Rooney up for award

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney is the only Englishman shortlisted for the Ballon D’Or. Only five players on the shortlist have Premier League connections, two of which – Cesc Fabregas and Sergio Aguero - spent only half of 2011 in England – compared to 15 in Spain. European champions Barcelona lead the way with eight nominees, including Lionel Messi, winner for the last two years.