David De Gea, Virgil van Dijk among contenders in FIFPro World XI


For the FIFPro World 11 award, nearly 25,000 professional footballers from 65 different countries will cast their votes choosing between five goalkeepers, 20 defenders, 15 midfielders and 15 forwards on the list.

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

Each participating footballer should select one goalkeeper, four defenders, three midfielders and three forwards, based on players' performance between July 3, 2017 and July 15, 2018.

World champion France had eight players, one less than former holder Spain, in worldwide players' association FIFPro's 55-name shortlist for its World XI of 2018 award.

De Gea, on a five-man shortlist that includes last year's victor Gianluigi Buffon, is joined by Manchester United teammate Pogba, who has been strongly linked with an exit from Old Trafford.

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Manchester United duo Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic were included, as was Andres Iniesta, who left Barca for Vissel Kobe after the end of last season.

Cristiano Ronaldo is also nominated for firing Real Madrid to a third consecutive Champions League, prior to joining the Old Lady over the summer. Luka Modric, who won UEFA Player of the Year, is the stand-out among their nominations after taking Croatia to the World Cup final.

Other defenders on the shortlist include England internationals Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier, as well as World Cup winners Raphaël Varane and Samuel Umtiti.

Premier League champions Manchester City have three players involved on the shortlist, including Walker, Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva following their record-breaking season.

This is the 14th edition of the World XI.