Here is a compilation of the best left-backs that have graced through the English top flight.
10. Phil Neville
Phil Neville become never the maximum interesting left-lower back, nor changed into he completely performed in that role, however that does not be counted whilst you don't forget his defensive capacity and his top notch trophy haul.
This Manchester United legend performed underneath Sir Alex Ferguson, winning 6 top-quality League titles, three FA Cups, and the 1999 Champions League.
Neville went directly to end up a normal at Everton and he played 59 times for England. After retiring, Neville has attempted punditry, commentating, and is now a supervisor.
9. John Arne Riise
Club's: Liverpool (2001-2008), Fulham (2011-2014)
John Arne Riise is nice recognised for his seven years at Liverpool in which he won an FA Cup, a League Cup, and the 2005 Champions League.
He is likewise Norway's maximum capped participant (110 appearances). Riise turned into a present day left-again with a will to get ahead and assault the competition aim.
This required wonderful stamina, even though he changed into once in a while played as a midfielder to spare him his defensive responsibilities. That said, he become a sturdy and succesful defender too. Riise had a powerful shot and scored a few incredible dreams (see video). He retired from playing in 2017 and is attempting his hand at being a manager.
8. Leighton Baines
clubs: Wigan (2005-2007), Everton (2007-2020)
Leighton Baines spent almost all of his career at Everton wherein he was by no means probably to win many trophies.
He has runners-up medals for an FA Cup and a League Cup. But, he featured inside the PFA crew of the year on two events, he became a dependable defender who played 30 instances for England and, of path, he become a unfastened-kick specialist, which can be what he's fine remembered for (see video). Baines' 32 goals and fifty three assists (the maximum on this listing) are testament to his exquisite capacity to land the ball on a six-pence if required.
7. Stuart Pearce
Clubs: Nottingham woodland (-1997), Newcastle (1997-1999), West Ham (1999-2001)
Stuart Pearce didn't play for the most important clubs, but his fine as a traditional, shielding left-again turned into never doubtful. in the end, he changed into inside the PFA team of the year 5 times! the primary 1/2 of Pearce's career changed into before the most effective League came into lifestyles in 1992, and he remodeled 500 league appearances in general.
He won 2 League Cups with Nottingham wooded area and played seventy eight times for England. Pearce was notoriously difficult for opposition attackers to play towards due to his strength, attempt, and tackling capability. After retiring in 2002, Pearce has constructed a career as a manager.
6. Nigel Winterburn
Clubs: Arsenal (-2000), West Ham (2000-2003)
Just like Pearce, Nigel Winterburn commenced his profession earlier than the most desirable League's inception. Winterburn became first rate for two reasons: he was part of Wimbledon's "crazy gang" that rose thru the divisions, and he was the left-back in Arsenal's famous shielding line of the Nineteen Nineties, assisting the membership to a few league titles, 2 FA Cups, a League Cup, and the 1994 Cup Winners Cup.
Winterburn spent 13 years at Arsenal where, known more as a conventional left-returned, he despite the fact that made the transition to attacking left-lower back whilst Arsène Wenger arrived on the club in 1996.
Even though Winterburn turned into 33 at the time, he confirmed incredible stamina and excelled in his new role. After retiring in 2003 he has appeared as a football pundit.
5. Graeme Le Saux
Clubs: Blackburn (1993-1997), Chelsea (-1993, 1997-2003), Southampton (2003-2005)
Graeme Le Saux is quality remembered for his time with Chelsea and it's occasionally forgotten that he turned into crucial to the Blackburn crew that won the 1995 optimum League.
As one of the earliest marauding left-backs, Le Saux also gained the 1998 Cup Winners Cup and a League Cup with Chelsea. He regarded twice inside the PFA crew of the year and has 36 England caps.
Regardless of being a fortunately married guy, Le Saux had to address malicious abuse thinking his sexuality for lots of his career. After retiring in 2005, he has appeared as a pundit.
4. Denis Irwin
Teams: Manchester United (-2002), Wolves (2003-2004)
Denis Irwin become Manchester United's left-lower back for many of their greatest triumphs. at some point of the Nineties, he received 7 best League titles, 2 FA Cups, a League Cup, the 1999 Champions League, and the 1991 Cup Winners Cup. He also has 56 caps for ireland.
Irwin become a lifeless-ball specialist within the identical mold as Leighton Baines, with a superb penalty-kick record (7/8 inside the most advantageous League, bettered only by Eric Cantona with 14/14) and many assists from corners and free-kicks.
He changed into a reliable defender too with Sir Alex Ferguson concerning him as his finest signing. due to the fact retiring in 2004, Irwin has worked as a pundit and columnist.
3. Andrew Robertson
Clubs: Hull (2014-2017), Liverpool (2017-)
Andrew Robertson is the handiest left-back in this list who's presently playing (although others are staking a claim).
Once taken into consideration "too small" to make it, Robertson now has 39 most beneficial League assists to his call and he has already handed the attacking contributions of most of his friends. furthermore, in contrast to a few in his well-known Liverpool squad, he has been fairly solid in defense.
Robertson has an first rate capacity to discover his team-mates with crosses and forward passes, and he became pivotal in Liverpool triumphing the 2019 Champions League and the 2020 Premier League. He also has forty three caps for Scotland and has been captaining their current resurgence.
2. Patrice Evra
clubs: Manchester United (2005-2014), West Ham (2017-2018)
Patrice Evra become one of the most reliable and talented left-backs to ever play the sport. along with his remarkable protective positioning, leadership, anticipation, athleticism, acceleration, and well timed assaults, Evra received 5 most reliable League titles, three League Cups, and the 2008 Champions League with Manchester United.
He has been in the PFA crew of the 12 months 3 instances and he performed eighty one instances for France, even though he became excluded from global responsibility for almost a 12 months after leading a player protest in the course of the 2010 global Cup. That incident (among others) has contributed to a dislike of Evra outside the golf equipment he has performed for. In 2019, Evra retired to pursue a profession in coaching.
1. Ashley Cole
Clubs: Arsenal (1998-2006), Chelsea (2006-2014)
Ashley Cole become any such talented left-lower back that, even with out gambling for Manchester United, he may be the most decorated player in this listing. upon getting some tips from Nigel Winterburn, Cole gained 2 highest quality League titles and 3 FA Cups with Arsenal and he turned into a part of the "Invincibles" team that went unbeaten for the complete 2003-04 season.
With Chelsea he won another most desirable League title, four FA Cups, the 2012 Champions League, and the 2013 Europa League. Cole has also been within the PFA crew of the year 4 instances and has 107 England caps.
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