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PFA Team of the Year Chelsea players
Some of the Chelsea players at the PFA awards ceremony last night at the Grosvenor Hotel in London

The PFA Player of the Year Awards were given out at a reception at the Grosvenor Hotel in London last night, and we round up who won what as the 2014-15 season draws to a close. The list was voted for by players from 100 clubs from the Premier League, Football League and Women’s Super League.

PFA Player of the Year

Winner – Eden Hazard (Chelsea)

Shortlisted – Diego Costa (Chelsea), Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal), David de Gea (Manchester United), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool)

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As was expected by many, Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard was awarded the Player of the Year trophy after what has been a brilliant season for the Belgian. With Chelsea on course to lift their first Premier League title since 2010, Hazard’s consistenly good performances have been instrumental in maintaining the Blues’ dominance this season. The 24-year old has scored 13 goals and grabbed nine assists this season.

 

PFA Young Player of the Year

Winner – Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur)

Shortlisted – Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool), David de Gea (Manchester United), Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea), Raheem Sterling (Liverpool)

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It has also been a fantastic season for young Tottenham striker Harry Kane. Although he didn’t score his first goal this season until November, he has been scoring them for fun since with an incredible 20 goals. He is currently the joint top-goal scorer in the Premier League, whilst becoming the first Spurs player to break the 30 goal threshold in all competitions since Gary Lineker in the 1991/92 season. Two of those goals included a winning brace against London rivals Arsenal.

 

PFA Women’s Player of the Year

Winner – Ji So-Yun (Chelsea)

Shortlisted – Eniola Aluko (Chelsea), Lucy Bronze (Manchester City), Karen Carney (Birmingham City), Jess Clarke (Notts County), Kelly Smith (Arsenal)

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Nicknamed ‘The Korean Messi’, Ji So-Yun has had another good season for Chelsea Ladies. The South Korea international enjoyed a fine debut season in England after joining from Japanese side Kobe INAC Leonessa last year. Having been named FA WSL 1 Players’ Player of the Year at the FA Women’s Awards Last November, after helping Chelsea to second place in the top league, she is now the PFA Women’s Players’ Player of the Year 2015.

 

PFA Young Women’s Player of the Year

Winner – Leah Williamson (Arsenal)

Shortlisted – Freda Ayisi (Birmingham City), Hannah Blundell (Chelsea), Aoife Mannion (Birmingham City), Nikita Parris (Manchester City – on loan from Everton), Amy Turner (Notts County)

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Having been the star of the England Under-19 penalty incident, 18-year old Leah Williamson has been a star performer for the Female Gunners since joining the club at the age of nine. She has shown bags of talent since, with great vision and being strong in a tackle.

 

PFA Merit Awards

Former England midfielders Steven Gerrard, 34, and Frank Lampard, 36, shared the PFA Merit award. The veteran pair will leave the Premier League for Major League Soccer in the United States in the summer, having collected 220 England caps between them.

 

PFA Premier League Team of the Year

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There are six Chelsea players in this year’s team, three of which make up the back four. Ryan Bertrand makes up the back line after an impressive first full season at Southampton. Alexis Sanchez and Diego Costa get into the team after their debut season.

The team – David De Gea (Manchester United), Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea), John Terry (Chelsea), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Nemanja Matic (Chelsea), Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Diego Costa (Chelsea), Harry Kane (Tottenham).

 

PFA Women’s Team of the Year

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Last year’s winner of the Women’s Player of the Year, Lucy Bronze, gets into the team along with Casey Stoney and Emma Mitchell from Arsenal. Nikita Parris gets into the team after an impressive season with Everton last term despite the Toffees being relegated to WSL2. Ji So Yun also gets into the team after winning the Women’s Player of the Year.

The team – Carly Telford (Notts County), Lucy Bronze (Liverpool), Casey Stoney (Arsenal), Rachel Corsie (Notts County – now Seattle Reign), Emma Mitchell (Arsenal); Ji So-Yun (Chelsea), Jill Scott (Manchester City), Jo Potter (Birmingham City), Karen Carney (Birmingham City); Nikita Parris (Everton), Eniola Aluko (Chelsea).

 

PFA Championship Team of the Year

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Championship Player of the Year Patrick Bamford is a somewhat surprising omission from the team. Watford striker Troy Deeney is the only player to be included from the north London side, despite the Hornets being the first side to be promoted. Alex Pritchard is included after a great season on loan at Brentford, whilst Russell Martin is recognised for his solid performances at the back for Norwich City.

The team – Kieren Westwood (Sheffield Wednesday); Simon Francis (Bournemouth), Richard Keogh (Derby County), Russell Martin (Norwich City), George Friend (Middlesbrough); Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough); Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth), Bakary Sako (Wolves), Alex Pritchard (Brentford – on loan from Tottenham); Troy Deeney (Watford), Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town).

 

PFA League 1 Team of the Year

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The team – Frank Fielding (Bristol City); Nathan Byrne (Swindon Town), Tom Clarke (Preston North End), Aden Flint (Bristol City), Joe Bryan (Bristol City); Dele Alli (MK Dons); Luke Freeman (Bristol City), Massimo Luongo (Swindon Town), Korey Smith (Bristol City); Joe Garner (Preston North End), Eoin Doyle (Chesterfield – now Cardiff City).

 

PFA League 2 Team of the Year

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The team – Daniel Bentley (Southend United); Phil Edwards (Burton Albion), Steve McNulty (Luton Town), Connor Goldson (Shrewsbury Town), Ben Coker (Southend United); Ryan Woods (Shrewsbury Town), Matt Grimes (Exeter City – now Swansea City), Jed Wallace (Portsmouth), Danny Mayor (Bury); Matt Tubbs (Portsmouth), Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle).

 

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Gary Cahill has warned his Chelsea teammates to not underestimate the danger of Arsenal in the final few weeks of the season.

Saturday’s 2-1 win at home to Stoke City preceded Manchester City’s surprising defeat away at Crystal Palace and gave Chelsea a nine point lead over last season’s champions with a game in hand, a weekend which effectively ended the Citizens’ chances of retaining the title after a terrible 2015 which has seen them slip to fourth.

Parallel to that has been the form of Chelsea’s London rivals Arsenal; a 4-1 victory over Liverpool last weekend taking the Gunners up to second place and seven points behind Chelsea, and inspiring hopes of winning the league that would have appeared outlandish just a few weeks ago. Chelsea still have to play at  the Emirates and, even though the game in hand- Leicester City away- a defeat in that fixture could give the season a distinctly unnerving edge for Chelsea as it nears its conclusion.

Cahill, who has often started at centre-back beside John Terry for Chelsea this season, is aware of the form of Arsene Wenger’s team.

“I think it’s gone under the radar, hasn’t it? I think how well they’ve done of late – they’ve crept up,” the England international is quoted as saying.

“We started (against Stoke) today with them in second position. They’ve gone about it quietly, they’re obviously in fantastic form.”

 

Chelsea beat Arsenal 2-0 at Stamford Bridge in October and Jose Mourinho has never lost to Arsene Wenger. However, Chelsea should be aware, as they prepare to face QPR this Sunday, of the relatively recent past. Arsenal overcame a similar point deficit in 1998 when they beat Manchester United to the title when some bookmakers had already paid out on the latter team winning the title, the spark for which was a 1-0 win over the Red Devils towards the end of the season.

 

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CAHILL

John Terry’s defensive partner has backed him to ignore the hostile reception he is almost certain to receive at Loftus Road this Sunday.

In 2011 Terry was caught up in a race controversy with ex Hoops defender Anton Ferdinand.

Terry was cleared in court but banned for four games and fined £220,000 by the FA.

Cahill has no doubt that his captain will be able to handle any abuse he may receive from the home fans.

He said: “He has been through a lot football-wise in his career,

“He has been through so many good times, winning trophies and whatnot, and bad times. So in terms of personality he is obviously thick-skinned and that’s why I say it won’t affect him, and it won’t affect us.”

It’s a huge game for both sides as QPR look to avoid the drop, and the Blues look to stamp their name on the Premier League trophy.

Cahill added: “It’s a local derby so the atmosphere will be intense and it will be another huge game to try to win.

“I think he has been there already. It’s not as if it’s the first time he has been back, he has played there.

“There is still that element of pressure to finish the job,

“We’ve worked so hard this season to be where we are and to put ourselves in the position we are in, so we want to go all the way and finish it.”

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Blues defender Gary Cahill has revealed the men who had the greatest influence on him as a player.

Cahill has developed into one of the best centre-halves in the country and has worked under a host of top names over the his career.

Despite being coached by the likes of Jose Mourinho, Rafael Benitez and Roberto Di Matteo, the England international has given the credit to his coaches from his time in the youth system.

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Cahill said: “Gordan Cowans, he was technically gifted and wanted to put his stamp on the team, getting us to play football and keep the ball,

“We also had Tony McAndrew and Kevin MacDonald, they were really strict but both excellent coaches.

“Looking back now they certainly had an impact on my career and that’s probably why they’ve had so much success with players coming through.

“I had a good time with them even though at times they could be harsh.”

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Harry Kane has been given his first England start

Italy 1-1 England – Full Time Score

Italy and England finished all square in Turin tonight as England took on Italy in an International Friendly.

The Three Lions were looking to continue their winning streak to seven games as they take on an Italy side looking to bounce back after a disappointing 2-2 draw with Bulgaria in their last European Qualifier. Wayne Rooney struck the bar early on.

England manager Roy Hodgson gave Tottenham striker Harry Kane, who scored after just 80 seconds after coming on in his first game for England, his first start. However, Chelsea defender Gary Cahill was dropped to the bench – one of five changes made for tonight’s game.

However, Southampton striker Graziano Pelle opened the scoring with 30 minutes played. But Tottenham midfielder Andros Townsend scored with a superb strike from just outside the box to equalise with just over 10 minutes remaining.

FULL TIME REPORT TO FOLLOW!

Lineups:

Italy: Buffon, Bonucci, Ranocchia, Chiellini, Darmian (Antonelli, 73′), Soriano, Valdifiori (Verrati, 67′), Parolo, Florenzi (Abate, 60′), Eder (Vazquez, 61′), Pelle (Immobile, 61′)

England: Hart, Clyne (Walker, 45′), Smalling (Carrick, 43′), Jagielka, Gibbs, Jones, Delph (Townsend, 70′), Walcott (Barkley, 55′), Rooney, Henderson, Kane

 

Subs:

Italy: Sirigu, Abate, Antonelli, Candreva, Zaza, Immobile, Verratti, Cerci, Barzagli, Gabbiadini, Vazquez, Moretti, Santon, Marchetti

England: Butland, Cahill, Walker, Carrick, Townsend, Mason, Bertrand, Barkley, Green

Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)

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This weekend the Premier League and all the other major European championships will stop for the last international break of the season.

Many Chelsea players are involved with their national teams, let’s see a list of all of them:

 

ENGLAND

-Cahill

SPAIN

– Fabregas

– Diego Costa was selected but he had to go back to London for hamstring injury

BRAZIL

-Oscar

-Willian

-Filipe Luis

COLOMBIA

– Cuadrado

FRANCE

– Zouma

BELGIUM

– Hazard

-Courtois

CZECH REPUBLIC

– Cech

 

 

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Chelsea celebration
Chelsea celebration

Courtois 7.5- Made a terrible error for the equaliser but saved the game with a triple save in the second half. Was commanding throughut the second half.

Ivanovic 6- Was caught out for both goals but did improve as the game went on and was willing to get forward.

Cahill 6–  It is becoming apparent he is out of his depth at this level, should be replaced by Zouma in the near future.

Terry 6.5- Was commanding in the second half but did not organise his defence in the first, is becoming more and more vulnerable when the ball is put over his head

Filipe Luis 6- Was bright late on but did make errors in the first.

Ramires 6.5 Much better in the second half than he was the first. Substituted in the second half. (Oscar – 61′ )

Matic 7- Lost control in the first half but retained the pace of the game in the second, the exception of a few moments.

Willian 7- Showed great energy in the second half but struggled to find space in front of a very organised defence.Set up the winning goal, however.(Zouma – 80′ )

Fàbregas 7- Anonymous in the first half but did show creativity in he second half. Slowly getting back to form.

Hazard 8- By far Chelsea’s most likely outlet throughout and scored a great goal in the first half. Was a menace throghout. Man of the match.

Diego Costa 7- Finished the second goal briliantly but was often left isolated for the rest of the game, despte his hardwork. (Remy – 75′ )

Substitutes:

Oscar 6- Brought on in the second half but struggled to get into the game.

Zouma 7- Brought on late on to protect the lead and did his job.

Remy 7- Scored the winning goal which should have been saved.

Manager:

Jose Mourinho 7- The team started very well but the defence is still a worry. His subsitions, particuarly Remy, changed the result.

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