8. Wayne Rooney
Nations tend to go through eras with strikers. Wayne Rooney burst onto the scene with Everton in 2002 as a 16-year-old, but it was with Manchester United that he made his name, becoming a massive part of their success in the noughties.
He would go on to score 208 Premier League goals, on the way to five titles with Manchester United and the PFA Players’ Player of the Year prize in 2010. In his prime, his game was arguably sacrificed to make room for Christiano Ronaldo’s sublime talents. After a season with Everton, he now plays his football in the MLS with DC United.