Rooney voted England’s best

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Wayne Rooney has been named England Player of the Year for the second year running.

Rooney may have struggled in front of goal for Manchester United this season, but the 30-year-old enjoyed a record-breaking campaign on the international scene.

The United striker scored five times in eight England appearances to overtake Sir Bobby Charlton as the country’s all-time top scorer with 50 goals.

He also captained Roy Hodgson’s men to European Championship qualification with a 100 per cent record – just the sixth side to ever do so.

Rooney received 37 per cent of the votes from the England Supporters Club members to claim the award for the fourth time in his career.

Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland was named their U-21 Player of the Year with 54 per cent of the votes after his performances in captaining the side in the Euro Championship finals in the Czech Republic last June.

Butland stepped into the senior squad towards the end of the year and will be presented with the award alongside Rooney when England continue their build-up to the summer showpiece in March.

England travel to Berlin for a friendly with world champions Germany on March 26, before hosting the Netherlands at Wembley three days later.

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