Record-breaker Wayne Rooney named as England’s Player of the Year
Wayne Rooney has been named as England’s Player of the Year for 2015 after a campaign which saw him break the Three Lions goalscoring record.
The 30-year-old netted five goals in eight games for his country this year to move onto 50 goals and overtake Sir Bobby Charlton as the Three Lions’ all-time top scorer.
Despite suffering an indifferent year with his club side Manchester United, the England skipper was a key part of Roy Hodgson’s side that romped to European Championship qualification with a 100 per cent record.
Rooney played in eight of England’s ten matches, with his goal from the penalty spot against Switzerland at Wembley in September seeing him surpass the 1966 World Cup winner Charlton as the top of the goalscoring charts.
This is the second year in a row that Rooney has been voted as England’s Player of the Year and fourth time overall.
Rooney achieved that milestone after scoring a penalty for the Three Lions against Switzerland.
In total, the Manchester United striker scored five goals in his eight England appearances during 2015.
playing for my country has always been an honour, so thank you to everyone who voted, it means the world 🙏🏼 https://t.co/v9vSDlpM02
— Jack Butland (@JackButland_One) January 5, 2016
Wayne Rooney named as the England Player of the Year for 2015 for the 2nd successive year. Jack Butland named Player of the Year for U21s
— Ian Dennis (@Iandennisbbc) January 5, 2016
Stoke goalie Jack Butland was also named the U21 England Player of the Year
The Three Lions skipper received 37 per cent of votes from the England Supporters Club members, who chose Jack Butland as their Under-21s Player of the Year.
The impressive Stoke goalkeeper received 54 per cent of the votes after captaining the Young Lions at what was an ultimately disappointing European Championship in the Czech Republic.
Butland has stepped into the senior squad towards the end of the year and will be presented with the award alongside Rooney when England continue their Euro 2016 preparations in March.
Roy Hodgson’s men will travel to Berlin for a mouth-watering friendly with Germany on March 26, before hosting Holland at Wembley on March 29.