Vardy wins football writers' player of year award
Leicester forward Jamie Vardy has won England's Footballer of the Year award on the day his team could clinch an unlikely Premier League title.
The Football Writers' Association said Leicester players swept the top three places and seven in total got votes for the award seen as the most prestigious individual prize in England.
Vardy won 36 per cent of journalists' votes "making him a clear winner" ahead of teammates Riyad Mahrez and N'Golo Kante, the writers' organisation said
"It's been an amazing season for all of us at Leicester, based on the teamwork not individuals, which you can see in the voting," Vardy said in a statement. The 29-year-old forward gets the honour just four years after playing in the fifth-tier division.
His 22 Premier League goals include a streak of scoring in 11 consecutive early-season matches, which launched Leicester's historic title challenge after being a 5,000-1 outsider.