27. Bobby Moore
The ultimate icon of English football, Sir Bobby Moore continues to stand proud outside Wembley Stadium 25 years after his death. He captained West Ham for over a decade, lifting the FA Cup and the Cup Winners’ Cup in the two seasons prior to his – and English football’s – greatest moment, lifting the Jules Rimet trophy at the home of football in 1966.
A classy centre-back referred to by Pele as the best defender he ever faced, Moore was also renowned as a gentleman of the game and remains the gauge by which all England defenders are measured. It is to Moore’s immense credit that those who knew him speak of him as a man above all else.
Career highlight: Collecting the World Cup from Her Majesty the Queen in 1966 (having wiped his hands first on the velvet tablecloth, naturally).