British Players Abroad: Gary Lineker

A new series of articles focusing on the British players who have spent a portion of their career away from their native soil. The first part focuses on one of the best-known faces in English football. In spite of this, not a lot tends to be written about the club career of Gary Lineker. It seems largely forgotten that, during the 1980’s, he played for one of the biggest clubs in world football.

British Players Abroad: Gary Lineker

British Players Abroad

The Premier League has a large percentage of players from all over the world plying their trade. Many clubs have more players from outside the British Isles than not. Strangely enough, this does not work both ways, and never really has.

Look at all of the “Home Nations” who qualified for Euro 2016. Other than Gareth Bale at Real Madrid, only two players from those four teams play outside of Britain. They are Ireland’s Robbie Keane (L.A. Galaxy) and Northern Ireland’s Aaron Hughes (Melbourne City). The fact that both are in the twilight of their careers, and not playing in any of the world’s top leagues, tells its own story.

 

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