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David Alaba, Jerome Boateng, Philipp Lahm shortlisted for FIFA FIFPro Best 11

The three Bayern players among twenty defenders shortlisted for FIFPro Best 11.

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The twenty defender shortlist for the FIFA FIFPro Best 11 was released on Wednesday. As you would expect, the list was dominated your bigger club teams. Three players from Bayern Munich's double winning team received nominations.

The FC Bayern players receiving the nod were David Alaba, Jerome Boateng, and Philipp Lahm. None of this is shocking, as all three players should stand a very good chance at nabbing one of the four defender spots on the FIFPro Best 11. With this being a World Cup year, I think we can expect the German players to get an extra boost, but with this being FIFA I also wouldn't be surprised to see them throw out an all Barcelona/Real Madrid final four.

If it was up to me, I would have all three world class defenders in the Best 11.

Shortlisted Defenders
Player Nation / Club
David Alaba Austria / Bayern Munich
Jordi Alba Spain / Barcelona
Dani Alves Brazil / Barcelona
Jerome Boateng Germany/ Bayern Munich
Danny Carvajal Spain / Real Madrid
David Luiz Brazil / Paris Saint-Germain
Filipe Luis Brazil / Chelsea
Diego Godin Uruguay / Atletico Madrid
Mats Hummels Germany / Borussia Dortmund
Branislav Ivanovic Serbia / Chelsea
Vincent Kompany Belgium / Manchester City
Philipp Lahm Germany / Bayern Munich
Marcelo Brazil / Real Madrid
Javier Mascherano Argentina / Barcelona
Pepe Portugal / Real Madrid
Gerard Pique Spain / Barcelona
Sergio Ramos Spain / Real Madrid
Thiago Silva Brazil / Paris Saint-Germain
Raphael Varane France / Real Madrid
Pablo Zabaleta Argentina / Manchester City

The rest of the FIFA FIFPro nominees will be announced later this week.

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