Wayne Rooney wins England Player of the Year – fans don't understand

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Wayne Rooney may be glad to see the back of 2015 with regards to his club form, but as for his international achievements, it will certainly be a year to look back on fondly. 

As an odd year – therefore free of a major international tournament – many would have already glossed over their memories of England football over the past 12 months. To be fair, there are few things duller than watching San Marino put 11 men behind the ball in the hope of conceding less than eight goals.

But cast your minds back to September when the Manchester United and England skipper became the outright leading goalscorer for the Three Lions, bagging his 50th strike against Switzerland in a Euro 2016 qualifier and overtaking Sir Bobby Charlton.


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It was an achievement 12 years in the making and capped what had been a very impressive qualifying campaign for the 30-year-old. He scored seven goals in eight starts for England, who breezed into the finals in France with a perfect record.

Five of those goals came in 2015, meaning Rooney finished the year as England's top scorer and outright favourite to be named Player of the Year, as voted for by fans. Inevitably, he was named the winner on Tuesday morning after winning 37% of the votes.

It is the fourth time Rooney has won the award and the second time in two years. Tottenham star Harry Kane came second with 30% while Stoke City's Jack Butland was handed the Under-21 award. 

But, for one reason or another, fans are just not getting it. They seem to be focusing on Premier League form, asking why Kane and even Jamie Vardy, who is yet to score for England, were not sworn in ahead of the captain.

Of course, both Kane and Vardy have outperformed Rooney on the domestic stage this season, but the award was purely based on performances for England, where Rooney is still king.

Take a look at some of the strangest reaction below:

For those still struggling, here is why he won it:

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