A list of English players to score in the Champions League final

A list of English players to score in the Champions League final

Grace Waruguru
May 16, 2024 at 12:08 AM
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The number of English players to score in the Champions League final has raised concerns about the quality of English footballers. The country has produced incredible talents, including some who have played and scored in the UCL final. Read on and discover these English goal scorers and their goals.

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Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard, and Frank Lampard are some of the English players to schore in the Champions League final. Photo: @waynerooney, @stevengerrard, @franklampard (Modified by author)
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As of May 2024, twenty-two teams had won the UCL, including six English clubs (Liverpool, Manchester United, Nottingham Forest, Aston Villa, Chelsea, and Manchester City). Check out the list of English players to score in the Champions League final, per The Football Faithful and other sources.

English players to score in Champions League final

Who are the top Englishmen to score in the Champions League final? David Beckham and Sir Bobby Charlton are among the best players globally but have never scored in the UCL final. Here are all the English players who have scored in the Champions League final.



Sol Campbell

1 goal

Steven Gerrard

1 goal

Frank Lampard

1 goal

Steven McManaman

1 goal

Teddy Sheringham

1 goal

Wayne Rooney

1 goal

6. Sol Campbell - 1 goal

Sol Campell
Sol Campbell at a press conference during day the Web Summit on November 14, 2023, at the Altice Arena in Lisbon, Portugal. Photo: Tyler Miller
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  • Full name: Sulzeer Jeremiah "Sol" Campbell
  • Date of birth: September 18th, 1974
  • Age: 49 years old (as of 2024)

Sol Campbell is a retired player born in Plaistow, London, to Nigerian parents. He scored his only Champions League goal in the 2006 final defeat to Barcelona.

Campbell was a solid centre-back for teams like Portsmouth, North County, Arsenal, and Newcastle United. He won 2 Premier League titles (2002 and 2004) and 3 FA Cups (2002, 2005, 2008).

5. Steven Gerrard - 1 goal

Steve Gerrard
Steven Gerrard at the LFC Foundation charity match between Liverpool FC Legends and AFC Ajax Legends at Anfield on March 23, 2024, in Liverpool, England. Photo: Liverpool FC
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  • Full name: Steven George Gerrard
  • Date of birth: May 30th, 1980
  • Age: 43 years old (as of 2024)

Steven Gerrard is among the English players to score a goal in a Champions League final during his tenure with Liverpool. He scored in a dramatic 3-3 comeback against AC Milan in the 2005 UCL final.

Gerrard spent 17 years with Liverpool (1998-2015) and his final year with LA Galaxy. He also represented his national team from 1999 to 2014. The former Liverpool captain was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2017.

4. Frank Lampard - 1 goal

Frank Lampard
Frank Lampard acknowledges the fans after his final game in the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Newcastle United on May 28, 2023, in London, England. Photo: Alex Davidson
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  • Full name: Frank James Lampard
  • Date of birth: June 20th, 1978
  • Age: 45 years old (as of 2024)

Frank Lampard is among the English goal scorers in the Champions League final. The former midfielder boasts the record for the most goals by a midfielder in the Premier League and scoring the most goals from outside the box (41).

Lampard scored for Chelsea in their 1-1 draw with Manchester United in the 2008 UCL final. However, the Blues lost 6-5 on penalties. Frank played for England from 1997 to 2014. He was the country's top scorer in the 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign.

3. Steve McManaman - 1 goal

Steve McManaman
Steve McManaman pulls out the card of F1 during the UEFA EURO 2024 Final Tournament Draw at Elbphilharmonie on December 02, 2023, in Hamburg, Germany. Photo: Alexander Scheuber
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  • Full name: Steven McManaman
  • Date of birth: February 11th, 1972
  • Age: 52 years old (as of 2024)

McManaman, known as Macca, is a former winger who played for Liverpool, Real Madrid, and Manchester City. He is among the most successful English players who scored a goal at the UEFA Champions League final.

In 2000, during his time with Real Madrid, he scored one goal during a match against Valencia where his team won 3-0. McManaman also won the 2002 Champions League. He also became the first English player to win Europe's premier club competition with a foreign club.

Steve has several honours, including the 2002 UEFA Super Cup and the La Liga in 2001 and 2003. He was also named the Premier League Player of the Month in 1997.

2. Teddy Sheringham - 1 goal

Teddy Sheringham
Teddy Sheringham of England during a Soccer Aid for Unicef 2022 Training Session at Champneys Tring on June 10, 2022, in Tring, England. Photo: Alex Davidson
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  • Full name: Edward Paul Sheringham
  • Date of birth: April 2nd, 1966
  • Age: 58 years old (as of 2024)

Teddy Sheringham was born in Highams Park, London. The former striker starred for Manchester United, Tottenham Spurs, Portsmouth, West Ham United, and his country's national team until 2002 before transitioning to management in 2015.

In 1999, Sheringham scored an equalising goal in the final match against Bayern Munich. United won the title and bagged a treble that season. He is the 13th-highest goal scorer in Premier League history with 146 goals and holds the record for the oldest player to score in a Premier League match (at 40 years).

1. Wayne Rooney - 1 goal

Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney before the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Ipswich Town at St Andrew's Trillion Trophy Stadium on November 04, 2023, in Birmingham, England. Photo: Graham Chadwick
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  • Full name: Wayne Mark Rooney
  • Date of birth: October 24th, 1938
  • Age: 38 years old (As of 2024)

Who was the last English player to score in a Champions League final? Wayne Rooney is the last English star to score in the UCL final. He bagged an equaliser against Barcelona in the 2011 final but lost 3-1.

Rooney played for Everton, Manchester United, D.C. United, and Derby County and spent 18 years with the national team. He is the record goal scorer for the Red Devils and was England's record goal scorer from 2015 to 2023. Rooney, Michael Owen and Alan Shearer are the only English players to score Champions League hat tricks.

Frequently asked questions

Steven Mcmanaman
Steve McManaman before the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Newcastle United at Anfield on August 31, 2022, in Liverpool, United Kingdom. Photo: Visionhaus
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Scoring in the Champions League is no mean feat, and these footballers have attained several other accolades in the sport. Here are some frequently asked questions about the players who have scored in a final Champions League:

Who are the best English players to score Champions League hat tricks?

Wayne Rooney is among the best players to score a hat trick in the Champions League. According to BBC, he attained this feat in 2004 during a match against Fenerbahçe.

Who is the only English player to play in the Champions League final but not for England?

Jermaine Lloyd Pennant, born January 1983, is a retired footballer who was a winger for clubs like Liverpool, Birmingham City, and Stoke City. However, he only represented his country for three years in the Under-21 team and did not progress to the senior squad.

When did Steven Gerrard score a Champions League final match goal?

Gerrard scored an own goal in 2005 during the final against Chelsea, who lost to Liverpool 3-2. Steven was named Man of the Match after the game.

Final word

The best English players to score in the Champions League final have achieved what several players can only dream of appearing in the UEFA League final. As more English stars emerge, the number of goal scorers will likely increase, flying their country's flag proudly.

READ ALSO: A list of the best English players who played for Real Madrid

Sports Brief published a listicle of the top players who played for Real Madrid. The club has attracted talent from across the globe and has a foreign player rate of 66.7%. Who are some of the Real Madrid players?

Michael Owen played centre-forward for the club from 2004 to 2005, and the legendary David Beckham played from 2003 to 2007. Check out the above article for the complete list of English footballers who played for Madrid.

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Grace has over 4 years of experience in article writing and digital media content creation for various local and global brands. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Communication (Public Relations) from Daystar University, Kenya.