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The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom

Updated August 26, 2020 59.8k votes 3.6k voters 139.8k 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

    BirthplaceBelfast, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, Northern Ireland

    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 of...  more

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    Bobby Charlton

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceAshington, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

    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 team...  more
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    Bobby Moore

    Defender

    BirthplaceLondon, Barking, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited 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 years,...  more

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    Denis Law

    Forward

    BirthplaceAberdeen, United Kingdom

    NationalityScotland

    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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    Gordon Banks

    Goalkeeper

    BirthplaceSheffield, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited 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 caps...  more

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    Duncan Edwards

    Wing half, Midfielder

    BirthplaceDudley, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

    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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    BirthplaceManor Park, London, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

    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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    Bryan Robson

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceChester-le-Street, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

    Bryan Robson OBE (born 11 January 1957) is an English football manager and former player. Born in Chester-le-Street, County Durham, he began his career with West Bromwich Albion in 1972 before moving...  more
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    Sir Stanley Matthews

    Outside forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceHanley, Staffordshire, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited 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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    Ray Wilkins

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceHillingdon, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

    Raymond Colin Wilkins, (14 September 1956 – 4 April 2018) was an English football player and coach. Born into a footballing family with his father and three brothers involved in the game, Wilkins...  more
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    John Charles

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceSwansea, United Kingdom

    NationalityWales

    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 the...  more
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    Pat Jennings

    Goalkeeper

    BirthplaceNewry, United Kingdom

    NationalityNorthern Ireland

    Patrick Anthony Jennings (born 12 June 1945) is a Northern Irish former footballer. He played 119 games for Northern Ireland as a goalkeeper, a figure which at the time was a world record and is...  more

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    Paul Scholes

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceSalford, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

    Paul Scholes ( SKOHLZ; born 16 November 1974) is a co-owner of Salford City, an English football coach and former player. He spent his entire professional playing career with Manchester United, for...  more
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    Peter Shilton

    Goalkeeper

    BirthplaceLeicester, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

    Peter Leslie Shilton (born 18 September 1949) is an English former footballer who played as a goalkeeper. He currently holds the record for playing more games for the England men’s national football...  more
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    Joe Jordan

    Forward

    BirthplaceCleland, United Kingdom

    NationalityScotland

    Joseph Jordan (born 15 December 1951) is a Scottish football player, coach and manager, who was most recently assistant manager of Middlesbrough. A former striker, he played for Leeds United,...  more
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    Ryan Giggs

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceCardiff, United Kingdom

    NationalityWales

    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 entire...  more

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    Nobby Stiles

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceCollyhurst, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

    Norbert Peter "Nobby" Stiles (born 18 May 1942) is an English retired footballer. He was born in Collyhurst, Manchester. Stiles played for England for five years, winning 28 caps and scoring one...  more
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    BirthplaceDenmark Hill, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Rio Gavin Ferdinand (born 7 November 1978) is an English former professional footballer who played as a centre back, and current television pundit for BT Sport. He played 81 times for the England...  more

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    #46 of 452 The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time#17 of 28 The Best Athletes Who Wore #29

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    Tom Finney

    Outside forward, Forward

    BirthplaceCity of Preston, Lancashire, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited 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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    Glenn Hoddle

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceHayes, Hillingdon, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

    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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    Jimmy Johnstone

    Outside forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceUddingston, United Kingdom

    NationalityScotland

    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 Celtic, and was...  more
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    David Beckham

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceLeytonstone, London, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited 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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    Roy Keane

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceCork, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityIreland

    Roy Maurice Keane (born 10 August 1971) is an Irish football manager and former professional player. He is the joint-most successful Irish footballer of all time, having won 19 major trophies, 17 of...  more
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    BirthplaceBelfast, United Kingdom

    NationalityNorthern Ireland

    Robert Dennis "Danny" Blanchflower (10 February 1926 – 9 December 1993) was a former Northern Ireland international footballer who played for and captained Tottenham Hotspur, most notably during its...  more
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    Jim Baxter

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceKirkcaldy, United Kingdom

    NationalityScotland

    James Curran Baxter (29 September 1939 – 14 April 2001) was a Scottish professional footballer who played as a left half. He is generally regarded as one of the country's greatest ever players. He...  more
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