Leicester and Tottenham dominate PFA team of the year
Published 21/04/2016 | 18:01
Title rivals Leicester and Tottenham make up the majority of the PFA Premier League team of the year, with eight of the notional 11 coming from the two sides.
The team was due to be announced as standard at the PFA awards on Sunday, but the unveiling was brought forward.
Included in the side are Leicester quartet Wes Morgan, N'Golo Kante, Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy, with Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld, Danny Rose, Dele Alli and Harry Kane also named.
The three remaining slots go to Manchester United stopper David De Gea, Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin and West Ham's Dimitri Payet.
Arsenal's Mesut Ozil - shortlisted for the PFA Player award alongside Kane, Kante, Mahrez, Payet and Vardy - was omitted.
The Women's Super League side saw three players each from champions Chelsea and runners-up Manchester City named.
Chelsea's representatives were keeper Hedvig Lindahl, defender Niamh Fahey and winger Jo So-yun. City saw defender Lucy Bronze and midfield pair Jill Scott and Isobel Christiansen included.
Arsenal also had three players selected in the shape of Casey Stoney, Vicky Losada and Danielle Carter. Alex Greenwood was named after her season with Notts County, with Sunderland's Beth Mead making up the XI.
Four Burnley players are named in the Championship side - goalkeeper Tom Heaton, defender Will Keane, midfielder Joey Barton and striker Andre Gray - with two and a half from Middlesbrough.
The half comes from Daniel Ayala sharing his defensive shirt with Hull's Michael Dawson, although Adam Clayton and George Friend are named without dispute.
League One leaders Wigan have four inclusions, while in League Two, champions Northampton have three.
PFA team of the year: David De Gea (Man Utd); Hector Bellerin (Arsenal), Wes Morgan (Leicester), Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham), Danny Rose (Tottenham); Riyad Mahrez (Leicester), Dele Alli (Tottenham), N'Golo Kante (Leicester), Dimitri Payet (West Ham); Jamie Vardy (Leicester), Harry Kane (Tottenham).
WSL team of the year: Hedvig Lindahl (Chelsea); Lucy Bronze (Man City), Casey Stoney (Arsenal), Niamh Fahey (Chelsea), Alex Greenwood (Notts County, now Liverpool); Jo So-yun (Chelsea), Vicky Losada (Arsenal), Jill Scott (Man City), Isobel Christiansen (Chelsea); Beth Mead (Sunderland), Danielle Carter (Arsenal).
Championship team of the year: Tom Heaton (Burnley); Bruno (Brighton), Daniel Ayala/Michael Dawson (Middlesbrough/Hull), Will Keane (Burnley), George Friend (Middlesbrough); Adam Clayton (Middlesbrough), Alan Judge (Brentford), Joey Barton (Burnley), Barry Bannan (Sheff Wed)l Andre Gray (Burnley), Ross McCormack (Fulham).
League One team of the year: Jon McLaughlin (Bradford); Reece Wabara (Wigan), John Egan (Gillingham), Craig Morgan (Wigan), Rico Henry (Walsall); Yanic Wildschut (Wigan), Bradley Dack (Gillingham), Romaine Sawyers (Walsall), Mark Duffy (Burton); Will Grigg (Wigan), Adam Armstrong (Coventry).
League Two team of the year: Adam Smith (Northampton); George Baldock (Oxford), Curtis Nelson (Plymouth), Aaron Pierre (Wycombe), Joe Jacobson (Wycombe); Ricky Holmes (Northampton), John-Joe O'Toole (Northampton), Matt Crooks (Accrington), Kemar Roofe (Oxford); Jay Simpson (Leyton Orient), Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers).