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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Jan, 30, 2007

Hargreaves named England's Player of the Year

Owen Hargreaves has been named Nationwide England Player of the Year.

The midfielder, who looks increasingly likely to remain at Bayern Munich for the rest of the season despite much-publicised interest from Manchester United, had already been voted best England player at the World Cup.

Now the 26-year-old has scooped a second individual award after receiving 29% of the vote in a fans' poll conducted on the official Football Association website, beating off competition from Steven Gerrard (18%) and Peter Crouch (15%).

Hargreaves, who won 14 caps during 2006, is currently in the final stages of his recovery from a broken leg and hopes to be fit for the Euro 2008 qualifying double-header against Israel and Andorra at the end of March.

'Any time you can receive the support of the fans is very special,' Hargreaves told the FA's website. 'I am hoping 2007 will be a really good year too.

'I am very nearly ready to start playing again and hopefully I will be back playing for England again soon. I have got my eye on the big qualifiers in March.'

Hargreaves is the third winner of the award, following on from David Beckham (2003) and Frank Lampard (2004 and 2005).

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