,198 The Best Athletes Of All Time

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Ray Clemence is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
Goalkeeper

Birthplace: Skegness, United Kingdom

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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#376 of 1,412 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #47 of 228 The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time #17 of 141 The Best Liverpool Players Of All Time

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Glenn Hoddle is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
Midfielder

Birthplace: Hayes, Hillingdon, United Kingdom

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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