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Premier League head FIFA shortlist

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Ten Premier League players have been shortlisted for the title of FIFA World Player if the Year, announced on Wednesday.

The 23-man shortlist makes the English top flight the most represented league, while there are eight from Spain's Primera Liga, three from Serie A and one each from the Bundesliga and Russia's Premier Liga.

FIFA will reveal the top three at the start of December before the overall winner is announced on January 12 next year.

Six members of Spain's Euro 2008-winning squad have been shortlisted for the title.

Goalkeeper Iker Casillas, midfielders Cesc Fabregas, Andres Iniesta and Xavi and strikers Fernando Torres and David Villa are all on the list.

Valencia's Villa finished the tournament as top-scorer with four goals, while Liverpool hitman Torres scored the winner in Spain's 1-0 victory over Germany in the final.

There has never been a Spanish winner of the award since its introduction in 1991.

Last year's winner Kaka is also on the shortlist, as are Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo, who finished second and third respectively in 2007.

Chelsea are the best represented club on the list with five players, while Barcelona have four.

As well as the Spaniards, there are three English players, two Portuguese, two Argentinians and one each from Italy, France, Germany, Holland, Russia, Sweden, Brazil, Togo, Ivory Coast and Cameroon.

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