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Roy Keane and Eric Cantona become latest players to enter Premier League Hall of Fame

The former Manchester United stars are the third and fourth ex-professionals to receive the honour.

Keane and Cantona during their time together at United.
Keane and Cantona during their time together at United.
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Updated May 18th 2021, 1:05 PM

ROY KEANE AND Eric Cantona have become the third and fourth players to be inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame.

The former Manchester United stars follow in the footsteps of Alan Shearer and Thierry Henry, who were announced as the first two inductees on 26 April.

During his 12-and-a-half years under Alex Ferguson, ex-Ireland captain Keane won seven Premier League titles, four FA Cups and the Champions League as part of their treble in 1999.

Cantona, who began his career in England at Leeds United, scored 70 goals in 156 Premier League appearances and won four titles in five seasons for United.

Commenting on his induction, the talismanic Frenchman said: “I am very happy and very proud, but at the same time I am not surprised. I would’ve been surprised not to be elected! 

“I have been lucky to play in this team, with wonderful players, a wonderful manager and wonderful fans. We won and it was the football I dreamed about because Manchester United, it’s a club where they want to win things but in a good way.”

Keane and Cantona are two of the six players from a 23-man shortlist to receive the most combined votes from the public and the Premier League Awards Panel, and the next four inductees will be announced over the next three days.

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The Hall of Fame was launched last month to “recognise and celebrate the exceptional skill and talent of players who have graced the League since its inception in 1992”.

A fans’ vote closed on 9 May, while to be eligible, players must have been retired by 1 August, 2020. Only a player’s Premier League career was considered.

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