Ozil and Gerrard on World XI shortlist

ESPN staff
December 6, 2013
Mesut Ozil has been in stunning form for Arsenal since signing from Real Madrid for £42.5m © PA Photos

Mesut Ozil, Steven Gerrard and Yaya Toure are the Premier League representatives named on a 15-man shortlist as part of the process to decide the 2013 FIFA FIFPro World XI.

Gareth Bale, who sealed a world record £86 million move to Real Madrid following his exploits for Tottenham last season, is also included.

On Wednesday, a 20-man shortlist was revealed to make up the back four of the star XI, which will be announced on January 13, 2014, at FIFA's Ballon d'Or presentation in Zurich.

Those vying for the three midfield berths have now been unveiled. Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery is also among the contenders, with the France international also in the hunt for the Ballon d'Or prize following his performances during his club's treble-winning campaign.

Real Madrid's Isco, Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus and Juventus' Arturo Vidal debut on the list, while Barcelona's Xavi is looking to make the XI for a sixth year in a row.

15-man midfielder shortlist in full:

Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid)
Gareth Bale (Tottenham/Real Madrid)
Sergio Busquets (Barcelona)
Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)
Andres Iniesta (Barcelona)
Isco (Malaga/Real Madrid)
Mesut Ozil (Real Madrid/Arsenal)
Andrea Pirlo (Juventus)
Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund)
Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich)
Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich)
Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich)
Yaya Toure (Manchester City)
Arturo Vidal (Juventus)
Xavi (Barcelona)

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