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01-12-2011, 01:21 PM
WAYNE ROONEY is one of FIVE English stars battling for a place in the FIFA FIFPro World XI. The Manchester United striker joins team-mate Rio Ferdinand and Chelsea trio John Terry, Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard on the 55-man shortlist.
There are 13 other Premier League stars are also in the reckoning including the now retired ex-United keeper Edwin van der Sar.
But stars from Spain's Primera Liga dominate the list, with a whopping 22 players included from their league.
Nine of Barcelona's starting XI which beat United in the Champions League final in May are included Pedro and Javier Mascherano the men to miss out with Real Madrid boasting 10 inclusions.
Italy's Serie A contributes nine players to the list, four come from Germany's Bundesliga and one each from Russia's Premier League and Brazil's Campeonato.
The nominees were voted on by the 50,000 professional footballers belonging to the players' unions across the world that form FIFPro.
The final XI will be announced at the FIFA Ballon d'Or in Zurich on January 9.

FIFPro 55-player shortlist in full (home country, current club):

Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Italy, Juventus), Iker Casillas (Spain, Real Madrid), Manuel Neuer (Germany, Bayern Munich), Victor Valdes (Spain, Barcelona), Edwin van der Sar (Holland, retired, formerly Manchester United).

Defenders: Eric Abidal (France, Barcelona), Dani Alves (Brazil, Barcelona), Ricardo Carvalho (Portugal, Real Madrid), Ashley Cole (England, Chelsea), Patrice Evra (France, Manchester United), Rio Ferdinand (England, Manchester United), Vincent Kompany (Belgium, Manchester City), Philipp Lahm (Germany, Bayern Munich), Lucio (Brazil, Internazionale), David Luiz (Brazil, Chelsea), Maicon (Brazil, Internazionale), Marcelo (Brazil, Real Madrid), Alessandro Nesta (Italy, AC Milan), Pepe (Portugal, Real Madrid), Gerard Pique (Spain, Barcelona), Carles Puyol (Spain, Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Spain, Real Madrid), Thiago Silva (Brazil, AC Milan), John Terry (England, Chelsea), Nemanja Vidic (Serbia, Manchester United).

Midfielders: Xabi Alonso (Spain, Real Madrid), Gareth Bale (Wales, Tottenham Hotspur), Sergio Busquets (Spain, Barcelona), Cesc Fabregas (Spain, Barcelona), Andres Iniesta (Spain, Barcelona), Kaka (Brazil, Real Madrid), Frank Lampard (England, Chelsea), Nani (Portugal, Manchester United), Mesut Ozil (Germany, Real Madrid), Andrea Pirlo (Italy, Juventus), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany, Bayern Munich), David Silva (Spain, Manchester City), Wesley Sneijder(Netherlands, Internazionale), Yaya Toure (Ivory Coast, Manchester City), Xavi (Spain, Barcelona).

Forwards: Lionel Messi (Argentina, Barcelona), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal, Real Madrid), Wayne Rooney (England, Manchester Utd), David Villa (Spain, Barcelona), Samuel Eto'o (Cameroon, Anzhi), Sergio Aguero (Argentina, Manchester City), Neymar (Brazil, Santos), Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast, Chelsea), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden, AC Milan), Luis Suarez (Uruguay, Liverpool), Radamel Falcao (Colombia, Atletico Madrid), Edinson Cavani (Uruguay, Napoli), Karim Benzema (France, Real Madrid), Mario Gomez (Germany, Bayern Munich), Robin van Persie (Holland, Arsenal).


Bit of a shocking list

The XI should be


Ramos Carvalho Pepe Marcelo

Ozil Alonso Kaka Sneijder

Ronaldo RVP

01-12-2011, 11:54 PM
Just brainless big name reeling off.

Master Splinter
02-12-2011, 05:05 AM
Just brainless big name reeling off.

Pretty much.

These types of things are more worthless than a Smash Hits award.

02-12-2011, 09:04 AM
Pretty much.

These types of things are more worthless than a Smash Hits award.

I believe Spurs have that on their honours list.

02-12-2011, 03:47 PM
I believe Spurs have that on their honours list.

Close, it's Redknapp and it was Smash and Grab Awards, not Smash Hits.