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Wayne Rooney named England Player of the Year

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Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has been named the England Player of the Year for 2014.

The 29-year-old forward had a year to remember on the international stage, scoring eight goals in 13 appearances and being named captain after Steven Gerrard retired.

First World Cup goal

Despite a disappointing World Cup for Roy Hodgson's side on the whole, Rooney scored his first goal in the tournament in the 2-1 defeat to Uruguay.

The Red Devils hitman then found some serious form in the 2016 European Championship qualifiers, scoring an equaliser in the win over Slovenia and a brace in the victory against Scotland.

On receiving the award, Rooney wrote on his Facebook page: I'm both very happy and proud to be named the England Football Team Player of the Year for 2014.

"The fact this award is chosen by the fans makes it even more special so I would like to thank everyone that voted!"

Rooney also scored in a friendly win over Norway, and is the Three Lions' top goalscorer in competitive matches with 32. He has scored 46 goals in 101 games for his country, and is on course to be England's top goalscorer of all-time.

Competition

The Manchester United star faced competition from Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling for the award this year, with the latter Liverpool star notably impressing in Brazil last summer.

However, it was Rooney who got the nod from England fans, with the captain for club and country earning 27% of the vote. That was more than aforementioned Reds, who finished second and third, combined.

Upcoming fixtures

Rooney will be hoping to continue his fine form for England when they host Lithuania in a European qualifier in March, before friendlies against Italy and Republic of Ireland.

WATCH HIS BEST ENGLAND MOMENTS OF 2014

There are plenty of pressing club matters before that though, with Manchester United once again challenging for the top spots in the Premier League under new manager Louis van Gaal.

Rooney was handed the captain's armband at Old Trafford following the Dutchman's arrival in the summer, and the Red Devils currently sit third in the table.

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