Wayne Rooney has been named England Player of the Year for 2015 for the second year running.
The 30-year-old scored five goals in eight appearances for England last year and also passed Sir Bobby Charlton as the country’s all-time record goalscorer during Euro 2016 qualification, so it doesn’t come as too much of a surprise to see him win the award.
The England captain received 37% of the votes and has now won the award four times in his career.
— England (@England) January 5, 2016
— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) January 5, 2016
Rooney hardly put in a barnstorming year for England and it’s indicative of how little competition he has for the award. The fact he only got 37% of the vote but won shows that there was no stand-out candidate for the award.
From Manchester United’s point of view, it can’t be a bad thing that Rooney won the award. Maybe his great goal against Swansea and then this award can both act as a galvanisation for him and he’ll go on to score 20 goals between now and the end of the season? We can only dream.