The 11 best English players to grace the Premier League

For some reason, English footballers aren’t very highly regarded by our continental counterparts.

Maybe they’re just jealous – or, you know, maybe they’ve noticed England’s major tournament record in recent years is so bad that even Wales fans are beginning to feel a bit sorry for them.

Whilst pricey foreign imports have helped to elevate the standard of football practised on these shores, homegrown players have always been an essential part of the Premier League.

Many of those who disappointed in the colours of the Three Lions (and there were many) were consistently among the most consistent performers for their club sides – and some of them have gone down the annals of English football history as the very best in their respective positions.

Here are the 11 best English players to grace the Premier League.

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Unfortunately Michael Owen hasn’t made the cut on this occasion, but if we were making a list of the football pundits who are most adept at pointing out the blindingly obvious, he’d be top of our list. Or at least second.