Federation Internationale de Football Association announces nominees for World XI 2018

Harry Kane

Harry Kane scored six goals as England reached the World Cup semi-finals

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.

FIFPro, the worldwide players' union and FIFA have announced the 55 names in contention for the FIFA FIFPro World11 2018, the world football governing body said on its website on Monday.

The XI will be unveiled by FIFA and FIFPro during the Best FIFA Football Awards ceremony in London on September 24.

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

Real Madrid dominate the list with 11 of their current squad featured after last season's historic Champions League victory.

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Forty-year-old goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is the oldest nominee on the 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. 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.

Barcelona are kings in Spain, Madrid in Europe, over the last few years, and the two clubs are doing battle again in the FIFPro awards.

Other defenders on the shortlist include England internationals Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier, as well as World Cup winners Raphaël Varane and Samuel Umtiti. Daniel Alves and Ramos are on the list for the 12th consecutive time, level with Bayern Munich legend Philipp Lahm.

Gareth Bale, Sergio Aguero and Alexis Sanchez have missed out on the shortlist for attackers in the FIFA FIFPro World 11.

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