The 25-year-old striker netted 16 goals for Manchester United last season to help Sir Alex Ferguson’s men win a record 19th Premier League title.
Rooney is one of only four players – along with Manchester City’s Sergio AgÃ¼ero, United’s Nani and Liverpool’s Luis SuÃ¡rez – in the running for the 2011 price who currently ply their trade in the Premier League.
The shortlist is dominated by European and Spanish champions Barcelona, who lead the way with eight nominees including Lionel Messi, winner for the last two years, while La Liga rivals Real Madrid boast five names.
Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has again been nominated in the coach of the year category, along with Chelsea manager AndrÃ© Villas-Boas and Arsenal’s ArsÃ¨ne Wenger.
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is also on the list, as is JosÃ© Mourinho of Real Madrid, who won the award last year.
The three players and coaches shortlisted for the final awards will be announced on 5 December before the glitzy award ceremony in Zurich on 9 January.
Eric Abidal (France), Sergio AgÃ¼ero (Argentina), Karim Benzema (France), Iker Casillas (Spain), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), Dani Alves (Brazil), Samuel Eto’o (Cameroon), Cesc FÃ¡bregas (Spain), Diego ForlÃ¡n (Uruguay), AndrÃ©s Iniesta (Spain), Lionel Messi (Argentina), Thomas MÃ¼ller (Germany), Nani (Portugal), Neymar (Brazil), Mesut Ozil (Germany), Gerard PiquÃ© (Spain), Wayne Rooney (England), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany), Wesley Sneijder (Holland), Luis SuÃ¡rez (Uruguay), David Villa (Spain), Xabi Alonso (Spain), Xavi (Spain).
Vicente del Bosque (Spain/Spain national team), Sir Alex Ferguson (Scotland/Manchester United FC), Rudi Garcia (France/Lille OSC), Pep Guardiola (Spain/FC Barcelona), JÃ¼rgen Klopp (Germany/Borussia Dortmund), Joachim LÃ¶w (Germany/Germany national team), JosÃ© Mourinho (Portugal/Real Madrid), Oscar TabÃ¡rez (Uruguay/Uruguay national team), AndrÃ© Villas-Boas (Portugal/Porto, Chelsea), ArsÃ¨ne Wenger (France/Arsenal).
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