Rooney named FWA Footballer of the Year

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London, Apr 30(ANI): Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has claimed his second major award of a remarkable season when the Football Writers Association (FWA) named him Footballer of the Year.

Rooney, who has scored 34 goals for United in all competitions this season, took 80 percent of the votes cast by the FWA members.

"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," The Mirror quoted Steve Bates, FWA Chairman, as saying.

"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," he added.

Chelsea striker Didier Drogba was a distant second in the voting, followed by Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez in third position.

Rooney has already been voted PFA Player of the Year and the Premier League's fans Player of the Season.

"I am delighted to win an award with so much history and tradition and to follow a long line of wonderful players who have been honoured by the FWA since 1948 gives me real pride," Rooney said.

"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," he added.

The 24-year-old will be presented with his trophy in London on May 13. (ANI)

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