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100,000 fans hail Leicester City's title-winning heroes

Leicester City's team celebrate during an open top bus parade through Leicester City Centre. Picture by Nigel French, Press Association
Richard Vernalls and Matthew Cooper, Press Association

MORE than 100,000 fans saluted Leicester's title-winning footballers amid "unbelievable" scenes on Monday night during an open-top bus tour celebrating their Premier League triumph.

Manager Claudio Ranieri, struggling to be heard amid the cheering crowds, called the scenes "special" and thanked supporters, saying "all the city is here".

Striker Jamie Vardy also heralded the team's "unbelievable achievement", as fans chanted "championes" in streets decked out in the Foxes' colours of blue and white.

Leicester captain Wes Morgan and his team-mates set off from a packed Jubilee Square with the trophy - just two years after a similar parade to celebrate the side's promotion to the top flight, and only a year after they were nearly relegated.

Ranked as 5,000-1 outsiders by some bookmakers at the start of the season, Leicester clinched the title two weeks ago.

Scarf-waving revellers crowded into every thoroughfare along the parade route last night to celebrate football's "miracle team".

Speaking to Sky Sports News Ranieri said: "It's unbelievable. All the city is here. It's something special.

"I think this is because the team won but also played with heart and soul and the people understood this."

England striker Vardy said: "It's still not sunk in but I'm sure it will over time. It's been an unbelievable achievement".

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