It seems only a fleeting juncture since the ‘Arsenal Invincibles’ toured around the country, defeating every opponent with consummate ease. Arsene Wenger’s men stunned the footballing world as they went an entire season unbeaten, a feat that couldn’t have been accomplished without the Gunners’ foreign contingent.

5 years earlier and Manchester United were creating similar shockwaves around the world as they won an unprecedented treble, claiming the Champions League in dramatic circumstances at the Nou Camp; a night that will remain the pinnacle of success for all United fans. Once again, a band of foreign stars assisted Sir Alex Ferguson in his record breaking year.

These two examples indicate how influential the rest of the world has been in the road to success for English football. From Danish goalkeeping stalwarts to incredibly skilful Italians, this list highlights some of the greatest foreign stars who have ever plied their trade on our shores. There have been many players from distant lands who made unforgettable impacts on the Premier League that have not made this 15.

This alone indicates that the import of talent from around the globe has been advantageous to the development and popularity of the English game.

Click on King Cantona to see the full list of foreign stars