2016 was a forgettable year for England’s international team, as the Three Lions experienced an early exit at Euro 2016 at the hands of minnows Iceland and worked their way through three managers, one of whom lasted just one match.
With the national side having literally nothing to be proud of from the last calendar year, naming the ‘best player’ in the last 12 months seems pretty redundant- but it happened anyway.
— England (@England) January 30, 2017
Winning the award with 39% of the fans votes was Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana, who has enjoyed a good season so far for club and country. Scoring his first international goal against Slovakia, Sam Allardyce’s only game in charge, Lallana then scored against Spain and Scotland in international friendlies at Wembley.
Now, we’re not bemoaning the 28-year-old’s impressive year but awarding a Player of the Year to England’s national side in 2016 is rather embarrassing. As you can expect, Twitter was quick to comment and the only positives that could be found came from Liverpool fans.
Adam Lallana has been named 2016 England Player of the Year, after his superb performance in that Nivea ad. pic.twitter.com/AxL67mPq7N
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) January 30, 2017
Adam Lallana has been voted as England's least shite player of the year for 2016. pic.twitter.com/pzRotoUH7u
— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) January 30, 2017
— When The Seagulls (@whentheseaguIIs) January 30, 2017
No disrespect to lallana but he wasn't that great
— J???? (@JoSoSick) January 30, 2017
People wonder why England struggle in major tournaments, but then Adam Lallana is named 2016 England player of the year.
*Sigh* ???? pic.twitter.com/BEYvEazN21
— Freebets.co.uk (@freebetscouk) January 30, 2017
— Rob Buckwell (@rob35311) January 30, 2017
— Grezmo (@Grezmo) January 30, 2017
— Kevin James (@Crunchiecloth) January 30, 2017
— Weasel Boy (@smlc61) January 30, 2017
@LFC did you not see us get humiliated by Iceland or?
— james (@Jamescaife) January 30, 2017
@LFC Really?? What did he achieve for both club and country??
— Mark (@Mark46858799) January 30, 2017
@101greatgoals Nothing against Adam but just shows you how bad English football has become
— iLyaasAdams♥ (@ILycronicals) January 30, 2017
@101greatgoals The state of that england set up lallana and redmond win awards. Shows the lack of quality in squad
— Karl Bracken (@4evarsenal) January 30, 2017
@LFC wow, just proves how bad english footballers are…
— iwashwindows (@iwashwindows) January 30, 2017