Steven Gerrard delighted with award
The 32-year-old gained 40% of the fans’ vote, beating Danny Welbeck and Ashley Cole to the honour.
Having captained the side during their EURO 2012 campaign and won his 100th cap against Sweden in November, Gerrard was widely expected to claim the award.
Nevertheless, he was delighted to be named England’s best player in 2012:
“It’s always special to be recognised by supporters. You only have to look in the players in the team so it’s special.” He is quoted by Sky Sports.
The victory puts Gerrard, who also claimed the prize in 2007, level with both Frank Lampard and Wayne Rooney, who have won the award twice.
The Liverpool skipper went on to hint that he has considered international retirement, but has stuck around thanks to the level of quality in Roy Hodgson’s current squad:
“I decided after the summer to stay involved, because of the players in the group.”
In underwhelming tournament in Ukraine/Poland over the summer, Gerrard was one of England’s shining lights.
The midfielder set up goals for both Joleon Lescott and Andy Carroll against France and Sweden respectively.