The Top 10 Footballers Born In... Sheffield

Updated: Jul 2, 2020

Sheffield is a city situated in South Yorkshire and the home of Premier League side Sheffield United and also their bitter rivals Championship side Sheffield Wednesday. Within this article, we will be looking at the Top 10 footballers born in Sheffield, currently playing within the Premier League or the Football League.

Sheffield has a great vein of history when it comes to football and is home of the world's oldest football club: Sheffield F.C.

Jamie Vardy started off his career at Sheffield Wednesday before being released at the age of 16. At the age of 16, Vardy joined Sheffield based side Stocksbridge Park Steels before his move to AFC Halifax for a fee of £15k. After one season at the club, at one point Vardy nearly joined Stockport County, but went on to sign for Fleetwood Town.

After scoring 31 goals in 36 appearances for Fleetwood, he secured a move to Championship side Leicester City. Since joining 'The Foxes' in 2012, Vardy has gone on to become one of the most devastating footballers in world football. Jamie Vardy has gone on to score 119 goals in 265 appearances, winning the Premier League along the way. Before his retirement in 2018, Vardy went on to appear 26 times for England, scoring 7 goals along the way.

England international Kyle Walker started his career at Sheffield United before moving on to Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur for a fee of £9 million. This move also saw fellow Sheffield United defender Kyle Naughton to White Hart Lane. After successful loan spells at Aston Villa, Queens Park Rangers and a return to Bramhall Lane with Sheffield United, Walker went on to affirm himself as England's and Tottenham's starting right back. After 183 appearances at White Hart Lane, Kyle Walker moved to Tottenham's Premier League rivals Manchester City for a fee of £50 million.

This transfer made him one of the most expensive transfers in the history of the Premier League. At Manchester City, Walker has gone on to win the Premier League on two separate occasions. Walker has gained 48 caps for England since making his debut in the 2011/12 season against Spain.

Harry Maguire, 27, is currently the captain of Premier League giants Manchester United and at time of writing, he is the most expensive defender of all time.

Maguire made his debut for Sheffield United in 2011 and went on to make 134 appearances for the club. In 2014, Hull City poached the Sheffield born defender from The Blades for a fee of £2.5 million. After a brief loan spell at Wigan Athletic, Maguire moved to Leicester City for an initial fee of £12 million. Maguire was called up into the England squad for the 2018 World Cup and excelled, scoring in England's quarter final against Sweden. Maguire stayed at Leicester for one more season after the 2018 World Cup before moving to Manchester United for £80 million.

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Dominic Calvert-Lewin, 23, made his debut for Sheffield United in 2014. After loan spells at Stalybridge Celtic and Northampton, Premier League side Everton snapped up the talented striker for a fee of £1.5 million.

Calvert-Lewin has found the scoresheet on 7 occasions for the England under 21's side but has yet to gain a call up for the full international squad. In January 2020, Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti stated that Calvert-Lewin has "the potential to become a great striker for England".

Gary Cahill, 34, has gained 61 caps for England and has won the Premier League twice, the FA Cup twice, the Europa League twice and also the Champions League on one occasion. Cahill, a boyhood Sheffield Wednesday supporter, started his career at Aston Villa. After spending time on loan at Sheffield United, Cahill signed for Premier League side Bolton Wanderers. After four years at Bolton, a move to Chelsea was on the cards and the Sheffield born defender spent an extremely successful 7 seasons at the club. Cahill is currently playing for Premier League side Crystal Palace.

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Billy Sharp, at the age of 34, and the Sheffield United captain is somewhat of a legend amongst the Sheffield United supporters. After starting his career at the club in 2004, Sharp made two appearances for the club. In 2005, Sharp joined Scunthorpe United for a fee of £100k. Sharp managed to bag 53 goals in 82 games for the club before he gained a move back to The Blades. In the following three seasons for the club, Sharp only managed to score 8 goals. In 2010, a move to Doncaster was on the cards and the hitman managed to find the net 25 times before a move to Southampton. Sharp found his playing time at Southampton limited and after loan spells away, he secured a move back to Sheffield United once again.

This was Sharp's third stay at the club. Billy Sharp captained the side as Chris Wilder's side gained promotion to the Premier League. In June 2020, it was announced that Billy Sharp had signed a new two year deal at the club.

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Lee Gregory started off his career at Sheffield United but was released at the age of 20 without making a first team appearance. After a spell at Non-League side Staveley Miners Welfare, Gregory joined Conference side Mansfield Town. After Gregory was unable to hold down a first team spot, Gregory moved permanently to AFC Halifax. Gregory scored 82 goals in 129 appearances for the Conference side before a move to Championship side Millwall in 2014. During Gregory's five years at the club, he managed to find the net 64 times in 204 appearances. After making the decision to move back up north, Gregory signed for fellow Championship side Stoke City.

Kyle Naughton started off his career at Sheffield United before a move to Tottenham Hotspur alongside teammate Kyle Walker. Kyle Naughton failed to hold down a regular starting birth at Tottenham and spent time out on loan at Middlesbrough, Leicester and Norwich. In 2015, Naughton joined Swansea for a fee of £5 million and has gone on to make 164 appearances for 'The Swans'.

George Long made his debut for Sheffield United in 2011 and went on to make 101 appearances for The Blades before Long's move to Hull City. Before the move, Long did spend some time on loan at English sides Oxford and Wimbledon as well as Scottish side Motherwell. George Long is currently the starting goalkeeper at Hull City, who ply their trade in The Championship.

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Callum McFadzean, 27, currently plays for Plymouth Argyle. Argyle have recently gained promotion to League One after the Coronavirus pandemic caused the league to be decided on a points-per-game model.

McFadzean made featured 16 times for Sheffield United after graduating through the youth ranks. After successful loans at Burton Albion, McFadzean moved to Scottish side Kilmarnock. After stints at Non-League sides Alfreton and Guiseley, McFadzean moved to League Two side Bury, winning the League Two title before the side were liquidated. McFadzean then moved with former Bury manager Ryan Lowe to Plymouth Argyle. Callum's brother Kyle McFadzean, currently plays for League One side Coventry.


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