Harry Kane, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker named on FIFPro World XI shortlist

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Their selection comes after voting from 25,000 professional footballers in 65 countries around the globe.

The shortlisted players will then be battling for a place in the "World 11", which will be announced at the Best FIFA Football Awards later this month. 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.

On the list are five goalkeepers, 20 defenders, 15 midfielders and 15 strikers.

Almost 25,000 professional footballers from about 65 different countries voted for 55 players to select one goalkeeper, four defenders, three midfielders and three forwards for the 2018 World XI, FIFA said.

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

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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.

No Liverpool players has been included in the final eleven since. An interesting situation if he is named alongside Mo Salah.

Nemanja Matic also features on a list that includes Barcelona's Philippe Coutinho, Chelsea's Eden Hazard and N'Golo Kante, Real Madrid's Isco and Luka Modric as well as Manchester City pair Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva.

Mohamed Salah, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are among the contenders in the reckoning to feature in FIFPro and FIFA's World XI.

He is joined by Liverpool teammate Dejan Lovren and Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos - who lifted Real's third successive Champions League trophy, at the expense of Liverpool - as well as Madrid teammate Marcelo.

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