Conte named Manager of the Year

The defender was substituted just 26 minutes into the match as a tribute to his squad number, which he has worn throughout his career with the club.

There was precedent at Chelsea.

Something similar occurred when Didier Drogba left in 2015, being carried off by his team-mates in his farewell fixture against the Black Cats. They won a total of 30 league games this season. "I consider myself relatively lucky".

Aside from Tottenham, though, Chelsea didn't have any challengers and it turned out to be a fairly comfortable waltz to the Premier League crown, rather than a hard-fought and gritty stumble.

"I never want to be that player who says, 'I wish I'd played a couple more years.' You can't replace these moments".

"I don't normally bet".

"I am going to take my time".

"I was surprised the odds were that high".

The Chelsea legend revealed that he made a decision to delay hanging up his boots following advice from former club and country teammates Frank Lampard and Jamie Carragher, both of whom advised him not to end his career too early.

Sunderland boss David Moyes said he had received advance notice of Chelsea's plans, and his goalkeeper Jordan Pickford obligingly kicked the ball out under direction from Blues striker Diego Costa.

The FA has been contacted by Press Association Sport for comment.

While the Premier League is believed to be relaxed about the matter, content the player's withdrawal did not contravene any of their rules, the FA has now instigated a dialogue with betting companies to ascertain the precise chain of events on Sunday.

"We have the opportunity to forget what has happened in the league and be focused on the Final".

Antonio Conte is full of praise for John Terry after the Chelsea captain's final match at Stamford Bridge. It was his 580th game as captain of the team.

Chelsea captain John Terry holds the trophy after they won the league.

Not only did Cowley lead Lincoln back into the English Football League, he also inspired the Imps to become the first non-league side in 103 years to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals, beating Ipswich, Brighton and Burnley before losing to finalists Arsenal.

  • Julie Sanders