The anticipation and expectation of the England football team in any international tournament since 1966 has left fans disappointed, sometimes bitter, in recent years. However, there seems to be a new pool of young English talent that is looking to turn that disappointment around.
The expectation has lowered, the pressure is more manageable and the talent is on the up. In 2018 England reached the World Cup Semi-Finals, the furthest they’ve advanced in any international competition for 24 years and with Trent Alexander-Arnold (22), Jadon Sancho (20) and even Raheem Sterling (26) yet to hit their prime.
This article contains the highest rated England players in each positional area followed by a table of the best England players at the foot of the article.
Nick Pope (OVR 82)
Best Position: GK
Skill Moves: 3
Best Attributes: 84 GK Reflexes, 83 GK Positioning, 81 GK Handling
A large factor in Burnley’s reputation as proving difficult to score against has to be attributed to their goalkeeper Nick Pope. Pope kept 15 clean sheets last season, one behind league leading Ederson. Pope also made 52 ‘high claims’ (balls coming into the box in the air), while second-placed Ben Foster made just 30. His ability is backed up by his stats.
The question for Nick Pope as he enters his prime is whether he can earn more call-ups for England, knocking Jordan Pickford off of the starting spot. The other question for Pope may be whether Burnley are the team to show how good he is and can be at club level.
Pope’s stats have justly been upgraded from last year after the domestic season he had. All of Pope’s goalkeeping stats are above 80 apart from his GK Diving (79) and his GK Kicking (75). Standout statistics are his GK Reflexes (84) and his GK Positioning (83).
At 28, Pope has a number of years left in his prime and could be a good signing on career mode for the near future as you bring through another young goalkeeper with longer term potential.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (OVR 87)
Best Position: RB
Skill Moves: 3
Best Attributes: 93 Crossing, 89 Long Passing, 88 Stamina
The rise of Trent Alexander-Arnold in the past two seasons has been exponential and explosive. He has elevated himself from a young talent to one of, if not the best right back in the world. This past season he topped all defenders in assists in the Premier League and was one goal away from leading the league for defenders in that category too.
The future is incredibly bright for Alexander-Arnold. If he continues to develop at a similar rate he’ll no doubt break individual records in assists as well as being an influential player on the domestic and international scene.
Statistically he’s built for running up and down the flanks (77 Acceleration and 83 Sprint Speed), joining the attack and having the Stamina (88) to get back on defence. When he’s heading for the byline his Crossing Ability (93) will ensure giving the strikers good service and he’s also got the ability to switch the play with a Long Passing stat of 89.
With the added feature of being able to train players in new positions on FIFA 21, will Alexander-Arnold be a player to move further up the pitch?
Jadon Sancho (OVR 87)
Club: Borussia Dortmund
Best Position: RM
Skill Moves: 5
Best Attributes: 92 Dribbling, 91 Ball Control, 91 Agility
Jadon Sancho had a fantastic season in 2019/2020. Domestically, he scored the third most goals in the Bundesliga with 17 and assisted the second most goals with 16 assists. At only 20, he continues to impress.
He has improved season upon season and is now touted as one of the world’s best rising stars. Sancho scored 2 goals in 8 games in the Champions League last season, losing to PSG in the last 16. The challenge for Sancho going forward will be carrying his domestic form into the Champions League and on the international stage.
Sancho is an ideal winger to own and have on FIFA. He’s quick (86 Acceleration), excels with the ball at his feet (91 Ball Control) and has the physical traits to tangle defenders, not to mention having 5-Star Skill Moves. He can play on either wing or in an attacking midfielder position where he wouldn’t seem out of place with his Vision rated at 87.
Harry Kane (OVR 88)
Club: Tottenham Hotspur
Best Position: ST
Skill Moves: 3
Best Attributes: 94 Finishing, 93 Positioning, 91 Composure
Though Kane missed two months last season with a thigh muscle rupture, he still scored 18 goals in 29 games in the Premier League, including 5 in the last 3 games of the season. Captain of Tottenham and England, Kane is set to lead both club and country coming into the prime of his career.
His goal scoring prowess is not to be doubted. For England he’s scored 32 goal in 45 games, or a goal every 0.7 games. To put that into context, Wayne Rooney’s average is a goal every 0.44 games and Gary Lineker’s average is 0.6. Similarly for Tottenham, Kane has scored 188 goals in 287 games at an average of 0.65 goals per game.
He’s a player you want playing down the middle, not having his lack of pace exposed on the wings or having to have someone else in the box who won’t be as prolific. His Acceleration (66) and Sprint Speed (69) are not the best but his Finishing (94), Positioning (93) and Reactions (90) are world class.
With a Shot Power rating of 90 and a Long Shot rating of 86, he can also score from range should it be difficult to break a team down.
Raheem Sterling (OVR 88)
Club: Manchester City
Best Position: LW
Skill Moves: 4
Best Attributes: 96 Acceleration, 94 Agility, 94 Balance
When you think about how long Raheem Sterling has been playing, it’s amazing that he is still just shy of his 26th birthday. He still has his best years ahead of him as he looks to continue to perform at the highest level and lead club and country to glory.
In the last three seasons in the Premier League for Manchester City, Sterling has scored 55 goals and has 22 assists. His consistency throughout those seasons has earned him his reputation but with only 13 goals for England in 58 appearances, he may need to improve at the international level to cement himself in the upper echelon of world football.
Sterling is extremely fast and skilful on the ball but does lack Strength (65). His 96 Acceleration will propel him beyond defenders and his balance will keep him steady when cutting inside. His Positioning (92) will allow him to get into clever attacking positions to score as well.
The nimble nature of Sterling when he is controlling the ball (88 Ball Control) may be his best asset. His Agility (94), Balance (94), Dribbling (90) and Acceleration (96) allow him to breeze past defenders with ease.
All of the best England Players in FIFA 21
In the table below are the all the best England players on FIFA 21 sorted by overall ability.
|Harry Kane||88||ST||27||94 Finishing, 93 Positing, 91 Composure||Tottenham Hotspur|
|Raheem Sterling||88||LW||26||96 Acceleration, 94 Agility, 94 Balance||Manchester City|
|Jadon Sancho||87||RM||20||92 Dribbling, 91 Ball Control, 91 Agility||Borussia Dortmund|
|Trent Alexander-Arnold||87||RB||22||93 Crossing, 89 Long Passing, 88 Stamina||Liverpool|
|Jamie Vardy||86||ST||33||92 Positioning, 92 Finishing, 90 Reactions||Leicester City|
|Jordan Henderson||86||CM||30||91 Stamina, 87 Long Passing, 86 Reactions||Liverpool|
|Marcus Rashford||85||LM||23||93 Sprint Speed, 90 Shot Power, 89 Acceleration||Manchester United|
|Kyle Walker||85||RB||30||94 Sprint Speed, 90 Acceleration, 89 Stamina||Manchester City|
|Dele Alli||83||CAM||24||89 Stamina, 87 Composure, 86 Positioning||Tottenham Hotspur|
|Joe Gomez||83||CB||23||85 Standing Tackle, 85 Sprint Speed, 84 Interceptions||Liverpool|
|Aaron Wan-Bissaka||83||RB||23||90 Sliding Tackle, 88 Sprint Speed, 85 Standing Tackle||Manchester United|
|Kieran Trippier||83||RB||30||88 Stamina, 86 Curve, 86 Crossing||Atlético Madrid|
|Harry Maguire||82||CB||27||90 Strength, 86 Heading Accuracy, 84 Jumping||Manchester United|
|Nick Pope||82||GK||28||84 GK Reflexes, 83 GK Positioning, 81 GK Handling||Burnley|
|James Maddison||81||CAM||24||88 Vision, 86 Agility, 85 Curve||Leicester City|
|Ben Chilwell||81||LB||24||88 Stamina, 82 Jumping, 82 Sliding Tackle||Chelsea|
|Jordan Pickford||81||GK||26||87 GK Kicking, 85 GK Reflexes, 81 GK Diving||Everton|
|Luke Shaw||81||LB||25||82 Aggression, 81 Standing Tackle, 81 Marking||Manchester United|
|John Stones||80||CB||26||84 Standing Tackle, 81 Marking, 81 Sliding Tackle||Manchester City|
|Jack Grealish||80||LW||25||85 Agility, 85 Dribbling, 83 Vision||Aston Villa|
|James Milner||80||CM||34||89 Penalties, 87 Stamina, 86 Crossing||Liverpool|
|James Tarkowski||80||CB||28||85 Aggression, 82 Standing Tackle, 82 Strength||Burnley|
|Danny Ings||80||ST||28||85 Finishing, 83 Positioning, 82 Reactions||Southampton|
|Mason Mount||80||CAM||21||82 Free Kick Accuracy, 82 Ball Control, 81 Short Passing||Chelsea|
|Dean Anderson||80||GK||23||GK Reflexes 83, 80 GK Diving, 80 GK Handling||Manchester United|