Who is England's greatest footballer of all time
The best English footballers of all time
England is known for its top footballers. However, opinions differ when it comes to crowning the best footballer of all time. During their own football career, every football player is unique and brings his own qualities with him. However, many English people agree on our number 1.
Paul Scholes, Gary Lineker, Kevin Keegan, Bobby Moore, David Beckham, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Alan Shearer, Wayne Rooney and Sir Bobby Charlton.
10. Paul Scholes
Paul Scholes played an important role in midfield at Manchester United for over 20 seasons. He could control the game with long and short passes, set the pace and defend the ball for his team. During his career, he won the Premier League 11 times and the Champions League twice with United. In 2012 he made a spectacular comeback and showed everyone that he can still play top football at 37.
Scholes played in four international tournaments for England: World Cup 1998, EURO 2000, World Cup 2002 and EURO 2004. After these four tournaments, the 29-year-old ended his international career in order to be able to focus on his club career.
9. Gary Lineker
An absolute goal machine. Gary Lineker made his breakthrough at Leicester City, but he saw the high points of his career at Everton. In the 1985/1986 season he scored a total of 40 goals and was named Player of the Year. During the World Cup in Mexico (1986) he was awarded the Golden Shoe. He scored 6 goals and got a contract with FC Barcelona. He played for Barcelona for three seasons and won the European Cup II before returning to England. At Tottenham Hotspur he continued to score his goals until he ended his career at the Japanese club Nagoya Grampus.
In total, he scored 48 goals in 80 games for England. After his active career, he made a name for himself as a commentator and analyst for the BBC's Match of the Day program.
8. Kevin Keegan
In the 1970s, Kevin Keegan caused a sensation in the Liverpool shirt. As the offensive leader of the team, he had a large share in three championships, two UEFA Cups and the European Cup I. At Hamburger SV, he won the German championship and in 1978 and 1979 he was voted European footballer of the year. Winning this award twice shows how far ahead Keegan was compared to other footballers at the time.
Keegan was the captain of the English national team and played for England at the 1980 European Championship and 1982 World Cup. He played a total of 63 games for England and scored 21 goals.
7. Bobby Moore
Bobby Moore was the captain of the English team that won the 1966 World Cup. As a defender he played a very strong tournament and in the final against West Germany he gave Geoff Hurst two assists. With him he also played at West Ham United. In London, near the Boleyn Ground, there is a statue of all the players who contributed to winning the only World Cup title. In 2007 a statue of Moore was unveiled at the new Wembley Stadium.
Moore played a total of 108 games for England. Four years after the successful World Cup, he made such an impression on Pelé that the Brazilian called him the best defender he had ever met. Moore died at the age of 51. Pelé gave a speech at his funeral.
6. David Beckham
Few footballers have a shooting technique like David Beckham. The former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder was able to put the ball exactly where his teammates needed it. The free kick specialist began his career at Manchester United, where he won the triple in 1999. After that, Beckham became a football idol. He won titles in England, Spain, America and France.
Beckham played 115 times for England. Only Peter Shilton and Wayne Rooney played for England more often. In 2002, Beckham personally ensured that England qualified for the 2002 European Championship. He scored a last-minute goal against Greece with a free kick and thereby made up for the red card he had received at the World Cup against Argentina.
5. Steven Gerrard
A versatile midfielder who has worn the captain's armband for Liverpool and the national team for years. In 2005, Steven Gerrard was named UEFA Player of the Year after winning the Champions League in an exciting final with Liverpool. Gerrard was a box-to-box player, with many qualities, both a ball conqueror and a playmaker. He was voted eight times for the English team of the year (PFA team of the year) and three times for the UEFA and FIFA team of the year.
Gerrard played for England between 2000 and 2014 and made 114 games for the Three Lions. He was part of the team that played at the 2006, 2010 and 2014 World Championships, as well as the 2012 European Championships.
4. Frank Lampard
In the 13 years he played in midfield at Chelsea, Frank Lampard has scored so many goals that he is the club's top scorer. The current coach of 'The Blues' started his career at West Ham but became an all-rounder in midfield at Chelsea. Here he played a decisive role due to his stamina and his strong accuracy. With the London club, Lampard won the Premier League three times, the Champions League once and the Europa League once. In 2004 and 2005 he was named to the Premier League Team of the Year and in 2008 he was named European Midfielder of the Year.
Together with Steven Gerrard, Lampard formed one of the best midfields in the English national team for years. After his debut in 1999, Lampard played 106 times for England. To the disappointment of the English fans, the generation of Lampard, Gerrard and Beckham, despite all their talent, never won a major title.
3. Alan Shearer
Alan Shearer can proudly call himself the top scorer of the Premier League of all time. The former striker scored his goals for Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle and played a total of 260 Premier League games. Shearer is a classic English center forward: physically strong, he has a hard shot and is strong at the head. Overall, he has headed 49 times for Newcastle. Shearer never won a national title but was named the Premier League top scorer three times. He also scored the most hat tricks in the Premier League: 11 total.
At the international level, he also scored a lot of goals. In 63 games for England, he scored 30 goals.
2. Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney's name is also in the history books. He is Manchester United's top scorer with 253 goals, four goals more than Sir Bobby Charlton. Rooney is also the second top scorer in the Premier League with 183 goals and third with the most assists in the Premier League (103 assists). As a strong striker, Rooney was praised for his commitment and dedication. In the thirteen years that he was active with The Red Devils, he won five championship titles, the Champions League, the Europa League and several individual prizes, including four times Player of the Year in England.
Rooney is not only the top scorer at Manchester United, he also holds the title in the national team. In 120 games, he scored 53 goals.
1. Sir Bobby Charlton
Before Wayne Rooney existed, Sir Bobby Charlton was the top scorer for Manchester United and England. The striker survived the Munich Air Disaster in 1958, won the championship three times with United and, as captain, raised the European Cup. Ten years after the Munich Air Disaster, the striker scored two goals in the final against Benfica.
In 1966 Sir Bobby Charlton won the World Cup with England. He played a big part in the success as he scored both goals in the semifinals against Portugal. Because of his performance at the tournament, he was awarded the 'Golden Ball'. He is the only Englishman to have won the three biggest prizes in football: the World Cup, the Europa Cup and the 'Golden Ball'.
In 1994, Bobby Charlton was knighted for his achievements in football. Many English football fans agree: Sir Bobby Charlton is the best English footballer of all time.
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