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

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

Dejan Lovren and Šime Vrsaljko are among the 20 selected defenders, making the list for the first time, and Croatia national team hero, the recently retired Mario Mandžukić, has returned to the list for the first time since 2013.

Voted by nearly 25,000 professional footballers from 65 different countries and regions, the nominees' list includes ten of last year's World11, along with 11 new faces including Virgil van Dijk and Joshua Kimmich.

Africa have two representatives this year, with Liverpool duo Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane of Egypt and Senegal respectively.

FIFPro and Federation Internationale de Football Association have been announcing the best players in the game now, as voted for by their fellow professionals.

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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.

The four defenders and three midfielders with the highest number of votes will be included in the final World 11, which will be announced at the Best FIFA Football Awards on September 24.

His effect on Liverpool's defence should not be underestimated; he has improved their distribution from the back as well as their defensive solidity, helping the Reds reach the Champions League final.

The two Liverpool forwards will give a fight for the other opponent to be in the World 11, and it will be great to see a Premier League player in 2018 FIFPro world 11. An interesting situation if he is named alongside Mo Salah. Their impressive performances means the Spanish La Liga is usually dominant. Real Madrid are the only club with 11 players to make it to the list.

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