Immigration continues to get a bad rap this week - now it's responsible for A&E waiting times not to mention all sorts of other evils.

Surely it's only a matter of time before immigrants steal the word "gay" off the gays.

While people are quick to point out the perceived negatives we could do well to remember what good it has done the Britain over the years.

Last month the Huffington Post UK brought you 'Ten Iconic British Businesses Founded By People Born Abroad' and we followed that up with 'Eleven Cultural Icons Britain Wouldn't Have Without It'.

This week it's a sporting twist as we present 'Thirteen Sporting Icons Britain Wouldn't Have Without Immigration'...

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  • John Barnes

    Age: 49 Sport: Football Immigrated From: Jamaica Career Highlight: This goal <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S09sVFTj08c" target="_blank">(and that rap</a>)

  • Graeme Hick

    Age: 47 Sport: Cricket Immigrated From: Rhodesia Career Highlight: Scoring first-class triple hundreds in three different decades.

  • Raheem Stirling

    Age: 18 Sport: Football Immigrated From: Jamaica Career Highlight: Representing England iat under-16, under-17, under-19 and under-21. Reached full level in 2012

  • Luol Deng

    Age: 28 Sport: Basketball Immigrated From: Sudan via Egypt Career Highlight: Making the 2012 NBA All-Star Game's Eastern Conference team

  • Zola Budd

    Age: 47 Sport: Athletics Immigrated From: South Africa Career Highlight: Breaking the 5000m world record in 1985 in a time of 14:48.07

  • Greg Rusedski

    Age: 39 Sport: Tennis Immigrated From: Canada Career Highlight: Being British number one and world number 4

  • Wilfried Zaha

    Age: 20 Sport: Football Immigrated From: Ivory Coast Career Highlight: Representing England in 2012

  • Mo Farah

    Age: 30 Sport: Athletics Immigrated From: Somalia Career Highlight: Becoming a double Olympian at London 2012

  • Kevin Pietersen

    Age: 32 Sport: Cricket Immigrated From: South Africa Career Highlight: Scoring seven sixes when helping to secure the Ashes for England in 2005

  • Mike Catt

    Age: 41 Sport: Rugby Immigrated From: South Africa Career Highlight: Winning the World Cup in 2003.

  • Joe Bugner

    Age: 63 Sport: Boxing Immigrated From: Hungary Career Highlight: Fighting (and narrowly losing to) Muhammad Ali for the world heavyweight championship in 1975.

  • Simon Shaw

    Age: 39 Sport: Rugby Union Immigrated From: Kenya Career Highlight: Playing in the 2007 Rugby World Cup Final.

  • Owen Hargreaves

    Age: 32 Sport: Football Immigrated From: Canada Career Highlight: Representing England at the 2006 World Cup