Last night I ran polls on my twitter (@footballcentred) to see who you guys would vote in each position for the Team of the World Cup. Here is the team you voted for!
Goalkeeper – Jordan Pickford
With 65% of the vote out of 31 people and beating Golden Glove winner Thibaut Courtois (23%), Hugo Lloris (10%) and Danijel Subasic (2%), England’s Jordan Pickford is in the team. The Everton stopper was excellent throughout the knockout stages after he saved the crucial penalty in England’s penalty shootout victory over Colombia in the round of sixteen and then kept a clean sheet in the quarter final against Sweden by making some incredible saves to carry the Three Lions into the semi finals.
Right back – Kieran Trippier
With 42% of a vote out of 38 people and beating Thomas Meunier (32%), Benjamin Pavard (18%) and Sime Vrsaljko (8%), Kieran Trippier becomes England’s second member of the Team of the Tournament. The wing back was probably England’s best player throughout the World Cup with his excellent crossing and set-pieces, with his best moment coming in the semi-final when he put the Three Lions 1-0 up against Croatia. Oh, how things could have turned out differently.
Centre back – Yerry Mina
With 33% of the vote out of 12 people for the best centre back of the World Cup, Colombia’s Yerry Mina joins the team after an excellent tournament in which he scored three crucial goals to get Colombia out of the group stage and so nearly to the quarter finals. In the round of 16 game against England the defender headed an equaliser in the last minute of the 90 to take the game to extra time, but his team lost on penalties which lessened his status as a national hero.
Centre back – Jan Vertonghen
Also bagging 33% of the same vote and beating John Stones and Raphael Varane (both 17%), Jan Vertonghen books his place in your Team of the Tournament after a great World Cup for Belgium in which he took his team to third place. The Spurs man was brilliant during the group stage and then scored a header in their round of sixteen match while they were 2-0 down against Japan that kickstarted their awesome comeback and was the reason that they made the semi-finals.
Left back – Lucas Hernandez
With 35% of a vote by 18 people and beating Nacer Chadli (24%), Ivan Strinic (23%) and Marcelo (18%), Lucas Hernandez is the left back for the Team of the Tournament. The 22 year old Atletico Madrid player played in every game for France as they won the World Cup and his excellent defensive abilities helped the French to four clean sheets out of their seven games.
Centre Midfielder – N’Golo Kante
With 33% of a vote with 9 people and beating Marcelo Brozovic (22%) and Marouane Fellaini (11%), N’Golo Kante and Axel Witsel drew for the best defensive midfielder of the World Cup. I decided to take the deciding vote and I have gone for the Frenchman as I feel like he was key to Les Bleus’ success in the tournament. As always, he was the anchor who allowed Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann to roam freely and perform to their maximum capability, which in turn meant that the French team performed to its maximum ability and won the tournament. However, if Belgium had beaten France in the semi-final I would probably have given the position to Witsel.
Centre midfielder – Luka Modric
With 64% of a vote out of 33 people and beating Paul Pogba (30%) and Ivan Rakitic (6%), Luka Modric is the clear winner of the central midfield role in your World Cup Team of the Tournament. He certainly deserves it as well, as the Croat was his nation’s best player and also won the Golden Ball for best player of the World Cup. He controlled every single one of their seven matches as they marched their way to an unexpected final appearance in Russia with his incredible passing, tackling and athleticism. Even though he is 32, the Real Madrid player ran the furthest out of every single player in the tournament.
Attacking midfielder – Antoine Griezmann
In a vote completed by 15 people Antoine Griezmann earned 40% of the votes and best Kevin de Bruyne (33%), Philippe Coutinho (13%) and Jesse Lingard (14%) to become the attacking midfielder in the Football Centred Team of the World Cup. The Frenchman scored four goals including one in the final as his country won their second World Cup. He was pivotal in all of their attacks throughout the tournament as he provided the spark that gave Kylian Mbappe and the rest of the French attack to score goals for fun.
Left winger – Eden Hazard
With 50% of a vote involving 20 people and beating Ivan Perisic and Neymar (both with 25%), Eden Hazard rightfully takes his place in the Team of the Tournament after he showcased his class on the world stage with some wonderful performances during Belgium’s impressive run to third place. The Chelsea man scored three goals and got a further two assists while bagging the Man of the Match award on four occasions which all left him as a huge contender for the Golden Ball.
Striker – Harry Kane
England’s third player in the Team of the World Cup is Harry Kane, who won 53% out of 17 votes to beat Romelu Lukaku (29%), Mario Mandzukic (12%) and Cristiano Ronaldo (6%). Kane shone for England in the group stages, scored England’s two goals in their last-gasp 2-1 win against Tunisia and then scored a hat-trick in their 6-1 thrashing of Panama. He then scored England’s only goal when they won on penalties against Colombia in the round of 16 which was enough to bag him the Golden Boot. The striker failed to live up to his early form during the business end of the tournament and that was probably the reason that the Three Lions didn’t reach the final.
Right Winger – Kylian Mbappe
I couldn’t think of anyone at right wing to challenge Kylian Mbappe for his place in the Team of the Tournament, so I gave it to him by default. The teenager had a quiet group stages while France struggled to get into top gear, but still managed to score their winning goal against Peru. He came to life and announced himself as a world class player in the round of 16 against Argentina as he scored France’s 3rd and 4th goals in incredible style as they won 4-3 in a game in which Mbappe was man of the match. In the next two games he was excellent again and caused Uruguay and Belgium’s defences countless problems but couldn’t get his goal. However, his luck changed for the better in the final as it seemed like his pace had Dejan Lovren and Domegoj Vida absolutely terrified. He scored a wonderful goal to make it 4-1 to France from outside the box to become the second teenager (after Pele) to score in a World Cup Final. What. A. Talent.
So there it is, the Football Centred Team of the 2018 World Cup! Do you agree with the voters?