Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has been named the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year ahead of teammates Riyad Mahrez and N’Golo Kante.
The 29-year-old claimed the accolade with 36 per cent of the votes, and in the process becomes the first Englishman to win the award since Scott Parker in 2011.
Vardy missed last Sunday’s crucial clash with Manchester United through suspension, but is set to return for Leicester’s fixture home fixture against Everton on Saturday.
He has 22 goals to his name this season, and is battling it out with Tottenham’s Harry Kane and Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero for the Premier League golden boot this season.
Upon receiving the award, Vardy said: “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. 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.”
Along with Vardy, Mahrez and Kante, Tottenham duo Harry Kane and Dele Alli, West Ham midfielder Dimitri Payet, and Manchester City duo Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne were also nominated for the award.