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Foden up for two PFA awards as Manchester City dominate shortlists

FOOTBALL By Reuters | June 2nd 2021
File photo, Manchester City's Phil Foden kicks the ball during the English Premier League soccer match between Watford and Manchester City at the Vicarage Road Stadium in Watford [AP]

Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden has been nominated for the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) men's Player of the Year as well as the Young Player of the Year award, the organisation said on Wednesday.

Foden, 21, has made 50 appearances for City across all competitions this season, helping Pep Guardiola's side to win the Premier League and League Cup while they also reached the Champions League final where they finished runners-up.

City dominate the six-man shortlist, with last year's winner Kevin de Bruyne, Ruben Dias and Ilkay Gundogan also in contention.

Manchester United midfielder and top goal-scorer Bruno Fernandes plus Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane, who topped the league with 23 goals and 14 assists, complete the list of nominees.

The shortlist for the Young Player of the Year award comprises six England internationals.

Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold, Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount, West Ham midfielder Declan Rice, Arsenal forward Bukayo Saka and City's Foden are all in Gareth Southgate's squad for Euro 2020.

Manchester United forward Mason Greenwood, who pulled out of the England squad with injury, also made the list.

Chelsea trio Sam Kerr, Fran Kirby and Ann-Katrin Berger are on the shortlist for the women's Player of the Year award, along with City's Lauren Hemp, Chloe Kelly and Sam Mewis.

Hemp is also in contention for the women's Young Player of the Year award, with team mate Ellie Roebuck.

Manchester United duo Ella Toone and Lauren James, Chelsea's Niamh Charles, and Ebony Salmon of Racing Louisville, formerly of Bristol City, complete the list of nominees.

The winners will be announced on Sunday.


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