Federation Internationale de Football Association shortlists 55 players for World11

Lynette Rowe
September 12, 2018

FIFPro, which is the worldwide representative organisation for 65,000 professional footballers, in conjunction with Federation Internationale de Football Association have announced the list of players who will now be eligible for the World11 team.

England's World Cup stars Harry Kane, Kieran Trippier and Kyle Walker have been included on FIFPro's 55-man shortlist for the 2018 World XI.

Barcelona are kings in Spain, Madrid in Europe, over the last few years, and the two clubs are doing battle again in the FIFPro awards.

Among the 55 players, there are 26 nominees from Spain's La Liga - 12 players from Barcelona, 11 players from Real Madrid and 3 players from Atletico Madrid. As for national level, Spain have nine players featuring in the list, followed by world champions France with eight.

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Between the two of them, they scored 64 goals in all competitions last season, with the Reds reaching the Champions League final and sealing a place in the top four.

De Gea is joined by Paris Saint-Germain's Gianluigi Buffon, Real Madrid duo Thibaut Courtois and Keylor Navas as well as Barcelona's Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

The final list of 2018 FIFPro world 11 will be announced on 24 September at the Royal Festival Hall in London.

Others are Yerry Mina (Colombia/Everton FC/FC Barcelona), Benjamin Pavard (France/VfB Stuttgart), Gerard Pique (Spain/FC Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Spain/Real Madrid CF), Thiago Silva (Brazil/Paris Saint-Germain), Kieran Trippier (England/Tottenham Hotspur), Samuel Umtiti (France/FC Barcelona), Virgil van Dijk (Netherlands/Liverpool FC), Raphael Varane (France/Real Madrid CF), Sime Vrsaljko (Croatia/Internazionale/Atletico Madrid), Kyle Walker (England/Manchester City FC).

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