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Failed St Mirren trial, Sheffield Wed release, emerging from a famous father’s shadow - Leicester full of inspirational stories

There are inspirational stories right throughout the Leicester City team according to Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) chief executive Gordon Taylor.

The East Midlands shocked the Premier League by being crowned champions on Monday night to cap a remarkable rise from relegation favourites to the kings of England.

Within the Foxes squad, there are a number of brilliant stories which Taylor feels are the lifeblood of such a brilliant season from a group of likely lads who bonded brightly under the guidance of Claudio Ranieri.

"For the PFA Player of the Year Riyad Mahrez to have gone from the French Ligue 2, to failing in a trial at St Mirren, to show the resilience and belief to become the Premier League's best player," Taylor told the Daily Mail.

"For (Jamie) Vardy to get released by Sheffield Wednesday, go to Stocksbridge Park Steels to Halifax Town and Fleetwood, to go on trial at Crewe and not be taken on, then suddenly he achieves the record of consecutive Premier League goals and is one of the country's leading scorers.

"For Kasper Schmeichel to live and play under the shadow of his father, Peter — it's never easy to be a famous footballer's son.

"There are inspirational stories from every team member, I could name them all.

"They deserve all the credit they can get. The sum of their whole is so much greater than the individuals. That's what football and life is all about — being a team."

Add to that the likes of Robert Huth, Danny Drinkwater, Danny Simpson and Marc Albrighton, who were discarded by their former clubs, and N'Golo Kante coming from France as a little known commodity and the Leicester story truly is miraculous.

Andrew Slevison
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