Top Five: The best ever English right-backs - featuring Liverpool and Tottenham legends

Kyle Walker

We take a look at five of the best ever English right-backs, including legends from Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United, Liverpool, Fulham and Blackpool.


Today is Kyle Walker’s birthday, with the England international and Spurs star turning 25-years-old.

The right-back has won 11 caps for the Three Lions, and has made over 150 professional appearances for Spurs, Sheffield United, Aston Villa and QPR.

He is generally regarded as a good player, but not a very good defender. Known for his pace and attacking threat, he is frequently let down by his defensive positioning, and makes far too many mistakes to be a top level defender.

Walker is a long way away from the talented full-backs England have seen in the past, and to celebrate his birthday, we take a look at five of the best right-backs England has ever produced.

Phil Neal - Liverpool 

The most decorated full-back in English football history, Neal won eight league titles and four European Cups with Liverpool, as well as 50 England caps. Played in a rather poor era of international football for England, Neal failed to prove himself at the World Cup, but truly excelled with the Reds.

Alf Ramsey - Tottenham

The World Cup winning manager was a talented full-back in his playing days turning out for Spurs and England. He made over 200 appearances for Tottenham and ca.ptain the Three Lions on occasion, although his last cap came in a defeat at the hands of Hungary’s Golden Team at Wembley in 1953.

Gary Neville - Manchester United

The Red Devils legend was one of the most dependable and long-serving defenders in English football history, winning 85 England caps and appearing 602 times for United. Won everything at club level, but also played in a period of struggle for England, and he missed the 2002 World Cup through injury.

George Cohen - Fulham

The right-back in England’s World Cup winning team, the 1966 trophy was the only of his entire career, which was spent with Fulham. He made over 450 appearances for the club, and was named as the ‘best fall back I ever played against’ by George Best.

Jimmy Armfield - Blackpool

43 caps for England and over 600 games for Blackpool, Armfield was also part of the World Cup winning squad. Regarded as one of the best ever Football League players, he played from 1954 to 1971, and is still a legend for Blackpool fans.

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