The award is bestowed by fans rather than a panel of judges, making it a unique honor to earn. Danny Welbeck took second place and Raheem Sterling landed in third after fans have cast their votes. The 29-year-old was an instrumental piece in the World Cup before it was flame out for England as a whole, scoring one goal and getting an assist over three periods.
Rooney commented on the award, saying:
I’m both very happy and proud to be named the England fan’s Player of the Year. The fact that this award is chosen by the fans makes it even more special, so I would like to thank all those who voted. I would also like to thank all the England fans for their support throughout what was a mixed year. They have stuck by us since the World Cup, we have managed to win every game since and are in the best possible position for European qualification.
Receiving an honour such as this from the fans is always something that fills you with personal pride. But it is important to point out that without the support of my team mates, coaching and backroom staff such an award would not be possible. I therefore accept this from the fans on behalf of every single member of the England team.
A humble act indeed. Now, if only Vauxhall would have been kind enough to bestow the soccer star with a Vauxhall VXR8 GTS…