Next, we have group C. As expected France – who will clearly be the favourites for this group – will dominate this one.
Group C has 3 quality goalkeepers to choose from, with Ryan Schmeichel and Lloris all viable contenders. Matt Ryan makes our side as Australia’s stand-out player.
Capable of playing in multiple positions, Sidibe makes our team after a solid few seasons at Monaco drawing the attention of some of Europe’s elites including Athletico Madrid.
After two years on loan at Borussia Monchengladbach, Andreas finally got his chance to impress at Chelsea – and he’s actually played quite a bit! He’s the first academy player since John Terry to become a first-team regular.
It seems like Varane has been around for ages, but he’s still only 25! Picked up by Real Madrid in 2011 (by Mourinho) for a measly $10 million, Varane was initially cover for Pepe and Ramos but has eventually developed into a World-class defender.
A major injury early into his Manchester City career meant that Mendy was not able to build on his phenomenal break-out season at Monaco. He’s just made the French squad and will hopefully get the chance to shine again.
No one will turn down the chance to pick two players for the price of one. So I won’t.
There is no denying his quality. He has the mould of a modern footballer – strong, tall, athletic, fast, good with both feet – but doesn’t always deliver. Maybe the World Cup will be different?
Without Eriksen, Denmark would not be going to the World Cup. He’s a supremely talented player who Denmark build their team around.
Farfan, now 33, made his name when he was picked up by Hiddink at PSV winning a truck-load of trophies and scoring 20+ in two of is four season there. At Schalke, despite inconsistencies, Farfan shone with 80+ goals and assists in 6 seasons.
Born in the same year France last won the world cup – which makes me feel really old – Mbappe is one of the best young players of his generation. At 19 he already has over 50 career goals and he’s only expected to get better.
Something of a late bloomer, making his name in Spain rather than his native France, Griezmann claimed the golden boot two years ago at France 2016 – can he do it again?
So here’s the team: