Mane, Salah are only Africans among nominees for FIFPro World 11

Mane, Salah are only Africans among nominees for FIFPro World 11

Mohamed Salah was nominated to the final list after presenting spectacular performance on both club and worldwide level last season with Liverpool and the Egyptian national team.

Finally, Inter have one representative in Sime Vrsajlko, who helped Atletico Madrid win the Europa League last term and was part of the Croatia side who finished runners-up in Russian Federation.

One goalkeeper, four defenders, three midfielders and three attackers will make up the final World XI, which will be announced at the Best FIFA Football Awards in London on 24 September.

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.

Manchester United's David De Gea and Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk are among the contenders in the reckoning to feature in FIFPro and FIFA's World XI.

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Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo has been included after winning a third successive Champions League title with Real Madrid.

Dejan Lovren, who reached both the World Cup final and Champions League final with country and club, is named amongst the defenders - with Virgil van Dijk also part of the 20 man defenders list.

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. All three now share the record among defenders. Luka Modric, who won UEFA Player of the Year, is the stand-out among their nominations after taking Croatia to the World Cup final.

The World11 award has entered the 14th year since its inauguration by FIFPro in 2005 before being merged with Federation Internationale de Football Association in 2009.

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