Greatest English Footballers of the Last 20 Years (Part 4)

Ashley Cole

Arsenal fans may consider Ashley Cole as Judas, but the left-back player has won nine trophies since moving to Chelsea in 2006. Needless to say, the Gunners have won nothing during that time.

Cole is another player who often draws headlines away from the field, but his footballing talent is undeniable. At the height of his figure, Cole was obvious the best full-back in Europe. His speed, positioning and tackling prowess help place him in the England squad before Leighton Baines, who couldn’t be any unluckier.

He may be an unlikeable player, but Cole has been dependable for many years. His collection of FA Cup medals is also ridiculous, winning the competition seven times since 2001/2002.

Major Honours—Premier League (x3 titles), FA Cup (x7 titles), League Cup, Community Shield (x3 titles), Champions League, Europa League.

Alan Shearer

Alan Shearer is considered the last great striker England has produced. The Euro ’96 Golden Boot winner still kept the all-time Premier League goalscoring record and is obvious Newcastle United’s most legendary player.

The former Blackburn Rovers forward could hit the ball from any angle, whether it was passed from a shot or pinpoint header. His one-handed run still considered as one of English football’s most recognisable celebrations, and deep down, the country is looking for the arrival of an out-and-out goalscorer whose powerful centre-forward presence who can consistently win football matches.

Despite being a truly terrible coach for the Toon Army, Shearer is still the greatest English forwarder to hold the Premier League.

Major Honours—Premier League.

Steven Gerrard

When Steven Gerrard looks back on his career, it’s likely one thing is missing which is his inability to secure the Premier League trophy. It will forever haunt the Liverpudlian midfielder. His career prevails by match-winner performances for his boyhood club, both via a long-ranged goal, neatly-placed penalty kick or physical exhibition of endurance.

England’s current captain continues to lead his club side towards greater results. His loyalty to the Anfield should be admired and respected, as Gerrard has always played with Liverpool’s best interests at heart.

A truly fantastic player, but is he missing the chance to become Premier League champion?

Major Honours—FA Cup (x2 titles), League Cup (x3 titles), Community Shield (x2 titles), Champions League, UEFA Cup, UEFA Super Cup (x2 titles).