Rooney, who won the prize in 2014, overtook Sir Bobby Charlton’s all-time England goalscoring record for England this year.
Lingard, meanwhile, scored against Sweden and Germany at the U21s European Championships in Czech Republic this summer.
Rooney is up against Joe Hart, Gary Cahill, Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane while Lingard will face competition from Jack Butland, Carl Jenkinson James Ward-Prowse and Nathan Redmond.
Lingard is enjoying a particularly memorable year having broken through into the Man United first-team and it’s great to see him nominated. It should give him a good confidence boost.
However, Rooney’s form has slipped this term, although he was impressive in the 0-0 draw against Chelsea last time out. Both players will be hopeful of winning the respective awards but they will be focused on the game against Swansea City on Saturday in the short-term.