Brazil takes the crown as the big boys in Group E, but there’s some talent in the Serbia, Switzerland and Costa Rica ranks.
Navas is often seen as the weakest link in a supremely talented Real Madrid team. However, Navas, more often than not, proves that he is a World-class shot-stopper.
The Swiss Express (although express might be a bit of a stretch now) is Arsenal bound come July with Emery clearly seeing the Switzerland captain as a leader in the changing room – his experience will be key to helping his team exit their group at the World Cup.
Akanji has been earmarked as the future of Dortmund’s youthful set-up. At 22, he’s raw, but he’s clearly a talent.
Brazil has an abundance of top-quality centre-backs, with the likes of Naldo and David Luiz missing out on this year’s World Cup. Miranda has been Tite’s first choice with one of Marquinhos or Silva partnering him at the back.
Despite clear lapses in concentration in defence (which has let to Tite choosing Felipe Luis in some instances), Marcelo is everything a Brazilian full-back should be.
Arguably the stupidest thing to happen in the Premier League this season what the transfer of Matic to Manchester United. Every successful team needs a player who controls a game and maintains balance from Midfield, and Matic is a player who does this.
See above, replace Manchester United for Real Madrid and add a dose of Kante.
The player everyone is talking about. Milinkovic-Savic – like Pogba – possess the traits needed to be a complete midfielder. Savic had his break-out season at Lazio this year, with 14 goals and 6 assists but only makes his competitive Serbia debut at this World Cup. Time to live up to the hype.
He’s the first of our all Brazilian front-three and all need little introduction. Coutinho hasn’t had it all his way since joining Barcelona, but his goal against Switzerland reminds us what a player he is.
Brazil are not the same without Neymar. At 26 he already has 86 caps and 55 goals to his name and is surely destined for greatness. Neymar will, however, need to show his qualities as a team player to ensure that Brazil go far in this tournament.
It’s hard to believe that Jesus is only 21 considering how much faith has been shown in him to lead the line for Brazil, especially with Roberto Frimino breathing down his neck. With 7 goals in 10 matches, Jesus we top-scorer in qualifying for Brazil.
So here’s the team: