Thierry Henry named Player of the Year

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:06 IST

French striker Thierry Henry was named the Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year.

Thierry Henry named Player of the Year

London:

French striker Thierry Henry was named the Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year for the second successive year on Sunday, hours after his club Arsenal won the English Premiership title. Henry won the most votes of his fellow players ahead of five other nominees: his Arsenal team-mate Patrick Vieira, Alan Shearer of Newcastle, Chelsea's Frank Lampard, Jay-Jay Okocha of Bolton and Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard. Henry's 29 Premiership goals in 33 appearances drove Arsenal to the title, which they clinched after a 2-2 draw with Tottenham earlier on Sunday. Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira said: "He will tell you it is a team game but he has been tremendous in the last two games when we have been a little bit tired and needed someone to do something special." France coach Jacques Santini said that Henry richly deserved the award after the striker lost out to Juventus midfielder Pavel Nedved in the race for the 2003 European Footballer of the Year prize. "Considering he had the disappointment of not winning the European players' award, he really deserves to win it now, especially after everything that Arsenal have achieved." Chelsea midfielder Scott Parker was a surprise winner of the young player of the year award, beating his club captain John Terry to the honour in the ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. Arsenal also contributed five players to the PFA's Premiership Team of the Year, which also included Vieira, Robert Pires, Sol Campbell, Lauren and Ashley Cole. (PTI)

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