See which players FIFA should have included on their midfield shortlist.
FIFA have just announced their shortlist for midfielder of the year, and while all of the names on there are well deserving, world class players, there are also some glaring omissions.
After a crazy year around Europe and an amazing 2014 World Cup there are a surfeit of candidates, but here are the most five obvious candidates who can feel hard done by.
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