Top football stars nominated for EPL Hall of Fame
Jermain Defoe and Michael Carrick are newcomers as the Premier League announces its 15-man Hall of Fame shortlist for 2023… with John Terry, Rio Ferdinand and Michael Owen among legends in the running for a third time.
The Premier League has announced a shortlist of 15 former players in the running to join its prestigious Hall of Fame this year, with Jermain Defoe and Michael Carrick receiving nominations for the first time.
A total of 16 English top-flight icons have been inducted into the Premier League’s Hall of Fame since its inception in 2021, including the likes of Thierry Henry, Alan Shearer and David Beckham.
And earlier this week Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger, who won 16 league titles between them at Manchester United and Arsenal respectively, also became the first managers to enter the esteemed club.
Now the Premier League has revealed its nominees for 2023, which features two newcomers in Defoe and Carrick.
The latter enjoyed great success in his 12-year stint with United, clinching five titles while making over 300 appearances, having previously plied his trade at West Ham and Tottenham
Carrick also claimed a host of other trophies, including the Champions League, though only Premier League achievements are taking into consideration in the Hall of Fame reckoning.
As for Defoe, while he never got his hands on a league sinner’s medal, the ex-England striker is ninth in the all-time goalscoring charts after finding the back of the net 162 times across 496 appearances for West Ham, Tottenham, Portsmouth, Sunderland and Bournemouth.
Several ex-players have been nominated for a third time this year, having missed out on a place in the Hall of Fame on two previous occasions; with Tony Adams, Sol Campbell, Andy Cole, Ashley Cole, Les Ferdinand, Rio Ferdinand, Robbie Fowler, Michael Owen, John Terry and Nemanja Vidic all hoping for third time lucky in 2023.
Petr Cech, Gary Neville and Yaya Toure are also in the running again having made it onto the shortlist for the first time in 2022.
Each inductee receives a personalised medallion along with a £10,000 donation made by the Premier League to a charity of their choice.