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Monday 26 November 2012

Premier League stars on midfielder shortlist

Manchester City's David Silva is one of five English-based players on FIFA/FIFPro World XI shortlist

  • David Silva played a key role in helping Manchester City winning the League title

  • New Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp meets the press

Steven Gerrard is one of five Barclays Premier League stars to have made the midfielder shortlist for the FIFA and FIFPro World XI.

The Liverpool and England midifleder has been named alongside the Manchester City pair of  David Silva and Yaya Toure and the Chelsea duo of Frank Lampard and Eden Hazard.

The 50,000 professional footballers belonging to the players' unions across the world that make up FIFPro are eligible to cast their vote.

The footballers have voted for the best goalkeeper, four defenders, three midfielders and three forwards of 2012 with the World XI being revealed at the FIFA Ballon d'Or gala in Zurich on 7 January.

The shortlists for goalkeepers and defenders have already been published with the forwards list announced on 29 November.

World XI midfielder shortlist: Xabi Alonso (Spain, Real Madrid), Sergio Busquets (Spain, FC Barcelona), Cesc Fabregas (Spain, FC Barcelona), Steven Gerrard (England, Liverpool), Eden Hazard (Belgium, Chelsea), Andres Iniesta (Spain, FC Barcelona), Frank Lampard (England, Chelsea), Luka Modric (Croatia, Real Madrid), Mesut Ozil (Germany, Real Madrid), Andrea Pirlo (Italy, Juventus), Franck Ribery (France, Bayern Munich), David Silva (Spain, Manchester City), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany, Bayern Munich), Yaya Toure (Ivory Coast, Manchester City), Xavi Hernandez (Spain, FC Barcelona).

Upbeat Redknapp relishing Queens Park Rangers challenge

Harry Redknapp says he is "optimistic" about keeping Queens Park Rangers in the Barclays Premier League.

The 65-year-old was officially announced as Mark Hughes' successor on Saturday and watched from the stands as QPR lost 3-1 to Manchester United at Old Trafford.

He took his first training session on Sunday while his first match as manager is against fellow strugglers Sunderland on Tuesday.

QPR have had a difficult start to the season and are five points adrift at the bottom of the table after failing to pick up a win in their first 13 matches.

"If the players try as hard as I am going to try we'll be successful"
Harry Redknapp

Redknapp has a strong track record of getting teams out of trouble, at Portsmouth and Tottenham Hotspur, and is looking forward to the challenge of doing the same at Loftus Road.

"We mustn't kid ourselves, this is much tougher that those two jobs in my opinion, but I'm optimistic we can pull it off," said Redknapp at his first press conference as the club's new manager on Monday.

"I want to be successful here, really badly. I want to keep this team in the Premier League. If the players try as hard as I am going to try we'll be successful."

Redknapp, who has signed a two-and-a-half year contract, confirmed that QPR were working to get his long-serving assistants Kevin Bond and Joe Jordan to Loftus Road.

And he insisted that his players will need to work hard if they are to move out of the relegation places.

"We've got to do better to give ourselves any chance of getting out of this mess," said Redknapp, who parted company with Spurs at the end of last season.

"I need 11 people with ability to put effort in. If they don't they're not going to play and I'll get 11 people who do. I've got no time for people who lose the ball and stand their with hands in the air.

"The lads I met yesterday were all upbeat. They've got to realise they are in this position because they haven't really performed to their capabilities and they've got to do better.

"The players have to take responsibility for performances, they've got to up their performance level and get us out of trouble."

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Key Points

  • Five Barclays Premier League players named on FIFA/FIFPro midfielder shortlist for World XI
  • Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, David Silva, Yaya Toure and Eden Hazard are on the list
  • Harry Redknapp gives his first press conference as QPR manager