England has been blessed with a plethora of hugely talented soccer players in their history, with many of them making a real name for themselves in the sport. It could be argued that the national team should have achieved much more over the years than winning the 1966 World Cup on home soil which remains their one and only crowning achievement, but their success and regular presence at major tournaments would not have been possible without the availability of top quality soccer strikers who knew how to put the ball in the back of the net. Successful teams need more than clinical strikers to function effectively at both ends of the pitch, but as you need to score goals in order to win games of soccer, those who do more often than not are worth their weight in gold.
In this article, we will present you with the best soccer strikers, past and present, that have represented England or were born in the country. There are much more that you could argue should be on the list, such is the wealth of quality that England have managed to produce over the years, but those who have been included deserve to be regarded amongst the best soccer players ever to grace the game.
Only one of the current crop of England stars have made it into the top ten, and although he has the quality to make a big difference for the Three Lions at the 2018 World Cup (should they qualify of course), BetWay’s odds anticipate that England are no longer considered amongst the leading forces in international football and may struggle to win a tournament in which the likes of Germany (11/2), France and Brazil (both 8/1) are considered amongst the strong favourites (odds as of 24th March 2017).
Best Soccer Strikers
10. Tommy Lawton
Those who were fortunate enough to see Tommy Lawton play soccer would tell you that he was one of the best English soccer strikers to ever grace the game, with a superb goal-scoring record at domestic and international level pointing towards just how good he was. We will never know the heights that Lawton could have reached after he lost the majority of his best years in soccer due to World War II, but scoring 260 goals in 433 appearances in a domestic career which span 20 years at clubs such as Burnley, Chelsea, Notts County and Kettering Town is no mean feat.
Lawton could have made more of an impact at international level too, as although the striker managed 22 goals in just 23 games for his country (along with 24 in 23 games during the War), his dislike for manager Walter Winterbottom saw him fall out of contention.