Manchester United legend Eric Cantona says he is “proud” but “not surprised” to be inducted into the English Premier League Hall of Fame.
The 54-year-old former French international joins Alan Shearer and his French compatriot Thierry Henry to be named.
Cantona, who started his England career at Leeds, has scored 70 goals in 156 Premier League appearances and won four titles in five seasons for Manchester United.
He was also instrumental in Leeds, winning the last Premier League title in history in 1991/92.
“I am very happy and very proud, but at the same time I am not surprised,” said Cantona upon hearing of her distinction.
“I would have been surprised not to be elected! I had the chance to play in this team, with great players, a great manager and great fans.
“We won and it’s the football I dreamed of because Manchester United is a club where they want to win things but in a good way. “
Cantona is one of six players from a list of 23 finalists to receive the most combined votes from the Premier League audience and award jury and the next five inductees will be announced over the next three days.
The Hall of Fame was launched last month to “recognize and celebrate the exceptional skill and talent of the players who have honored the League since its inception in 1992”.
A fan vote closed on May 9, while in order to be eligible players must have been withdrawn by August 1, 2020. Only a player’s career in the Premier League was taken into account.
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