Wayne Rooney and Luis Suarez Snubbed from UEFA Fans' Team of the Year Ballot

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Wayne Rooney and Luis Suarez Snubbed from UEFA Fans' Team of the Year Ballot
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Wayne Rooney and Luis Suarez are among the Premier League talent missed from UEFA's fan-based Team of the Year vote.

As reported by Jack Gaughan of the Daily Mail, the sensational forwards have failed to claim a place on the organisation's 40-man shortlist that will task supporters across the continent with choosing their personal lineup of the last 12 months.

Some huge names are left off the list—particularly from England's top division—in a lineup that also fails to feature anyone born inside Three Lions territory.

Nominated Goalkeepers
Name Team
Petr Cech Chelsea
Thibaut Courtois Atletico Madrid
David De Gea Manchester United
Manuel Neuer Bayern Munich

Daily Mail

Rooney's omission is the most surprising of the English absentees, especially considering the Manchester Unied forward has scored 10 goals and provided eight assists in 16 games this season, per WhoScored.com.

The Red Devils star may be paying for the benching he suffered at the end of last year's campaign, and the saga in which Sir Alex Ferguson said he wanted to leave the club, reported by ESPN.

Nominated Defenders
Name Team
David Alaba Bayern Munich
Giorgio Chiellini Juventus
Dante Bayern Munich
Mats Hummels Borussia Dortmund
Branislav Ivanovic Chelsea
Philipp Lahm Bayern Munich
Stephan Lichtsteiner Juventus
Filipe Luis Atletico Madrid
Vincent Kompany Manchester City
Gerard Pique Barcelona
Sergio Ramos Real Madrid
Thiago Silva Paris Saint-Germain

Daily Mail

Luis Suarez's admission is also baffling and could also be down to the Uruguayan forward's bad behaviour. Despite notching 30 goals across club competitions last season and scoring nine in as many games for Liverpool this year, per ESPN FC, he is overlooked for a spot in the final 40.

It's possible Suarez's decision to bite Branislav Ivanovic—who does make it onto the list—could have harmed his chances of recognition, per David Maddock of the Mirror.

However, the more likely reason is the fact that Suarez did not feature on Europe's greatest stage, making it more difficult for the Liverpool man to earn recognition against his peers.

Nominated Midfielders
Name Team
Gareth Bale Real Madrid
Ilkay Gundogan Borussia Dortmund
Isco Real Madrid
Paul Pogba Juventus
Mesut Ozil Arsenal
Menaja Matic Benfica
Blaise Matuidi Paris Saint-Germain
Marco Reus Borussia Dortmund
Franck Ribery Bayern Munich
Arjen Robben Bayern Munich
Bastian Schweinsteiger Bayern Munich
Yaya Toure Manchester City

Daily Mail

Premier League stars such as Juan Mata, Oscar, David Silva, Michu and Christian Benteke are also overlooked after memorable years.

English-based supporters will perhaps be most worried about the lack of representation from their countrymen in a decision that goes some way to comment on the state of the national game.

Gaughan's Daily Mail report suggests English players are "are seen as unfashionable by the big cheeses in Nyon," as a handful of potential nominees are overlooked.

Steven Gerrard, Ashley Cole and Leighton Baines certainly deserve recognition for their performances and may have ousted the likes of Blaise Matuidi, Filipe Luis and Stephan Lichtsteiner from their place in the lineup.

Nominated Strikers
Name Team
Sergio Aguero Manchester City
Edinson Cavani Pairs Saint-German
Diego Costa Atletico Madrid
Radamel Falcao Monaco
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Paris Saint-Germain
Robert Lewandowski Borussia Dortmund
Mario Mandzukic Bayern Munich
Jackson Martinez Porto
Lionel Messi Barcelona
Thomas Muller Bayern Munich
Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid
Robin van Persie Manchester United

Daily Mail

Nominees are chosen by contributors to UEFA's official website and cover each player's displays for both their club and national setup.

The final selection serves as a potent reminder to English fans that the country is no longer considered among football's elite, just in time for the World Cup draw on Dec. 6.

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