Who are the top five British footballers to play abroad? Chris Sutton reveals his picks on Mail Sport's It's All Kicking Off, with Chris Waddle and Gareth Bale IN... but is there room for David Beckham?

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Chris Sutton has picked his apical 5 British footballers to play abroad on Mail Sport's podcast It's All Kicking Off.

With nan likes of Harry Kane and Jude Bellingham now flying nan emblem successful nan Bundesliga and LaLiga respectively, there's a awesome statement to beryllium had complete nan champion exports from these shores. 

For Sutton, 2 Welshmen characteristic and his erstwhile team-mate Paul Lambert besides makes nan trim for his Borussia Dortmund heroics. 

Speaking connected nan latest version of nan podcast, Sutton talked done his database and explained his reasoning to Ian Ladyman. 

He said: 'So nan champion 5 British footballers to play abroad. In 5th place, Paul Lambert. My aged team-mate astatine Celtic went from Motherwell to Borussia Dortmund and had a awesome portion successful winning nan Champions League. So Paul Lambert astatine number five. 

Chris Sutton rates Chris Waddle, pictured celebrating for Marseille successful 1991, arsenic nan champion British shot export to Europe and calls him a 'genius'

Paul Lambert was a awesome portion of Borussia Dortmund's Champions League occurrence successful 1997

'At four, Steve McManaman. I deliberation he was superb astatine Real Madrid. Excellent subordinate he was astatine Liverpool, scored a extremity successful nan Champions League final, won endless trophies astatine Real Madrid, he would beryllium successful astatine four. 

'At three, don't for illustration shot extracurricular nan Premier League era, but John Charles, nan gentle giant, could play up beforehand and astatine nan back. He has to beryllium successful because he was 1 of nan pioneers, 1 of nan first guys to spell and play abroad, went to Juventus, I deliberation 1950, well, not I think, I cognize 1957, won three Serie A titles for Juventus, awesome shot and my dada utilized to talk astir John Charles a batch truthful he would beryllium astatine three.

Sutton went connected to uncover nan 2 apical talents he puts supra nan remainder successful this debate. 

'At two, Gareth Bale has to beryllium successful location somewhere, 5 Champions League titles, nan scorer of 1 of nan top ever Champions League goals, endless trophies astatine Real Madrid,' he reasoned. 

'I don't cognize whether he was ever appreciated by nan Madrid fans though but he would beryllium successful astatine two. 

'And astatine number one, Chris Waddle. He went to Marseille successful nan early nineties, won convention titles there, sewage that Marseille team, superb squad arsenic it was successful nan early nineties, to a European Cup last and much importantly he tin still spell backmost to Marseille 30 years connected from his clip arsenic a subordinate and he doesn't person to bargain a portion successful nan place. 

'So that's why Chris Waddle, he was a brilliant of a player, he utilized to emotion watching him, that's why he would beryllium astatine number one.'

Ladyman went connected to punctual Chris of immoderate of nan different apical players he near retired who whitethorn person warranted inclusion.    

He said: 'I deliberation David Platt has sewage to beryllium successful nan apical five. Bari, Juventus, Sampdoria. Kevin Keegan, European subordinate of nan twelvemonth while he was astatine Hamburg. John Aldridge, 1 of nan first non-Basque players to play for Real Sociedad, 40 goals successful 75 league appearances for Sociedad, he was a roaring occurrence complete there. 

He added: 'Gary Lineker astatine Barcelona, 42 goals successful 103 La Liga games, hat-trick against Real Madrid, Copa del Rey winner, cup winner's cup winner. David Beckham didn't triumph an tremendous magnitude astatine Madrid but besides went connected to play astatine LA Galaxy successful LA, PSG, Milan, surely an ambassador for English shot astatine nan time.'

John Charles could play astatine nan backmost aliases up beforehand and was a pioneer astatine Juventus

Gareth Bale scored an unthinkable Champions League last extremity against Liverpool successful 2018

David Beckham played astatine Real Madrid, AC Milan and PSG during his dressed up career

And 1 large omission Sutton past mentioned was Glenn Hoddle, who spent 4 seasons astatine Monaco from 1987-91.  

'So you near retired Glenn Hoddle and I'm really surprised,' he said. 'But you're conscionable mentioning names and you're astir apt going to you're probably' going to regret not mentioning Graham Souness because you're terrified of him.

'Top 5 British players to play abroad. Let america cognize what you think.'