Top 20: Defenders in world football

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With FIFA set to name their World XI later this month, they have produced a 20-man shortlist of defenders that are in with a chance to make the elite team. 

And, without a doubt, some of the best full-backs and centre-backs in world football make the list. 

It's not really a major surprise that one of Roy Hodgson's biggest dilemma as England boss is to pick his No.1 left-back as both Ashley Cole and Leighton Baines have made the list. 

However Baines and Cole aren't the only Premier League stars to make the list. Five more from England's elite division also join the England duo.

Manchester United captain Nemanja Vididc joins the likes of Vincent Kompany and Pablo Zabaleta on the shortlist and Chelsea's David Luiz and Branislav Ivanovic join Chelsea eammate Ashley Cole in the 20 stars picked by FIFA.

Some of the top stars from around Europe are also in contention for the world XI. The likes of Philipp Lahm, Jerome Boateng and David Alaba will all believe the should make the XI after their incredible season with treble winners Bayern Munich. 

Certainly an array of defending talent has been put on this list, but which stars will earn their place in the ultimate XI?

Which four defenders would make your ultimate XI? Have your say in the comments section below! 

Here's the shortlist:

David Alaba (Austria &Bayern München), Jordi Alba (Spain & Barcelona),

Dani Alves (Brazil & Barcelona), Leighton Baines (England & Everton),

Jerome Boateng (Germany & Bayern Munchen), Dante (Brazil & Bayern Munchen),

Ashley Cole (England & Chelsea), Branislav Ivanovic (Serbia & Chelsea),

Mats Hummels (Germany & Borussia Dortmund), David Luiz (Brazil & Chelsea),

Philipp Lahm (Germany & FC Bayern München), Marcelo (Brazil & Real Madrid),

Vincent Kompany (Belgium & Manchester City), Pepe (Portugal & Real Madrid),

Sergio Ramos (Spain & Real Madrid), Gerard Pique (Spain & Barcelona), 

Thiago Silva (Brazil & Paris St-Germain), Raphael Varane (France & Real Madrid)

Nemanja Vidic (Serbia & Manchester United) & Pablo Zabaleta (Argentina & Manchester City).

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