Tottenham star Bale named FWA Footballer of Year

Tottenham star Gareth Bale has been named the Football Writers' Association's Player of the Year.

The Wales international, 23, topped the poll of journalists with a narrow victory over Manchester United forward Robin van Persie, who was last year's recipient when at Arsenal.

The Spurs midfielder will receive the prestigious FWA accolade, which has been running since 1948, at a gala dinner at the Lancaster London Hotel on May 9.

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