Baines shocked by recognition
Everton full-back Leighton Baines has admitted that he did not think he should have been named in the PFA Team of the Year.
Last Updated: 24/04/12 2:43pm
Leighton Baines has admitted that he did not think he should have been named in the PFA Team of the Year after being voted the top left-back in the Premier League.
Baines was included in the divisional side at Sunday's awards ceremony following another impressively consistent campaign for Everton.
Whilst delighted to receive such recognition from his peers, Baines has modestly played down his form this term by insisting there were other deserving candidates.
"I am pleased with it," he told the club's official website. "I did not feel as though I should have been in it to be honest - but am still delighted to be chosen.
"It is picked by the other players so that means a lot.
"It is nice to be recognised in that category of player. Like I say, I am not too sure I deserved to be in it but at the same time am delighted to be so.
"I am not sure I have been the best left-back in the country but if other people think that I have been, then great.
"I am not saying (I have not been consistent). It was just a bit of a surprise to be named in it as there are others I have seen who I feel maybe have done a bit better."
Arsenal striker Robin van Persie was crowned the overall PFA Player of the Year, while Tottenham right-back Kyle Walker got the nod as Young Player of the Year.
"I put Van Persie down as my Player of the Year," Baines added.
"Kyle Walker has had a fantastic season so I don't think many people could argue with that, and the team of the year is picked by the other players so that is usually fairly accurate."