Harry Kane and Jordan Pickford named England senior and U21s' players of the year

Monday 22 Jan 2018
Harry Kane was voted as England men's senior player of the year for 2017 by members of the England Supporters Club
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Harry Kane and Jordan Pickford have been named as England’s senior and U21 players of the year for 2017.

Three Lions fans in the England Supporters Club voted for the awards in December, after a year which saw Gareth Southgate’s side seal their spot in 2018 World Cup.

And Kane was a key figure in that success, scoring seven goals in the calendar year including crucial winners against Lithuania and Slovenia and a last-gasp equaliser in the draw with Scotland in June.

"It’s always special to represent your country so to be voted as England’s best player of 2017 from such a talented squad is a real honour after what was a memorable year for me personally," said Tottenham Hotspur striker Kane, who follows 2016 winner Adam Lallana in collecting the award.

"To play your part in reaching the finals of a World Cup is every young footballer’s dream and I’d like to thank all of my international team-mates for the part they played in that journey.  

"However, I’d especially like to thank the Three Lions’ fans for their fantastic support both at Wembley and across Europe. Now here’s to an exciting summer in Russia."

Jordan Pickford collects his award as U21 player of the year for 2017

Pickford also had a strong 12 months, which saw him catch the eye as part of the U21s squad who reached the semi-final of their European Championship in Poland.

He saved a penalty in their opening game with Sweden in Kielce, having sealed a record transfer between Sunderland and Everton just days before the tournament kicked-off.

The 23-year-old then joined the senior squad in September and made an impressive debut for Southgate’s men in November’s game with Germany.

"It’s great to win the award. I felt I had a good year - I tried my best and put in some good performances," admitted Pickford.

"I’ve put in a lot of hard work over the last few years, playing not just for England U21s but also the international levels below.

"I thought I did well at the Euros. As a team we were disappointed not to get to the final, because that’s how much we believed in each other. That tournament helped me on the pathway to the senior side and I’ve been happy with that progression all the way through from the youth set-up.

"It’s also about putting in performances week in, week out at club level and that too helped to earn the chance to make my England debut. Representing your country as a young lad is what you dream of."

Both accolades complete a set that includes Jodie Taylor and Lauren Hemp being named the Vauxhall England Women’s Player and Young Player of the Year respectively at the FA Women’s Football Awards in September.

Why not join the England Supporters Club? It’s free to enter and you’ll receive a host of benefits, including ticket benefits and sale information, access to the online Three Lions community and some great competitions.

Of course, you’ll also be able to vote for this year’s Player of the Year award! Find out more about the ESC here.

England are back in action on home turf in March, when they face Italy at Wembley on Tuesday 27 March. Tickets are on sale now, priced from £35 for adults and we also have a great offer for groups of fans looking to attend, so find out more on how you could save up to 20 per cent. 

By FA Staff