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No surprise as Kante, Mahrez, Vardy up for PFA Player of the Year

The trio has been outstanding for the Foxes this season and was acknowledged accordingly by the PFA.

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The Professional Footballers' Association announced its nominees for its Player of the Year Award with some major love thrown at the dainty city of Leicester.

Making the shortlist for the prestigious bit of silverware (as seen in the embedded tweet below) are Foxes N'Golo Kante, Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy.

And rightly so.

Currently held by this year's Mr. Invisible, Chelsea's Eden Hazard, the award is given to the best player in English football each season with a very tight race in play to decide the winner for this campaign.

Joining Leicester's fantastic trio of awesomeness is Tottenham's Harry Kane, Arsenal's Mesut Ozil and West Ham's Dimitri Payet, all of which have had fabulous seasons in the Premier League.

Hotly-tipped to take home the honor this year is Mahrez, whose outstanding year (16 goals, 11 assists) has been hard to match. Near unplayable at times, the Algerian magician has been integral to the Foxes chances at the EPL crown.

But so have Kante and Vardy, so your guess is as good as mine! If one of the three does take it home, they will become the first Leicester player EVER to claim the esteemed prize.

Either way, great to see Leicester players included amongst the finalists. The winner will be named at a ceremony on April 24.