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BBC Sport - Football - Rooney is PFA player of the year

 

Wayne Rooney has been voted player of the year by his peers in the Professional Footballers' Association.

 

The Manchester United striker, who has scored 34 goals this season, beat off competition from Didier Drogba, Carlos Tevez and Cesc Fabregas.

 

Rooney, 24, said: "It's a great feeling to win because it's voted for by the players. It's a great honour and I'm really proud."

 

The young player of the year award was won by Aston Villa's James Milner.

 

Rooney has blossomed at Old Trafford this season after the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez.

 

He has played in a more advanced role than in previous seasons and has added powerful heading ability to his overall game.

 

But he injured ankle ligaments in the first leg of United's Champions League quarter-final against Bayern Munich, and missed Saturday's 1-0 win over Tottenham with a groin injury sustained in trail

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However, Rooney insisted he will be fit for the World Cup and indeed hopes to play in United's last league game, against Stoke.

 

"The groin will be fine for the World Cup, there are no worries about that," he said. "I'm hoping to play for United in the last game of the season.

 

"I remember coming here in 2005 and 2006 to win the young player of the year award. I saw the players winning the main one and it's something I've aimed for since."

 

The striker paid tribute to United boss Sir Alex Ferguson and the influence he has had on his career.

 

"Sir Alex is a great manager who has really brought me on as a player since I joined United. His hunger passes through to the players.

 

"It's great to see that he's pushing 70 and he hasn't changed a bit. I'm sure he'll be at United a long time yet."

 

I'm very proud to get such an award

 

Lucas Radebe

Rooney was also nominated for the young player award but Milner, also 24, was voted winner.

 

A string of fine performances and an ability to play in a number of positions have made him a front-runner for a position in Fabio Capello's squad for the World Cup.

 

Milner said: "I've been moved into the middle and that suits me as it helps me influence the game a bit more. Sometimes when you are wide on the right you can't get yourself into it."

 

Former Leeds and South Africa defender Lucas Radebe, 41, won the PFA Merit Award.

 

"Sport can change the world. Football has played such a big part in lifting my community," he said. "I'm very proud to get such a great award."

 

 

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Premier League team of the year: Joe Hart (Man City, Birmingham on loan), Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea), Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal), Richard Dunne (Aston Villa), Patrice Evra (Man Utd), Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal), James Milner (Aston Villa), James Fletcher (Man Utd), Antonio Valencia (Man Utd), Wayne Rooney (Man Utd), Didier Drogba (Chelsea).

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James Fletcher? When did the Mancs sign him?

 

Good to see the Beeb check these things out before putting them on their site...

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Because we're shite?QUOTE]

 

Our keeper isnt.

 

Spot on. Didn't even think of that for some reason, never bought into these awards really.

 

Anybody who thinks Joe Hart has had a better season then Pepe is a poor example of humanity and the very reason these awards are meaningless. Still though, in a Wolrd Cup year 2 English players win the main awards and a nervy English keeper gets the nod as the best of the season....

 

Conspiracy theorists fire away....

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Young player of the year should actually be young, like under 21. Joke award.

 

Agreed, obviously 24 is young in real terms but Milner's in his 8th or 9th season as a top flight professional now, should never have been considered. Of course Pepe should be in that team too though.

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Joe Hart has also had a brilliant season.

 

Granted, Reina should probably be on the list, I don't really have much of a problem with anything else about it.

 

And quite frankly, I couldn't care less.

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If only we could have seen that Milner was going to be ace when we bought Pennant, eh?

 

Not to piss on your chips, but the reason he's done so well this season is because he's played in the middle.

 

But he'd still be better than what we have on offer on the right, and would have been better than Pennant, yes.

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Fletcher? Wtf is he doing there? And I'm sure Evra just got picked by default, hardly any good left backs around. Rubbish awards, but right to exclude Liverpool players, none of our lads deserved to be selected.

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Fletcher? Wtf is he doing there? And I'm sure Evra just got picked by default, hardly any good left backs around. Rubbish awards, but right to exclude Liverpool players, none of our lads deserved to be selected.
Pepe

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Pepe

Maybe, but a man whose team is struggling to stay in 7th place is not going to win this award, especially when his team is Liverpool! If we were in the top 4 he'd probably have been selected.

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