Who starts in the World Cup combined XI?
Cian Carroll | 13 July 2018
Four Croatians and seven French make the line-up
Sunday’s World Cup Final will be played out between France and Croatia in the 78,000-capacity Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
France edged a tight 1-0 affair with Belgium. And England heartbreakingly exited at the hands of Croatia 2-1 in extra-time.
It’s all set up for what looks like a dramatic, exciting finale between two nations with a host of top talents. But who gets in the Coral News Team’s combined XI? Read on to find out…
GK – Danijel Subasic
It’s a tight call as both goalkeepers have had fine tournaments. But Subasic’s performances in the knockout rounds have been exceptional.
He was the hero in both penalty shootout wins over Denmark and Russia. And put in another fine show against England in the last-four clash.
DF – Lucas Hernandez
It’s harsh on Ivan Strinic but Hernandez has simply been more solid. He’s not the most attacking of full-backs, but he’s quicker than Strinic. And he gets up and down the pitch more efficiently.
DF – Raphael Varane
In a set of Rolls Royce, Rafa Varane is the Phantom of the collection. The Real Madrid star has been simply immense in Russia.
He’s been solid, dependable, and classy all rolled into one. The best defender in the tournament.
DF – Domagoj Vida
The Besiktas man put in one of the defensive showings of the entire four weeks against England.
Vida was a man-mountain for Croatia in the semi-final, covering Dejan Lovren with aplomb. The 29-year-old has been a bit of a revelation at this World Cup.
DF – Benjamin Pavard
Pavard makes the team for his strike against Argentina alone. In the pantheon of great World Cup goals, it would win an award for sheer beauty.
Thankfully, the Stuttgart flyer has even more to his game. He’s a rampaging full-back with high technical quality.
CM – N’Golo Kante
The Chelsea destroyer gets the nod at the base of the midfield. When it comes to defensive duties, there is nobody better at sweeping up danger.
CM – Paul Pogba
The Manchester United ace has had a quiet, but hugely effective tournament alongside Kante. Although more known for his attacking qualities, Pogba put in an ultra-disciplined performance against Belgium.
Allied to his other attributes, he’s a no-brainer in this particular line-up.
CM – Luka Modric
What more can you say about Modric? The 32-year-old is simply the best midfielder in the world. He ran the show against England.
And the Real star has done against his opponents for much of the four weeks in Russia. He plays in a more advanced role in the XI.
FW – Kylian Mbappe
19-year-olds don’t come with more star quality than Mbappe. The Paris Saint-Germain ace has underlined his world-class ability with some amazing performances in Russia.
He’s terrified defences all tournament and a post-World Cup move to Madrid looks in the offing.
FW – Ante Rebic
Rebic has been the pick of the Croatian forwards in Russia. His incisive movement and running of the channels has been hugely impressive.
And his goal against Argentina was pretty spectacular, too.
FW – Antoine Griezmann
We’re going with three flyers up top so there’s no room for a carthorse like Olivier Giroud. Griezmann hasn’t overly impressed during this tournament granted.
But the Atletico Madrid front-runner has at least scored a couple of goals and generally looks a huge threat during games. He completes a star-studded team.
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