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.
|Thibaut Courtois||Atletico Madrid|
|David De Gea||Manchester United|
|Manuel Neuer||Bayern Munich|
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.
|David Alaba||Bayern Munich|
|Mats Hummels||Borussia Dortmund|
|Philipp Lahm||Bayern Munich|
|Filipe Luis||Atletico Madrid|
|Vincent Kompany||Manchester City|
|Sergio Ramos||Real Madrid|
|Thiago Silva||Paris Saint-Germain|
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.
|Gareth Bale||Real Madrid|
|Ilkay Gundogan||Borussia Dortmund|
|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|
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.
|Sergio Aguero||Manchester City|
|Edinson Cavani||Pairs Saint-German|
|Diego Costa||Atletico Madrid|
|Zlatan Ibrahimovic||Paris Saint-Germain|
|Robert Lewandowski||Borussia Dortmund|
|Mario Mandzukic||Bayern Munich|
|Thomas Muller||Bayern Munich|
|Cristiano Ronaldo||Real Madrid|
|Robin van Persie||Manchester United|
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.