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Premier League team of the season: Sanchez, Kane, Alli and Hazard star

Five Chelsea stars feature in the best XI of the 2016-17 campaign, but players from Everton and Southampton also make the grade

As the dust settles on a Premier League season dominated by Antonio Conte's Chelsea team, the pundits have been picking their star performers from the campaign.

Unsurprisingly, Chelsea stars feature heavily in all the selections, with Spurs also contributing several players. 

But players from other teams have also made an impact this season.

Here's The Week's pick of the experts' picks from the campaign:

Goalkeeper: David de Gea (Man Utd)

It hasn't been a great season for goalkeepers, says ESPN, but "the Manchester United number one has arguably been the most consistent".

Defence: Marcos Alonso, Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz (all Chelsea), Virgil van Dijk (Southampton)

The Chelsea trio were the three best defenders in the Fantasy Premier League game and all scored 170 points or more. They are joined by the Saints defender, who gets the nod from Jamie Redknapp in the Daily Star. He could also be playing in Chelsea blue next season.

Midfield: N'Golo Kante, Eden Hazard (both Chelsea), Dele Alli (Spurs), Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)

The Champions once again contribute heavily to midfield. Kante was named PFA and the football writers' player of the season, while Hazard was back to his best this year. He also finished the season with a rating of 98 on Fifa 17 – the highest in the league.

Alli won young player of the year this season and scored one more Fantasy Premier League point than Hazard, finishing as second-highest scorer overall. He is the jewel in Spurs and England's crown and the man to replace Wayne Rooney as the nation's biggest star, says Garth Crooks of the BBC.

The only man to score more fantasy points than Alli was Sanchez, who single-handedly kept Arsenal in the hunt for a top-four finish. It wasn't to be, however, and he may not be around next season.

Attack: Harry Kane (Spurs), Romelu Lukaku (Everton)

Kane won the Golden Boot in style with seven goals in the final two games of the season for Spurs. "To score more than 20 goals in one season is impressive, but to do it for three consecutive seasons is quite remarkable. To win a second Golden Boot in your third season is a fitting tribute to Harry Kane's exploits," says Crooks of the BBC.

Lukaku finished second to Kane in the goalscoring charts, netting 25 times over the season. He's in demand this season and Everton will have a struggle holding onto the striker, who could conceivably become the first £100m player if a bidding war breaks out.

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