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Chelsea's Kante beats Hazard and Alli to FWA Footballer of the Year

N'Golo Kante has won his second major individual honour of the season, following up his PFA Player of the Year award with the FWA honour.
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Chelsea star Kante beats Hazard and Alli to FWA Footballer of the Year award

Chelsea star N'Golo Kante has been named the 2017 Footballer of the Year by Football Writers' Association (FWA), beating team-mate Eden Hazard and Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli to the award.

Titles galore for 'very proud' Kante

Kante is set to win his second consecutive Premier League title this season, having helping Leicester City become champions prior to his Stamford Bridge move. The France international was also named PFA Players' Player of the Year for his performances in 2016-17.

The FWA revealed Kante and runner-up Hazard had combined for over 65 per cent of the total votes cast in his latest triumph.

"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."

Vardy and Kante: Leicester City influence

Leicester striker Jamie Vardy won last season's award - which is voted for by football journalists across England - while Hazard triumphed in 2014-15.

Kante is the fourth Chelsea player to win the accolade, with Gianfranco Zola and Frank Lampard the other players to have won it along with Hazard. The 26-year-old will be presented with the award at a gala dinner on May 18.