Dempsey finishes fourth for England player of year

American Clint Dempsey finished fourth Tuesday in voting for

2012 Footballer of the Year by England’s soccer writers.

A 29-year-old from Nacogdoches, Texas, Dempsey has scored a

career-best 22 goals for Fulham this season, including 16 in the

Premier League. He plays both midfield and forward.

Arsenal’s Robin van Persie won Footballer of the Year in voting

by about 400 reporters of the Football Writers’ Association. He

leads the league with 27 goals and has 34 in all competitions

He was followed in the voting by Manchester United’s Wayne

Rooney and Paul Scholes.

Van Persie was voted the Professional Footballers’ Association’s

Player of the Year award on Sunday.