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Carlos Tevez, Manchester City Striker, Nominated for England's Player of the Year Award

  • Manchester City's Carlos Tevez, left, keeps the ball from Sunderland's John Mensah during their English Premier League soccer match at The City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester, England, Sunday April 3, 2011. (AP Photo/Jon Super)   NO INTERNET/MOBILE USAGE WITHOUT FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION PREMIER LEAGUE(FAPL)LICENCE. EMAIL info@football-dataco.com FOR DETAILS.

    Manchester City's Carlos Tevez, left, keeps the ball from Sunderland's John Mensah during their English Premier League soccer match at The City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester, England, Sunday April 3, 2011. (AP Photo/Jon Super) NO INTERNET/MOBILE USAGE WITHOUT FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION PREMIER LEAGUE(FAPL)LICENCE. EMAIL info@football-dataco.com FOR DETAILS.  (AP2011)

  • Manchester City's Carlos Tevez, left, keeps the ball from Sunderland's John Mensah during their English Premier League soccer match at The City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester, England, Sunday April 3, 2011. (AP Photo/Jon Super)   NO INTERNET/MOBILE USAGE WITHOUT FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION PREMIER LEAGUE(FAPL)LICENCE. EMAIL info@football-dataco.com FOR DETAILS.

    Manchester City's Carlos Tevez, left, keeps the ball from Sunderland's John Mensah during their English Premier League soccer match at The City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester, England, Sunday April 3, 2011. (AP Photo/Jon Super) NO INTERNET/MOBILE USAGE WITHOUT FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION PREMIER LEAGUE(FAPL)LICENCE. EMAIL info@football-dataco.com FOR DETAILS.  (AP2011)

Carlos Tévez has been nominated for England's player of the year award.

The Manchester City striker, who has scored 19 goals so far this year, was recognized by the Professional Footballers' Association on Friday.

"Carlos made a controversial move from Manchester United to City (in 2009) -- in fact, controversy has probably dogged him since he came to the country (from Brazil)," PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor said. "He has come through in spite of that. He did well for United and now he has moved on and has been a real talisman for City in their attempts to break through into the top level of teams in this country."

The association passed Manchester United's Dimitar Berbatov despite leading the Premier League is scoring. He has scored 20 goals this season.

Berbatov's United strike partner Wayne Rooney, who won the 2010 award, was also not nominated after a lackluster season. But Tottenham playmaker Rafael van der Vaart, Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic, West Ham midfielder Scott Parker and Blackpool captain Charlie Adam were all nominated. 

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Javier "Chicharito" Hernández of Manchester United, was nominated for the junior Player of the Year award.

Tottenham winger Gareth Bale and Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri have been nominated for both the main PFA award and the young-player prize. 

"It took Gareth some time after he came to Tottenham from Southampton -- in fact he had some adverse publicity, but suddenly he has blossomed -- he has come through and more than fulfilled everyone's expectations," Taylor said. "(Nasri's) skills under pressure are quite fantastic."

Based on reporting by The Associated Press.

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