John Terry third as Eden Hazard wins Football Writers' Footballer of the Year award - but Chelsea striker Diego Costa not in top 10

Chelsea pair sandwich Harry Kane in second place

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Eden Hazard's sweep of the season-ending awards continues after he was voted the 2015 Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers' Association.

The Belgium international topped the poll of 300-plus journalists with 53 per cent of the vote, comfortably ahead of Tottenham striker Harry Kane, to add to his Player of the Year award voted for by the Professional Footballers' Association.

Hazard's Chelsea team-mate and captain John Terry came third, making up for his exclusion from the PFA Player of the Year nominees despite being a central figure in the Blues winning the title and playing in every game.

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas, defender Branislav Ivanovic and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois also featured in the FWA's top 10. However there was no place for Diego Costa, despite scoring 19 Premier League goals in his first season at Stamford Bridge since joining from Atletico Madrid. The Spaniard's omission is in contrast to the PFA awards in which he was among the six nominees.

Cesc Fabregas


The other players to receive votes were Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal, Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea, Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero and Leicester's Esteban Cambiasso.

Cambiasso in action


Winner Hazard has scored 20 goals in all competitions so far this season and created many more as Jose Mourinho's side secured a first Premier League title since 2009/2010.

Hazard will be honoured with the prestigious FWA accolade, which has been running since 1948, at a gala dinner in London on May 21.

FWA chairman Andy Dunn, of the Sunday Mirror, said: "The list of truly world class players on the Football Writers' Association roll of honour is a long one and Eden Hazard is a worthy addition.

"A creator, a goalscorer and the hardest of workers, Hazard has been a constant source of threat for the Barclays Premier League champions.

"But it is not just his trickery, his pace, his artistry and his marksmanship that make Hazard such an invaluable component of Jose Mourinho's Chelsea squad, it is his durability. Hazard has started all 36 Premier League matches and, considering the particularly close attention he receives from opponents, that is a feat in itself."