12 best players yet to have a place in Premier League’s growing Hall of Fame
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    At least 12 legends of English football continue to be overlooked after the Premier League Hall announced its latest inductees.

    Rio Ferdinand, Petr Cech and Tony Adams have joined legendary managers Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger in the class of 2023. Eight players were inducted in both 2021 and 2022.

    However, there have still been numerous notable omissions, with some greats of the game still waiting for call-ups. Here are the 12 nominees who didn’t get voted in, in the latest induction, including Premier League winners and prolific goalscorers and no-nonsense defenders…

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    Sol Campbell ‌

    Without doubt one of the finest defenders of the Premier League era. Campbell took the brave and controversial decision to leave Tottenham and join bitter rivals Arsenal – he remains a hate figure among Spurs fans – but the move paid off as he helped the Gunners to two Premier League titles, including the unbeaten ‘Invincibles’ season of 2003/04.

    ‌Michael Carrick

    The midfielder won the lot during his 12 years at Manchester United, including five Premier League titles. Carrick is now calving out a successful management career with Middlesbrough and could even find himself in a Premier League dugout next season, whether with Boro or another club.

    Andrew Cole

    You always knew what you got with Andy [as he was known during his pomp] Cole – goals, goals and more goals, both with Newcastle and Manchester United, who were title rivals in the mid-90s. Like Carrick, he has five Premier League winner’s medals.

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    Ashley Cole

    Wasn't always Mr Popular but there has been a better left-back in the Premier League era than Cole. He won two league titles with Arsenal before bagging another one, plus the Champions League, with Chelsea.

    Jermain Defoe

    Having spent the built of his career at Tottenham, over two spells, he is naturally short on honours. But Defoe, who was instrumental in keeping Sunderland in the top-flight before they finally went down, was never lacking in goals.

    Les Ferdinand

    There were few better than Ferdinand in the early Premier League years as he blasted in the goals for QPR and Newcastle. They dried up slightly when he joined Tottenham but ‘Sir Les’, as he was affectionately known, was hugely a respected figure at all his clubs.

    Robbie Fowler

    Another goal machine, the cheeky Scouser had the ability to score absolute screamers and be in the right place at the right time for tap-ins. The Premier League title alluded him with Liverpool before spells at Leeds and Manchester City.

    Gary Neville

    Now a successful pundit, Neville was a fine player in his day and was a trusted lieutenant of Sir Alex Ferguson for more than 15 years. The right-back won the Premier League title an incredible eight times, with the first in 1995/96 following Alan Hansen’s ‘you can’t win anything with kids’ comment.

    Michael Owen

    Another Liverpool hotshot who missed out on the title. But Owen won virtually everything else, including the treble of FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup in 2001. In the same year, he won the Ballon d’Or for his exploits for both club and country.

    John Terry

    A divisive character at times but Terry played a key part in Chelsea’s success during the Roman Abramicvich era, winning an impressive five league titles. He also has a Champions League winner’s medal after infamously changing into his kit for the trophy lift despite not playing in the final against Bayern Munich in 2012.

    Yaya Toure

    The midfielder joined Manchester City near the start of their stunning era of success, becoming a figurehead of the club and winning three Premier League titles, although he didn't always see eye to eye with Pep Guardiola.

    Nemanja Vidic

    A regular centre-back partner of Ferdinand, Vidic was a tough as they came, winning three straight Premier League titles and five overall with Manchester United.


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