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Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana has spoken of his delight at being crowned the 2016 Vauxhall England Player of the Year.
The 28-year-old polled 39% of votes from members of the England Supporters Club. Lallana was a clear winner with Jamie Vardy (12%) second and Wayne Rooney (8%) third.
Lallana scored his first international goal in September’s last-gasp win over Slovakia and was England’s standout performer following their miserable showing at Euro 2016.
“This award is a huge honour,” Lallana told.
“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.”