Declan Rice and Harry Kane were beaten out for Player of the Year honours in England by Bukayo Saka.
Saka scored 11 goals and provided seven assists for Arsenal in the Premier League last season, appearing in every game and establishing himself as one of the most exciting English talents available.
His accomplishments at the club level have also helped him earn a spot in the England team. Since last September, the 21-year-old has played nine times, making three goals and two assists.
He has recently received recognition for his outstanding performances by being selected the Player of the Year for the national squad.
England fans voted for the winger to win the award ahead of Rice and Kane, who finished in second and third respectively.
He was given his prize at a surprise Q&A session with a local young grassroots team, expecting it to be a standard press conference with journalists when he walked in.
“No way,” he said after being handed the trophy. “I did not expect this, honestly, so yeah, I’m honoured. It’s really nice.
“I’m so happy. I can’t put into words how happy I am. It’s really nice to be awarded this trophy.”
Saka becomes the first Arsenal player to win the award since it was created in 2003, and the youngest ever to do so.
It comes a few months after he was also named the Player of the Season for the second consecutive campaign at his club.
Kalvin Phillips won the England award last year, and Wayne Rooney has done so most often, claiming it four times.