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Federation Internationale de Football Association announces nominees for World XI 2018

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FIFPro World 11 Ozil overlooked as Matic makes midfield list

The top 5 goalkeepers, 20 defenders, 15 midfielders and 15 strikers.

Each professional footballer is asked to pick their top eleven footballers on the planet (in a 4-3-3 formation) and FIFPro (the professional players union) collates these fantasy teams and whittles down to the top selections. The FIFA FIFPro World11 is decided by the players, for the players and involves votes from nearly 25,000 professional footballers from 65 different countries.

The FIFA FIFPro World11 is decided by the players, for the players and involves votes from nearly 25,000 professional footballers from 65 different countries.

Gareth Bale, Sergio Aguero and Alexis Sanchez have missed out on the shortlist for attackers in the FIFA FIFPro World 11.

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.

Liverpool's Van Dijk, the most expensive defender of all time at £75 million, helped the Reds to the Champions League final last season.

With close to 25,000 footballers in 65 countries casting their votes for the final eleven, the Blues' trio will hope to make the final cut - though the competition is intense. An interesting situation if he is named alongside Mo Salah. Similar names like Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Neymar and Sergio Ramos make it to the list. Their impressive performances means the Spanish La Liga is usually dominant.

The two sides have a lot of players nominated by Federation Internationale de Football Association to be in their team of the year, more than any other clubs including Man City and PSG.

The other defenders with the most votes are Jordi Alba, Dani Alves, Dani Carvajal, Virgil van Dijk, Diego Godin, Mats Hummels, Joshua Kimmich, Marcelo, Yerry Mina, Gerard Pique, Thiago Silva, Kieran Trippier, Raphael Varane, Sime Vrsaljko and Kyle Walker.

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