PFA Team of the Year: Gianfranco Zola, Xabi Alonso and the best Premier League players to never feature in XI


PFA Team of the Year: Gianfranco Zola, Xabi Alonso and the best Premier League players to never feature in XI

The Professional Footballers’ Association’s Team of the Year was announced on Thursday and, as expected, was dominated by both Manchester City and Liverpool players, while the selection of others left fans scratching their head.

An annual season award since 1974, the selection is voted for by professional footballers and while there are the expected inclusions and shock ones, too, there are also a number of surprise omissions.

Virgil van Dijk was named in the PFA Team of the Year

Roy Keane, Patrick Vieira, Cristiano Ronaldo and Steven Gerrard are among the notable big name inclusions, yet stars such as Gianfranco Zola and Freddie Ljungberg have failed to appear.

Here, talkSPORT looks at a select bunch of players who have been ignored.