Under-21s winger Tom Ince picks his England Men's Player of the Year
Blackpool forward Tom Ince
is enjoying a fine season at Bloomfield Road, banging in 13 goals in 26 games for the Championship outfit.
It's that sort of form that saw the Seasiders man become an ever-present for England Under-21s this season after making his debut away in Azerbaijan in September
During that time the 20-year-old has helped Stuart Pearce's side qualify for June's European Championship in Israel
He signed for Blackpool in 2011 after coming through the youth ranks at Liverpool, where his dad Paul
enjoyed a two-year spell. It was there he trained and played alongside some big names in European football.
And it's one of those who he believes should take the 2012 England Men's Player of the Year
When asked for his vote by TheFA.com, he was emphatic with his choice.
"It has to be Stevie G
. He has been excellent, especially at Euro 2012," said Ince of the Three Lions skipper.
"It was a tough tournament for England, and there was a game when maybe people were getting on at him, but they forget about the other side of him.
"It's not all about his driving runs, his great 50-yard passes and the goals he scores, but it's his attitude off the ball."
The former Notts County loanee added: "He gets back, makes tackles and he shows great leadership.
"Every time he pulls the England shirt on, he's the same player that you see for Liverpool. I think he's a fantastic player and a credit to England."
Ince, who is himself in the running for the Under-21s Player of the Year award
, recalls what Gerrard was like as a leader at Anfield and how he helped the club's youngsters.
"When you are a young player growing up at a place like Liverpool it can be very daunting," he explained.
"When I was there, there were players like Torres, Alonso, Carragher, Gerrard, but you look towards the Liverpool boys.
"Stevie and Carra [Jamie Carragher] were always great to the youngsters."
He added: "With the way he is, the way he carries himself around training, he helps the younger players and makes them feel welcome.
"He’s been a fantastic player over the years, he still is and keeps going with his performances."
Gerrard, along with Ashley Cole, Glen Johnson, Joe Hart and Danny Welbeck, is in the running for the England Men's Player of the Year award, which will be presented at the inaugural FA England Awards at St. George's Park on Sunday 3 February.
There's still time to make your vote count for your chosen player. Vote in the polls below for your Men's Senior, Women's Senior and Under-21s Players of 2012.