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The 2010 FIFA FIFPro World XI was unique as for the first time in its six-year history the World XI did not contain any player from the English Premier League. Will it be the same this year?

 

FIFPro already received more than thousand votes from England. The English professional footballers’ association PFA has visited lower league clubs like Macclesfield Town, Accrington Stanley, Hereford United, Tranmere Rovers, Preston North End, and many more.

 

The PFA representatives of course also went to Premier League clubs. Champions League finalists Manchester United were one of the first on their list and veteran Ryan Giggs was one of many Mancunians taking part in the vote.

 

Last week it was the turn of two London rivals: Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur. This week, amongst others, Chelsea is on the program.

 

At Arsenal, two strikers were willing to pose in front of the camera: England’s Theo Walcott and Russia’s Andrej Arshavin. Several Spurs followed the example of their colleagues/’foes’: England’s Ledley King and Michael Dawson, Croatia’s Luka Modric, Holland’s Rafael van der Vaart and Welsh player Gareth Bale (top photo).

 

Last year, Gareth Bale was one out of 55 footballers who appeared on the World XI shortlist. Who knows, maybe this year the young Welsh lefty will secure a comeback for the Premier League players in the FIFA FIFPro World XI.

 

Van der Vaart did not make last year’s shortlist, but he was one out of a few players who had picked almost the same team as the final World XI that appeared on stage during the awards ceremony. The Dutch midfielder had chosen ten of the eleven players that appeared in the 2010 FIFA FIFPro World XI.

 

There was only one player in the entire World who had picked all eleven players from the World XI in his World XI: Tom Bender.

 

 

Theo Walcott and Andrej Arshavin,

Rafael van der Vaart and Ryan Giggs,

Ledley King and Luka Modric