Out-of-form Rooney named England Player of the Year

Date published: Tuesday 5th January 2016 10:15

Wayne Rooney: Wants to start up front

Wayne Rooney: Wants to start up front

Wayne Rooney has been named the Vauxhall England Player of the Year for the fourth time after a record-breaking campaign.

The 30-year-old may have struggled at Manchester United, but 2015 was a year to remember on the international front.

Rooney’s five goals in eight England appearances moved the forward onto 50 goals, seeing him usurp Sir Bobby Charlton as the country’s all-time top scorer.

Furthermore, the forward captained Roy Hodgson’s men to European Championship qualification with a 100 per cent record – just the sixth side to ever do so.

Such impact has seen Rooney voted England Player of the Year for the second successive campaign.

The Three Lions skipper received 37 per cent of votes from the England Supporters Club members, who chose Jack Butland as their Under-21s Player of the Year.

The impressive Stoke goalkeeper received 54 per cent of the votes after captaining the Young Lions at what was an ultimately disappointing European Championship in the Czech Republic.

Butland has stepped into the senior squad towards the end of the year and will be presented with the award alongside Rooney when England continue their Euro 2016 preparations in March.

Roy Hodgson’s men will travel to Berlin for a mouth-watering friendly with Germany on March 26, before hosting Holland at Wembley on March 29.

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