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Drogba and Rooney among PFA nominees
Published in The Saudi Gazette on 16 - 04 - 2010

Chelsea's Didier Drogba and Manchester United hero Wayne Rooney were among three forwards included in four nominations for England's Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) player of the year award Thursday.
Manchester City's Carlos Tevez is the third striker in a list that also includes Arsenal midfelder Cesc Fabregas.
Ivory Coast international Drogba has scored 32 goals in all competitions this season, playing a key role in putting Premier League leaders and FA Cup finalist Chelsea in sight of a domestic double.
Rooney has won rave reviews for his performances in leading champion United's attack with 34 goals in a season which may end with the Old Trafford club, currently four points behind Chelsea with four games to play, winning ‘just' the English League Cup.
If the 24-year-old Rooney does win the PFA award, which is decided by a vote open to professional players in England, it will be the fourth successive time it has gone to a member of Sir Alex Ferguson's side following Ryan Giggs's success last year and Cristiano Ronaldo's double in 2007 and 2008.
Arsenal captain Fabregas, 22, has, like Rooney, also been selected for the young player of the year award.
Up until his season-ending broken leg, suffered against Barcelona in the Champions League quarterfinals last month, the Spaniard had done much to sustain an Arsenal push for the Premier League title which finally appeared to come to a halt with Wednesday's north London derby loss to Tottenham Hotspur.
Tevez, meanwhile, has proved a success at City following his controversial pre-season move across Manchester from United, scoring 28 goals in a season where the Eastlands club are now in contention for a Champion League place.
Johnson call-up
England manager Fabio Capello has revealed he is considering uncapped Manchester City winger Adam Johnson for international duty just a month before he names his provisional World Cup squad.
Johnson has never been called up to a senior England party but with David Beckham definitely ruled out through injury, Aaron Lennon struggling for fitness and Theo Walcott and Shaun Wright-Phillips not at their best, the 22-year-old could find himself on his way to South Africa.

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