Excited yet? Group A kicks off tonight, so we have made our starting XI of Russia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Uruguay.

   GK: Muslera

A toss up between Muslera and Akinfeev, with both over 90 caps. Muslera makes it based on his sweeper- keeper qualities

   CB: Hegazy

We are playing a back 3 with this formation, and Hegazy – after a great start to life in the Premier Leauge – makes the cut.

 CB: Godin

I don’t really need to explain this one.

CB: Gimenez

Godin’s usual partner in crime for club and country completes the back 3.

LM: Trézéguet

Named after a certain former French striker, Mahmoud Hassan offers Egypt pace and creativity from midfield in the obvious shadow of Salah – he could be one-to-watch.

RM: Al-Muwallad

On the other side, Al-Muwallad is the stand out talent from Saudi Arabia. He scored the goal that sent Saudi Arabia to Russia.

CM: Vecino

Uruguayan born to parents of Italian descent, Vecino has played the majority of his football in Serie A and has excelled – enough to earn a move to Inter in 2017.

CM: Golovin

Golovin has been Russia ‘One-to-watch’ for many years now, regularly linked with a move to one of the top European clubs. This could be the tournament where one of them opens their wallet.

LF: Cavani

Pushed out to the left of this team (just as he was at PSG) to facilitate a slightly better World Class striker (just like PSG).

RF: Salah

Another no-brainer. Salah has propelled himself to new heights this year, winning every individual award imaginable and breaking all kinds of Premier League records. Egypt will need their king.

CF: Suarez

Leading the line is Uruguay’s top goalscorer of all time. As hungry for goals as he is for human flesh.

So here’s the team:

 

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