Kante voted England's player of year; Beckham also honored

Kante is hoping to become the first player in the Premier League era to win the title with different clubs in successive seasons.

"It's a huge honour to be chosen by the other players", said Kante when accepting the award.

"It means the world to be chosen and it's been two lovely seasons, one with Leicester, and we are in good form with Chelsea".

"I always appreciated this type of player, with great generosity, great ability to work for the team", Conte said last month. It's working very well'. "He put a winning mentality into the squad, and everyone wants to give their best for the team, and to make Chelsea win titles".

But Kante thrived as Conte switched to a 3-4-3 formation and Chelsea won 13 successive Premier League games.

Alli's young player prize is consolation for his omission from the six-man shortlist for the senior award, despite scoring 16 goals from midfield as Spurs have mounted a serious title bid.

Although Kante is widely seen as being the superior player out of the pair, there is evidence to suggest that Romeu has actually outperformed the Frenchman in some regards this season.

" I am not one of the best midfielders in the world or something like that".

The Spurs midfielder has been one of the bright sparks in an impressive Tottenham team and, like Kante, has added to his ever improving game.

The 26-year-old France midfielder, who joined Chelsea from English champions Leicester City before the season started, is the fourth Frenchman to lift the award after Eric Cantona, David Ginola and twice victor Thierry Henry. It is extraordinary that a holding midfielder has won this award - the first outwardly defensive player since Paul McGrath in 1992-93 - but that is exactly what Kante is: extraordinary, in the most unextraordinary of ways.

Former Manchester United and England midfielder David Beckham was given the PFA's Merit award for his services to the game.

That was actually Roma's Radja Nainggolan, but the Italian very soon realised it was far from a problem to miss out on the Belgian - not when he had the irrepressible Kante making nearly every single tackle and just making Chelsea better.

Kante's former teammate at Leicester City Riyad Mahrez was the award victor a year ago.

Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at the numbers behind the France international's stellar Premier League season.

■ 66 - percentage of successful tackles. Not only for this season, but for the two terrific consecutive seasons he's played.

■ 1,899 - passes completed, fifth highest in the league.

  • Julie Sanders