Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has been named the Football Writers' Player of the Year. The 28-year-old Liverpool captain topped the poll of journalists ahead of Manchester United team-mates Ryan Giggs and Wayne Rooney to win the prestigious accolade, which has been running since 1948.

"Steven's performances this season have been of the highest quality," Steve Bates, the chairman of the FWA, said.

"His drive and desire have underpinned Liverpool's Premier League title challenge and ensured a tight finish to the season.

"Steven is clearly in his prime and quite rightly rated one of the finest midfield players of his generation, and the FWA are delighted to honour his contribution to club and country."