The Wales international, 23, topped the 2012/13 poll of journalists with a narrow victory over Manchester United forward Robin van Persie, who was last year’s recipient when at Arsenal, and received the prestigious accolade at a gala dinner in London on Thursday evening. Bale’s 25 goals have helped take Andre Villas-Boas’ men into the quarter-finals of the Europa League and kept them in the race to secure a return to the Champions League. Bale was also named Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year by the Professional Footballers’ Association. “Hopefully there is a lot more (to come),” the Wales forward said. “I have only just started in my new free role in the middle, so there is still a lot to learn in that position for me, I still need to kind of figure out a few things – which is important. As I say to myself every season, I want to improve again, there are still things I need to improve, there are things which need working on in more areas than others, and I can do that.” Despite the setback of Wednesday night’s 2-2 draw at Chelsea, Bale maintains Tottenham can head into the final two games of the Barclays Premier League season still hopeful of securing a top-four finish, which would secure Champions League football. “Everyone at Tottenham still believes, we know it is not in our hands, but there are a lot of funny things which can happen in football,” he said. “The main thing is we need to concentrate on ourselves and hope that little bit of luck goes with us.” The FWA award has been running since 1948, when Sir Stanley Matthews was the first recipient of a long list which includes the likes of England World Cup winning captain Bobby Moore, the Charlton brothers, George Best, Kevin Keegan, Eric Cantona, Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry and Cristiano Ronaldo. “When you look at all of the past winners, the legends of the game, this is a massive honour, and to be on the list with them now is a massive privilege,” Bale said as he received his award from FWA chairman Andy Dunn at the Lancaster London Hotel. “You always dream of things like this, whether they come true or not is another, but now that it has, it is a massive achievement for me, but one I could have not done without my team or my manager. The team has been fantastic this season and we have played some very good stuff, it is always easier to play in a really good team. “The manager has been fantastic for me, playing me in different positions where I am able to find the space and actually show my stuff. I have really enjoyed my football and been able to play well.” Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year Gareth Bale believes he can get even better next season. Press Association
For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. “The etiquette in cricket is if the ball is thrown at the stumps and it hits you and goes into a gap in the field you don’t run. But if it goes to the boundary, in the rules it’s four and you can’t do anything about it. I think, talking to Michael Vaughan who saw him after the game, Ben Stokes actually went to the umpires and said, ‘Can you take that four runs off. We don’t want it’,” James Anderson said while speaking on the BBC’s Tailenders podcast.“But it’s in the rules and that’s the way it is. It’s been talked about for a while among the players, potentially that being a dead ball if it does hit the batsman and veer off somewhere.“It was truly an incredible question to ask of the umpires, considering the gravity of the situation and the fact it would have left England struggling to force a tie after 50 overs of batting,” he further added.Thanks to those four overthrow runs, England managed to tie the match and then scored 15 runs in the super over. New Zealand too scored 15 in and the super over score also tied. However, England were announced winners as they had hit more boundaries than New Zealand. New Delhi: The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 final between England and New Zealand saw one of the most dramatic contest and the hosts eventually announced winners on boundary counts after the match tied twice – first in the full game and then in the super over. The New Zealand, which looked certain to win the match after the first two dot balls in the final over with 15 needed on just four balls. However, the luck was clearly not in their favour and Ben Stocks who was on strike hit Trent Boult for a six which left England needing 9 runs off just three balls.On the fourth ball, something dramatic happened that left New Zealand hearts broken. Stokes hit the ball towards deep midwickets for two runs. However, a throw from Guptil accidentally hit the bat of diving Stokes and deflected to the third man boundary for four runs. The England was awarded 6 runs and that is where the entire match slipped out of New Zealand’s hands. Unlucky there were but Ben Stocks had reportedly told umpires that they don’t want those four runs. England Test Cricketer James Anderson has claimed that the umpires ignored his request as they made the decision as per the rules.