Best British Footballers

by johndavies007 | created - 09 Feb 2018 | updated - 11 Oct 2018 | Public

alphabetical order Not on imdb: John Charles, Danny McGrain, Hughie Gallagher, Steve Bloomer

1. Gareth Bale

Actor | Today it's been impossible

Gareth Frank Bale (born 16 July 1989) is a Welsh professional footballer who plays as a winger for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Wales national team. Renowned for his ball striking from distance, swerving free kicks, and his ability to get past defenders with pace, Bale has received plaudits ...

2. Gordon Banks

Self | VIII FIFA World Cup 1966

Gordon Banks was born on December 30, 1937 in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England. He was married to Ursula. He died on February 12, 2019 in Stoke-on-Trent, England.

3. David Beckham

Actor | The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

David Beckham is one of Britain's most iconic athletes whose name is also an elite global advertising brand. He was captain of the English national team from 2000 to 2009, scored in three different FIFA World Cups, and played midfield for clubs in Manchester, England, Madrid, Spain, and Milan, ...

4. George Best

Actor | Dream Team

George Best is a Northern Irish professional footballer who played as a winger, spending most of his club career at Manchester United. Named European Footballer of the Year in 1968, he is regarded as one of the greatest players of all time. A highly skillful winger, considered by several pundits to...

5. Danny Blanchflower

Self | Roar of the Crowd

Danny Blanchflower was born on February 10, 1926 in Belfast, Northern Ireland as Robert Dennis Blanchflower. He died on December 9, 1993 in the UK.

6. Bobby Charlton

Self | VIII FIFA World Cup 1966

Bobby Charlton 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 that won the 1966 FIFA World Cup, the year he also won the Ballon d'Or. He played almost all of his club football at Manchester ...

7. Ashley Cole

Producer | Dead Man Running

Ashley Cole (born 20 December 1980) is an English professional footballer who plays as a left back for Championship club Derby County. Cole is considered by many critics and fellow professional players as one of the best defenders of his generation, and by some, for the better part of his career, ...

8. Kenny Dalglish

Editor | Eyewitness to History

Kenny Dalglish was born on March 4, 1951 in Glasgow, Scotland as Kenneth Mathieson Dalglish. He is an actor and editor, known for Eyewitness to History (1960), Scully (1984) and Match of the Day (1964). He has been married to Marina Dalglish since November 26, 1976. They have four children.

9. Dixie Dean

Dixie Dean was born on January 22, 1907 in Birkenhead, Wirral, Merseyside, England as William Ralph Dean. He died on March 1, 1980 in Liverpool, England.

10. Duncan Edwards

Duncan Edwards is an English footballer who played for Manchester United and the England national team. He was one of the Busby Babes, the young United team formed under manager Matt Busby in the mid-1950s, playing 177 matches for the club. One of eight players who died as a result of the Munich ...

11. Tom Finney

Self | Quiz Ball

Sir Thomas "Tom" Finney, CBE was an English footballer, famous for his loyalty to his hometown club, Preston North End F.C., for whom he made 569 first-class appearances, as well as for his performances for the England National Football Team.

Finney was born at his family home in Preston, Lancashire...

12. Paul Gascoigne

Producer | 30 Years of Hurt

Often described as a footballing "genius", and cited by his former teammate Chris Waddle in 2018 as England's last "real creative midfield player", Paul Gascoigne, usually referred to simply as "Gazza", started his career at Newcastle United, where he played in 92 games and scored 21 goals. He then...

13. Steven Gerrard

Self | International Champions Cup 2014

Steven Gerrard was born on May 30, 1980 in Whiston, Merseyside, England as Steven George Gerrard. He has been married to Alex Curran since June 16, 2007. They have three children.

14. Ryan Giggs

Self | Match of the Day

Ryan Giggs was born on November 29, 1973 in Cardiff, Wales as Ryan Joseph Wilson. He has been married to Stacey Cooke since September 7, 2007. They have two children.

15. Jimmy Greaves

Actor | After Hours

Jimmy Greaves was born on February 20, 1940 in Poplar, London, England. He is an actor, known for After Hours (1958), Mike Bassett: Manager (2005) and Chris Rea: Driving Home for Christmas (Version 2) (2009).

16. Pat Jennings

Actor | Man and Woman

Pat Jennings is an actor, known for Man and Woman (1920).

17. Jimmy Johnstone

Self | In the Know

Jimmy Johnstone was born on September 30, 1944 in Viewpark, Scotland. He was married to Agnes Johnstone. He died on March 13, 2006 in Glasgow, Scotland.

18. Harry Kane

Self | 2015-2016 UEFA Europa League

Harry Edward Kane MBE (born 28 July 1993) is an English professional footballer who plays as a striker for Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur and captains the England national team.

Born and raised in Walthamstow, Kane began his professional career at Tottenham Hotspur, where, after fast ...

19. Kevin Keegan

Self | Match of the Day

Kevin Keegan was born on February 14, 1951 in Armthorpe, Yorkshire, England as Joseph Kevin Keegan. He has been married to Jean since September 23, 1974. They have two children.

20. Frank Lampard

Self | Play to the Whistle

Frank Lampard was born on June 20, 1978 in Romford, Essex, England as Frank James Lampard. He is an actor, known for Play to the Whistle (2015), BT Sport: Take Them All On (2018) and Match of the Day (1964). He has been married to Christine Lampard since December 20, 2015.

21. Denis Law

Actor | The Perfect Match

Denis Law was born on February 24, 1940 in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. He is an actor, known for The Perfect Match (1995), 3-2-1 (1978) and Cup Fever (1965).

22. Gary Lineker

Self | Bend It Like Beckham

Gary Winston Lineker OBE was English football's most famous striker in the 1980s and early 1990s. A unique blend of skill, intelligence and charm, he was venomous up front and yet also a superb professional, who rarely lost his temper. During his 14 year long professional career, Lineker was never ...

23. Dave Mackay

Self | Match of the Day

Dave Mackay was born on November 14, 1934 in Edinburgh, Scotland as David Craig Mackay. He died on March 2, 2015 in Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England.

24. Stanley Matthews

Self | British Sporting Personalities

Stanley Matthews was an English footballer. Regarded as one of the greatest players of the British game, he is the only player to have been knighted while still playing football, as well as being the first winner of both the European Footballer of the Year and the Football Writers' Association ...

25. Billy Meredith

Self | The Ball of Fortune

To anyone even remotely interested in football, the name of Billy Meredith is legendary; he was truly one of the greatest players of his era. His career was spent between both Manchester clubs for whom he played thirty-five years of League football, between 1894 and 1924. He also played forty-eight...

26. Bobby Moore

Actor | Victory

Bobby Moore was one of the most famous English football players. From 1958 to 1971 he played for West Ham United football club. He played 108 times for the English national team, of which he was captain from 1964 to 1973. He won the World Cup with England in 1966 and was awarded an O.B.E. (Officer ...

27. Michael Owen

Stunts | Shooter

Michael Owen was born on October 10, 1964 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. He is known for his work on Shooter (2016).

28. Bryan Robson

Self | Match of the Day

Bryan Robson was born on January 11, 1957 in Witton Gilbert, County Durham, England.

29. Wayne Rooney

Actor | Nike: Take It to the Next Level

Wayne Mark Rooney was born in Croxteth, Merseyside on the 24th October 1985 and is a professional footballer, most famous for playing for Manchester United, Everton and England.He was raised an Everton fan and was scouted by his boyhood club as a child and joined their youth team, rising through ...

30. Ian Rush

Self | Offside

Ian Rush was born on October 20, 1961 in Flint, Wales. He has been married to Tracy Evans since July 3, 1987. They have two children.

31. Paul Scholes

Self | Dream Team

Paul Scholes was born on November 16, 1974 in Salford, Greater Manchester, England. He has been married to Claire Froggatt since February 1999. They have three children.

32. Alan Shearer

Actor | Goal!

Alan Shearer CBE is one of the all-time legends of English football and remains the greatest ever goalscorer in the Premier League with 260 goals. A childhood Newcastle United fan, he started his career playing for Southampton F.C. in 1988, but five years later was snapped up by Blackburn Rovers. ...

33. Peter Shilton

Actor | The Nearly Complete and Utter History of Everything

Peter Shilton showed great promise as a goalkeeper from an early age. He replaced World Cup winner Gordon Banks in goal for Leicester City when he was just aged 17. For most of the 1970s his main rival for the position of England goalkeeper was Ray Clemence, but the appointment of Bobby Robson as ...

34. Graeme Souness

Self | Match of the Day

Graeme Souness is a Scottish retired professional football player and manager.

A midfielder, Souness was the captain of the successful Liverpool team of the early 1980s, player-manager of Rangers in the late 1980s and captain of the Scotland national team. He also played for Tottenham Hotspur, ...

35. Neville Southall

Actor | Dream Team

Neville Southall was born on September 16, 1958 in Llandudno, Carnarvonshire, Wales. He is an actor, known for Dream Team (1997), Everton, Howard's Way (2019) and Everton 3 - Bayern Munich 1 (1985).

36. John Terry

Self | Match of the Day

John Terry is an English professional football coach and former player who played as a centre back. He was previously captain of Chelsea, the England national team and Aston Villa; he is the assistant head coach at the latter.

A strong, tenacious, commanding and physical defender, Terry excelled in ...

37. Billy Wright

Actor | Cannon and Ball

Billy Wright was born on February 6, 1924 in Ironbridge, Shropshire, England as William Ambrose Wright. He was an actor, known for Cannon and Ball (1979), Football World Cup (1954) and Chan Canasta (1962). He was married to Joy Beverley. He died on September 3, 1994 in London, England.

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