Raheem Sterling loses English football player of the year award to teammate

Jamaican-born Raheem Sterling missed out on being named English football player of the year, an award copped by his Manchester City teammate Kevin De Bruyne.

Manchester City footballer Raheem Sterling

Sterling and De Bruyne were the only two non-Liverpool players on the shortlist which included Virgil Van Dijk, Sadio Mane, Jordan Henderson and Trent Alexander-Arnold.

De Bruyne ended Liverpool’s back to back hold on the Professional Footballers’ Association Award after wins by Van Dijk (2019) and Mohamed Salah (2018).

Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne scores a goal from a free kick during their English Premier League soccer match against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, in London, England on JUne 25, 2020. (Paul Childs/Pool Photo via AP, file)

He is also the first Manchester City player to win the award after scoring 13 goals and setting a record-tying 20 assists in the past season.

Liverpool were named English Premier League champion after finishing 18 points ahead of Manchester City.