Three Leicester City players named on PFA Player of the Year shortlist

Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and N'golo Kante are all in contention of the award

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Leicester City's Jamie Vardy (centre) celebrates with Riyad Mahrez (right) and N'golo Kante (left).Picture by: Nigel French / PA Wire/Press Association Images

Three Leicester City players lead the shortlist to become the PFA Player's Player of the Year in England.

No Leicester player has ever won the award since its inception in 1974. Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and N'golo Kante are joined on the list by Tottenham's Harry Kane, Arsenal's Mesut Ozil and West Ham's Dimitri Payet.

As is the case with Leicester, if Payet wins he will become the first West Ham player to win the award.

Kane has the opportunity to defend his Young Player of the Year award. He joins team-mate Dele Alli, Everton's Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley. Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland and Liverpool's Philipe Coutinho complete the list.

The award winners will be announced later this month at a ceremony in London.