Excited yet? Group A kicks off tonight, so we have made our starting XI of Russia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Uruguay.
A toss up between Muslera and Akinfeev, with both over 90 caps. Muslera makes it based on his sweeper- keeper qualities
We are playing a back 3 with this formation, and Hegazy – after a great start to life in the Premier Leauge – makes the cut.
I don’t really need to explain this one.
Godin’s usual partner in crime for club and country completes the back 3.
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.
On the other side, Al-Muwallad is the stand out talent from Saudi Arabia. He scored the goal that sent Saudi Arabia to Russia.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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: