The honours keep rolling in for Manchester United and England super striker Wayne Rooney. Just one week after being named the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year, he has secured an awards double when he was voted the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year. He finished ahead of Chelsea striker Didier Drogba and former United team mate Carlos Tevez after collecting a staggering 81% of the vote.
Rooney has topped a poll of journalists following an outstanding season during which he has scored 34 goals for United. He is aiming to shake off a groin injury to feature again before the end of the season and expressed his delight at clinching another individual accolade.
“I am delighted to win an award with so much history and tradition and to follow a long line of wonderful players who have been honoured by the Football Writers’ Association since 1948 gives me real pride,” said Rooney, who will receive his award at the FWA’s gala dinner at The Lancaster London Hotel on 13th May.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank my manager Sir Alex Ferguson, the coaching staff and my team mates without whose help and support this award would not have been possible. My thanks also go to my family and friends for their constant support which is always appreciated. I thank the Football Writers’ Association members who voted for me and I look forward to personally collecting my award at the Footballer of the Year dinner”
Football Writers Association chairman Steve Bates, chief football writer for The People, commented “Wayne is a worthy winner of our prestigious award and the margin of his victory is testimony to the marvellous season he has had for club and country. His tally of 34 goals so far this season is certain to have captured the attention of our members but I am sure the overall improvement in his game at Manchester United has been of equal significance”
Bates continued “Wayne’s enthusiasm, hunger and desire mark him out as a special player and we hope he can carry his club form onto the international stage in the World Cup this summer to help England achieve their dream. We now look forward to saluting Wayne at our dinner”
The complete list of PFA Player of the Year Winners
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