The English Premier League has the most number of players on the 2019 FIFA FIFPro men’s World XI shortlist for the first time in 10 years.
The global players’ union said on Thursday that 21 of the 55 nominees play in the English top-flight, as the Premier League ended La Liga’s reign at the top.
Seven players from Liverpool’s 2018/2019 UEFA Champions League-winning squad feature on the shortlist.
But Spanish giants Real Madrid (11) and FC Barcelona (nine) still lead the way in terms of club representation.
Among the 17 players to make their debut on the list are the Liverpool quartet of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andy Robertson, Roberto Firmino and Alisson Becker.
After another impressive season with Tottenham Hotspur, South Korea’s Son Heung-min became the first Asian player to feature on the list.
Also, his club team mate Christian Eriksen is the first Danish footballer to make the cut.
The World XI will be revealed at the Best FIFA Football Awards in Milan on September 23.