London - Eden Hazard and Diego Costa have been included on a six-man shortlist for the player of the year in England after helping Chelsea win the League Cup and move to the brink of reclaiming the Premier League.
England striker Harry Kane is also on the shortlist as a reward for his spectacular breakthrough season, in which he has scored 19 goals in the Premier League — the same total as Costa and Manchester City's Sergio Aguero.
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Aguero doesn't make the list, which is completed by Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho, Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea and Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez.
The winner will be announced on April 26.
Luis Suarez was the winner of last season's award, which is voted on by the players.