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Bale and Wilshere honoured in England

Published: Monday 18 April 2011, 9.40CET
Tottenham Hotspur FC winger Gareth Bale has been named as England's Player of the Year by the Professional Footballers' Association, with Jack Wilshere voted Young Player of the Year.
Bale and Wilshere honoured in England
Gareth Bale has been named as the PFA Player of the Year ©Getty Images
Published: Monday 18 April 2011, 9.40CET

Bale and Wilshere honoured in England

Tottenham Hotspur FC winger Gareth Bale has been named as England's Player of the Year by the Professional Footballers' Association, with Jack Wilshere voted Young Player of the Year.

Tottenham Hotspur FC winger Gareth Bale has been named as England's Player of the Year by the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA), saying: "It is a massive award and it is a great honour to receive, especially from other fellow professionals."

The 21-year-old is the fourth Welshman to receive the award, following Ian Rush, Mark Hughes and Ryan Giggs. "When you look at the names that have won it before, it just makes you go 'wow' really," said the former Southampton FC left-back, who played a major role in Tottenham's progress to the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals, where they lost to Real Madrid CF.

Arsenal FC's 19-year-old midfielder Jack Wilshere was named as the PFA Young Player of the Year, having made his breakthrough for both club and country this season, with four senior England appearances under his belt along with numerous bright performances in the Premier League and UEFA Champions League. "It is my first full season and it is a massive award, especially from my fellow players; it is amazing," he said.

PFA Premier League Team of the Year
Edwin van der Sar (Manchester United FC), Bacary Sagna (Arsenal FC), Ashley Cole (Chelsea FC), Nemanja Vidić (Manchester United FC), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City FC), Nani (Manchester United FC), Samir Nasri (Arsenal FC), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal FC), Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur FC), Carlos Tévez (Manchester City FC), Dimitar Berbatov (Manchester United FC).

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