The Top 10 Footballers Born In... The UK playing abroad

Updated: Jul 2, 2020

There are currently a host of British footballers who are plying their trade outside of the United Kingdom. In general, due to the high wages within Britain, England especially, footballers have tended to stay within the British isles, ahead of chancing their arm abroad. However, over recent years, this trend seems to have buckled with a number of Brits finding success outside the British borders. Within the article, we will be looking at the Top 10 Footballers born in the United Kingdom, who are currently playing football abroad.


Bale, 30, born in Cardiff, is one of highest rated players in world football and is currently playing in Spain for Real Madrid. Bale, started off his career at Southampton and made his debut at the age of 16. In his solitary season with The Saints, he scored 5 goals before a move to Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur. Bale struggled in his first few seasons in the Premier League, struggling to hold down a starting berth. However, after moving from his natural left back role, to a more advanced position, onto the either wing or occasionally playing upfront, Gareth began to excel. After 6 seasons at Tottenham, scoring 42 goals, Bale moved to Real Madrid for a then-world record fee of £85.3 million.

Jadon Sancho, 20, has already been discussed in our Football Manager Predicts series, however fits perfectly into this category. Sancho started his career at Watford, before a move to Premier League Manchester City. After a contract dispute with Pep Guardiola's Manchester City, Sancho moved to German side Borussia Dortmund for a fee of £8 million. Sancho has, at the time of writing, been capped 11 times by the England national team, scoring twice. There are rumours circulating that Sancho will be returning to the Premier League in the upcoming summer- Manchester United are currently the favourites to bring Sancho back to England.

Kieran Trippier, 29, currently plays in Spain for Atletico Madrid. Trippier started his career at Manchester City but didn't manage to make a first team appearance. After loan spells at Barnsley and Burnley, Trippier signed for Burnley on a permanent deal. Trippier impressed in his three seasons at Sean Dyche's side before he moved to fellow Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur. In Trippier's time at Tottenham, initially a battle pursued with fellow England right back Kyle Walker for the starting right back berth. However, after Walker's move to Manchester City, Trippier became to starting right back to Mauricio Pochettino's side. Trippier signed for £20 million for the Spanish giants and has been capped 19 times for England, scoring once. Trippier's solitary goal for his country came in the World Cup semi final against Croatia.

Ola Aina, 23, is currently playing for Italian side Torino. Aina, born in London, started his career at Chelsea, managing 3 appearances for the South London side. In July 2017, Aina joined English Championship side Hull, making 44 appearances for The Tigers. At the start of the 2018/19 season, Aina moved on loan to Serie A side Torino. After a successful loan spell, Aina's loan move was made permanent at the start of the 2019/20 season for a fee of £9 million. Despite being capped by England at youth level, Aina switched his allegiance to Nigeria. Aina has gone on to make 17 appearances for the Golden Eagles.

Ademola Lookman, 22, is currently plying his trade in Germany for Red Bull Leipzig. Lookman started his career at Charlton Athletic, scoring 10 goals in 45 games before Premier League side Everton swooped. Lookman moved to Everton for a reported fee of £11 million. Lookman struggled with game time at Everton and after a successful loan spell with Red Bull Leipzig, Lookman made a permanent move to the German giants, signing a five year deal.

Ashley Young, 35, currently plays for Italian giants Inter Milan, joining the side after nine successful seasons at Manchester United. Young, born in Stevenage, started his career at Watford before moving to Aston Villa in January 2007. After four seasons at The Villians, Young moved to Premier League giants Manchester United. Ashley Young was on the verge of signing for Manchester United's bitter rivals, Liverpool until the Red Devils swooped in. Ashley Young has been capped 39 times for England, scoring 7 goals in the process.

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Kemar Roofe, 27, born in Walsall, started his career at West Bromwich Albion but didn't manage to make a first team appearance for the club. After a number of loan spells away from the club, Roofe signed for League Two side Oxford United. Roofe's spell at Oxford was a successful one as he was named the League Two Footballer Of The Year in 2016. After that successful season, Roofe moved to Championship side Leeds United for an undisclosed fee. Roofe spent three seasons with Leeds, scoring 28 goals before signing for Belgian side Anderlecht in the summer of 2019.

Cameron Jerome, 33, was born in Huddersfield and made his first professional appearance for Cardiff City in 2004, before moving to Birmingham City two years later. After five seasons at Birmingham, scoring 37 goals, Jerome moved to Stoke City for a fee of £4 million. Jerome spent three seasons at Stoke, scoring 7 goals. After a loan move at Crystal Palace, Jerome moved on a permanent deal to Norwich. Jerome scored 38 goals for Norwich over his four seasons at the club before moving to Derby County. He spent only eight months at Derby before signing for Turkish Super Lig side Goztepe.

Chuba Akpom, 24, was born in London and is currently plying his trade for Greek side PAOK. Akpom started his footballing career at Arsenal and made four appearances for the North London side. Akpom spent six loan spells away from the club before sealing his move to PAOK in August 2018. At the time of writing, Apkom has scored 13 goals for the Greek Super League side. Akpom has been capped for the England Under 21's, scoring three times.

Reece Oxford, 21, was born in London and made his debut for West Ham at the age of 16, making him the club's youngest ever player. After a promising start, Oxford only managed 8 appearances at West Ham. Oxford spent loan moves away from the club at Borussia Monchengladbach and Reading. In 2019, Oxford moved permanently to German Bundesliga side FC Ausburg, signing a three year deal.

Another notable mentions to the following UK born players who spent for 2019/20 season out on loan: Chris Smalling, who spent the season at Italian side AS Roma, Yannick Bolasie spent the season out on loan at Sporting Lisbon from Everton, Jonjoe Kenny, also loaned out from Everton, spent the season in Germany at Schalke 04. Chelsea duo Victor Moses and Ethan Ampadu spent the season out on loan to Italian side Inter Milan and German side Red Bull Leipzig respectively.

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