Raheem Sterling has gone against the grain and voted for his England teammate Harry Kane as the PFA Player of the Season this year.
While the Manchester City winger may have shocked many with his announcement, the 24-year-old is widely recognised to be one of the leading contenders.
Sterling’s main opposition to be crowned Player of the Year is Liverpool’s defensive talisman, Virgil van Dijk who has also received plenty of votes from his Premier League peers.
Sadly for Kane, while his Three Lions teammate may have voted for him to lift the prestigious award, the Tottenham ace did not earn a spot among the six Premier League stars on the shortlist.
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With Pep Guardiola’s side looking to reclaim their Premier League crown this season, Sterling has played a pivotal part in the Spaniard’s plan.
Also seen to be the frontrunner to win Manchester City’s Player of the Season, the former Liverpool man is enjoying his most successful campaign.
Missing just four of City’s top-flight matches this season, Sterling has bagged 17 goals this year and has chipped in with a further nine assists for the Sky Blues.
While Kane may not have been rewarded with a spot on the PFA shortlist, Sterling has discussed his admiration for the England skipper and explained why he voted for the 25-year-old.
“I voted for Harry Kane. My vote for him is because he scores so many goals every year, he does so much for the team, gives so much for his team.
“There was a lot of talk about Virgil van Dijk. I knew he would have a lot of the votes, so I looked at someone I thought being around him in the national team, how he puts in his work, his work ethic, how he looks after himself.
“He’s always there, especially coming back from injury, as a professional I looked at him and that’s my reason for voting for him, seeing him on a day-to-day with the national team.”
While Kane may have played a vital part in England’s charge to the World Cup semi-final last summer, the 25-year-old has endured a season riddled with injuries.
Suffering a reoccurrence of an ankle injury that saw him sidelined for nearly two months earlier in the campaign, the two-time Golden Boot winner is unlikely to feature for Spurs this campaign.
Despite bagging 17 Premier League goals this season, this is Kane’s worst top-flight return since the 2013/14 season.