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Sunday, 30 April, 2000, 22:36 GMT 23:36 UK
Keane claims award double

Keane adds two player awards to his Premiership medal
Roy Keane has been named player of the year by the Professional Footballers Association - completing an award-winning weekend for the Manchester United captain.

The Republic of Ireland midfielder added the PFA crown to the football writers' award he claimed on Friday.

Keane topped the players' poll ahead of Sunderland striker Kevin Phillips and Harry Kewell of Leeds, who were also second and third in the footballer of the year list.

Kewell was also presented with the award for young player of the year, finishing ahead of Coventry's Robbie Keane and Steven Gerrard of Liverpool in the nominations.



Kevin Phillips: A double runner-up this season
Keane, who received his award from Fifa president Sepp Blatter at London's Grosvenor House Hotel, achieved the double feat despite being heavily criticised this season for his hounding of referees.

But his leadership qualities are unmatched in English football and his all-round skills in midfield have played a major factor in United wrapping up the Premiership title in record time this season.

He emulates Tottenham's French winger David Ginola, who won both awards last year.

Keane also features in the PFA team of the year alongside United colleagues David Beckham, Jaap Stam and Andy Cole.

Leeds, who matched their Manchester title rivals for much of the season, also have four players in the top team, with Kewell joined by goalkeeper Nigel Martyn, Gary Kelly and Ian Harte.

The nominations are completed by Phillips, Liverpool defender Sami Hyypia and Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira.


PFA divisional teams of the year:

Premiership: Martyn (Leeds), Kelly (Leeds), Stam (Man Utd), Hyypia (Liverpool), Harte (Leeds), Keane (Man Utd), Beckham (Man Utd), Kewell (Leeds), Vieira (Arsenal), Phillips (Sunderland), Cole (Man Utd).

Division One: Wright (Ipswich), Rowett (Birmingham), Rufus (Charlton), Coleman (Fulham), Powell (Charlton), Kinsella (Charlton), Hignett (Barnsley), Kennedy (Man City), Robinson (Charlton), Hunt (Charlton), Stewart (Ipswich).

Division Two: Carroll (Wigan), Alexander (Preston), Davis (Burnley), Jackson (Preston), Bell (Bristol City), Gregan (Preston), Caskey (Reading), Little (Burnley), Kavanagh (Stoke), Roberts (Bristol Rovers), Macken (Preston).

Division Three: Pollitt (Rotherham), Hendon (Northampton), Bound (Swansea), Liddle (Darlington), Lockwood (Leyton Orient), Currie (Barnet), Miller (Hartlepool), Heaney (Darlington), Cusack (Swansea), Gabbiadini (Darlington), Barker (Macclesfield).

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