Ranked! The 25 best British players of all time

Best British players of all time, featuring Gareth Bale
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The best British players of all time have very little in common. Ask them their nationality… and you might get half a dozen answers.

That makes this the impossible job. Far more difficult than managing one of these individual nations: how can you compare players across eras – but equally, across achievements? The expectation of a Northern Irish player is so much different to that of an English one, for a start. 

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Tom Hancock

Tom Hancock started freelancing for FourFourTwo in April 2019 and has also written for the Premier League and Opta Analyst, among others. He supports Wycombe Wanderers and has a soft spot for Wealdstone. A self-confessed statto, he has been known to watch football with a spreadsheet (or several) open...

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