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.
Among the 55 players, there are 26 nominees from Spain's La Liga - 12 players from Barcelona, 11 players from Real Madrid and 3 players from Atletico Madrid.
Finally, Inter have one representative in Sime Vrsajlko, who helped Atletico Madrid win the Europa League last term and was part of the Croatia side who finished runners-up in Russian Federation.More news: Apple expected to unveil bigger, pricier iPhone on Wednesday
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The shortlist of goalkeepers, defenders and attackers is a who's who of world football talent, with David De Gea joining last year's victor Gianluigi Buffon on the keepers shortlist.
Between the two of them, they scored 64 goals in all competitions last season, with the Reds reaching the Champions League final and sealing a place in the top four. He is joined by Liverpool teammate Dejan Lovren and Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos - who lifted Real's third successive Champions League trophy, at the expense of Liverpool - as well as Madrid teammate Marcelo. Luka Modric, who won UEFA Player of the Year, is the stand-out among their nominations after taking Croatia to the World Cup final.
The FIFPro World 11 has been announced every year since 2005 and under Rafa Benitez Liverpool players were included in the three years from 2007 to 2009.