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.
Ashley Cole: he doesn't like team photographs, or monogamy. But a century of international caps is pretty impressive - even for England. Source: Twitter
Beckham never quite had the talent to match his global profile, but he was unrivaled from dead ball situations, and played a huge part in United's treble winning side. Source: Twitter
No one likes John Terry - not even his own mum - but you can't deny that Chelsea's captain has played a huge part in their success in the Abramovich era. Source: Twitter
At 23, Kane is only a short way through his promising career, but he's the most likely of anyone to beat Shearer's 260-goal haul. Source: Twitter
Matt Le Tissier
Before he gave up his Saturdays to watch Paul Merson make a fool of himself on live TV, Matt Le Tissier was one of English football's most gifted mavericks. Source: Twitter
Rio's peak years were interrupted by a harsh ban and some niggling injuries, but at his best there were few strikers who could get the better of him. Source: Twitter
Lampard is the best goalscoring midfielder to have graced the Premier League, and he always seemed like a decent bloke, too. Standing next to JT can have that effect. Source: Twitter
Gerrard never lifted the Premier League trophy, but he was responsible for some its most memorable moments. That time he slipped against Chelsea, for example. Source: Twitter
Alan Shearer could tell you a thing or two about scoring goals in the Premier League. It'd be incredibly boring to listen to, but he'd tell you all the same. Source: Twitter
If you only started watching football two years ago, you would be justified in thinking Rooney was average - but trust us: he used to be something special. Source: Twitter
We don't want to re-open up the "Scholes vs Lampard vs Gerrard" can of worms, but it's Scholes. It's always been Scholes. Source: Twitter
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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.