Ashley Cole & England's Top 10 Champions League Exports


Last night Ashley Cole became the 11th Englishman to feature for a non-British side in the Champions League when he featured for Roma in their 1-1 draw at the Etihad Stadium. Can you name the other 10?

Steve McManaman (Real Madrid)

McManaman enjoyed four good years at the Bernabeu, in which he not only played in the Champions League, but scored in the final. Macca won two Champions League titles in four years. Not bad.

 

Owen Hargreaves (Bayern Munich)

Hargreaves is another Englishman to win the Champions League with a foreign club. The midfielder won the competition in 2001 aged just 20, and played a total of 35 games in Europe’s elite club competition. 

 

David Beckham (Real Madrid, AC Milan, PSG)

One of England’s most famous exports, Beckham represented Real Madrid, AC Milan and PSG in the Champions League. He never won it with any of them but clocked up 27 Champions League appearances for overseas clubs.

 

Michael Owen (Real Madrid)

Owen followed Beckham to Madrid and, at one stage, had the best goals-to-minutes on the pitch ratio of any player in La Liga. But with Ronaldo and Raul ahead of him in the pecking order, Owen was restricted to two Champions League appearances for Los Blancos. He still managed to get a goal though.

 

Derbyshire (Olympiakos)

We bet you didn’t have this one on your list. Matt Derbyshire represented Greek side Olympiakos twice in the Champions League, both times against Bordeaux. And he even managed to be sent off in one of those games. He’s now at Rotherham.

 

Brian Deane (Benfica)

If you guessed Derbyshire, you definitely didn’t get Sheffield United legend Brian Deane, whose big Champions League moment came in 1998 for Benfica, along with…

 

Scott Minto (Benfica)

Minto was also part of the English invasion at Benfica in the late 90s after Graeme Souness took charge. It didn’t exactly go to plan for club or manager, but Minto still managed to get some Champions League appearances out of it, as did...

 

Michael Thomas (Benfica)

Perhaps the strangest name on this list is former Arsenal and Liverpool midfielder Michael Thomas. At the ripe old age of 31, he also joined the Souness revolution in 1997. And left with it in 1999.

 

Joe Cole (Lille)

Cole raised some eyebrows when he moved to France and joined Lille on loan in 2011. He played five times in the Champions League, before returning to Liverpool.

 

Jonathan Woodgate (Real Madrid)

Woodgate’s Real Madrid career isn’t quite on par with Alfredo Di Stefano’s but he pulled on the famous white shirt three times. That was after scoring an own goal and being sent off on his Madrid debut.