FIFA World XI Short List Revealed: 18 Premier League Players Nominated

By on December 1, 2011

The short list for the FIFA FIFPro World XI 2011 has been announced with 55 players in the running, the winning team being announced at the FIFA Ballon d’Or in Zurich on 9 January 2012. Not surprisingly, La Liga has the most nominations with 22, closely followed by the Premier League with 18.

Man Utd lead the way with 6 nominations, with Chelsea on 5 and Man City with 4. Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham complete the list with 1 each. Here is a breakdown on the English-based players selected:

Goalkeepers:

  • Edwin van der Sar (Formerly Man Utd)

Defence:

  • Nemanja Vidic (Man Utd)
  • Patrice Evra (Man Utd)
  • Rio Ferdinand (Man Utd)
  • Vincent Kompany (Man City)
  • David Luiz (Chelsea)
  • John Terry (Chelsea)
  • Ashley Cole (Chelsea)

Midfield:

  • David Silva (Man City)
  • Yaya Toure (Man City)
  • Nani (Man Utd)
  • Gareth Bale (Tottenham)
  • Frank Lampard (Chelsea)

Striker:

  • Wayne Rooney (Man Utd)
  • Didier Drogba (Chelsea)
  • Robin van Persie (Arsenal)
  • Sergio Aguero (Man City)
  • Luis Suarez (Liverpool)

For a full break down, please see the FIFA website.

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10 Comments

  1. sunshine

    December 1, 2011 at 11:28 am

    Frank Lampard Nominated in midfield, do me a favour. Years gone by maybe, Modric should be there!!

  2. Dex

    December 1, 2011 at 11:33 am

    Ferdinand shouldn’t be there either. It seems if you don’t play for the top clubs you don’t get a look in. Rio is useless and there are a few better defenders than him if you look outside the top 4

    • Charly Jay

      December 1, 2011 at 11:59 am

      What of BB Rover Samba

  3. craig

    December 1, 2011 at 11:35 am

    I agree with sunshine,also ya ya toure and David luiz? Don’t think so,the list is too long with too many players,should just be a top ten.

  4. brad

    December 1, 2011 at 11:51 am

    i am a spurs fan, however i feel that saying king over ferdinand/luiz and either modric or VDV over Yaya Toure or lampard is not a biased view so much?

  5. brad

    December 1, 2011 at 11:52 am

    also just realised, wtf is Van der saar there? LOL you cant get world 11 if you dont even play anymore surely

  6. Victor Omolaja

    December 1, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    With due respect to Rio Ferdinand and Frank Lampard, i strongly disagree with their selection because these two players have live past their prime… There are better players in the so- called small teams.

  7. Matt

    December 1, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Why so many Chelsea defenders? Their defence gets torn open every week. Lampard’s hardly impressed much either.

  8. GoonerB

    December 1, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    I agree with Dex, it is difficult because the clubs winning things will have more players nominated e.g Barcalona. Barcalona are at their peak and are so good offensively that you really don’t know how well there defence would hold up if more questions were asked of them. Maybe I am a biased Gooner but I would not swap Pique for Vermaelen or Alves for Sagna. Although some players would be a certainty such as Messi and ronaldo I don’t think you will get the best world 11 from the list compiled.

  9. Charles

    December 1, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    Maybe modric should bt nt ferdinand.

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