Premier League Hall of Fame: 23-man shortlist.
English football fans always love to debate about the competition’s greatest ever players. The conversation is currently hotting up with the Premier League unveiling its first entrants.
Moreover, it’s hard to dispute Thierry Henry and Alan Shearer out of the equation, with the two players regarded as the league’s greatest ever player and goalscorer respectively, so who else will follow in their footsteps?
Premier League Hall of Fame
The Premier League has been saturated with much world-class quality over the years, which makes the task of choosing the next in line after Henry and Shearerto be incredibly tough.
As such, the Premier League has called upon the fans themselves to help them decide, compiling a 24-player shortlist that will be whittled down to six Hall of Fame entrants based on supporter opinion.
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Premier League unveil new shortlist
And now the Premier League has just dropped its shortlist. Here is the full list.
1. Tony Adams
2. David Beckham
3. Dennis Bergkamp
4. Sol Campbell
5. Eric Cantona
6. Andy Cole
7. Ashley Cole
8. Didier Drogba
9. Les Ferdinand
10. Rio Ferdinand
11. Robbie Fowler
12. Steven Gerrard
13. Roy Keane
14. Frank Lampard
15. Matt Le Tissier
16. Michael Owen
17. Peter Schmeichel
18. Paul Scholes
19. John Terry
20. Robin van Persie
21. Nemanja Vidic
22. Patrick Vieira
23. Ian Wright
Premier League Hall of Fame criteria
As explained by the official Premier League website, players must have retired by August 1, 2020, and amassed at least 250 appearances in the competition, unless they meet any of these criteria:
1. At least 200 appearances for one Premier League club
2. Selected for any of the Premier League Team of the Decade or 20-Year Anniversary teams
3. Won a Premier League Golden Boot or Golden Glove
4. Voted as Premier League Player of the Season
5. Won at least three Premier League titles
6. Amassed either 100 Premier League goals or 100 Premier League clean sheets (goalkeepers only)
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