The French team meet the Croatians in the World Cup final on Sunday. But which players from the finalists, along with Belgium and England, make a phenomenal combined XI?
Selecting a dream team from the semi-finalists is slightly different from choosing the best performers. So, we are discussing the best side theoretically. First of all, I opted for a 3-4-3 formation. This gives balance and ample attacking options.
As high profiles go, Jordan Pickford had a lesser one – that was pre-tournament. Everton’s No.1 stopper became the most lauded goalkeeper at the World Cup following stunning saves and a Peter Schmeichel-like command of his area and protectors.
Saving the penultimate penalty versus Colombia confirmed his status as the nation’s best – at least. A star is born.
There are alternatives to Pickford as a great ‘keeper choice. Thibaut Courtois or Hugo Lloris would be many people’s picks.
However, I feel the Englishman earned his place through dependency and electrifying, energizing displays. Watch out for his inclusion in FIFA’s Team of the Tournament and a Golden Glove nomination.