Premier League Hall of Fame: A star XI of players who could make the inaugural induction - including Manchester United, Chelsea & Arsenal legends

The Premier League announced on Thursday that it will be launching a Hall of Fame to recognise the greatest footballers who have graced the competition in its 18-year history.


With so many talented stars featuring in the English top tier since 1992, producing a definitive 'best side' is an almost impossible task, but here's a starting XI of players who could potentially be inducted via the inaugural fan vote.

The Danish goalkeeper was a fearsome presence between the sticks for Manchester United over seven seasons in the Premier League, winning five league titles a Player of the Season award to boot.

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A solid shout for the Premier League's best ever left-back, Cole shone for both Arsenal and Chelsea, winning two league titles with the former and one with the latter.
The Manchester City colossus was central to their dominant period in the early and late '10s. It was a mighty close call with Chelsea's John Terry - they both bridge their respective club's huge gaps between title-winning years.
He was at one point the world's most expensive defender, when he joined Manchester United from Leeds United for 30m back in 2002. He also featured for West Ham, across 21 top tier campaigns.
Now excelling as pundit, Neville was one of the most reliable right-backs around back in his playing days. He made 400 Premier League appearances, all for Manchester United, bagging eight league titles.
177 goals in 609 league games from midfield is a mighty fine haul.He was immense in his days as a Chelsea player, becoming an icon by the end of the 13 seasons spent at Stamford Bridge.
As tenacious as they come, Roy Keane was a phenomenal midfield battler. He added the grit to Manchester United's highly successful '90s/early-'00s side.
Only Gareth Barry has made more Premier League appearances than the Welsh winger. He racked up 169 assists over the course of his Premier League career, and could well be one of the first two Hall of Fame inductees.
Technically gifted and simply oozing class, the Frenchman's highlight reel is a real treat. He was a prolific goal machine for Arsenal, netting 174 in 254 league outings.
The division's all-time top goalscorer has to make the cut, surely? He won the league title with Blackburn Rovers, before going on to become a Newcastle United legend.
Forever immortalised in that piece of commentary, the Argentine ace has been the poster boy of the modern Premier League era.