England midfielders on the shortlist for FIFPro World XI
England captain Steven Gerrard and fellow midfielder Frank Lampard have both been named on the shortlist for the 2012 FIFPro World XI.
The pair are joined by 13 other midfielders in the list, from which the election of the World XI will be selected after 45,000 voting ballots were sent out to all affiliated players' unions.
Gerrard's performances for England in the summer's Euro 2012 Finals and Lampard's role in Chelsea's Champions League success will have played a part in their inclusion, voted for by their fellow professionals.
And they are joined in the list by more Premier League stars in Eden Hazard, David Silva and Yaya Toure, while Barcelona have four players on the shortlist in Sergio Busquets, Cesc Fabregas, Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez, who helped Spain to the Euro 2012 title
Three midfielders will be selected for the team, which will be announced during the FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala on 7 January 2013.
The full nominees list for midfielders is: Xabi Alonso (Spain and Real Madrid), Sergio Busquets (Spain and FC Barcelona), Cesc Fabregas (Spain and FC Barcelona), Steven Gerrard (England and Liverpool), Eden Hazard (Belgium and Chelsea), Andres Iniesta (Spain and FC Barcelona), Frank Lampard (England and Chelsea), Luka Modric (Croatia and Real Madrid), Mesut Ozil (Germany and Real Madrid), Andrea Pirlo (Italy and Juventus), Franck Ribery (France and Bayern Munich), David Silva (Spain and Manchester City), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany and Bayern Munich), Yaya Toure (Ivory Coast and Manchester City), Xavi Hernandez (Spain and FC Barcelona)