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Rest of the World: All-star XI

Toure deserves his place in the heart of the midfield. (©GettyImages)
Toure deserves his place in the heart of the midfield. (©GettyImages).

It's fair to say that Europe and South America produce some of the best players in world football. But as football is a world sport, there are bound to be an array of stars from outside these two regions. 

Here is the best XI from the rest of the world, playing in the increasingly popular 4-3-3 system:

Goalkeeper: Tim Howard | Everton

The former Manchester United 'keeper has been a mainstay between the posts for Everton for the last 7 years. In that time the United States international has established himself as one of the Premier League's most consistent 'keepers.

Right-back: Emmanuel Eboue | Galatasaray

The ex-Arsenal man is often derided for his lapses in concentration and ineptitude, however the Ivorian is more than a handful when he gets ahead of steam. His stunner against Real Madrid illustrates the magic the enigmatic right-back has within him. 

Centre-back: Kolo Toure | Manchester City

While moving to Manchester City has only served to deepen his pockets, the former Arsenal star was undoubtedly one of the Premier League's most outstanding central defenders during the noughties. 

Centre-back: John Mensah | Rennes

The Ghanian international has recently returned to Stade Rennes, where he was club captain after a stint in England with Sunderland. With 82 caps for his country, and having played in Italy, France and England, Mensah is one of Africa's most decorated defenders.

Left-back: Carlos Salcido | UANL

The Mexican legend has been one of the world's most reliable left-backs for some time now having showcased his top talent in Europe for PSV and during two World Cups.

Centre-midfield: Yaya Toure | Manchester City

The one-man midfield can do it all in the centre of the park - pass, tackle, intimidate and score. This leads to utter domination form the Ivorian powerhouse who is among the world's finest players. 

Centre-midfield: Ki Seung Yeung | Swansea City

The man dubbed the "Korean Gerrard" in his native South Korea has been a valuable addition to Swansea City with his impressive passing, creativity and physical qualities. Such attributes have meant Ki has adapted to the Premier League with ease.

Right-wing: Shinji Kagawa | Manchester United

The former Dortmund star has found life at Old Trafford difficult in his debut campaign, but his hat-trick against Norwich reminded fans of his undoubted class. There's a lot more to come from Kagawa, and it won't be long before we see the best of him.

Attacking-midfield: Keisuke Honda | CSKA Moscow

The Japanese superstar is one of CSKA Moscow's biggest stars with his dead-ball expertise and technical brilliance making him hot property.

Left-wing: Andres Guardado | Valencia

The Mexican international enjoyed five fruitful seasons with Deportivo La Coruna, which lead to a transfer to Valencia. He has not disappointed at the Mestalla, displaying all his gifts to the max, even though he has played out of position at left-back for the majority.

Centre-forward: Javier Hernandez | Manchester United

'Chicharito' has yet to replicate the form of his first season at the Theatre of Dreams, but nonetheless he has popped up with vital goals for United when called upon. 

 

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