Trio nominated for PFA awards

Last updated : 16 April 2003 By Martyn Elliott

Shearer is on the shortlist for the Player of the Year award, along with four other forwards and an attacking midfielder, while Bellamy and JJ have made the Young Player of the Year shortlist.

Shortlists in full:

Players' player of the year nominations:

James Beattie (Southampton), Thierry Henry (Arsenal), Paul Scholes (Manchester United), Alan Shearer (Newcastle), Ruud van Nistelrooy (Manchester United), Gianfranco Zola (Chelsea).

Young player of the year nominations:

Craig Bellamy (Newcastle), Jermain Defoe (West Ham), Jermaine Jenas (Newcastle), John O'Shea (Manchester United), Scott Parker (Charlton), Wayne Rooney (Everton).

Can’t argue with the quality of the players nominated for the senior award, but you have to wonder what a defender or holding midfielder would have to do to get on the list.