N'Golo Kante named PFA Player of the Year

Kante has been a virtual ever-present for Chelsea in their resurgence under Antonio Conte, playing nearly every minute of their Premier League season but for a single match missed through suspension and the dying stages of their defeat at Tottenham in January.

Meanwhile Kante has made midfield his own at Stamford Bridge after moving from Leicester City where he had been an integral part of last season's famous Premier League title win.

However, Sunday was for the France worldwide midfield powerhouse who also edged out competition from Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur, Everton's Romelu Lukaku and Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez.

The 26-year-old who is on course to win back-to-back Premier League titles saw off teammate Eden Hazard who won the award in 2015.

As his manager Antonio Conte said back in March: "I like a lot these type of players".

Kante's teammate at Leicester City Riyad Mahrez won the award previous year.

Hazard came second with Ibrahimovic third after an impressive debut season in England.

The man who covers 30 percent of the planet has been named the Professional Footballers Association's (PFA) Player Of the Year.

England and Manchestsr United legend David Beckham was given the PFA Merit 2017 award.

Birmingham's Jess Carter was named Women's Young Player of the Year. Football remains a sport that is decided by goals and which values attack over defence but "there is no harm in occasionally celebrating other qualities which are needed to win matches, the qualities Kante embodies, the selfless hard work which gives others the platform to shine".

"I am confident with my players". Walsh told Kante he should represent France, but the player asked whether he was good enough.

"He deserves to win".

Having won last season's Women's Super League crown without losing a game, Manchester City are understandably well represented for the women's player of the year prize.

Former Manchester United midfielder Beckham was honoured by his peers in recognition of his stellar career at club and global level.

The PFA will also announce the victor of its Merit award, a prize won previous year by former Manchester United and Wales winger Ryan Giggs.

  • Julie Sanders