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As expected, N’Golo Kante has been named 2017 Football of the Year award from the Football Writers’ Association, beating teammate Eden Hazard and Tottenham’s Dele Alli to the award.

Kante who also won the PFA Player of the Year award beat Hazard to the award, with the Chelsea duo polling more than 65 per cent of the votes, while Alli came third.

Kante becomes the 18th player to land both the PFA and FWA honours in the same season.

“It is a fantastic honour to win this award,” Kante said. “With so many great players in this Chelsea squad and in the Premier League, for the Football Writers’ Association to name me their Footballer of the Year is a very proud moment in my career.”

Kante has been a key player for Chelsea in the Chelsea rejuvenation this season after a wonderful spell for Leicester City last season.

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