FIFA World Cup 2018: Here is Express' Fantasy XI

After the month-long drama in Russia, Express picks its team of the tournament. It’s a 4-2-3-1, the most preferred formation this time...

Published: 17th July 2018 06:22 AM  |   Last Updated: 17th July 2018 03:52 PM   |  A+A-

Luka Modric and Zlatko Dalic

Croatia head coach Zlatko Dalic with his captain Luka Modric | AP

By Express News Service

DEFENDERS

BENJAMIN PAVARD (FRANCE)

The right-back was a supposed weak link but his selection has been an inspired choice. Also responsible for scoring one of the goals of the tournament

RAPHAEL VARANE (FRANCE)

Latest in a club of players to win the CL & WC in the same season. Laurent Koscielny’s injury was
meant to be a blow, but his composure came in handy.

DOMAGOJ VIDA (CROATIA)

His uncompromising style played a big role in helping his team to  the final. Used his physicality at
the right time and was a towering presence against England.

LUCAS HERNANDEZ (FRANCE)

Made his international debut in March. Understanding of when to move forward and when to batten down the hatches helped Didier Deschamps’ men immensely.

MIDFIELDERS

LUKA MODRIC (CROATIA)

Has been magisterial in Russia and won the Golden Ball award. Has continued recent tradition of deeplying playmakers to have excelled in World Cups after Toni Kroos, Andrea Pirlo, Xavi Hernandez.

N’GOLO KANTE (FRANCE)

The most under-rated box-to-box midfielder in world football right now. Along with excellent ballplaying abilities, he is good at tackling and disrupting crucial counterattacks.

ATTACKERS

KYLIAN MBAPPE (FRANCE)

The young player of the World Cup emulated the great Pele by becoming the second teenager to score in a World Cup final. His pace and efficiency in front of goal terrifies defenders. At such a young age, Mbappe is already the next star

ANTOINE GRIEZMANN (FRANCE)

The Atletico striker is known for his precision and did not disappoint in Russia. His work rate and quick feet helped France initiate countless counter-attacks. Calmly slotted in from the spot whenever presented with the opportunity.

EDEN HAZARD (BELGIUM)

The Chelsea star proved why he among the top players in world. With an eye for goal, he is one of the finest dribblers who can find the right pass too. Proved that he is captain material, leading Belgium to
their best-ever finish.

STRIKER

HARRY KANE (ENGLAND)

The Tottenham marksman is highly-rated and won the Golden Boot with six strikes. Faded offafter a bright start, but still a player that managers would love to have in their teams.

GOALKEEPER

THIBAUT COURTOIS (BELGIUM)

The Golden Glove winner was instrumental for Belgium. Made the highest number of saves and his ball distribution skills helped launch quite a few Belgian raids.

SUBSTITUTES

Hugo Lloris, Kieran Trippier, Denis Cheryshev, Romelu Lukaku, Harry Maguire, Cristiano Ronaldo, Diego Godin, Mario Mandzukic,  Ivan Perisic, PhilippeCoutinho, Hirving Lozano, Lucas Torreira.

COACH

ZLATKO DALIC

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