6 May 2014

Suarez named footballer of the year

11:40 am on 6 May 2014

The Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has completed his redemption from outcast to hero, after being named England's Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers' Association.

The prestigious honour completes an award double after he was named the Professional Footballers' Association player of the year last month.

The 27-year-old Uruguayan finished ahead of team mate Steven Gerrard and Manchester City's Yaya Toure in the poll of England's football writers, and the honour follows an astonishing turnaround for Suarez who began this season serving the remainder of a 10-match ban imposed for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic last April.

Although he missed the first five games of the season, the controversial striker is the Premier League's top scorer this season with 30 goals with two matches remaining, and he's sustained Liverpool's Premier League title challenge.

Suarez polled 52 percent of the vote of around 300 members. Last year he polled two votes.