Famous British Football Players

Any list of world’s favourite football players cannot be complete unless one has mentioned names like David Beckham, Bobby Moore, Wayne Rooney, Peter Shilton, Billy Wright, Jimmy Greaves or even Rio Ferdinand. British footballing legends have left an unforgettable impression on the 120 yard pitch with their game tactics. Be it as a goal keeper, midfielder, forward player or defender, they have turned the game to become the most popular sport of the country. Though it may look all flashy and ostentatious from far-off, football players have to go through a lot under their belt to keep the ball going. Half of their skills and tactics wouldn’t mean anything if not for a sense of patriotism and team spirit. They have added a certain depth to the game which none other sport can boast of. Their commitment for the game, dedication, and natural humility have helped them reached the zenith in their careers. British players have an unending passion which is evident in their 70-minutes on field. Read this segment and find out more about the life of famous British football players, their career, their life in field and their historic wins.

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 1 Harry Kane

Harry Kane
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: July 28, 1993
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Walthamstow, England
A brilliant striker known for his impressive ability to score goals, Harry Kane is an English football player who leads the national team of England and also plays for Premier League club, Tottenham Hotspur. Harry Kane has been named the Premier League Player of the Month six times and received the Golden Boot twice.

 2 Jamie Vardy

Jamie Vardy
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: January 11, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sheffield, United Kingdom

Considered a late bloomer in the world of soccer, Jamie Vardy became the oldest player to win the Premier League Golden Boot award when he scored the maximum number of goals during the 2019–20 Premier League season. Apart from his goal-scoring abilities, Jamie is also known for his direct approach and relentless running.

 3 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.

 4 Frank Lampard

Frank Lampard
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: June 20, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Romford, London, England

The current head coach of Chelsea Football Club, Lampard spent most of his playing career with Chelsea. He is widely considered one of the greatest midfielders and greatest Chelsea players of his generation. While playing for the England national team, he represented England at three World Cups. In 2015, he was appointed an OBE for his services to football.

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 5 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. 

 6 Peter Crouch

Peter Crouch
10
Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: January 30, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Macclesfield

Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Peter Crouch is best known for his signature “robot” celebration after scoring goals. He also played with Aston Villa and Liverpool, helping the latter win the the FA Cup and the FA Community Shield. He also helped Tottenham gain a place in the UEFA Champions League.

 7 Ashley Cole

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

John Terry
10
Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: December 7, 1980
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Barking

 9 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.  

 10 Rio Ferdinand

Rio Ferdinand
6
Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: November 7, 1978
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Camberwell, England

 11 Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: July 16, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cardiff, Wales

The charismatic Welsh footballer player, Gareth Frank Bale played for Southampton football club and Tottenham Hotspur extensively before joining Real Madrid in 2013 for a fees that exceeded Christiano Ronaldo’s earlier record fee. Known for his speed and accuracy, Gareth Bales is also the captain of Wales national team and plays for Tottenham Hotspur, on loan from Real Madrid.

 12 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!

 13 Paul Scholes

Paul Scholes
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: November 16, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Salford, Greater Manchester, 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.

 14 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.

 15 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. 

 16 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.

 17 Jadon Sancho

Jadon Sancho
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: March 25, 2000
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Camberwell, England

Jadon Sancho is an English professional footballer who currently plays for Premier League club Manchester United and the England national team. He is known for his technical skills as a winger and formidable pace. He started playing as a young boy and was part of the England youth team that won the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup. 

 18 Marcus Rashford

Marcus Rashford
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: October 31, 1997
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Manchester, England

Marcus Rashford is a prominent football player for the Manchester United Football Club and England national team. He became the youngest British footballer to score in his debut match for England. He uses his popularity to fight against issues like child food poverty and homelessness in the United Kingdom. He is often praised for his political activism.

 19 Raheem Sterling

Raheem Sterling
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: December 8, 1994
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica

Professional footballer Raheem Sterling currently plays as a winger and attacking midfielder for Premier League club Manchester City. He also plays for the England national team. Born in Jamaica, he moved to England as a child and started playing professional football when he was a teenager. He was named the FWA Footballer of the Year in the 2018-19 season.

 20 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

 21 Jesse Lingard

Jesse Lingard
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: December 15, 1992
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Warrington
Manchester United winger and attacking midfielder Jesse Lingard has won several championships with his team, such as the UEFA Europa League, the FA Community Shield, the FA Cup, and the EFL Cup. He was also part of the English national team which finished fourth at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

 22 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. 

 23 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.

 24 Adam Lallana

Adam Lallana
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Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: May 10, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: St Albans, United Kingdom

 25 Harry Maguire

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

 26 Daniel Sturridge

Daniel Sturridge
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Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: September 1, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Birmingham

Daniel Sturridge is an English football player. During the 2007–08 season, Sturridge made his first-team debut and became the first player in the history to score goals in the Premier League, FA Cup, and FA Youth Cup in the same season. Apart from playing for popular clubs like Chelsea, Sturridge has also represented his national team in prominent tournaments.

 27 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

 28 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. 

 29 Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: August 15, 1993
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Portsmouth

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is an English football player. He is an important member of the England national team and the Premier League club Liverpool. In 2012, he became the second-youngest player to play for England at the UEFA European Football Championship, only behind the legendary player Wayne Rooney. He also represented his national team at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

 30 James Milner

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

 31 Teddy Sheringham

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

 32 Vinnie Jones

Vinnie Jones
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Famous As: Actor, Former Pro Footballer
Birthdate: January 5, 1965
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Watford, Hertfordshire, England

Before being an actor, Vinnie Jones had a brilliant career as a footballer and had even led the Welsh national football team and excelled as a midfielder. He was later mostly seen playing criminals on screen. Fans adore him for his roles in X-Men: The Last Stand, Elementary, and Arrow.

 33 Andy Cole

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

 34 Jermain Defoe

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

 35 Dele Alli

Dele Alli
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: April 11, 1996
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Milton Keynes
Midfielder Dele Alli began training as part of the Milton Keynes Dons youth system at age 11. He became a professional with the Dons and then played for the Tottenham Hotspur. The two-time PFA Young Player of the Year awardee led England to the 2018 FIFA World Cup semi-finals.

 36 Declan Rice

Declan Rice
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: January 14, 1999
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kingston upon Thames, England

 37 Kieran Trippier

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

 38 Adebayo Akinfenwa

Adebayo Akinfenwa
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: May 10, 1982
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Islington, London

English professional footballer, Adebayo Akinfenwa, currently plays as a striker for the EFL Championship club Wycombe Wanderers. He started playing as a teenager and received praise for his abilities. However, he faced much racial discrimination as he is a man of color. He has been named Wycombe Wanderers Player of the Season twice.

 39 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.

 40 Kyle Walker

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

 41 Emile Heskey

Emile Heskey
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: January 11, 1978
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Leicester, United Kingdom

 42 Jimmy Greaves

Jimmy Greaves
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: February 20, 1940
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Manor Park, London

 43 Ross Barkley

Ross Barkley
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: December 5, 1993
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Liverpool

Midfielder Ross Barkley joined Everton’s youth system at 11, gradually joining its senior team and then the English national team. He now plays for Aston Villa, on loan from Chelsea. He was part of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He has also played for Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday.

 44 Joe Hart

Joe Hart
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: April 19, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Shrewsbury, England

English footballer Joe Hart, goalkeeper for the Premier League team Tottenham Hotspur, began his football career at 16 and has 100 Premier League clean sheets. He is the joint record-holder for the most Premier League Golden Glove awards. He has won two Premier League titles with Manchester City.

 45 Eric Dier

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

 46 Danny Ings

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

 47 Joe Cole

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

 48 Brendan Rodgers

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

 49 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

 50 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.