Di Maria and Schw ein­steiger on W orld XI short lis t

Weekend Witness - - Spor T -

PARIS — A short lis t of 15 mid­field­ers from whom thr ee will be se­lect ed f or a World XI w as r eleased by f oot­ball’s world g overn­ing bod y F ifa y es­ter­day.

The World XI t eam, which is v oted for b y t ens of thou­sands of pla yers world­wide, is to be pre­sented at the Fifa Bal­lon d’Or award cer­e­mony on J anu­ ary 12.

All of those on the lis t were stars of the 201 4 W orld C up, in­clud­ing t op scorer J ames R odriguez of C olom­bia, plus An­gel di Maria of beaten fi­nal­ists Ar­gentina and B as­tian Sch we­in­steiger of the cham­pi­ons Ger­man y.

Cris­tiano Ron­aldo and Lionel Messi will fea­ture on the list of strik­ers to be re­vealed on Dec em­ber 1, w hile can­di­dates f or the g oal­keeper po­si­tion and de­fend­ers ha ve alr eady been r eleased.

— S apa­AFP. X abi Alons o (E sp/Bay­ern Mu­nich), Ang el Di Maria ( Arg/Manch­ester United), C esc F abre­gas (E sp/Chelsea), E den Haz ­ ard (Bel/ Chelsea), X avi (E sp/Barcelona), Andr es Ini­esta (E sp/Barcelona), T oni K roos ( Ger/Real Madrid), Luk a Mo­dric ( Cro/Real Madrid), Me sut Ozil (Ger/Arse­nal), Andr ea Pirlo (It a/Ju­ven­tus), P aul Pogba (F ra/Ju­ven­tus), Jame s R odriguez ( Col/Real Madrid), Bas tian Schw ein­steiger ( Ger/Bay­ern Mu­nich), Y aya T oure (IC oast/Manch­ester Cit y), Ar­turo Vi­dal ( Chi/Ju­ven­tus)

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