August 21, 2019

Hazard, Kante nominated for FIFA World 11

September 10, 2018
FIFPro's World XI
Eden Hazard

Eden Hazard, N’Golo Kante and Paul Pogba are among the names included in the 15-man midfield shortlist for a spot in FIFPro’s World XI.

The other Premier League stars included in the prestigious shortlist are Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva, while United’s Nemanja Matic has made the cut.

The other nine big-player names are Sergio Busquets, Casemiro, Philippe Coutinho, Andres Iniesta, Isco, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic and Arturo Vidal.

The shortlist is dominated by La Liga stars and the 15 names will find out if they have made the final XI at a ceremony in London on September 24.

However, only three midfielders make the all-star side, along with a goalkeeper, four defenders and three attackers.

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Former Barcelona star Andres Iniesta is on the list for the 12th consecutive year. He has already won 9 World XI awards, including in 2017.

He was voted in last year’s midfield alongside former El Clasico rivals and Real Madrid duo Kroos and Modric.

Meanwhile, there was no place for Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil, Thiago Alcantara or Marco Verratti, who all made last year’s list of candidates.

The 15-man shortlist has been chosen by 25,000 professional footballers in a total of 65 countries.

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