20 defenders shortlisted for World XI
FIFPro and FIFA have announced a shortlist of 20 defenders for their 2012 World XI, with eight Premier League stars making the cut.
John Terry, Ashley Cole, David Luiz and Branislav Ivanovic of Chelsea, Patrice Evra and Rio Ferdinand of Manchester United, Vincent Kompany of Manchester City and Gareth Bale of Tottenham join 12 others on a 20-man list.
The shortlist will be whittled down to a final four, with the announcement being made during the FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala held on January 7. Players will be chosen by their fellow professionals.
This autumn FIFPro sent out 45,000 voting ballots to all affiliated players unions, who in turn distributed the forms among the players.
The 20 defenders comprising the shortlist are: Jordi Alba, Gareth Bale, Giorgio Chiellini, Ashley Cole, Dani Alves, David Luiz, Patrice Evra, Rio Ferdinand, Mats Hummels, Branislav Ivanovic, Vincent Kompany, Philipp Lahm, Marcelo, Javier Mascherano, Pepe, Gerard Pique, Carles Puyol, Sergio Ramos, John Terry, Thiago Silva.