Alan Shearer and Ryan Giggs are firm favourites to be the first inductees into the newly formed Premier League Hall of Fame.
The Premier League have confirmed a new Hall of Fame would be created to recognise the players of “exceptional skill and talent” from home and abroad who have played in the top division since it began in 1992.
Two players will be confirmed as the initial members of the Hall of Fame, with the next inductees voted for by fans.
Candidates must have retired and only their Premier League career will be considered as being relevant.
The first two inductees will be confirmed in March with a host of names being suggested – but it is former Blackburn and Newcastle striker Shearer and Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs who are favourites.
Also in contention is believed to be Arsenal’s top-scorer Thierry Henry’s and his long-time team-mate and captain Patrick Vieira.
United’s Paul Scholes, Roy Keane and Eric Cantona are also talked about as possible candidates, along with former Chelsea pair Frank Lampard and John Terry.
Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard is also considered one of those in contention.
OddsMonkey spokesman Peter Watton commented: “The new Premier League Hall of Fame has really got the fans excited, and the speculation is now rife about who the first two inductees will be.
“Bookmakers are seemingly convinced that Alan Shearer and Ryan Giggs will be the first two through the doors of the new Hall!”
Odds on first inductees into Premier League Hall of Fame:
Alan Shearer 1/4
Ryan Giggs 1/2
Thierry Henry 6/4
Paul Scholes 7/1
Patrick Vieira 8/1
Roy Keane 9/1
John Terry 16/1
Frank Lampard 16/1
Steven Gerrard 20/1
Eric Cantona 25/1
Odds and stats accurate at time of writing
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