The English Premier League is widely acknowledged as the best top-flight division in world football, attracting talent from the four corners of the globe as a result.
As one of Australia’s most popular sports, over the years lots of players from Down Under have plied their trade in the United Kingdom, with different gradients of success.
However, a number of Socceroos have made a lasting impression in the Premier League and have gone down as legends among the fans of their respective sides.
The list below details the achievements of Australia’s three best players of the Premier League era.
Honourable mentions to Mark Viduka, Lucas Neill, Brett Emerson, Mark Bosnich and others, who narrowly missed out.
The talented attacking midfielder played at English football’s pinnacle for 12 years, representing top clubs Leeds United and Liverpool.
Unlike other top Australian talents that made their name elsewhere before being signed by British clubs, Kewell developed through the Leeds youth academy and made his first-team debut for the Elland Road outfit in 1996.
The Sydney-born forward was part of the Leeds glory era, where the Yorkshire giants made it through to the Champions League semi-finals and fought for major silverware.
A move to Liverpool in 2003 followed and Kewell was to be part of the Reds side that became European champions in 2005.
The sublimely gifted winger is remembered for his pace, skill and eye for goal, with Kewell netting 57 Premier League goals before departing for Galatasaray in 2008.
The larger-than-life Australian goalkeeper is a household name for Premier League fans, with Schwarzer spending an incredible 20 years in the English game from 1996 to 2016.
The now 47-year-old’s journey in the United Kingdom started with Bradford City, but it was with Middlesbrough that he spent the majority of his time.
Schwarzer made over 350 top-flight appearances for Boro, before moving to Fulham in 2008, where he made another 172 outings.
Ironically, despite being a sold ever-present for both clubs, it was only in his latter days as a fringe player that major honours started to come.
Schwarzer was on the books of both Chelsea and Leicester City when the teams won the Premier League in 2015 and 2016 respectively.
One of Australia’s best exports, Cahill will go down in the Everton history books as a Goodison Park legend.
The attacking midfielder started his footballing journey at Millwall, scoring over 50 goals in the Football League over six seasons before being snatched up by the Toffees in 2004.
In eight seasons with Everton, Cahill epitomised the hard-working nature of David Moyes’ side and became a fans favourite for his determination, spirit and ability to find the net from midfield.
Despite a modest stature, Cahill’s leap and ability in the air made him a massive threat in the opposition penalty box and a significant number of his 56 Premier League goals for the Toffees came with his head.
Cahill went on to play in the United States and China, but his boxing the corner flag celebration will not be forgotten by Premier League fans for many years.