France, Spain dominate FIFPro World XI nominations

FIFPro World 11 Ozil overlooked as Matic makes midfield list

FIFPro World 11 Ozil overlooked as Matic makes midfield list

Ten players out of last year's World XI, including Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, were named on the list, with Spanish giant Real Madrid the best represented club with 11 players.

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.

Real Madrid lead the way with 11 nominations, though there is no place for Gareth Bale.

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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.

UEFA's "Player of the Year", World Cup "Golden Ball" victor, and captain of the Croatia national team, Luka Modric, who Federation Internationale de Football Association also included among the top 3 best footballers in the world, has found himself on FIFPro's list for the sixth time and the fourth consecutive time. United quartet David De Gea, Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku feature, as do Liverpool's Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Dejan Lovren and Virgil van Dijk.

Bonucci's Juve team-mate Giorgio Chiellini is among the nominated defenders, along with Stuttgart's World Cup-winning full-back Benjamin Pavard, Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos and Liverpool's Dejan Lovren.

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Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus, PSG, Italy) Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid, Belgium), David De Gea (Man Utd, Spain), Keylor Navas (Real Madrid, Costa Rica), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona, Germany).

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.

This is the 14th edition of the World XI.

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