England's Wayne Rooney shortlisted for FIFPRO World XI

Monday 01 Dec 2014
England captain Wayne Rooney
England captain Wayne Rooney has been shortlisted for this year’s FIFA FIFPro World XI.

The Manchester United striker joins 14 other forwards on the prestigious list, which also features five goalkeepers, 20 defenders and 15 midfielders playing for some of the world’s leading teams.

All the nominees were confirmed after a voting process which was open to the captains and head coaches of the men’s and women’s national teams of FIFA’s 209 member associations.

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Representatives from the world’s media – selected by FIFA and France Football magazine – were also able to have their say, with their votes among those counted in the final list.

The 15 forwards who made the shortlist for the FIFA FIFPro XI are: Sergio Aguero (Argentina/Manchester City), Gareth Bale (Wales/Real Madrid), Karim Benzema (France/Real Madrid), Diego Costa (Spain/Chelsea), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal/Real Madrid), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden/Paris St-Germain), Robert Lewandowski (Poland/Bayern Munich), Lionel Messi (Argentina/Barcelona), Thomas Muller (Germany/Bayern Munich), Neymar (Brazil/Barcelona), Marco Reus (Germany/Borussia Dortmund), Arjen Robben (Netherlands/Bayern Munich), Franck Ribery (France/Bayern Munich), Wayne Rooney (England/Manchester United) and Luis Suarez (Uruguay/Barcelona).

To see all 55 players nominated for the FIFA FIFPro XI, log on to FIFA.com

The awards will be presented at the FIFA Ballon d’Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on 12 January 2015 during a televised show to be streamed live on FIFA.com and FIFA’s YouTube channel.

By FA Staff