Famous 20th Century British Football Players

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 1 
Michael Owen
(Football player)
Michael Owen
22
Birthdate: December 14, 1979
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chester, England
 2 
Alan Shearer
(Football Player)
Alan Shearer
18
Birthdate: August 13, 1970
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Gosforth, England
Former Newcastle United striker Alan Shearer has also worked as a BBC football pundit and a football manager. The Euro 1996 Golden Boot-winner has also represented Southampton and Blackburn Rovers, winning the 1994-1995 Premier League with the latter. With 260 goals, he became the Premier League’s leading goal-scorer.
 3 
Gary Lineker
(One of the Greatest English Football Strikers)
Gary Lineker
31
Birthdate: November 30, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Leicester, England

Gary Lineker is a British former football player who currently works as a sports broadcaster. Considered one of the greatest British strikers of all time, Gary Lineker is the third-highest goal-scorer for England. During his 16-year playing career, Lineker never received a red or yellow card, due to which he was honored with the FIFA Fair Play Award in 1990.

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 4 
Bobby Charlton
(One of the Greatest Football Players of All Time)
Bobby Charlton
11
Birthdate: October 11, 1937
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ashington, Northumberland, England

Widely considered one of the greatest players ever, Bobby Charlton was an important member of the England national football team that emerged victorious at the 1966 FIFA World Cup. The recipient of several prestigious awards, including the Ballon d'Or, Charlton received a knighthood in 1994. He is the second-highest goalscorer for England.

 5 
Steven Gerrard
(Football Player)
Steven Gerrard
22
Birthdate: May 30, 1980
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Whiston
Steven Gerrard spent most of his career as a Liverpool midfielder and also captained Liverpool and the English national team. His phenomenal performance in the 2006 FA Cup Final led it to be called The Gerrard Final. The Order of the British Empire member now manages the Scottish club Rangers.
 6 
Jack Grealish
(Association football player)
Jack Grealish
24
Birthdate: September 10, 1995
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Birmingham, England

Jack Grealish is an English professional footballer. At present, he is affiliated with Premier League club Manchester City and the England national team. He plays as a  winger or attacking midfielder. He joined the Highgate United Youth Club as a boy and started playing professionally as a teenager. He is known for his ability to run and dribble past defenders. 

 7 
Gareth Southgate
(British Football Manager and Former Player Who Played as a Defender and Midfielder)
Gareth Southgate
12
Birthdate: September 3, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Watford, Hertfordshire, England

Gareth Southgate is an English football manager. A former player, he used to play as a defender and midfielder for Aston Villa, Middlesbrough, and Crystal Palace. He retired in 2006, after more than 500 league appearances and began his stint as a football manager. He has been managing the England national team since 2016. 

 8 
Tammy Abraham
(Association football player)
Tammy Abraham
21
Birthdate: October 2, 1997
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Camberwell, England

Tammy Abraham is an English footballer. He currently plays as a striker for Serie A club Roma and the England national team. He is an academy graduate of Chelsea and made his first-team debut for the club in 2016. Since then, he has played for Bristol City and Aston Villa, scoring 25 goals in a single campaign for the team. 

 9 
Trent Alexander-Arnold
(Association football player)
Trent Alexander-Arnold
6
Birthdate: October 7, 1998
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Liverpool, England
 10 
James Milner
(Footballer)
James Milner
9
Birthdate: January 4, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Wortley, Leeds, England
 11 
Harry Maguire
(Football player)
Harry Maguire
18
Birthdate: March 5, 1993
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sheffield, England
 12 
Ian Wright
(Television and Radio Personality and Former Professional Footballer)
Ian Wright
16
Birthdate: November 3, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Woolwich, London, United Kingdom

Ian Wright is an English former football player. Renowned for his speed, Wright played for popular clubs like Arsenal and helped his national team qualify for the 1998 FIFA World Cup. After retiring from the sport, Wright went on to become a TV and radio personality; he currently contributes as a commentator for ITV Sport and BBC Sport.

 13 
John Terry
(Association football player)
John Terry
13
Birthdate: December 7, 1980
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Barking
 14 
Rio Ferdinand
(Football player)
Rio Ferdinand
7
Birthdate: November 7, 1978
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Camberwell, England
 15 
Aaron Ramsey
(Footballer)
Aaron Ramsey
7
Birthdate: December 26, 1990
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Caerphilly, Gwent, Wales
 16 
Kieran Trippier
(Football player)
Kieran Trippier
10
Birthdate: September 19, 1990
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bury, England
 17 
Gordon Banks
(Football player)
Gordon Banks
3
Birthdate: December 30, 1937
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sheffield, England
Died: February 12, 2019
 18 
Paul Scholes
(English Former Football Player Who was One of the Best Midfielders of His Generation)
Paul Scholes
9
Birthdate: November 16, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Salford, England, United Kingdom
Paul Scholes, former Manchester United midfielder, had a 20-year stint with the team, winning major titles, including 11 Premier Leagues, 3 FA Cups, and 2 UEFA Champions Leagues. Over the course of his 718 appearances for the team, he has won 25 trophies. He now coaches Salford City.
 19 
Jack Wilshere
(Football - Midfielder for England)
Jack Wilshere
7
Birthdate: January 1, 1992
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Stevenage, Hertfordshire, England
 20 
Kyle Walker
(Association football player)
Kyle Walker
5
Birthdate: May 28, 1990
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sheffield
 21 
Ashley Cole
(Association football player)
Ashley Cole
20
Birthdate: December 20, 1980
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Stepney
 22 
Gary Neville
(Football player)
Gary Neville
5
Birthdate: February 18, 1975
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bury, England
 23 
Jermain Defoe
(Association football player)
Jermain Defoe
8
Birthdate: October 7, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Beckton
 24 
Brendan Rodgers
(Football coach)
Brendan Rodgers
6
Birthdate: January 26, 1973
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Carnlough, Antrim, Northern Ireland
 25 
Eric Dier
(Football player)
Eric Dier
7
Birthdate: January 15, 1994
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cheltenham, England, UK
 26 
Andy Carroll
(Association football player)
Andy Carroll
5
Birthdate: January 6, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Gateshead
 27 
John Stones
(Association football player)
John Stones
7
Birthdate: May 28, 1994
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Barnsley
 28 
Kenny Dalglish
(Association football player, Association football manager)
Kenny Dalglish
7
Birthdate: March 4, 1951
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Glasgow
 29 
Micah Richards
(Association football player)
Micah Richards
5
Birthdate: June 24, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Birmingham
 30 
Mark Hughes
(Football manager)
Mark Hughes
4
Birthdate: November 1, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Wrexham, Wales
 31 
Bobby Moore
(Football - Defender for England)
Bobby Moore
6
Birthdate: April 12, 1941
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Barking, Essex, England
Died: February 24, 1993
 32 
Joe Cole
(Association football player)
Joe Cole
4
Birthdate: November 8, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paddington
 33 
Alex Scott
(Footballer)
Alex Scott
8
Birthdate: October 14, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London, England

Alex Scott is an English TV presenter and former professional football player. Apart from playing for popular clubs like Arsenal and Birmingham City, Scott also represented the women's national football team. She also played for Great Britain at the London Olympics. In 2019, she was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame.

 34 
Teddy Sheringham
(Football player)
Teddy Sheringham
5
Birthdate: April 2, 1966
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Highams Park, London, England
 35 
Michail Antonio
(Footballer)
Michail Antonio
4
Birthdate: March 28, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Wandsworth, London, United Kingdom
 36 
Graeme Souness
(Association football player, Association football manager)
Graeme Souness
5
Birthdate: May 6, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Edinburgh
 37 
Jamie Carragher
( English football pundit and former footballer who played as a defender)
Jamie Carragher
4
Birthdate: January 28, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bootle, Merseyside, England
 38 
Wayne Bridge
(Association football player)
Wayne Bridge
4
Birthdate: August 5, 1980
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Southampton
 39 
Joe Gomez
(Football player)
Joe Gomez
5
Birthdate: May 23, 1997
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Catford, England
 40 
Andy Cole
(Football player)
Andy Cole
8
Birthdate: October 15, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Nottingham, England
 41 
James Maddison
(Football player)
James Maddison
5
Birthdate: November 23, 1996
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Coventry, England
 42 
Danny Rose
(Footballer)
Danny Rose
4
Birthdate: July 2, 1990
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Doncaster, England
 43 
Danny Ings
(Association football player)
Danny Ings
7
Birthdate: July 23, 1992
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Winchester
 44 
Luke Shaw
(Footballer)
Luke Shaw
6
Birthdate: July 12, 1995
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Southampton, Hampshire, England
 45 
Gary Cahill
(Association football player)
Gary Cahill
4
Birthdate: December 19, 1985
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dronfield
 46 
Kalvin Phillips
(Football player)
Kalvin Phillips
3
Birthdate: December 2, 1995
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Leeds, England
 47 
Shaun Wright-Phillips
(Football player)
Shaun Wright-Phillips
10
Birthdate: October 25, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Greenwich, England
 48 
David Seaman
(Footballer)
David Seaman
5
Birthdate: September 19, 1963
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rotherham, England
 49 
Ruben Loftus-Cheek
(Association football player)
Ruben Loftus-Cheek
4
Birthdate: January 23, 1996
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lewisham, England
 50 
Troy Deeney
(Association football player)
Troy Deeney
4
Birthdate: June 29, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Birmingham