Famous 20th Century British Football Players

Find out more about the greatest 20th Century British Football Players, including Jamie Vardy, David Beckham, Wayne Rooney, Gary Neville and Dele Alli.

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 1 David Beckham

David Beckham
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Famous As: Former English Footballer
Birthdate: May 2, 1975
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Leytonstone, London, England
David Beckham is a former English footballer who was football superstar on-field and a heartthrob off-field. A former player for Manchester United, Real Madrid and Milan, among others, Beckham was a free-kick specialist, a brilliant crosser of the ball and the first English player to win league titles in four countries. His passion for football, charisma and fashion style have made him an international sensation.  

 2 Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: October 24, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Croxteth, Liverpool, England, United Kingdom

Regarded as one of the best football players of the current era, Wayne Rooney is the record goal-scorer for the Manchester United FC and England national team. Originally a boxer, Wayne continues to pursue boxing as a recreational activity. Wayne has been controversy's favorite child for many years now; from allegations of infidelity to legal issues, he has faced them all!

 3 Gary Lineker

Gary Lineker
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: November 30, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Leicester

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 George Best

George Best
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: May 22, 1946
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Belfast
Died: November 25, 2005
Manchester United winger/midfielder George Best was the 1968 European Footballer of the Year and was placed sixth on the FIFA Player of the Century list. A skilled dribbler, the Northern Irish player was also known for his stunning good looks and his affinity for women and alcohol. 

 5 Alan Shearer

Alan Shearer
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Famous As: Football Player
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.

 6 Bobby Charlton

Bobby Charlton
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Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: October 11, 1937
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ashington, Northumberland, Englan

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.

 7 Steven Gerrard

Steven Gerrard
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Famous As: Football Player
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.
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 8 Kevin Keegan

Kevin Keegan
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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: February 14, 1951
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Armthorpe

 9 Gareth Southgate

Gareth Southgate
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Famous As: Football manager
Birthdate: September 3, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Watford, Hertfordshire, England, UK

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. 

 10 Jack Grealish

Jack Grealish
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Famous As: Association football player
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. 

 11 Harry Maguire

Harry Maguire
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: March 5, 1993
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sheffield, England

 12 Ashley Cole

Ashley Cole
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: December 20, 1980
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Stepney

 13 John Terry

John Terry
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: December 7, 1980
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Barking

 14 Trent Alexander-Arnold

Trent Alexander-Arnold
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: October 7, 1998
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Liverpool, England

 15 Tammy Abraham

Tammy Abraham
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Famous As: Association football player
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. 

 16 Rio Ferdinand

Rio Ferdinand
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: November 7, 1978
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Camberwell, England

 17 James Milner

James Milner
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: January 4, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Wortley, Leeds, England

 18 Jermain Defoe

Jermain Defoe
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: October 7, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Beckton

 19 Kieran Trippier

Kieran Trippier
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: September 19, 1990
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bury, England

 20 Gordon Banks

Gordon Banks
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: December 30, 1937
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sheffield, England
Died: February 12, 2019

 21 Ian Wright

Ian Wright
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: November 3, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Woolwich, London, England

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.

 22 Kyle Walker

Kyle Walker
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: May 28, 1990
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sheffield

 23 Kenny Dalglish

Kenny Dalglish
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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: March 4, 1951
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Glasgow

 24 Eric Dier

Eric Dier
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: January 15, 1994
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cheltenham, England, UK

 25 Danny Ings

Danny Ings
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: July 23, 1992
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Winchester

 26 Joe Cole

Joe Cole
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: November 8, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paddington

 27 Brendan Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers
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Famous As: Football coach
Birthdate: January 26, 1973
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Carnlough, Antrim, Northern Ireland

 28 Harry Redknapp

Harry Redknapp
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Famous As: Football Manager
Birthdate: March 2, 1947
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London

Harry Redknapp is an English former soccer player and manager who managed the Portsmouth Football Club, which won the 2008 FA Cup. He also managed other teams like West Ham United and Southampton FC before announcing his retirement in 2017. Along with his wife, Redknapp has been serving as the fundraising president for a charity called Leukaemia Busters since 2004.

 29 Michael Owen

Michael Owen
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: December 14, 1979
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chester, England

 30 Bobby Moore

Bobby Moore
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: April 12, 1941
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Municipal Borough of Barking, England
Died: February 24, 1993

 31 Micah Richards

Micah Richards
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: June 24, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Birmingham

 32 Phil Neville

Phil Neville
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Famous As: Football coach
Birthdate: January 21, 1977
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bury, Greater Manchester, England, UK

 33 Steve Bruce

Steve Bruce
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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: December 31, 1960
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Corbridge

 34 Ashley Young

Ashley Young
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: July 9, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Stevenage

 35 Jack Wilshere

Jack Wilshere
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: January 1, 1992
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Stevenage, Hertfordshire, England

 36 Teddy Sheringham

Teddy Sheringham
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: April 2, 1966
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Highams Park, London, England

 37 Troy Deeney

Troy Deeney
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: June 29, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Birmingham

 38 Chris Smalling

Chris Smalling
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: November 22, 1989
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Greenwich

 39 Mark Hughes

Mark Hughes
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Famous As: Association football manager
Birthdate: November 1, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Wrexham, Wales

 40 Jermaine Jenas

Jermaine Jenas
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: February 18, 1983
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Nottingham

 41 Gareth Barry

Gareth Barry
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: February 23, 1981
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rochdale

 42 Andy Cole

Andy Cole
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: October 15, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Nottingham, England

 43 Andy Carroll

Andy Carroll
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: January 6, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Gateshead

 44 Danny Rose

Danny Rose
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: July 2, 1990
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Doncaster, England

 45 Graeme Souness

Graeme Souness
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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: May 6, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Edinburgh

 46 James Maddison

James Maddison
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: November 23, 1996
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Coventry, England

 47 Eddie Howe

Eddie Howe
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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: November 29, 1977
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Amersham

 48 Wayne Bridge

Wayne Bridge
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: August 5, 1980
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Southampton

 49 Alex Scott

Alex Scott
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Famous As: Footballer
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.

 50 Gary Speed

Gary Speed
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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: September 8, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mancot
Died: November 27, 2011