Hazard and Kante named among the top 15 midfielders in the world


After beating nerves to help Egypt secure a ticket to participate at the World Cup finals for the first time in 28 years, Salah's unfortunate shoulder injury, picked in Liverpool's UCL final loss against Real Madrid, prevented him from influencing the Pharaohs' run in Russian Federation, but he ended up with two goals.

Salah, in his debut campaign at Anfield, scored 44 goals and swept major awards including the Premier League Player of the Year gong, and last week, was second runners-up at the Uefa Men's Player of the Year award behind Cristiano Ronaldo and victor Luka Modric.

World champion France had eight players, one less than former holder Spain, in global players' association FIFPro's 55-name shortlist for its World XI of 2018 award.

Europe makes nearly half of the nominated list.

Up top, Ronaldo and Salah are joined by Messi, Neymar and Harry Kane.

With 11 players on the list, Real Madrid is the most-represented club. As for national level, Spain have nine players featuring in the list, followed by world champions France with eight.

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. The defender scored three goals in three games for Colombia at the World Cup.

The two Liverpool forwards will give a fight for the other opponent to be in the World 11, and it will be great to see a Premier League player in 2018 FIFPro world 11.

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