David De Gea, Virgil van Dijk among contenders in FIFPro World XI

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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.

Egypt and Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah has been named in global players' association FIFPro's 55-name shortlist for its World11 of 2018 award.

For the FIFPro World 11 award, nearly 25,000 professional footballers from 65 different countries will cast their votes choosing between five goalkeepers, 20 defenders, 15 midfielders and 15 forwards on the list.

FIFPro, which is the worldwide representative organisation for 65,000 professional footballers, in conjunction with Federation Internationale de Football Association have announced the list of players who will now be eligible for the World11 team.

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The shortlist for goalkeepers and defenders for the FIFPro World XI has been released, and it features Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk.

Steven Gerrard was named in all three of these years, with striker Fernando Torres named in both 2008 and 2009.

Sergio Ramos of Real Madrid has appeared eight times overall, and in each of the World elevens of the past seven years.

With 11 players on the list, Real Madrid is the most-represented club.

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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