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Matildas stars Sam Kerr and Ellie Carpenter short-listed for FIFPro's 2021 World XI squads

Sam Kerr and Ellie Carpenter have been short-listed for FIFPro's World XI for the second consecutive season. (Getty Images/Tim Clayton/Corbis)

Matildas stars Sam Kerr and Ellie Carpenter have been short-listed for FIFPro's 2021 women's World XI squad, the team of the year as voted by professional players.

FIFPro, the global player's union, organises a World XI every year. Selection is considered one of football's highest honours as it is voted upon by the players themselves.

The list will be narrowed down to 11 after a final vote by FIFPro's 25,000 members.

Kerr is one of five Chelsea players in the 23-player preliminary list, joining team-mates Ann-Katrin Berger, Millie Bright, Magdalena Eriksson, and Pernille Harder.

It's the latest in a string of individual award nominations for the Matildas striker, who was also short-listed for the Ballon d'Or and FIFA's Best Women's Player of the Year after a successful season for both club and country.

Kerr won the Women's Super League Golden Boot last season with 21 goals in 23 games.

Other WSL-based players who made the short-list include Arsenal striker Vivianne Miedema and Manchester City defender Lucy Bronze, as well as USA striker Alex Morgan, who had a short-term stint with Tottenham Hotspur last year.

Matildas defender Carpenter is one of four players from French giants Olympique Lyonnais to also make the short-list alongside captain Wendie Renard, Chilean goalkeeper Christiane Endler, Canada's Kadeisha Buchanan, and France winger Delphine Cascarino.

Ballon d'Or winner Alexia Putellas is also nominated alongside Barcelona team-mate Aitana Bonmati.

Both Kerr and Carpenter made the 2019/20 short-list, but neither have ever made the final XI.

There are some surprising inclusions in the short-list with 2019 Women's World Cup winners Carli Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe short-listed despite playing few games throughout the nominated period.

Cameroonian striker Gabrielle Onguene from CSKA Moscow is the only African nominee, as well as the only nominee from a club outside of one of the world's top five leagues.

There are some notable absences, as well. Kerr's Chelsea team-mate Fran Kirby, who won the WSL's Player of the Year award, does not make an appearance, nor do Putellas' Barcelona and Spain strike partner Jenni Hermoso, who finished runner-up in the Ballon d'Or.

The final XI — which is made up of one goalkeeper, three defenders, three midfielders, three forwards, and one additional outfield player — will be announced on January 17 at the FIFA Best Awards.

Women's nominees

Goalkeepers: Laura Benkarth (Bayern Munich), Ann-Katrin Berger (Chelsea), Christiane Endler (Paris St-Germain/Olympique Lyonnais)

Defenders: Millie Bright (Chelsea), Lucy Bronze (Manchester City), Kadeisha Buchanan (Olympique Lyonnais), Ellie Carpenter (Olympique Lyonnais), Magdalena Eriksson (Chelsea), Irene Paredes (Barcelona), Wendie Renard (Olympique Lyonnais)

Midfielders: Estefania Banini (Levante/Atletico Madrid), Barbara Bonansea (Juventus), Aitana Bonmati (Barcelona), Delphine Cascarino (Olympique Lyonnais), Carli Lloyd (NJ/NY Gotham), Alexia Putellas (Barcelona)

Forwards: Pernille Harder (Chelsea), Sam Kerr (Chelsea), Marta (Orlando Pride), Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal), Alex Morgan (Tottenham/Orlando Pride/San Diego Wave), Gabrielle Onguene (CSKA Moscow), Megan Rapinoe (OL Reign)

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