Premier League Hall of Fame: Which players have been inducted & everything you need to know

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The Premier League have officially unveiled their new Hall of Fame, where fans can choose their favourite players to be included and honoured for the prestigious award.

There have been so many iconic players to make their name in England's most prestigious competition and, after three decades, league bosses have decided to establish a definitive list of undisputed stars.

Goal has everything you need about the inaugural Premier League Hall of Fame, with the full list of inductees and shortlist.

What is the Premier League Hall of Fame?

The Premier League Hall of Fame honours and celebrates the very best who have played in the competition.

Individuals will be awarded with a membership to the Premier League Hall of Fame, set to recognise the true greats of English top-flight football.

Only players who were retired as of August 1 2020 are eligible for the Premier League Hall of Fame, and only their career in the Premier League will be taken into consideration during the selection process.

Each Hall of Fame inductee receives a personalised medal engraved with their induction year.

In 2021, the Premier League announced the first two players to be added to the Hall of Fame, alongside a shortlist of nominees. Fans were also able to vote for their preferred candidates.

In an official statement the Premier League said: "Membership of the Premier League Hall of Fame will be the highest individual honour awarded to players by the League."

League chief, Richard Masters added: "Since 1992, the Premier League has been home to world-class players who have defined generations and provided us with compelling football season after season.

"A place in the Premier League Hall of Fame is reserved for the very best. It will be an occasion for our fans around the world to look back over the years and help us celebrate some truly exceptional playing careers."

Which players are in the Premier League Hall of Fame?

Player Club Years active Inducted
Alan Shearer Blackburn Rovers, Newcastle United 1992-2006 2021
Thierry Henry Arsenal 1999-2007, 2012 2021
Eric Cantona Leeds, Man Utd 1992-1997 2021
Roy Keane Nottingham Forest, Man Utd 1992-2006 2021
Frank Lampard West Ham, Chelsea, Man City 1995-2015 2021
Dennis Bergkamp Arsenal 1995-2006 2021
David Beckham Man Utd 1992-2003 2021
Steven Gerrard Liverpool 1998-2015 2021

Alan Shearer and Thierry Henry were the first two Premier League Hall of Fame inductees, announced in April 2021.

They were joined by Manchester United legends Eric Cantona and Roy Keane in May, with Chelsea hero Frank Lampard also being included on the list.

David Beckham was also inducted in May 2021, along with Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard.

A total of eight players will be inducted in 2021 from a list of a 23-man shortlist.

How to vote for Premier League Hall of Fame inductees

Voting is now closed.

Fans could vote for their Hall of Fame nominees on the official website. They were able to vote for a total of up to six candidates out of the 23-man shortlist.

Voting closed on May 9 at 6pm BST (1pm ET).

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Premier League Hall of Fame shortlist

The 23-man shortlist that fans could vote from include a glittering array of English football greats, including the legendary likes of Steven Gerrard, David Beckham, Eric Cantona, Frank Lampard and Ian Wright.

You can view the full list below.

Player Club Years active
Tony Adams Arsenal 1992-2002
David Beckham Manchester United 1994-2003
Dennis Bergkamp Arsenal 1995-2006
Sol Campbell Arsenal 1992-2011
Eric Cantona Manchester United 1992-1997
Andy Cole Manchester United 1993-2008
Ashley Cole Chelsea 1999-2014
Didier Drogba Chelsea 2004-2012, 2014-2015
Les Ferdinand Newcastle, Tottenham, West Ham, Leicester 1992-2004
Rio Ferdinand Manchester United 1995-2015
Robbie Fowler Liverpool 1993 - 2008
Frank Lampard Chelsea 1995-2015
Matthew Le Tissier Southampton 1992-2002
Michael Owen Liverpool, Man Utd & Newcastle 1996-2004, 2005-2013
Peter Schmeichel Manchester United 1992-1999, 2001-2003
Paul Scholes Manchester United 1993-2013
John Terry Chelsea 1998-2017
Robin Van Persie Arsenal 2004-2015
Nemanja Vidic Manchester United 2006-2014
Patrick Vieira Arsenal 1996-2005, 2010-2011
Ian Wright Arsenal 1992-1999

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