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Case for the defence: An alternative Player of the Year shortlist

The PFA Players' Player of the Year shortlist was published on Wednesday, with defenders absent.

Here Press Association Sport selects an alternative six-man Player of the Year shortlist for the 2015-16 season made up entirely of defenders.

:: Wes Morgan (Leicester)

The Foxes captain and Jamaica international has been an integral figure in their Premier League title bid.

:: Robert Huth (Leicester)

Derided as a reject of Chelsea, Middlesbrough and Stoke, he could return to Germany's squad for Euro 2016.

:: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham)

The Belgium centre-back has been the foundation stone on which Spurs' title bid has been built.

:: Chris Smalling (Manchester United)

United have conceded the fewest goals, bar Leicester, and Smalling has been a key component of the rearguard.

:: Hector Bellerin (Arsenal)

He may, or may not, be quicker than Usain Bolt (we expect not), but the Spaniard has developed quickly this season.

:: James Collins (West Ham)

Started the season as the Hammers' fourth-choice centre-back, but has established himself as an immovable object.

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