Deschamps, Zidane on FIFA Coach of the Year shortlist

Fifa's best player Hazard Salah Kane & Ronaldo head shortlist

Croatia skipper Luka Modric and French tyro Kylian Mbappe, who both picked up individual awards at the World Cup, will be hoping to break the La Liga duopoly on major global indvidiual awards.

The England national tea enjoyed popularity not seen for a generation under Southgate's guidance, who impressed with his calm authority and poise.

Club representatives are led by Pep Guardiola, whose second season at Manchester City yielded the EFL Cup and a Premier League title won by 19 points.

Former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is the favourite to lift this year's award and defend his title from last year after becoming the first manager in history to win the UEFA Champions League three years in a row.

The current African footballer of the year, Salah, would be the first player from the continent to win the Federation Internationale de Football Association prize since Liberian striker - and current president - George Weah in 1995.

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The Premier League's top two goal scorers from last season, Mo Salah and Harry Kane, are also included after they netted an impressive 62 goals between them in 2017/18.

Voting for the award closes at midnight on 10 August, while the awards ceremony takes place in London on 24 September.

Barcelona's first team coach Ernesto Valverde has been named as one of candidates in FIFA's "The Best" Coach category.

Meanwhile, the nominees for the Best FIFA Women's Coach for 2018 include Emma Hayes, Stephan Lerch, Mark Parsons, Reynald Pedros, Alen Stajcic, Asaka Takakura, Vadao, Jorge Vilda, Martina Voss-Tecklenburg and Sarina Wiegman.

A host of national team coaches have been selected in the nomination process in the wake of their exploits in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.