Scaling heights

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Premier League players outweigh La Liga stars for first time in FIFA World XI shortlist.

London, Thursday

FIFA have released their shortlist for the prestigious World XI, with Premier League players now outweighing La Liga stars for the first time.

The likes of N’Golo Kante, Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling all feature in the running, which was announced by FIFA on Thursday morning.

A total of 21 players who played for a Premier League club last season have been put forward for the team of the season accolade.

The English total this year stands one more than La Liga, who frequent dominate the event each year.

Making up a large portion of that are members of Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, with eight players up for the award.

Ederson, Joao Cancelo, Aymeric Laporte, Kyle Walker, Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva, Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling have all been rewarding for their role in City’s historic domestic treble with places among the candidates.

Jurgen Klopp’s European champions Liverpool also make up a large portion, with seven players in the running for the team.

The Reds have seven player in the running to make the team, with Alisson Becker, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andy Robertson, Virgil van Dijk, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah all nominated.

Manchester United duo David De Gea and Paul Pogba also make the preliminary cut, along with Tottenham’s breakthrough star Son Heung-Min.

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