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Published: 11:09 | 2/5/16

Vardy wins Football Writers' award

Striker beats team-mates Mahrez and Kante

Leicester forward Jamie Vardy has been voted the 2016 Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers' Association (FWA).

The striker won 36% of the vote to beat off competition from team-mates Riyad Mahrez and N'Golo Kante, with seven Foxes players receiving votes, Wes Morgan, Kasper Schmeichel, Danny Drinkwater and Danny Simpson the other four.

Vardy's 24 goals for club and country has fired Leicester to the brink of winning their first ever top flight litle and they will be crowned champions of Tottenham Hotspur fail to win at Chelsea on Monday night.

Even if Spurs do pick up the three points, they will remain five points off the pace with just two games remaining.

"It is testament to their all-round excellence that so many Leicester players polled votes from our members, said FWA chairman Andy Dunn. "The Jamie Vardy story, though, clearly captured the imagination of so many writers.

"His record-breaking feat of scoring in 11 consecutive matches is the jewel in what will surely be Leicester's Premier League crown.

"And the Footballer of the Year award is not just a reflection of his fantastic season, but recognition of a remarkable journey from non-league to the international stage."

Vardy will receive his award at the FWA's gala dinner on May 12th and he was understandably delighted.

"It's a great honour to win such a prestigious award and to have my name added to a list of previous winners that includes some unbelievable players," he said. " Thank you to the Football Writers' Association and to everyone that voted.

"Thank you also to my team-mates, who are the reason I've been able to achieve anything. It's been an amazing season for all of us at Leicester, based on teamwork not individuals, which you can see in the voting. Thanks also to the manager, all the staff and the fans for their support.

"We're all totally focused on getting over the line in the final two weeks of the season and turning a great season into one we'll never forget. Hopefully I can contribute to that and, if selected, carry some good form into the Euros this summer."

Spurs duo of Harry Kane and Del Alli also received votes as did Manchester City pair Setgio Aguero and Kevin de Bruyne with West Ham's Dmitri Payet also making some writer's selections for a fabulous first season in English football.

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