Rooney Player of the Year again
Monday, 01 March, 2010
Wayne Rooney retains 'Nationwide England Player of the Year' trophy.
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England forward Wayne Rooney has taken another piece of silverware after being voted Nationwide England Player of the Year for a second year in succession.
With almost 40 per cent of the vote, Rooney was a clear choice from the thousands of fans who decided upon the star performer of 2009 in the online poll on TheFA.com.
Playing in nine of England’s eleven matches, scoring six times, Rooney was an integral part of the key games that saw Fabio Capello’s men clinch qualification for the World Cup.
Scoring in crucial victories over Kazakhstan and Andorra, Rooney was also on target against Croatia in the crushing 5-1 victory that sealed England’s place in South Africa.
To end the year on another personal high, Rooney captained his country for the first time in the friendly with Brazil.
On receiving the prize, Rooney said: “It's a great honour that the fans have voted for me for a second time. I want to thank them again for all their support and backing.
“The first time I won was a special feeling for me, and this is just as good. I've always given everything for my country and it's nice to know the fans appreciate your performances.
“Last year was very positive for England, we qualified for South Africa which was our main aim, and we put in some really promising team performances.
“Hopefully we can build on that form and get better and better this year, most importantly of all at the World Cup.”
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