England shine at Euro 2020
2021 was certainly a year that will live long in the memory of England fans.
Euro 2020 would of course take place over the summer, a year on from its original start date due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Ahead of the tournament there was some optimism surrounding England after Gareth Southgate had been able to guide them to the 2018 World Cup final.
But it is hard to imagine anyone predicting England would do as well as they did.
The Three Lions were one of the best teams in the competition, making it all the way to the final and conceding just two goals all tournament.
Granted, they eventually lost the showpiece to Italy on penalties. But making it to their first-ever European Championships final and knocking old foe Germany out in the last-16 will make it a memorable summer for years to come.
Who was England’s Player of the Year?
Now, after a year of impressive football from the Three Lions, England have announced the nominations for the Men’s Player of the Year.
As per England, the nominations generally run on a seasonal basis, but due to the pandemic, this set of awards will run from March of 2020 to August of 2021.
There are 14 men up for this year’s award, with the shortlist consisting of those who played in 50 per cent or more of the fixtures in the above time period.
The full list of nominations, which is below, is dominated by Manchester-based stars with all of Jack Grealish, Harry Maguire, Jadon Sancho, Raheem Sterling, John Stones and Kyle Walker up for the award:
Men’s nominees: Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Jack Grealish, Harry Kane, Harry Maguire, Tyrone Mings, Mason Mount, Jordan Pickford, Kalvin Phillips, Declan Rice, Jadon Sancho, Raheem Sterling, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker
Your @bt_uk England Men’s Player of the Year nominees… 👀
The shortlist includes those who played in 50 per cent or more of #ThreeLions matches between March 2020 and August 2021.
— England (@England) August 17, 2021
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