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England trio on Euro award list

Frank Lampard, Wayne Rooney, David Beckham and Steven Gerrard
Lampard (left), Rooney, (second left) and Gerrard (right) are in good form

England's Wayne Rooney, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard are among 11 Premier League players shortlisted for the 2008 European Footballer of the Year award.

The list of nominees for the prestigious Ballon d'Or was published on Sunday by France Football magazine.

The trio are the only British representatives and are nominated alongside Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo, who is the clear favourite.

Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas is also among the 30 candidates.

Other Premier League players include Michael Ballack, Didier Drogba (both Chelsea), Edwin van der Sar, Nemanja Vidic (both Manchester United), Arsenal's Emmanuel Adebayor, and Fernando Torres of Liverpool.

Rooney won the Champions League with Manchester United in May and Lampard played in the final for Chelsea, while Liverpool's Gerrard impressed as they reached the tournament's last four.

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Portuguese international Ronaldo is the strong favourite to win the award at the ceremony on 2 December, although Barcelona's Lionel Messi and AC Milan's 2007 winner Kaka are expected to be in contention.

Notable absentees from the list include Barcelona striker Thierry Henry and AC Milan's Ronaldinho - who received the accolade in 2005 - after disappointing campaigns last season.

Only three Serie A players have been nominated - Kaka, Inter Milan's Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon. Spain's La Liga division matches the Premier League with 11 nominees.


Full list of nominees:

Emmanuel Adebayor (Arsenal), Togo
Sergio Aguero (Atletico Madrid), Argentina
Andrei Arshavin (Zenit St Petersburg), Russia
Michael Ballack (Chelsea), Germany
Karim Benzema (Lyon), France
Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Italy
Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Spain
Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United), Portugal
Didier Drogba (Chelsea), Ivory Coast
Samuel Eto'o (Barcelona), Cameroon
Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal), Spain
Fernando Torres (Liverpool), Spain
Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), England
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Inter Milan), Sweden
Kaka (Milan AC), Brazil
Frank Lampard (Chelsea), England
Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Argentina
Pepe (Real Madrid), Portugal
Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich), France
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), England
Marcos Senna (Villarreal), Spain
Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Spain
Luca Toni (Bayern Munich), Italy
Edwin van der Sar (Manchester United), Netherlands
Rafael van der Vaart (Real Madrid), Netherland
Ruud van Nistelrooy (Real Madrid), Netherlands
Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United), Serbia
David Villa (Valence CF), Spain
Xavi (FC Barcelone), Spain
Youri Zhirkov (CSKA Moscow), Russia

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see also
Eto'o nominated for Euro award
17 Oct 06 |  African
Ballon D'Or award photos
29 Nov 05 |  Photo Galleries
English players up for top award
17 Oct 06 |  Football


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