Fans vote Lampard as England's top player
Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has been voted by the fans as England's Player of the Year for the second successive year.india Updated: Feb 02, 2006 15:35 IST
Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has been voted by the fans as England's Player of the Year for the second successive year.
Lampard, who was also second to Barcelona and Brazil playmaker Ronaldinho in the 2005 European and World Footballer of the Year awards, received 29 per cent of the vote in the fa.com poll.
"I think the fans must have had a very hard time choosing because we are lucky enough to have a number of really outstanding individual players," England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson told the FA's official website on Thursday.
"But you can't argue with their choice. He (Lampard) is one of the most improved players I have seen in the last few years, he gets better and better all the time."
Lampard, 27, scored three goals in nine England appearances last year. He was also an ever-present in Chelsea's Premier League-winning side.
Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard was runner-up in the FA poll with 18 per cent of the vote, ahead of Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney (16 per cent).
Michael Owen (12) was fourth, with captain David Beckham (10) fifth.