The judges, headed by former Scotland manager Andy Roxburgh, called him "a rare player who takes the initiative and runs very well with the ball - not just past defenders, but around them."
Paul Gascoigne joined 24-year-old McManaman in midfield, but his citation opens with the reprimand: "A frustrating talent." The panel then said of Gazza: "He sees things ahead of others and has shown the ability to produce the unpredictable."
David Seaman - "Faultless in all he had to do," - and Alan Shearer - "An old-fashioned centre forward with tremendous power" - complete England's quartet in the list of 18. Full list:-
Goalkeepers: David Seaman (England), Andreas Kopke (Germany);
Defenders: Laurent Blanc (France), Matthias Sammer (Germany), Radek Latal (Czech Republic), Marcel Desailly (France), Paolo Maldini (Italy);
Midfielders: Didier Deschamps (France), Steve McManaman (England), Paul Gascoigne (England), Rui Costa (Portugal), Karel Poborsky (Czech Republic), Dieter Eilts (Germany);
Forwards: Hristo Stoichkov (Bulgaria), Youri Djorkaeff (France), Alan Shearer (England), Davor Suker (Croatia), Pavel Kuka (Czech Republic).