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Top 15 Premier League Stars Who Came From Non-League

The emergence of Jamie Vardy this season has given a lot of attention to non-league football. The Leicester striker who broke Ruud van Nistelrooy's record of scoring in consecutive games is not a one-off case though, there are a number of players in the English top flight who come from the humble roots of the non-league game.

Far from the billion dollar TV deals and multi-million dollar signings of the Premier League, non-league football teams and players struggle with little resources, often supported by volunteers and the spirit of the local community. The quality of non-league is obviously nowhere near that of the world's most watched and most lucrative sporting league, the Premier League, but there are certainly gems to be found there.

All of the players on this list are current Premier League players who have featured regularly when fit this season. Every one of them has played non-league football at some stage in their careers; some just when they were starting out as youngsters/teenagers, others spending the best part of a decade below the fourth tier of English football. Here are the top 15 Premier League stars who came from non-league:

15 Rob Elliot

via chroniclelive.co.uk

14 Lee Tomlin

via premierleague.com

13 Michail Antonio

via mirror.co.uk

12 Dwight Gayle

via 3news.co.nz

11 Craig Dawson

via bbc.co.uk

10 Neil Taylor

via fm-base.co.uk

9 Callum Wilson

via readeverything.com

8 Peter Crouch

via zimbio.com

7 Danny Ings

via theguardian.co.uk

6 Ben Foster

via talksport.com

5 Ashley Williams

via worldsoccertalk.com

4 Yannick Bolasie

via standard.co.uk

3 Chris Smalling

via performgroup.com

2 Jamie Vardy

via metro.co.uk

The man who has brought so much attention to non-league football thanks to his meteoric rise this season, Jamie Vardy has been a revelation in the Premier League this season. The England international spent the first 5 years of his career playing non-league football, first in the seventh and eighth tier with Stockbridge Park Steels, then in the sixth and seventh tiers for Halifax Town and lastly in the fifth tier for Fleetwood Town, scoring prolifically for all three. He jumped from fifth tier to second when he joined Leicester City in 2012.

1 Joe Hart

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England's number 1 goalkeeper Joe Hart has spent the last decade at Manchester City, but before he joined the Citizens, Hart played non-league and lower league football for Shrewsbury Town. He made his Shrews debut in 2003, aged 16, and went on to play 53 games for the club in the Conference and League Two before joining Man City. In almost 10 years with the Sky Blues, Hart has been loaned out three times before cementing himself as the team's first choice between the sticks, and he has since played 322 games for Manchester City, winning Premier League Golden Glove four times and has become England's number 1 and won 57 caps for his country to date.

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