Spurs defender Kyle Walker wins PFA Young Player award

Tottenham and England defender Kyle Walker has been named PFA Young Player of the Year.

The ex-Sheffield United full-back, 21, beat Manchester City's Sergio Aguero and Manchester United's Danny Welbeck to take the award.

"I was a bit surprised because defenders don't normally get these awards and get the limelight as much as the centre-forwards," he said.

Young Player of the Year - previous winners

  • 2010-11 - Jack Wilshere
  • 2009-10 - James Milner
  • 2008-09 - Ashley Young
  • 2007-08 - Cesc Fabregas
  • 2006-07 - Cristiano Ronaldo

"It is a great honour to get the award and hopefully there is more to come."

Walker has been a regular for Tottenham this season, starting 33 of their 34 Premier League matches.

"It is always an honour to be selected by the people you play against and hopefully I can get a few more of these and some medals with Tottenham along the way."

His form earned him his first full international cap in November as he made his debut as a late substitute in England's 1-0 win over Spain at Wembley.

Kyle Walker's derby winner for Spurs

He made his first start three days later as England beat Sweden by the same scoreline.

Arsenal striker Robin van Persie was named Player of the Year.

Preston North End defender Graham Alexander received the PFA Merit award at the ceremony in London in recognition of his services to the game, dating back to his debut as a Scunthorpe player in 1991.

The 40-year-old went on to play for Luton, Preston and Burnley before returning to Deepdale in 2011.

In 2011, he became only the second outfield player in English football history to make more than 1,000 professional appearances .

"To get recognition for what you have done in your career at any stage is great," he said. "I'm coming towards the end of my playing career and I'm privileged to be recognised by the people who I have played against for the last 20-odd years."

Sheffield United striker Ched Evans, who was jailed for five years on Friday after being convicted of rape, was named in the League One team.

The deadline for voting in the awards is mid-March.

Premier League team of the year: Joe Hart (Man City), Kyle Walker (Tottenham), Vincent Kompany (Man City), Fabricio Coloccini (Newcastle), Leighton Baines (Everton), David Silva (Man City), Yaya Toure (Man City), Gareth Bale (Tottenham), Scott Parker (Tottenham), Robin van Persie (Arsenal), Wayne Rooney (Man Utd).

Championship team: Kelvin Davis (Southampton), Nathaniel Clyne (Crystal Palace), James Tomkins (West Ham), Curtis Davies (Birmingham), Ian Harte (Reading), Adam Lallana (Southampton), Peter Whittingham (Cardiff), Mark Noble (West Ham), Matt Phillips (Blackpool), Rickie Lambert (Southampton), Jay Rodriguez (Burnley).

League One team: Ben Hamer (Charlton), Jack Hunt (Huddersfield), Michael Morrison (Charlton), Harry Maguire (Sheff Utd), Rhoys Wiggins (Charlton), Johnnie Jackson (Charlton), Stephen Quinn (Sheff Utd), Stephen Gleeson (MK Dons), Darren Potter (MK Dons), Jordan Rhodes (Huddersfield), Ched Evans (Sheff Utd).

League Two team: Robert Olejnik (Torquay), Paul Caddis (Swindon), Kyle McFadzean (Crawley), Ian Sharps (Shrewsbury), Kevin Nicholson (Torquay), Matt Ritchie (Swindon), Marlon Pack (Cheltenham), Eunan O'Kane (Torquay), Lee Mansell (Torquay), Izale McLeod (Barnet), Tyrone Barnett (Crawley).