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Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and N'Golo Kante lead charge for Players' Player of Year title

Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and N'Golo Kante have all been recognised for their role in Leicester's Premier League title charge by being named on the shortlist for the PFA Players' Player of the Year award.

The Foxes trio make up half of the six-man shortlist, which is voted for by their peers, with Tottenham's 22-goal striker Harry Kane, Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil and West Ham's Dimitri Payet also in the frame to succeed 2015 winner Eden Hazard.

Kane is also in contention to retain the Young Player of the Year gong and he features on a six-player shortlist alongside Spurs team-mate Dele Alli, Everton duo Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley, Stoke's Jack Butland and Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho.

Last year's Women's Players' Player of the Year Ji So-Yun is in the running for this year's award along with Chelsea Ladies team-mates Hedvig Lindahl and Gemma Davison, Manchester City Women's Izzy Christiansen and Sunderland Ladies' Beth Mead, who is also up for the Women's Young Player of the Year Award, for which she faces competition from City duo Nikita Parris and Keira Walsh, Chelsea's Hannah Blundell and Arsenal Ladies' Danielle Carter.

The winners will be announced on April 24.

Vardy is one goal behind England colleague Kane in the race for the golden boot while Mahrez has chipped in with 16 goals and 11 assists and recent France cap Kante's role in defensive midfield has earned praise.

Payet has enjoyed a fine first campaign after coming across the Channel last summer while German ace Ozil has contributed a league-leading 18 assists for the Gunners.

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