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Last Updated: Tuesday, 17 October 2006, 09:10 GMT 10:10 UK
English players up for top award
John Terry
Terry was appointed England captain after the World Cup
Five English players have been nominated for the European Footballer of the Year award.

John Terry, Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Joe Cole have all been shortlisted for the prestigious Ballon d'or.

The winner will be decided by a panel of European journalists and unveiled on Monday 27 November.

Of the 50 nominations, 17 are players from Barclays Premiership clubs, more than any other league.

Champions Chelsea lead the pack, with Terry, Lampard, Cole, Michael Ballack, Didier Drogba, Michael Essien, Claude Makelele and Andriy Shevchenko all shortlisted.

Cesc Fabregas, William Gallas, Jens Lehmann and Thierry Henry represent last year's Champions League runners-up Arsenal.

And Cristiano Ronaldo joins Rooney as Manchester United's only other nominee.

Everton midfielder Tim Cahill has also been shortlisted.

Other big-name nominees include Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus, Samuel Eto'o of Barcelona, AC Milan's Kaka and Zinedine Zidane.


Premiership nominations for European Footballer of the Year:
Michael Ballack (Chelsea), Tim Cahill (Everton), Joe Cole (Chelsea), Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United), Didier Drogba (Chelsea), Michael Essien (Chelsea), Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal), William Gallas (Arsenal), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Thierry Henry (Arsenal), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Jens Lehmann (Arsenal), Claude Makelele (Chelsea), Arjen Robben (Chelsea), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Andriy Shevchenko (Chelsea), John Terry (Chelsea)



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