The English Football Association has revealed Steven Gerrard to be the English National team's player of the year. The Liverpool captain was awarded the prestigious award at a ceremony at St Georges Park. Gerrard, who captained England on most occasions throughout 2012, came in ahead of counterparts Danny Welbeck and Ashley Cole, respectively.
Gerrard has made 10 appearances for the The Lions in 2012, each of which was met with much praise from onlookers. Although it isn't the first time Gerrard has taken home the award, the midfielder was thrilled to have been nominated, let alone come away the winner. In a press conference he told reporters (via the FA website):
I think it’s always special when you get recognised by supporters who see you in your job.
And then you’ve got to look at the other players that you’re playing with in this England team, so it’s special to get this award.
The dream was always just to get close to this set-up, so to be in the 100 Club is something special.
The award was announced following Liverpool's emphatic 2-2 draw with second place Manchester City—in which Gerrard netted the Reds' second goals. The inspirational performance by the English International only justified his recipient as winner of the award.
The night concluded with a nice touch when Gerrard, whilst receiving his award, and in a captain's capacity, announced that the English National squad would collectively donate £25 thousand to the Bobby Moore Fund. The fund is used for cancer research and along with the £25 thousand donated by the FA, is a substantial donation.
Gerrard, who has already hit 100 caps for his country also hinted at staying on past the 2014 Rio World Cup, saying, "I decided after the summer to stay involved because of the standard of players that we have. So hopefully we can have success in the next two years."
With form like that of 2012, who wouldn't want him around?