Football: Cantona among PFA award nominees

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ERIC CANTONA may be the first foreigner to earn the Player of the Year accolade from his peers. The Frenchman is among a short-list of six for the Professional Footballers' Association award to be announced on 10 April.

With Ryan Giggs and Paul Ince also in the running, the award could go to Manchester United for the fourth time in six years. Peter Beardsley and his Newcastle colleague Andy Cole are also on the short-list along with Blackburn's Alan Shearer.

Giggs and Cole also appears on the Young Player short-list with Clark (Newcastle), Fowler (Liverpool), Kelly (Leeds) and Sutton (Norwich).

George Graham, the Arsenal manager, yesterday dismissed as 'pure speculation' stories that he was about to sign Internazionale's Dennis Bergkamp.