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ESPN FC Ultimate XI

• No English Players Selected
• 5 Players from La Liga Feature, Germany Best-Represented Country with 3
• Only 2 Premier League Players Included – Both from Man City
• Leighton Baines Most Popular England Player – Receives 14% of Vote

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After a week of online voting, ESPN FC has revealed the results from its worldwide poll which gave fans the power to choose their Ultimate XI team from the best players set to compete at the FIFA 2014 World Cup.
With more than 150,000 votes from 50 countries, the UK logged the most votes behind only the US. Despite this, the final Ultimate XI does not feature a single England player, while only two Premier League players make the cut, with Luis Suarez a surprise omission from the side.

Click here to see the full final voting results and the best eleven players selected within the popular 4-3-3 formation.
KEY RESULTS
• Ballon d’Or World Player of the Year Ronaldo most selected player with 77% of the votes, Messi second with 65%
• Leighton Baines most selected England player with 14% of the votes followed by Rooney (11%), Ashley Cole (8%), Gary Cahill (7%), Joe Hart (2%) and Kyle Walker (2%)
• Only two players from the Premier League made it into the Ultimate XI team: Yaya Toure (36%) and Sergio Aguero (28%)
• La Liga is the most represented league with five players; Germany the most represented country with three players
• Bayern Munich and Real Madrid are the best represented clubs with three players each
• In the manager vote, former England Manager Fabio Capello received twice the amount of votes as current England Manager Roy Hodgson – Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque was the winner with 29%
• Three out of the top four strikers represent Premier League clubs: Sergio Aguero, (28%), Robin Van Persie (15%) and Wayne Rooney (11%)

Taking 77% of votes for one of two forward positions, Ronaldo was unquestionably the fans’ favourite, securing more votes than Messi (65%), Thiago Silva (63%), Philipp Lahm (55%) Andres Iniesta (52%) and Bastian Schweinsteiger (48%).

Manchester City led the way in the Premier League, providing the top three picks: Yaya Toure (36%), Vincent Kompany (29%) and Sergio Aguero (28%). Luis Suárez failed to make the final XI, receiving 20%, despite his form this season making him one of the favourites to be named PFA Player of the Year.
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