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England’s Top 25 Players Of All Time Have Been Named And Ranked By Fans

England’s Top 25 Players Of All Time Have Been Named And Ranked By Fans

The greatest ever footballers from England have been voted for by fans - and there have been some shock placings and omissions.

Liverpool hero Steven Gerrard is in third spot, just below two World Cup winners: Manchester United icon Sir Bobby Charlton and the man who's No 1 on the list, former England and West Ham captain Bobby Moore.

No surprise to see the legendary Bobbies take top spot in the Ranker vote - but some of the modern player placings in the top 25 are highly surprising.

Paul Gascoigne, one of England's most talented ever players, comes in at only 46th place. Gazza struggled to fulfil his potential at club level, but often saved his magical best for his country. However Michael Owen (seventh), Alan Shearer (ninth) and Frank Lamapard (10th) all make the top 10.

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There is a strong mix of modern and historic greats elsewhere. Sir Stanley Matthews - the first ever Ballon d'Or winner in 1956 - makes the top five, as does Gordon Banks, widely regarded as England's best ever goalkeeper.

Some of the modern placings are bound to cause debate, however. Manchester United greats Paul Scholes (12th), David Beckham (13th) and Wayne Rooney (15th) all make the top 15.

Presumably that's partly a reward for their hugely decorated club careers, although Rooney is also England's all-time top scorer with 53 goals in 120 games.

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England's two World Cup Golden Boot winners don't fare as well. Ex-Barcelona and Tottenham striker Gary Lineker is 17th, while Harry Kane doesn't yet crack the top 25.

Peter Crouch does, however: the big robot coming in 23rd and just two places below 1966 World Cup final hat-trick hero Sir Geoff Hurst. Who sits a place behind Jamie Carragher (alas, Gary Neville is nowhere to be seen).

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England's top 25 as voted on Ranker are below - or see the full list here.

25. Ashley Cole

24. John Terry

23. Peter Crouch

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22. Steve McManaman

21. Sir Geoff Hurst

20. Jamie Carragher

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17. Gary Lineker

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16. Sir Tom Finney

15. Wayne Rooney

14. Dixie Dean

13. David Beckham

12. Paul Scholes

11. Peter Shilton

10. Frank Lampard

9. Alan Shearer

8. Kevin Keegan

7. Michael Owen

6. Jimmy Greaves

5. Gordon Banks

4. Sir Stanley Matthews

3. Steven Gerrard

2. Sir Bobby Charlton

1. Bobby Moore

Do you agree with these placings or has the internet lost its collective mind? Let us know in the comments.

All imagery: PA Images

Topics: International Football, Lists, England, World Cup

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Alex Reid is a writer at SPORTbible who’s previously strung words together for FourFourTwo, Boxing News, The Guardian and, yes, Cruise International (it’s about big ships, not Tom). Interests range from football and boxing to real sports like WWE and darts. He is not a cage fighter.