Top 10 Aussie players in the Premier League

More than 40 Australians have played in the English Premier League since the inaugural 1992 season. Driven by their traditional links with the Mother Country, Australian players have always aspired to play in England's top-flight league.

For a few prominent Aussies - notably Craig Johnston, a multiple championship winner for Liverpool who scored a goal in the 1986 FA Cup final - the English First Division became the ultimate rite of passage, especially at a time when the Socceroos weren't a force in international football.

Those who made it into the Premier League through the 1990s and 2000s were part of Australian football's "golden age". The emergence of these players - Mark Viduka, Harry Kewell, Tim Cahill, Lucas Neill, Brett Emerton and Mark Schwarzer - encouraged the next generation of young Australians to pursue their dreams of playing in the world's biggest leagues.

Presently only a handful of Australians, such as Socceroos Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace) and Brad Smith (AFC Bournemouth), are on EPL team rosters.

It's easy to forget, however, that many have left a mark on the Premier League over the past 24 seasons. More than 40 Australians have played in the English Premier League since the inaugural 1992 season.

Here are 10 players, in chronological order, who will be remembered as the best Australians to appear on the EPL stage.

Mark Bosnich: Aston Villa, Manchester United, Chelsea (1992-2000, 2001-02)

Mark Bosnich

The flamboyant keeper became the first Australian to play in the Premier League when he featured for Aston Villa on December 5, 1992.

His career in England featured controversy and quality in equal measures. Bosnich won a Premier League title, with Manchester United, in 1999-2000.

He also played 17 times for the Socceroos, remarkably scoring one goal - a penalty against the Solomon Islands.

Robbie Slater: Blackburn Rovers, West Ham United, Southampton (1994-98)

Robbie Slater

England-born Slater will always be remembered as the first Australian player to win a Premier League title - with Blackburn Rovers in 1994-95. He scored his first Premiership goal - ironically against Blackburn, for West Ham - the following season. The combative and durable midfielder played for the Socceroos for nine years.

Harry Kewell: Leeds United, Liverpool (1996-2008)

Harry Kewell

Perhaps the most naturally skilled Australian player of all time, Kewell made his debut in what was then known as the Premiership with Leeds United in 1996 at the age of 17. Injuries plagued the gifted left-sided forward, particularly after his move to Liverpool, although he managed to score 57 goals in his 274 Premier League appearances.

Stan Lazaridis: West Ham United, Birmingham City (1995-99, 2002-06)

Stan Lazaridis

A left-sided player who liked the ball at his feet, Lazaridis made the most of his opportunities in the world's most popular football league. Having played in the top flight for West Ham United, he later helped Birmingham City into the Premiership, playing a total of more than 160 games at the top level.

Mark Schwarzer: Middlesbrough, Fulham, Chelsea, Leicester City (1997-2016)

Mark Schwarzer

Australia's greatest goalkeeper made Premier League history last season after winning back-to-back titles with two different clubs - Chelsea and Leicester City. The Foxes' win also made him the oldest Premier League winner at 43. Although he did not play a single Premier League game over the past two seasons, Schwarzer will be remembered as one of its top keepers. He is the only non-UK player to have made more than 500EPL appearances and is his country's most-capped player (109).

Mark Viduka: Leeds United, Middlesbrough, Newcastle United (2000-09)

Mark Viduka

A Socceroos captain and centre-forward, "Big Dukes" had good skills with the ball at his head or feet. After transferring from Celtic, Viduka enjoyed his best spell at Leeds United, where he scored 22 goals in a season twice, including a hat-trick against Charlton Athletic in 2002-03. He holds the record for the most goals scored by an Australian in the Premier League (92) and UEFA Champions League (4).

Lucas Neill: Blackburn Rovers, West Ham United, Everton (2001-10)

Lucas Neill

Neill made his debut at Blackburn Rovers at 23 and spent most of the best years of his career in England. A tough, but smart and often inspirational centre-back, the Socceroos captain was a dependable and committed player who was well suited to the demands of the Premier League. He played 96 times for his country, 61 as captain.

Brett Emerton: Blackburn Rovers (2003-11)

Brett Emerton

Emerton was a reliable and creative right-side midfielder, and was renowned for his amazing "motor", which enabled him to shuttle between attack and defence. A 95-cap Socceroo, who captained his country at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Emerton's career at Blackburn Rovers was ruined by a serious knee injury in 2008-09 but he still managed to play 247 games in the English top flight.

Tim Cahill: Everton (2004-12)

Tim Cahill

The all-time top goalscorer for the Socceroos, with 47 goals in 91 matches, is one of Australia's greatest footballing exports, with a fearsome reputation for his prowess in the air. Cahill's time at Everton, during which he was an essential part of manager David Moyes' plans, earned him widespread recognition and appreciation as well as a decent return for an attacking midfielder of 56 goals in 226 appearances.

Mile Jedinak: Crystal Palace (2013-16)

Mile Jedinak

From Central Coast Mariner in 2009 to Australia and Crystal Palace skipper: that's been Jedinak's incredible voyage over recent seasons. The tough and talented midfielder was named International Footballer of the Year by the Asian Football Confederation in 2014 and led the Socceroos to their Asian Cup victory in 2015. Last season, he became the first Australian to lead a team in the FA Cup final, where his Palace team lost in extra-time to Manchester United.

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