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Premier League All Time Best XI

Updated on July 16, 2017

Forwards

Alan Shearer (England)

After playing for Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle between the years of 1992, when the Premier League first began, and 2006, when he retired, and scoring a record 260 goals Alan Shearer is certainly the first player in the Premier League XI. Throughout his career he achieved a game to goal ratio of 0.667 including a record 11 Premier League hat-tricks and is without a doubt a true legend of the English game.


Andy Cole (England)

Between 1992 and 2008 Andy Cole played for a multitude of Premier League clubs including the likes of Newcastle United, Manchester United , Manchester City, Portsmouth and Sunderland. During this time he managed a total of 187 goals making him the Premier League's 3rd highest goalscorer.He won many titles during this time including the UEFA Champions League.




Andy Cole- the 3rd highest scorer in Premier League history
Andy Cole- the 3rd highest scorer in Premier League history
Alan  Shearer- the highest scorer in Premier League history
Alan Shearer- the highest scorer in Premier League history

Midfielders

Wayne Rooney (England)

With a total of 198 Premier League goals (making him the 2nd highest Premier League scorer ever) and a total of 101 Premier League assists, Rooney has proven his value at both Everton (2002-2004) and Manchester United (2004-2017) before recently returning to Everton. He has played both forward and midfield roles but will play midfield for us. He has also achieved the status of Manchester United's highest ever goalscorer and won many titles while he was there. It is also worth noting that Rooney is one of only 2 players in the top 15 all time Premier League goalscorers that still play in the Premier League.


Ryan Giggs (C) (Wales)

With a total of 109 Premier League goals and 162 assists Ryan Giggs is arguably the best Welsh player ever. He played for Manchester United between 1990 and 2014 later becoming their manager for a brief period. Dring his playing career he won the Premier League a whopping 13 times and even won the UEFA Champions League. With over 1,000 career appearances and Manchester United's appearances record under his belt Ryan Giggs is an obvious choice for this team's captain.



Wayne Rooney- Manchester United's all time top goalscorer
Wayne Rooney- Manchester United's all time top goalscorer
Steven Gerrard- Liverpool captain
Steven Gerrard- Liverpool captain
Frank Lampard
Frank Lampard
Ryan Giggs- the Premier League Best XI's captain
Ryan Giggs- the Premier League Best XI's captain

Frank Lampard (England)

Arguably the best English midfielder ever to play, Frank Lampard spent his Premier League career at West Ham (1995-2001), Chelsea (2001-2014) and Manchester City (2014-2015) scoring 147 goals in 429 games for Chelsea alone and mustered 102 assists in that period.

Steven Gerrard (England)

Steven Gerrard spent the entirety of his Premier League career at Liverpool between 1998 and 2015 but failing to win the league despite coming close during his last few seasons. In his time at Liverpool Gerrard put the ball into the net a total of 120 times making him one of the most prolific goal scoring midfielders of the Premier League era.

Defenders

Jaap Stam (Netherlands)

The former Netherlands international, who ended his playing career in 2007, was a rock at the back for the Red Devils between 1998-2001. Successfully being named in the PFA team of the year in all 3 of his seasons he was later sold to Lazio in 2001. His manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, later called this the biggest mistake of his career.

Vincent Kompany (Belgium)

The giant Belgian signed for Manchester City for just £6 million back in 2008 and soon showed his true value with his amazing performances, playing an influential role in City's 2011/12 Premier League title. He is also renowned as one of the best and most awe inspiring captains of modern day football and certainly knows how to get the best out of his team mates.

Sol Campbell
Sol Campbell
Vinvent Kompany
Vinvent Kompany
Jaap Stam
Jaap Stam
Jamie Carragher
Jamie Carragher

Jamie Carragher (England)

This defender may seem less talented than some other defenders on this list however his desire to win and willingness to dive into tackles to achieve this made him a marvel to watch. During his 13 year stint on the red side of Merseyside Carragher made an astonishing 737 appearances winning 3 League Cups, 2 FA Cups and the 2005 European Cup in the process.


Sol Campbell (England)

A striker's dread in his prime, Sol Campbell was part of the 2003/04 legendary Arsenal "invincibles" team and undeniably played an instrumental role in the feat. Considering his height Campbell's speed was surprisingly high allowing him to keep up with and dispossess atackers.


Goalkeeper

Petr Čech (Czech Republic)


Who better to guard th goal line than the Premier League's al time highest clean sheet keeper? Petr Čech's tally of 190 clean sheets is unrivaled with second place (David James) only achieving 169 clean sheets, thus opening the door for Čech to be considered a goalkeeping legend. After joining Chelsea in 2004 and making 333 appearances for them he looked set to finish his career at the London club but in 2015 he switched the blue of south London for the red and white shirts of their North London rivals, Arsenal and has since made 69 appearances for them.

Petr Čech- pictured here during his stay at Chelsea
Petr Čech- pictured here during his stay at Chelsea

Team

Position
Player
Forward
Alan Shearer
 
Andy Cole
Midfielder
Wayne Rooney
 
Ryan Giggs
 
Frank Lampard
 
Steven Gerrard
Defender
Jaap Stam
 
Vincent Kompany
 
Jamie Carragher
 
Sol Campbell
Goalkeeper
Petr Cech

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