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De Bruyne bidding to win England’s player award for 3rd time

June 1, 2022 GMT
Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne leaves the field with the match ball at the end of the English Premier League soccer match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Manchester City at Molineux stadium in Wolverhampton, England, Wednesday, May 11, 2022. De Bruyne scored four goals in Manchester City's 5-1 win. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne leaves the field with the match ball at the end of the English Premier League soccer match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Manchester City at Molineux stadium in Wolverhampton, England, Wednesday, May 11, 2022. De Bruyne scored four goals in Manchester City's 5-1 win. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne leaves the field with the match ball at the end of the English Premier League soccer match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Manchester City at Molineux stadium in Wolverhampton, England, Wednesday, May 11, 2022. De Bruyne scored four goals in Manchester City's 5-1 win. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
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Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne leaves the field with the match ball at the end of the English Premier League soccer match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Manchester City at Molineux stadium in Wolverhampton, England, Wednesday, May 11, 2022. De Bruyne scored four goals in Manchester City's 5-1 win. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
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Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne leaves the field with the match ball at the end of the English Premier League soccer match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Manchester City at Molineux stadium in Wolverhampton, England, Wednesday, May 11, 2022. De Bruyne scored four goals in Manchester City's 5-1 win. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

LONDON (AP) — Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne is in contention to win English football’s Player of the Year award for the third straight season.

De Bruyne was on a six-man shortlist for the award announced Wednesday, alongside Liverpool trio Sadio Mane, Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah, Tottenham striker Harry Kane and Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo.

City was outnumbered by Liverpool on the shortlist despite beating its rival to the Premier League title to retain the trophy.

De Bruyne won the prestigious award, voted by the players, in 2020 and ’21. Van Dijk and Salah won it the years before that.

The shortlist for the women’s Player of the Year award consisted of Chelsea duo Pernille Harder and Sam Kerr, Arsenal pair Vivianne Miedema and Kim Little and Manchester City’s Alex Greenwood and Lauren Hemp.

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