20 Greatest English Footballers of the Last 20 Years

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20 Greatest English Footballers of the Last 20 Years
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The English national team may do nothing but heap steaming piles of despair on its countrymen, but it's fair to say the home of football has produced a number of world-class talents across the last twenty years.

Taking a look through the archives, it's time to decipher which English individuals have been the greatest throughout this time period. Before we move on, important criteria needs to be discussed.

Note—players will be judged on their full contribution across the past two decades. Individuals who retired during this time are likely to be lower down the list. For example, while Gary Lineker should be placed as one of England's greatest ever players, he retired in 1994 and therefore gets a lower ranking on this rule of judgement. The same can be said for individuals such as Matt Le Tissier, Paul Gascoigne and John Barnes.

Major trophy success and individual triumphs also play a huge part in the process.

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