Liverpool man named England’s best player
Liverpool star Adam Lallana has been named England’s best player for 2016.
The midfielder has risen to prominence this year for both club and country, and despite England not having a great Euro 2016, Lallana was one of the few players that came out of the tournament with some credit.
He picked up 39% of the FA votes, winning by quite a margin, with Jamie Vardy coming in second with 12%.
Rooney became England’s top goalscorer in 2016, breaking Sir Bobby Chartlon’s long-standing record, but he got just eight per cent of the votes.
‘This award is a huge honour,’ Lallana told The FA.
‘The last three winners were Rooney (2015), Rooney (2014) and Steven Gerrard (2012) so that just goes to show what a great achievement this is.
‘Things have been going well this season for my club so that always helps. When you’re playing well for your club then hopefully you can transmit your form into the national team and help out.
‘That’s what has been happening but I don’t want that to be for just one season – I want to continue that for as long as possible.
‘Off the back of a disappointing year for England as a whole, I’ll be looking to definitely improve in 2017 and hopefully we can build on how it has started under Gareth Southgate, as there have been plenty of positives.’
By Ben Kelly – @benkelly_10