Ballon d’Or 2011: Rooney the only Englishman on shortlist

Man Utd's Wayne Rooney is the only English player included on the shortlist for the 2011 Ballon d'Or

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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The winner of the 2011 Ballon d'Or will be announced on 9 January 2012 Photo: The Sport Review

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Wayne Rooney is the only English player on the 23-man shortlist for the prestigious Ballon d’Or award, which was released by Fifa on Tuesday.

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 Agüero, United’s Nani and Liverpool’s Luis Suárez – 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 André Villas-Boas and Arsenal’s Arsène Wenger.

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is also on the list, as is José 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.

Ballon d’Or 2011 – Player nominees

Eric Abidal (France), Sergio Agüero (Argentina), Karim Benzema (France), Iker Casillas (Spain), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), Dani Alves (Brazil), Samuel Eto’o (Cameroon), Cesc Fábregas (Spain), Diego Forlán (Uruguay), Andrés Iniesta (Spain), Lionel Messi (Argentina), Thomas Müller (Germany), Nani (Portugal), Neymar (Brazil), Mesut Ozil (Germany), Gerard Piqué (Spain), Wayne Rooney (England), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany), Wesley Sneijder (Holland), Luis Suárez (Uruguay), David Villa (Spain), Xabi Alonso (Spain), Xavi (Spain).

Ballon d’Or 2011 – Coach nominees

Vicente del Bosque (Spain/Spain national team), Sir Alex Ferguson (Scotland/Manchester United FC), Rudi Garcia (France/Lille OSC), Pep Guardiola (Spain/FC Barcelona), Jürgen Klopp (Germany/Borussia Dortmund), Joachim Löw (Germany/Germany national team), José Mourinho (Portugal/Real Madrid), Oscar Tabárez (Uruguay/Uruguay national team), André Villas-Boas (Portugal/Porto, Chelsea), Arsène Wenger (France/Arsenal).

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