England’s Harry Kane features on a 10-man shortlist for the Best FIFA Men’s Player award for 2018. England coach Gareth Southgate has been named on an 11-man shortlist for the Best FIFA Men’s Coach award for 2018, BBC reports.
Kane won the Golden Boot at the World Cup in Russia with six goals as England achieved their best finish since 1990. Meanwhile, Southgate guided England to the semi-finals of the World Cup for first time since 1990.
Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, Mohamed Salah of Liverpool, Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne and new Juventus signing Cristiano Ronaldo are also included.
Tottenham forward Kane, 24, won the Golden Boot at the World Cup in Russia with six goals as England achieved their best finish since 1990.
He went into the World Cup on the back of registering his first 30-goal haul in a Premier League season.
And Kane maintained that form at the finals, becoming the first English player to win the top scorers’ prize since Gary Lineker in 1986.
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Hazard, 27, won the FA Cup with Chelsea in May and then collected the Silver Ball in Russia after inspiring Belgium to third – their best World Cup finish.
Salah, 26, also enjoyed a prolific campaign. The Egyptian scored 46 times for club and country during 2017-18, helping Liverpool to the Champions League final in his first season at Anfield.
Belgium midfielder De Bruyne, 27, played a prominent role in a record-breaking season for City, who accumulated the most points and wins in a Premier League season.
It was also a landmark year for five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese scored 54 goals in 54 games in all competitions, spearheading Real Madrid’s triumph in the Champions League and the Fifa Club World Cup.
Voting for the award closes at midnight on 10 August, while the awards ceremony takes place in London on 24 September.
Full shortlist
Cristiano Ronaldo – Juventus & Portugal
Kevin De Bruyne – Manchester City & Belgium
Antoine Griezmann – Atletico Madrid & France
Eden Hazard – Chelsea & Belgium
Harry Kane – Tottenham & England
Kylian Mbappe – Paris Saint-Germain & France
Lionel Messi – Barcelona & Argentina
Luka Modric – Real Madrid & Croatia
Mohamed Salah – Liverpool & Egypt
Raphael Varane – Real Madrid & France
Bronze’s reward for fine season
Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool, Belgium’s Roberto Martinez and French World Cup-winning boss Didier Deschamps are also included.
Under Southgate England equalled their best performance at a World Cup finals on foreign soil.
Guardiola’s City won the Premier League with the most victories ever and became the first club in England to score 100 top-flight points,
Klopp steered Liverpool to the Champions League final, while Martinez secured Belgium’s best ever World Cup finish of third, beating England in the third-fourth place play-off. France manager Deschamps became only the third man ever (after Mario Zagallo and Franz Beckenbauer) to win the World Cup as both a player and coach.
Voting for the award closes at midnight on 10 August, while the awards ceremony takes place in London on 24 September.
Full shortlist
Massimiliano Allegri – Juventus
Stanislav Cherchesov – Russia
Zlatko Dalic – Croatia
Didier Deschamps – France
Pep Guardiola – Manchester City
Jurgen Klopp – Liverpool
Roberto Martinez – Belgium
Diego Simeone – Atletico Madrid
Gareth Southgate – England national team
Ernesto Valverde – Barcelona
Zinedine Zidane – Real Madrid