Hazard, Di Maria, Ozil, Toure on World XI short-list

Chelsea’s Eden Hazard

Eden Hazard

Danger Man: Eden Hazard has been in good form for Chelsea
Danger Man: Eden Hazard has been in good form for Chelsea

A short-list of 15 midfielders from whom three will be selected for a World XI was released by football’s World governing body FIFA on Friday.

The World XI team, which is voted for by tens of thousands of players worldwide, is to be presented at the FIFA Ballon d’Or award ceremony on January 12th.

All of those on the list were stars of the 2014 World Cup including top scorer James Rodriguez of Colombia, plus Angel Di Maria of beaten finalists Argentina and Bastian Schweinsteiger of the champions Germany.

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Midfielders short-list:

Xabi Alonso (Esp/Bayern Munich), Angel Di Maria (Arg/Manchester United), Cesc Fabregas (Esp/Chelsea), Eden Hazard (Bel/Chelsea), Xavi (Esp/Barcelona), Andres Iniesta (Esp/Barcelona), Toni Kroos (Ger/Real Madrid), Luka Modric (Cro/Real Madrid), Mesut Ozil (Ger/Arsenal), Andrea Pirlo (Ita/Juventus), Paul Pogba (Fra/Juventus), James Rodriguez (Col/Real Madrid), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Ger/Bayern Munich), Yaya Toure (ICoast/Manchester City), Arturo Vidal (Chi/Juventus)

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