Bale proud over UEFA XI inclusion

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Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale has expressed his delight at making the 2011 Team of the Year.

Voted for by users of the governing bodies site, Bale was the only Premier League player to make the cut.

The modest Welshman was quick to pay tribute to his team-mates upon hearing he's be included.

“It’s great to be recognised in such illustrious company,” said Bale. “The fact that it’s voted for by fans across Europe makes it a special honour.

“But as I’ve said all along, I’m part of a team here at Spurs and any recognition I receive is down to my team-mates as much as anything that I do individually.

"The team has been playing really well and we’ve all played a part in that."

Bale was one of three players included in the team not from La Liga, with AC Milan's Thiago Silva and Bayern Munich's Arjen Robben.

The remainder of the team contained players from Barcelona and Real Madrid, while Pep Guardiola scooped the coach award. Team of the Year 2011:

Goalkeeper: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid CF & Spain)

Right-back: Daniel Alves (FC Barcelona) Centre-back: Gerard Piqué (FC Barcelona & Spain) Centre-back: Thiago Silva (AC Milan) Left-back: Marcelo (Real Madrid CF)

Right midfield: Arjen Robben (FC Bayern München & Netherlands) Centre midfield: Xavi Hernández (FC Barcelona & Spain) Attacking midfield: Andrés Iniesta (FC Barcelona & Spain) Left midfield: Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur FC & Wales)

Forward: Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona) Forward: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid CF & Portugal).

Coach: Josep Guardiola (FC Barcelona)

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