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Category: PFA Player of the Year awards

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Manchester City dominate PFA Premier League team of the year

Five players included from Guardiola’s Premier League championsOnly one player each from Manchester United and Liverpool Five Manchester City players have been named in the Professional Footballers’ Association Premier League Team of the Year. Related:…

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Manchester City trio up against Salah, Kane and De Gea for PFA award

• De Bruyne, Sané and David Silva all in the running• Sessegnon, Rashford, Sterling competing for Young Player awardManchester City trio Kevin De Bruyne, Leroy Sané and David Silva have been shortlisted for the Professional Footballers’ Association Pla…

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Manchester City trio up against Salah, Kane and De Gea for PFA award

• De Bruyne, Sané and David Silva all in the running• Sessegnon, Rashford, Sterling competing for Young Player awardManchester City trio Kevin De Bruyne, Leroy Sané and David Silva have been shortlisted for the Professional Footballers’ Association Pla…

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Who should win the Premier League young player of the year award?

Peter Barnes was the last City player to win the award. Who deserves it more this season: Raheem Sterling or Leroy Sané?By Martin Laurence for WhoScored, part of the Sport NetworkThe votes for the PFA Player of the Year awards have been cast and the od…

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Six of the best from Manchester City dominate my PFA team of the year

Kyle Walker, Nicolás Otamendi, Fernandinho, Kevin De Bruyne, Leroy Sané and Sergio Agüero selected by Brighton defenderThe rattle of cutlery and cups has not been the only noise in the canteens at Premier League clubs over the last few days as players …

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Chelsea and France midfielder N’Golo Kanté voted PFA player of the year

• Kanté sees off competition from team-mate Eden Hazard to take award
• Spurs midfielder Dele Alli wins young player prize for second year running

The Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kanté has been voted the Professional Footballers’ Association player of the year for the 2016-17 season. The Frenchman is on course to win a second successive Premier League title after also being part of the Leicester side which upset the odds last season.

He saw off competition from his Chelsea team-mate Eden Hazard – who won the award in 2015 – plus Tottenham’s Harry Kane, Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Manchester United and Arsenal’s Alexis Sánchez.

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Chelsea and Tottenham dominate PFA Premier League team of the year

• No place for Toby Alderweireld or Marcos Alonso in PFA XI
• Manchester United’s David de Gea selected in goal

Chelsea and Tottenham lead the way in the PFA Premier League team of the year with four players each.

The league leaders’ midfielder N’Golo Kanté and winger Eden Hazard, both nominated for the PFA Player of the Year award, are included along with the defenders Gary Cahill and David Luiz.

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Mauricio Pochettino says English clubs should put faith in young, native talent

• Spurs manager says his policy was inspired by Alex Ferguson’s ‘Class of 92’
• ‘Young English players have the same talent as in Argentina, Spain and Brazil’

Mauricio Pochettino has said he was inspired by Sir Alex Ferguson and the Manchester United “Class of 92”, as he explained why he saw young, native talent as fundamental to the success of a club.

Related: Blossoming talents of Tottenham’s Dele Alli can take him to the very top | Sachin Nakrani

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N’Golo Kanté deserves PFA player award but Dele Alli is unlucky to miss cut

The Tottenham midfielder has been as impressive as Harry Kane and would not have looked out of place alongside his club-mate on the list for the senior prize

The safest bet of the season is that the PFA player of the year award will end up at Chelsea, with Eden Hazard poised to pick up the honour a second time in the unlikely event of N’Golo Kanté missing out.

Kanté, perhaps because his contribution was overlooked last year in favour of the more obvious attacking assets of Leicester’s title-winning team – Riyad Mahrez took the PFA award and Jamie Vardy the football writers’ version – is such a short-odds favourite for the players’ vote he is scarcely worth backing. That seems fair enough, if he ends up making a significant contribution to two title campaigns with different clubs in consecutive seasons, and Chelsea’s situation as champions elect is presumably the reason why they are the only club with two players on the shortlist.

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Who should win the PFA Player of the Year awards?

N’Golo Kanté is the favourite to win the men’s award and Delli Alli is expected to retain the young player prize he won last year. Which players get your votes?

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Riyad Mahrez is the beautiful variable in Leicester’s march towards history | Paul Doyle

The PFA Player of the Year was not convinced he’d be cut out for the Premier League but he has led opponents the merriest of dances all season long

So the PFA has confirmed what we already knew: Riyad Mahrez deserves to be ranked alongside greats such as Roy Keane and Harrison Ford. Like the Irish midfielder who famously wrote as a child to every English club to ask for a trial except Manchester United because he thought he would not be good enough for them, or the jobbing American actor who nearly turned down the role of Han Solo in Star Wars because he feared it would not enable him to make ends meet, Mahrez was initially reluctant to join Leicester City because he figured, less than three years ago, that England was the one country where he could not succeed. How gloriously wrong he was.

Related: Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez is fast fulfilling his late father’s dreams

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Tottenham squad banned from PFA dinner and told to focus on West Brom

• Pochettino tells players to stay at home before Monday night game
• Spurs duo Kane and Alli could miss collecting prestigious PFA awards

Mauricio Pochettino has banned his Tottenham Hotspur players from attending the Professional Footballers’ Association awards dinner on Sunday night, as he refuses to contemplate any distraction for them before their vital home game against West Bromwich Albion 24 hours later.

Harry Kane has been nominated for the union’s player of the year trophy, Dele Alli is on the shortlist for the young player award and four Tottenham players are in the PFA’s team of the season – Kane, Alli, Toby Alderweireld and Danny Rose.

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Leicester and Tottenham dominate PFA Premier League team of the year

• Four players each from Premier League top two in PFA XI
• Women’s team has three players each from Chelsea and Manchester City

Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur make up the majority of the PFA Premier League team of the year, with eight of the notional XI coming from the two sides who are contesting the title.

The team were to be announced at the Professional Footballers’ Association awards on Sunday but the announcement was brought forward. Included in the side are the Leicester quartet Wes Morgan, N’Golo Kanté, Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy, with Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld, Danny Rose, Dele Alli and Harry Kane also named.

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PFA Awards: Leicester’s Vardy, Mahrez and Kanté lead the case for the crown | David Hytner

As Leicester City close in on the title and perhaps the greatest shock in the history of English football, it is right to celebrate the players who have done most to get them there. But can Dimitri Payet cash in on a split vote?

The Leicester City player of the year award feels almost impossible to call. Will it go to the pace and ruthlessness of Jamie Vardy, the tricks and incision of Riyad Mahrez, or the relentless industry of N’Golo Kanté? The selection has now taken on a national perspective.

The major surprise, perhaps, on the Professional Footballers’ Association’s six-man shortlist for their player of the season trophy – which will be handed out at the Grosvenor House hotel in London on Sunday week – was that Dele Alli was absent. The 19-year-old Tottenham Hotspur midfielder, who has exploded on to the scene, must content himself with a nomination in the union’s young player of the year category.

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PFA Players’ Player of the Year award shortlist: Leicester City trio nominated

• Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and N’Golo Kante all make shortlist
• Other contenders are Harry Kane, Mesut Özil and Dimitri Payet

Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and N’Golo Kanté have all been recognised for their role in Leicester’s Premier League title charge by being named on the shortlist for the PFA Players’ Player of the Year.

The Foxes trio make up half of the six-man shortlist for the award, which is voted for by their peers, with Tottenham’s 22-goal striker Harry Kane, Arsenal midfielder Mesut Özil and West Ham’s Dimitri Payet the other names in the frame to succeed 2015 winner Eden Hazard.

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How Eden Hazard rolled with the punches to become Chelsea’s big hitter

Criticised a year ago by José Mourinho for ‘not sacrificing himself for the team’ the Belgian has done that and more to be voted the PFA player of the year
• Eden Hazard delighted to win PFA award
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José Mourinho says PFA team should have been all Chelsea players

• ‘For Cesc Fàbregas not to be there is a bit strange’
• ‘I think that team wouldn’t win the Premier League’
Eden Hazard ‘happy’ to be named PFA Player of the Year
John Terry: ‘tippy-tappy football will not win league’
José Mourinho on Arsenal: ‘10 years without a title is ‘boring’

José Mourinho has suggested the Professional Footballers’ Association team of the season should have been comprised entirely of Chelsea players and claimed the line-up selected would “not win the Premier League”.

There were six of his charges included in the side selected by PFA members, including the union’s player of the season, Eden Hazard. Diego Costa, Nemanja Matic and the three defenders, John Terry, Gary Cahill and Branislav Ivanovic were also voted in. The select XI was completed with David de Gea, Ryan Bertrand, Philippe Coutinho, Alexis Sánchez and Harry Kane.

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José Mourinho says PFA team should have been all Chelsea players

• ‘For Cesc Fàbregas not to be there is a bit strange’
• ‘I think that team wouldn’t win the Premier League’
Eden Hazard ‘happy’ to be named PFA Player of the Year
John Terry: ‘tippy-tappy football will not win league’
José Mourinho on Arsenal: ‘10 years without a title is ‘boring’

José Mourinho has suggested the Professional Footballers’ Association team of the season should have been comprised entirely of Chelsea players and claimed the line-up selected would “not win the Premier League”.

There were six of his charges included in the side selected by PFA members, including the union’s player of the season, Eden Hazard. Diego Costa, Nemanja Matic and the three defenders, John Terry, Gary Cahill and Branislav Ivanovic were also voted in. The select XI was completed with David de Gea, Ryan Bertrand, Philippe Coutinho, Alexis Sánchez and Harry Kane.

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Eden Hazard: I’m very happy to win England’s PFA award – video

Chelsea’s Belgium forward Eden Hazard reacts after winning England’s Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) player of the year award in front of Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane and Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea on Sunday. England strike…

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Eden Hazard wins PFA Player of the Year award – as it happened

Eden Hazard was named PFA Player of the Year, while Harry Kane took home the Young Player of the Year and Ji So-yun won the women’s award

11.35pm BST

Right, that’s your lot. I’ll leave you with one more shot of a banal trophy, for the road. Goodnight!

@NickMiller79 Händelcup 2007. 5-a-side tournament in Germany which our team of English-speakers won…on penalties! pic.twitter.com/nBWmkXjm8a

11.33pm BST

So, to summarise for those of you who can’t be arsed to scroll down a bit, here are the winners of the awards announced tonight:

11.26pm BST

Here’s 51 seconds of pure fried gold from the PFA Player of the Year…

VIDEO: @ChelseaFC‘s @hazardeden10 is crowned the PFA Players’ Player of the Year award! #PFAawards https://t.co/LjMRSWYBtz

11.24pm BST

Hazard is asked about potential interest from Real Madrid, and says: “No, I’m staying.”

In fairness, it would’ve been a majestically-timed announcement if he said he was off.

11.21pm BST

Second was Kane, third David de Gea. Which is nice for both of them.

11.20pm BST

To the surprise of precisely nobody. And well-deserved it is too.

11.16pm BST

And the big one is coming up.

The tension is unbearable…

11.15pm BST

The second biggest non-surprise of the evening. Eden Hazard was second in the voting. IS THAT AN OMEN FOR THE MAIN AWARD?

Kane said: “It is amazing. It is a very proud moment for myself and my family – hopefully the first of many to come,” Kane said of his award.

11.12pm BST

@NickMiller79 Who’s going to win the GE (assuming we don’t already know by the time this is over)?

Jesse Jackson. He’s running, right?

11.09pm BST

She said: “It is a big honour to receive this award – I want to thank Chelsea Ladies’ players and staff.

11.08pm BST

@NickMiller79 Quick, switch to liveblogging in German. OR start tweeting old jokes at people covering never-ending awards presentations.

Ja.

@NickMiller79 would you rather fight a shark on land or a lion in water?

11.06pm BST

An announcement! A thing!

11.03pm BST

If you were to have a dinner party and could invite one cartoon character to it. Who would you invite? – Steven Billing

The owner of Tom from Tom & Jerry. She’s just a voice and a pair of feet so I wouldn’t have to cook anything and could just have a bacon sandwich.

10.59pm BST

@NickMiller79 should I tell her I like her? that’s the big question mate

No. She’s almost certainly out of your league and you’re going to die alone.

@NickMiller79 can you take bets on what implement Alan Shearer is going to use to murder Robbie Savage live on MOTD?

10.57pm BST

@NickMiller79 What advice would you give someone who wants to avoid having to do MBM reports of tedious awards shows…ohwaitnevermind.

Let’s not be a smartarse now, Tom.

@NickMiller79 wots best way of staying awake. U must be an expert by now

10.52pm BST

Christ this is dragging on. Times like this one of those nodding bird things that Homer uses in the episode he works from home would be useful. Of course, that nearly caused a nuclear meltdown, but the stakes aren’t quite as high here at the Guardian. Anyone got any questions? Doesn’t have to be about football – just general advice on life.

Email nick.miller@theguardian.com or tweet @NickMiller79

10.46pm BST

For those asking, I have absolutely no idea when the awards are being announced. Presumably they’re getting all the chateauneuf du pape quaffing out of the way first.

10.44pm BST

Nice selection here, although that one on the far left is a little flamboyant for my liking. It isn’t sure what it wants to be, either – is it a trophy? Is it a shield? Is it a cup?

@NickMiller79 Just some of the trophies, My favourite being most improved player from chelsea soccer schools. pic.twitter.com/HgTOtDqcTp

10.35pm BST

Trophy update. Textbook stuff here – shield with a football on it, cup with a disproportionately big base. Lovely.

@NickMiller79 My only football tournament win Gedney Under 11s 6-a-side and the famous Camp Champ FPL trophy. pic.twitter.com/tz1urEHjlk

10.34pm BST

The ‘turn’ is on. One imagines he’ll cause less of a ludicrous stir than Reginald D Hunter.

Jason Manford ran his PFA comedy script past Malky Mackay. Lovely banter.

10.25pm BST

Clive Allen won the thing in 1987. As you’ll recall, he had a brief spell as a kicker for short-lived American football team the London Monarchs after his playing career ended.

10.14pm BST

Nothing much appears to be happening at the moment. This is excitement in action. Here’s another trophy from a bloke on Twitter. Feel free to send in pictures of your favourite trophies. The more banal the better.

@NickMiller79 the peak of my football trophy career, penalty king 02/03 season pic.twitter.com/mwcwmVhK7u

10.07pm BST

Would stick with ‘Your Engraving Here’ too, never mind who wins…

The PFA trophy’s a bit much. All individual football awards should be this chap with a side-parting & plastic plinth. pic.twitter.com/OrYZUOd4z6

9.54pm BST

Gary Lineker lifted the award back in 1986, the season he scored 38 goals for Everton. He then left for Barcelona, and invited Willie Thorne out to share some drinks.

9.47pm BST

Here’s Phil Coutinho with the little trinket you get for getting in the team of the year. He looks pretty happy about it, too.

9.36pm BST

Here’s Ritchie Humphreys, chairman of the PFA, giving his speech. Or reading some experimental poetry. Difficult to tell, really.

Fantastic evening so far at the @PFA awards #PFAawards pic.twitter.com/BTtJQBBzM6

9.34pm BST

Kenny Dalglish won in 1983. Here he is catching up on some correspondence.

9.25pm BST

Thierry Henry is at the do, and I can exclusively reveal that he is wearing the same clothes he was for his punditry gig on Sky earlier.

9.24pm BST

Seems that whoever used to design the typeface for RL Stine’s Goosebumps books has since been employed by the PFA pic.twitter.com/AYDlomQtd6

9.21pm BST

Another former winner, Terry McDermott, lifted the prize in 1980. Here he is playing cards with Phil Thompson on the Charity Shield.

9.12pm BST

In his acceptance speech, Steven Gerrard says he’s looking forward to playing in the Major League Soccer, but afterwards he’d like to come back for a job at Liverpool. What job, isn’t clear.

“Hard work, sacrifice, a bit of luck along the way and to be surrounded by great staff,” says Gerrard, when asked about the secret of his success.

9.05pm BST

Norman Whiteside doesn’t seem that impressed about it, mind…

For what exactly ? https://t.co/mkBmWnZ8DR

9.03pm BST

Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard have been given the PFA Merit Award, which seems to be the equivalent of a lifetime achievement thing they give to people like Paul Weller at the Brits every year.

Still, bit weird that they’ve raided someone’s nan’s hearth to get a couple of trophies for it.

Huge congratulations to Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard who receive the PFA Merit Award! #PFAawards pic.twitter.com/l4g7hNf0H5

8.50pm BST

The internet is weird…

@PFA Excellent account, you are the best, could you please follow me? I’m a big fan of you! Thank you and please don’t ignore me!

8.35pm BST

Another past winner, Andy Gray, who lifted the top award in 1977 (becoming the first of three players to also win young player in the same year). Here he is in the suit he wore to the ceremony.

8.28pm BST

A nice moment as a tribute is paid to Dylan Tombides, the West Ham youth player who died earlier this year of testicular cancer, aged just 20. For more on Tombides, Daniel Taylor wrote about him earlier this year:

His next three years are a reminder what a callous, indiscriminate disease this is, and the horrors its sufferers have to go through. It’s brutal, chemotherapy. It strips your muscles, it wipes you out, it tests your sanity. There is an old quote: “The goal is pretty much to kill everything in your body without killing you.” And every time those little drips of poison appeared to have beaten the cancer, every time Dylan and his family thought they could start to live properly again, it returned within six to eight weeks, stronger than before.

He was dying a slow death but, boy, he did everything he could to try to see the bastard off. Dylan is not the first professional footballer to contract cancer. He may be the first, though, to continue playing during the ordeal. He made his debut for West Ham with the disease in his body. He played in the Asian Under-22 Championships in Oman three weeks after intensive chemotherapy.

8.18pm BST

How ‘bout some past winners, eh? Going back to the start, Norman Hunter won the first award in 1974, and said a few years ago about it:

To me personally it meant everything. It was one of the best things that had ever happened to me. My fellow pros voting for me, a defender, with the reputation I had? It gave me a lot of pleasure and a lot of satisfaction. It was definitely one of the best moments in my career without a doubt and from a personal point of view probably the best. It was the first one. Everybody was in there for it. The gaffer told me – and how he knew I don’t know – that I was going to win it and he was right.

Among the pros I got a lot of congratulations. I had this reputation and all that went with it, but players weren’t going to vote for you if you couldn’t do the other things well, it’s as simple as that. If all I could do was tackle and supposedly kick people and things like that, all the players of the day would certainly not have voted for me, so for me personally it was the best recognition. You just don’t get that award if you can’t play. It’s the top award for any footballer.

8.03pm BST

Excitement mounts as people start arriving at a place. Specifically football players, at the awards. It doesn’t get more thrilling than this, people…

VIDEO: @ManUtd‘s @youngy18, @WayneRooney & award nominee @D_DeGea arrive at the #PFAawards! pic.twitter.com/cD88Jv1Fsp

7.58pm BST

Ben, North London, dons his tinfoil hat to write: “Harry Kane clearly deserves the award. If Hazard wins then the pro Chelsea conspiracy will be proven correct.”

Speaking of conspiracy theories, there’s an absolutely sensational one stating that Tupac is still alive and well, one of the pieces of ‘evidence’ for which is that whoever ‘shot’ him fired loads of bullets but none of them hit Suge Knight (who has his own problems at the moment), who is a big man, and therefore should’ve been hit.

7.48pm BST

Apparently the Charlatans are part of the entertainment for the evening. Hopefully clad in similar outerwear to this…

7.45pm BST

First email of the night is in. Presumably the punchline to this is that he’s 29:

“Hi, My daddy is at this award evening and I really hope he has a good time his name is Chris Evans – not the ginger one – my daddy has not much hair

7.35pm BST

And finally the women’s team of the year…

Carly Telford (Notts County); Lucy Bronze (Liverpool); Rachel Corsie (Notts County), Casey Stoney (Arsenal), Emma Mitchell (Arsenal); Jill Scott (Manchester City), Karen Carney (Birmingham), Ji So-Yun (Chelsea), Josanne Potter (Birmingham); Eniola Aluko (Chelsea), Nikita Parris (Everton)

Congratulations to @FAWSL 1 PFA Team of the Year! #PFAawards pic.twitter.com/6fgheJi0RR

7.31pm BST

And now the Premier League…

David de Gea (Manchester United); Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea), John Terry (Chelsea), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Ryan Bertrand (Southampton); Nemanja Matic (Chelsea), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal); Diego Costa (Chelsea), Harry Kane (Tottenham)

Congratulations to the Barclays @PremierLeague PFA Team of the Year! #PFAawards pic.twitter.com/OL4VulUv7T

7.27pm BST

And then there’s the Championship…

Keiren Westwood (Sheffield Wednesday); Simon Francis (Bournemouth), Russell Martin (Norwich), Richard Keogh (Derby County), George Friend (Middlesbrough); Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough), Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth), Bakary Sako (Wolves), Alex Pritchard (Brentford); Daryl Murphy (Ipswich), Troy Deeney (Watford)

Congratulations to the PFA @SkyBetChamp Team of the Year! #PFAawards pic.twitter.com/iMTgIFKAuS

7.22pm BST

And here’s League One…

Frank Fielding (Bristol City); Nathan Byrne (Swindon), Aden Flint (Bristol City), Tom Clarke (Preston), Joe Bryan (Bristol City); Luke Freeman (Bristol City); Massimo Luongo (Swindon); Korey Smith (Bristol City); Dele Alli (MK Dons); Joe Garner (Preston), Eoin Doyle (Chesterfield)

Here is the PFA @SkyBetLeague1 Team of the Year – congratulations! #PFAawards pic.twitter.com/aS3ZAtHU6F

7.14pm BST

As you’ll probably already know, they announced the teams of the year earlier, and here they are, in reverse order…League Two:

Daniel Bentley (Southend); Phil Edwards (Burton Albion), Steve McNulty (Luton), Conor Goldson (Shrewsbury), Ben Coker (Southend); Jed Wallace (Portsmouth), Danny Mayor (Bury), Matt Grimes (Exeter), Ryan Woods (Shrewsbury); Matt Tubbs (Portsmouth) Reuben Reid (Plymouth).

Congratulations to the @SkyBetLeague2 Team of the Year! #PFAawards pic.twitter.com/SrgbmwSrUx

7.05pm BST

So, here we are. The annual distribution of peer-voted trinkets, the worth of an entire season boiled down to who gets the biggest collection of Xs in their respective boxes. There’s probably room at this point for an extended riff on this being just like the election (because that’s soon, isn’t it! The election! Soon! It also features voting!), but we’re all better than that, and if we go down the ‘footballers as political parties’ route then we could head for some pretty choppy waters.

Even though we probably all know who’s going to win, it is worth familiarising ourselves with the nominees, so here they are:

6.01pm BST

Six Chelsea players feature in the PFA’s Premier League team of the year, which was announced on Twitter ahead of tonight’s PFA Awards ceremony.

Player of the Year nominees Diego Costa and Eden Hazard are joined in the team by defenders John Terry, Gary Cahill, Branislav Ivanovic and midfielder Nemanja Matic, while Harry Kane features after scoring 31 goals for Tottenham this season.

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