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Duo In PFA Nominations

Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw have both been respectively nominated for the PFA Players' Player and Young Player of the Year Awards for this season.

25 year old Lallana is up for the Players' Player of the Year Award having scored so far ten goals in 42 appearances for the club, and for having forced himself into England manager Roy Hodgson's plans with his displays.

He finds himself up against Liverpool's Steven Gerrard, Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez, as well as Manchester City's Yaya Toure, and Chelsea's Eden Hazard.

The only Southampton player to previously win this award was Kevin Keegan back in 1981/82.

18 year old Shaw is up for the Young Player of the Year Award, and this season has broken the 50 appearance mark despite his tender age and has certainly made a name for himself, along with his own England involvement.

He is alongside Everton's Ross Barkley, Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey and Liverpool's Raheem Sterling - and they are also joined by Hazard and Sturridge who are young enough to be included in this category also.

Previously Southampton have won this award with Matt Le Tissier back in 1989/90 and Steve Moran back in 1981/82.

The Awards Ceremony where the winners will be announced takes place at the Grosvenor Hotel in London and the PFA Awards 2014 takes place on April 27th.

Speaking to saintsfc following the nominations, Adam Lallana said it was a credit to the entire club that he had been recognised by his fellow professionals, and that Shaw had been nominated in the other category.

'It's a massive honour and I'm just humbled to be on the shortlist with some world class players. They're all playing for top teams, so it proves that Southampton are doing something right over the last few years. It's something I'm massively proud of, and it's a reward not just for my myself but for my team mates, Southampton and the manager for the hard work we're put in this season. It's a huge credit not just to myself and Luke but everyone involved with the club. This shows how fast we've made the adjustment to life in the Premier League.'

Lallana adds that with both he and Shaw having come through the clubs' own Academy, that is just the icing on the cake really.

For Shaw, he added himself.

'You normally have a little inkling that you might be in it, but I found out on Twitter when I got a mention saying that I was nominated. I'm very privileged to be alongside the players that have been chosen. What makes it a big honour is that world class players have been picking the nominees, so for me to be picked and for Ads to be up for Player of the Year is brilliant.'

Shaw says he hasn't got many thoughts of winning the trophy because of who he is up against, but the biggest confidence boost and 'prize' for him is in simply being nominated in the first place.

Congratulations to both, and they would be worthy winners.

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Date:Saturday April 19 2014

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