Goal.com's Top 50 English Players: Glenn Hoddle (17)

We continue our countdown of the greatest English players of all time with the Tottenham Hotspur and AS Monaco legend...
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No.49 - Tony Currie
No.48 - Terry Butcher
No.47 - Gerry Hitchens
No.46 - Paul Ince
No.45 - George Camsell
No.44 - Wayne Rooney
No.43 - Jackie Milburn
No.42 - Roger Hunt
No.41 - Rio Ferdinand
No.40 - Wilf Mannion

No.39 - Frank Lampard
No.38 - John Barnes
No.37 - Nat Lofthouse
No.36 - Eddie Hapgood
No.35 - Chris Waddle
No.34 - David Platt
No.33 - Phil Neal
No.32 - Johnny Haynes
No.31 - Peter Beardsley
No.30 - Ray Clemence
No.29 - Ted Drake
No.28 - Michael Owen
No.27 - Raich Carter
No.26 - Colin Bell
No.25 – Frank Swift
No.24 - Paul Scholes
No.23 - Tony Adams
No.22 - Martin Peters
No.21 - Billy Wright
No.20 - Geoff Hurst
No.19 - Cliff Bastin
No.18 - Steven Gerrard

Glenn
HODDLE

Born

27/10/1957 - Hayes, Middlesex

England

53 caps, 8 goals

Clubs

Tottenham Hotspur, AS Monaco, Swindon Town, Chelsea

Glenn Hoddle may have caused a stir with his views on reincarnation in recent years, but if he were to come back again in a similar guise he would surely earn more England caps as one of the greatest midfield players of the modern game.

The former Tottenham Hotspur and Monaco maestro is hailed by many as the best creator that the English game has produced in a generation and the cliché goes that any other nation would have built their national side around him.

While Ron Greenwood and Sir Bobby Robson viewed Hoddle as a luxury, at club level he was revered and was given the role of being the star that the rest of the players operated off.

Equally adept with both feet, the archetypal number 10 was famous for his spectacular goals, whether they be long-range shots or clipped free-kicks from anywhere around the area and teams often tried to limit their fouls when playing against him as a result.

But it was not only as a scorer of amazing goals that Hoddle stood out, but also his range of passing and vision that allowed him to pick out team-mates over ten and 50 yards with the same brilliance.

So skilful was the Hayes-born star that when he took up management he is reported to have upset some of his more fragile players by joining in training and playing better than them despite having retired years earlier.

Revered by Tottenham Hotspur fans, Hoddle is still called known simply as 'God' and even a luckless stint as the club's manager would not stop a rendition of 'Hoddle, Hoddle, born is the King of White Hart Lane' each time he returns as a spectator.

Not renowned for his modesty off the pitch, on it he knew how to please the crowd and his skill and technique were often compared to those of the best on the continent in an era when the best Spanish, Italian and French players were sneered at and labelled as 'Fancy Dans' rather than admired.

CAREER HIGHLIGHT

FA Cup glory in 1982
Hoddle was idolised at Tottenham and to prove just how good he was he was able to slot into a Monaco side coached by Arsene Wenger and thrive in a French league that preferred to let the more skilful players play, rather than kick them down.

At Spurs, Hoddle helped the club to win back-to-back FA Cups and also was inspirational in the team reaching the UEFA Cup in 1984 even though he missed out on the second leg of the final itself.

In one momentous game against Feyenoord, Hoddle was billed as going up against the master Johan Cruyff and, despite the Dutchman's age, it was the English star that shone and drew praise from the former Ajax and Barcelona great for his match-winning performance.

With Monaco, Hoddle helped to inspire a side that contained fellow Englishman Mark Hateley to the Ligue 1 title in his first season and earn him the Best Foreign Player in France award as the team also made it the European Cup quarter finals in 1989.

At international level he was not truly appreciated at home as the team struggled to perform in the 1980 and 1984 European Championships and also at the World Cup in 1982.

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Given bit-part roles in those championships, as well as being a regular at Euro 88 and World Cup 86, Hoddle was unable to make his mark at the highest level and made just 53 appearances for a team woefully short of flair and creativity.

As a coach Hoddle began the Chelsea revolution after seeing Swindon Town promoted to the Premier League as he lifted the Blues and brought in Ruud Gullit, who went on to become the manager at Stamford Bridge.

At Tottenham he was unable to reproduce the form that had made him so popular at Southampton, but both those jobs came after his image had been tarnished after he was forced to resign as England coach.

Many believe that there was a witch hunt after Hoddle was misquoted about his views on religion and even Prime Minister Tony Blair stated he should be sacked, giving credence to an interview that saw all his good work with the Three Lions come to an end.

Hoddle as a player was masterful, so good in fact that Michel Platini once remarked that if he had been French he would played 150 for Les Bleus, while Monaco's club captain at the time, Jean-Luc Ettori, put it: "For us Glenn was le bon dieu - he was a god. There's nothing else to say."

Watch some Hoddle magic here and see some more of his best goals here.

PLAYING HONOURS

Tottenham
UEFA Cup 1984
FA Cup 1981, 1982
FA Community Shield 1981

AS Monaco
Ligue 1 1987/88
French Cup 1991

MANAGERIAL HONOURS

England
La Tournoi 1997

DID YOU KNOW ... Hoddle made an unexpected entrance into the pop music charts in April, 1987 in a duo with Tottenham and England team-mate Chris Waddle with the song 'Diamond Lights'. If you can look through your fingers, here it is.

Lucas Brown, Goal.com

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