Wayne Rooney completes another hat-trick with the FWA award.
True to form after a prolific season, Wayne Rooney has bagged another hat-trick, this time of personal awards.
Having picked up the PFA Players’ Player of the Year and the Fan’s Player of Year awards earlier this week, The Manchester United and England forward has now been voted the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year.
Polling 80 per cent of the vote, the 24-year-old beat Chelsea’s Didier Drogba and Manchester City’s Carlos Tevez into second and third place respectively.
"I am delighted to win an award with so much history and tradition," said Rooney of the Writers’ award.
"To follow a long line of wonderful players who have been honoured by the FWA since 1948 gives me real pride.
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank my manager at United, Sir Alex Ferguson, the coaching staff and my team-mates, without whose help and support this award would not have been possible."
The poll that elected Rooney as FWA player of the year was the largest ever recorded in the organisation's history.
"Wayne is a worthy winner of our prestigious award and the margin of his victory is testimony to the marvellous season he has had for club and country,” said FWA chairman Steve Bates.
"His tally of 34 goals so far this season is certain to have captured the attention of our members but I am sure the overall improvement in his game at Manchester United has been of equal significance.
"Wayne's enthusiasm, hunger and desire mark him out as a special player and we hope he can carry his club form on to the international stage in the World Cup this summer and help England achieve their dream."
Rooney is currently sidelined with a groin injury but is convinced he will be fully fit in time for England’s World Cup campaign in South Africa.
"The groin will be fine for the World Cup, there are no worries about that," he said. "I'm hoping to play for United in the last game of the season."