Neymar, Suarez, Kane make Ballon d'Or list

Southgate must get his team playing with greater belief and flair

Southgate must get his team playing with greater belief and flair

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Harry Kane has been rewarded for his fine form in 2017 by being named on the 30-man shortlist for the Ballon d'Or award.

Ballon d'Or holder Cristiano Ronaldo, the hot favourite to retain his crown in 2017, has been included in the final group of nominations for the award.

According to the new rules, media representatives will vote for their best player from a pool of 30 nominated footballers, and there will be no announcement of three finalists before the award is presented to the victor.

Cristiano Ronaldo is regarded as the most likely victor of the Ballon d'Or having his Real Madrid side won both La Liga and the Champions League last season. He and Ronaldo combined to win in every year since 2007.

Ronaldo is set to face competition competition from long-time rival Lionel Messi, who finished up as La Liga's top scorer with 37 goals - 12 ahead of Ronaldo - and helped Barcelona to Copa del Rey success in what was a largely disappointing season for the club.

Ronaldo came off the bench to help Portugal snatch three points from minnow Andorra, but the team still needed to beat leaders Switzerland on Tuesday for an automatic qualification to Russian Federation. Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain also saw their attacking trio of Neymar, Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe among the nominees.

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