10) Gordon Banks
Holder of FIFA’s Goalkeeper of the year award for six consecutive seasons itself speaks volumes about Gordon Banks’ distinguished footballing career. Never a real star, Banks though was ever-present in the most crucial of the moments. One such moment was in 1966 World Cup, when Banks pulled off a fantastic save to deny Pele. The save went down as 41st best Sporting moment in history voted by the UK Public. He also won Football league cups domestically with Leicester and Stoke City.
9) Paul Scholes
A one club player with Manchester United, Paul Scholes graduated from the famous class of ’92 and went on to win numerous titles with the Red Devils. He became the beating heart of United’s midfield for more than a decade. So crucial was Scholes that Sir Alex actually convinced him to come out of retirement as United looked to regain the title from cross-rivals, Manchester City in 2012. Van Persie scored 20 goals as Scholes and Co regained the title. On the national stage though, disappointingly Scholes never really got off. He made just 66 appearances before retiring at the peak age of 29.
8) Frank Lampard
The Chelsea legend is a prime example of consistency. No wonder the Blues haven’t yet found a replacement for their talismanic midfielder who was a leader both on and off the pitch. Lampard went on to score more than 200 goals for Chelsea which when considered that he is a central midfielder is just amazing. Like Scholes though, Lampard did not have the best of international careers though he did have his moments every now and then. Case in point, the free kick against Germany in 2010, which began the debate for goal-line technology in the first place.
7) Wayne Rooney
Wazza was a rare talent and that was pretty obvious right from his Everton days when he was banging beautiful goals and scoring against Arsenal. He signed for Manchester United in 2004 and immediately scored a hattrick on his debut. The decade that followed saw Rooney become United’s all time leading goalscorer and win just about every possible title with the Red Devils. He also became England’s leading goal scorer in that period.
6) Alan Shearer
Shearer is one of those players who never played for big clubs like Liverpool, Arsenal or Manchester United in his career. Yet he is one of the best English footballer ever thanks to his goalscoring exploits with Blackburn Rovers and later Newcastle United, with whom he ended as the club’s all-time top scorer. A classic No 9, Shearer was a delight to watch at his prime.
5) Gary Lineker
The English forward is known as one of the most most humble plans to ever play the game interestingly lineker was never booked in his entire career and even receive the FIFA fair play award in 1990 for the same. Clinical regularly scored goals for Barcelona vs Sporting skills he also ended as England’s second highest goal scorer at at the time until when Rooney eclipsed sir Bobby charlton to push Lineker to the third position.
4) Kevin Keegan
The former Liverpool legend had a glorious time at anfield back in the 70s winning numerous titles with the rights post his transfer to Hamburg in 1977 keegan went on to win to Ballon d’Or. He is also known for his time as the manager of Newcastle United where he nearly led the Magpies to an unlikely title challenge in 1995-96 season.
3) Bobby Moore
Bobby Moore holds position in the English Football history no one has yet been able to match. He was the one who captained the three line squad to the only World Cup title back in 1966. He was branded as one of the best defender of all time by the legendary Franz Beckenbauer. Domestically Bobby Moore went on to represent West Ham United in 644 games.
2) Sir Stanley Matthews
The only player to be knighted whilst still playing, sir Stanley Matthews was the winner of the first ever Ballon d’Or which speaks volumes about his qualities. Technical player sir Stanley Matthews played for Stoke City for more than 15 years before he donned the Blackpool jersey for another 14.
1) Sir Bobby Charlton
Unarguably the greatest English footballer of all time Sir Bobby charlton was one of the few who were still alive after the Munich massacre of 1958. His time with Manchester United was as successful as it was emotional. He was a pivotal figure in the title winning squad of 1966 with the three lions and was equally prominent in the Manchester United side that won the European title in 1968. He became United’s all time leading goal scorer as well as England all time leading goal scorer before both records broken by another Manchester United Legend Wayne Rooney