Premier League launch Hall of Fame to recognise legends of the league who have shown ‘exceptional skill and t

The Premier League has revealed plans to launch an official Hall of Fame, with the first two players to be inducted next month.

The Hall of Fame aims to recognise and celebrate the ‘exceptional’ skill and talent of those who have graced the Premier League since its inception in 1992.

The Premier League began in 1992, becoming a global phenomenon

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The Premier League began in 1992, becoming a global phenomenon

A shortlist of further nominees will be announced the same time the two initial players are inducted, with fans invited to help select the next group of former stars to join the 2020 class.

The only stipulations for inclusion are candidates must have retired and only a player’s Premier League career is considered.

“Since 1992, the Premier League has been home to world-class players who have defined generations and provided us with compelling football season after season,” said Premier League chief executive Richard Masters.

“A place in the Premier League Hall of Fame is reserved for the very best. It will be an occasion for our fans around the world to look back over the years and help us celebrate some truly exceptional playing careers.”

There are no hints regarding who the first two inductees will be, though Alan Shearer, the Newcastle legend, is one of the favourites to enter the Hall of Fame next month.

Alan Shearer is surely a candidate to be the first ever Premier League Hall of Fame inductee

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Alan Shearer is surely a candidate to be the first ever Premier League Hall of Fame inductee

Shearer retired in 2006 and remains the Premier League’s all-time leading scorer, having netted 260 goals for Southampton, Blackburn and the Magpies

Other contenders to be initially inducted are considered to include the likes of Thierry Henry, the ex-Arsenal forward, as well as former Manchester United duo Roy Keane and Eric Cantona.

Each inductee will receive a personalised medallion, engraved with the year of their induction.