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Saturday 1 October 2016

'Incredible feeling' for Harry Kane after his award

Winner of the PFA's Young Player of the Year, Harry Kane during the PFA Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London
Winner of the PFA's Young Player of the Year, Harry Kane during the PFA Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London

Tottenham striker Harry Kane capped an "unreal" season last night when he landed the PFA Young Player of the Year award.

The 21-year-old, who has scored 30 goals in all competitions for Spurs this term despite not getting a regular starting slot until November, picked up the award in the ceremony at the Grosvenor Hotel in London.

He was also named in the Professional Footballers' Association's Premier League team of the year - the only English attacking player to make the XI.

Kane (inset) came through the White Hart Lane club's youth ranks and was farmed out for loan stints at Leyton Orient, Millwall, Norwich and Leicester to gain first-team experience.

He struck a free-kick winner from the bench at Aston Villa in early November and was then given a run of games by Mauricio Pochettino, with fellow frontmen Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor failing to deliver.

And he has not looked back since.

"It is amazing. It is a very proud moment for myself and my family - hopefully the first of many to come," Kane said of his award.

"I have got to keep working hard, but to be recognised by your fellow players is something special and it is a night I wont forget.

"It is incredible, an incredible feeling."

Asked to sum up his season in one word, Kane went for: "Unreal."

Former England midfielders Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard were back in tandem as they shared the PFA Merit award.

The veteran pair will leave the Premier League for Major League Soccer in the summer, having left an indelible mark on English football.

Both Gerrard and Lampard were mainstays of England's much-heralded 'golden generation' and collected 220 caps between them.

Questions were often asked of their suitability as partners in central midfield, with both being attack-minded players, but each man's individual ability was never in doubt.

Liverpool skipper Gerrard was pleased to join his former international colleague in accepting the award.

"Of course, we played together for England for a long time and I'm a huge admirer of Frank and his game and the success he has had at Chelsea," Gerrard said.

"He is an unbelievable player, a world-class player and I couldn't ask for anyone better to share it with.

"I'm really pleased. Every time you get an individual award and an award for the job you do, you're really happy.

I'm a young boy from a council estate who has worked every so hard to get to where I am today."

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