Arsenal’s star playmaker Mesut Ozil has been left out of the 55 man shortlist for FIFPro’s 2015 World XI.
The shortlist was created from votes of approximately 25,000 professional footballers across the world.
Interestingly Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney and Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic, both who are experiencing difficult seasons in the Premier League have been included in the shortlist.
FIFPro’s shortlist for midfielders in the World XI 2015:
Thiago Alcantara (Spain, FC Bayern Munich)
Xabi Alonso (Spain, FC Bayern Munich)
Sergio Busquets (Spain, FC Barcelona)
Eden Hazard (Belgium, Chelsea FC)
Andrés Iniesta (Spain, FC Barcelona)
Toni Kroos (Germany, Real Madrid CF)
Luka Modric (Croatia, Real Madrid CF)
Andrea Pirlo (Italy, New York City FC)
Paul Pogba (France, Juventus)
Ivan Rakitic (Croatia, FC Barcelona)
James Rodríguez (Colombia, Real Madrid CF)
David Silva (Spain, Manchester City)
Yaya Touré (Ivory Coast, Manchester City FC)
Marco Verratti (Italy, Paris Saint-Germain)
Arturo Vidal (Chile, FC Bayern Munich)
Ozil endured a difficult first season in London but has been in a rich vein of form recently. The former Real Madrid man has scored goals against Manchester United and Bayern Munich as well as breaking the Premier League assist record.
Arsenal take on Norwich city this weekend as they look to get back to winning ways in the league following the defeat against West Brom last Saturday.