Man Utd pair Rooney, Chicharito among Ballon d'Or nominees

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney is England's lone rep in the 50 nominees for this year's Ballon d'Or.

While FIFA will not officially release the list until November 1, the Manchester United striker is the lone Englishman according to Spanish daily Mundo Deportivo.

His United team-mate Javier Hernandez is also listed along with Manchester City’s David Silva and Sergio Aguero plus Liverpool’s Luis Suarez.

Like England, Italy have only one representative in Udinese's talisman Antonio de Natale.

The final three, chosen by national coaches and captains, will be announced on December 5 with the winner presented with the award at a glitzy gala dinner in Zurich on January 9.

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