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PFA Team Of The Year Has Gone Down Like A Lead Balloon In Some Quarters

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 04: Goalkeeper David de Gea of Manchester United shouts instructions during the Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on March 4, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

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The 2017 PFA Premier League Team of the Year has been announced and is largely made up of players from Tottenham and Chelsea.

The top two sides in the table have four players each selected. The team is completed with one player apiece from Liverpool, Manchester United and Everton.

Surprisingly, there are no players selected from Manchester City or Arsenal.

Goalkeeper

Manchester United keeper David de Gea is selected ahead of Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois and Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris, who have both kept more clean sheets than the United stopper this season.

Defence

The defence is entirely made up of players from the top two. The full-back positions consist of Kyle Walker and Danny Rose, whilst the centre-back pairing is David Luiz and Gary Cahill.

Midfield

Sadio Mane breaks up the Chelsea and Tottenham domination in midfield, as the Liverpool star rightfully takes his place. N’Golo Kante, Eden Hazard and Dele Alli make up the midfield, although there are several notable omissions.

Kevin De Bruyne, Ross Barkley, Christian Eriksen and Philippe Coutinho have had brilliant seasons and all had a chance of being selected.

Strikers

The top two scorers this season are selected, with Romelu Lukaku and Harry Kane named ahead of the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Sergio Aguero and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Ibrahimovic and Sanchez being overlooked is perhaps the biggest surprise, as they are both nominated for the Player of the Year award. The recipient of that award will be named in London on Sunday April 23, with N’Golo Kante the red-hot favourite to win.

Reaction

As always, the selection of this team has led to several fans taking to social media to air their views.

Here are just a few of those reactions from Twitter.

Peter Reynolds, Pundit Arena

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