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Lallana named England Player of the Year 2016

8:08 pm AEDT 30/1/17
Adam Lallana
The Liverpool midfielder has picked up the prestigious honour, while Nathan Redmond was awarded Under-21 Player of the Year

Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana has been named as the Vauxhall England Player of the Year 2016.

The 28-year-old appeared at Euro 2016 with the Three Lions, and scored three times in 10 appearances for England during the year.

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Lallana netted his first ever England goal in September against Slovakia, and followed it up with a strike against Scotland in World Cup qualifying.

The winner of the award was chosen by the England Supporters Club, with 39 per cent of those polled choosing Lallana, ahead of Jamie Vardy (12 per cent) and Wayne Rooney (eight per cent).

"This award is a huge honour,” Lallana told TheFA.com. "The last three winners were Rooney (2015), Rooney (2014) and Steven Gerrard (2012) so that just goes to show what a great achievement this is.

"Things have been going well this season for my club so that always helps. When you're playing well for your club then hopefully you can transmit your form into the national team and help out.

"That's what has been happening but I don't want that to be for just one season – I want to continue that for as long as possible.

"Off the back of a disappointing year for England as a whole, I'll be looking to definitely improve in 2017 and hopefully we can build on how it has started under Gareth Southgate, as there have been plenty of positives."

Southampton's Nathan Redmond was awarded the Under-21 Player of the Year for 2016.

Redmond made his England U-21 debut in 2013, and has gone on to make 33 appearances for the underage side, scoring nine goals.

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The three previous winners of the award were Jordan Henderson, Saido Berahino and Jack Butland. Both Henderson and Butland have made their senior debuts for the Three Lions, but Berahino has yet to play at that level.

Aidy Boothroyd's side comfortably qualified for the 2017 European Championships after topping Group 9 with six wins and two draws, finishing ahead of Norway and Switzerland, to reach the finals in Poland.