The Premier League has unveiled a 23-man shortlist for fans to vote on who should be included in the all-new Hall of Fame – though Ryan Giggs won’t be on that list at his upcoming trial.
Arsenal legend Thierry Henry and Blackburn and Newcastle icon Alan Shearer were the first to enter, with 23 other candidates announced.
But there was no slot for former Manchester United winger Giggs, who is the most decorated player in the history of the league, having won the title 13 times.
David Beckham and Paul Scholes are among the ten shortlisted former Manchester United players
However, Ryan Giggs has not been shortlisted due to his upcoming lawsuit
Liverpool star and Rangers manager Steven Gerrard is among those also on the list
Later this week, the 47-year-old will appear in court, charged with assaulting two women and ‘controlling or coercive behavior’.
He is currently the manager of Wales, but will not be in charge of the national team at this summer’s European Championship, with Robert Page in temporary control.
Giggs has protested his innocence, saying he will plead not guilty to the court and adding that he looks forward to clearing his name. He is expected at Manchester and Salford Magistrates Court on Wednesday.
Henry is considered one of the best players to pick up the competition. He won two titles with Arsenal and was a key member of the ‘Invincibles’ squad from 2003-04.
Shearer is the top goalscorer in Premier League history with 260 goals. He won the title with Blackburn in 1994-95 and became a prolific striker for boys’ club Newcastle.
The shortlist is dominated by ten Manchester United players, including Roy Keane, David Beckham and Paul Scholes – although there was no room for Giggs.
Other former Manchester United stars included Eric Cantona, Andy Cole, Rio Ferdinand, Peter Schmeichel, Robin Van Persie, Nemanja Vidic and Michael Owen.
Arsenal are also heavily represented in the roster of seven representatives, including Van Persie, Ian Wright, Patrick Vieira, Tony Adams, Dennis Bergkamp, Sol Campbell and Gunner who became Chelsea star Ashley Cole.
In addition to Ashley Cole, Chelsea also have John Terry, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba on the list.
Arsenal is strongly represented with Dennis Bergkamp one of seven ex-Gunners players
Chelsea’s five-time Premier League-winning captain John Terry is a player fans can vote for
Liverpool has three representatives including Owen, Steven Gerrard and Robbie Fowler.
Also included in the list are Southampton legend Matthew Le Tissier and former Newcastle and Tottenham striker Les Ferdinand.
The first two inductees were teased on social media last week in a video, in which people like Jamie Carragher and Ian Wright provided clues as to who could take the credit.
’90s Premier League legends Eric Cantona, Les Ferdinand and Ian Wright are also on the list
One of the players has been described as ‘deadly, sometimes imperceptible’ and a ‘devastating phenomenon’, while the other, according to former Liverpool man Jamie Carragher, was ‘an absolute nightmare to play against’.
Announcing Shearer and Henry, the Premier League’s official account introduced the pair as: ‘Two central forwards, both endowed with natural skill and talent who have written their names in Premier League history.’
Fans can vote for the following six inductees on the Official website of the Premier League and in the official Premier League app until May 9.
Premier League Hall of Fame 23 man shortlist
Tony Adams, Sol Campbell, Ashley Cole, Rio Ferdinand, John Terry, Nemanja Vidic
David Beckham, Steven Gerrard, Roy Keane, Frank Lampard, Matthew Le Tissier, Paul Scholes, Patrick Vieira
Dennis Bergkamp, Eric Cantona, Andrew Cole, Didier Drogba, Les Ferdinand, Robbie Fowler, Michael Owen, Robin van Persie, Ian Wright