FIFA World Cup 2018: Europe is often considered to be the industry of football. Players from all around the world dream of playing in the continent; with the big players, bigger clubs and the biggest leagues in the world.
Here, we take a look at the best XI from the European players who are going to the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2018.
Goalkeeper – David De Gea (Spain)
De Gea has proven himself as the best goalkeeper in the world for the last few seasons. The 27-year-old stopper is renowned for his inhuman athletism and charismatic form in front of the goal. He has made 28 caps for Spain and takes the spot ahead of Manuel Neuer (out with injury).
Left-back – Jordi Alba (Spain)
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The Spanish full-back is considered to be one of the best defenders in the world. His composed defensive style as well as ability to burst down the flanks and link up with attackers flawlessly makes Alba a complete full-back. The 29-year old holds 61 caps for the Spanish National team.
Centre-back – Sergio Ramos (Spain)
“I am only missing Roberto Firmino saying he got a cold because a drop of my sweat landed on him.”
Sergio Ramos has commented on Mohamed Salah’s injury in the UCL final.
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Sergio Ramos may not be the gleaming face of football but he is undoubtedly the first choice defender for most people. Barring his on-field antics and unethical style of football, the Spanish international is a force to be reckoned with. Ramos has made 151 appearances for the national team.
Centre-back – Mats Hummels (Germany)
Mats Hummels on the World Cup: “I think it’s not my last big tournament. Playing an European Championship at 31 should definitely be feasible.” #DieMannschaft #FCBayern [Kicker] pic.twitter.com/mCj0PN0zBs
— Home Bayern (@HomeBayern___) June 5, 2018
One of the most recognized defenders in world football, Mats Hummels is regarded as the best defender and best-looking player in the Bundesliga. The German international has made 63 caps for the national team.
Right-back – Joshua Kimmich (Germany)
Joshua Kimmich has not had a summer off since 2014.
● 2014: Played Euro U19 (won the tournament)
● 2015: Played Euro U21 (finalist)
● 2016: Played Euro 2016 (semi finalist)
● 2017: Played Confed cup (won the tournament)
● 2018: Set to play the World Cup. pic.twitter.com/9Sbqs9X3om
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The youngest player in the team, Joshua Kimmich is one of the most complete full-backs in modern football. At just 23 years of age, he holds 28 caps for Germany and is expected to fill the boots of Phillip Lahm, for both club and country.
Centre Defensive Midfield – Sergio Busquets (Spain)
Sergio Busquets: “When you’re with Guardiola you become a master in football. The crucial moment of my career was when Guardiola crossed my path.” [beinsports es] pic.twitter.com/ocZxuoeRVk
— Barça Centre (@barcacentre) May 29, 2018
Sergio Busquets recently passed a century of caps for his national team. One of the most experienced and disciplined footballers in the world today, the defensive midfielder is a must have for any team.
Centre Midfield – Luka Modric (Croatia)
Neymar Jr and Luka Modrić exchanged jerseys after the match.pic.twitter.com/8hHGybJ5s9
— Brazil Football 🇧🇷 (@BrazilEdition) June 3, 2018
The midfield maestro in Real Madrid’s world-class midfield and the hope of Croatia in the upcoming FIFA World Cup. Modric holds 105 caps for his country.
Centre Midfield – Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium)
Kevin De Bruyne responds to criticism of Raheem Sterling’s tattoo pic.twitter.com/Y9PieFLCzs
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PFA Premier League Playmaker of the year, Kevin De Bruyne has been in sensational form in the recent seasons. He has made 61 appearances for the Belgian National team is an irreplaceable player for both club and country.
Left Forward – Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
🇵🇹 Cristiano Ronaldo = World Cup top scorer? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/6zItFtCtBT
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The best player in Europe and arguably the world, Cristiano Ronaldo holds 149 caps and 81 goals for Portugal. Cristiano Ronaldo is the complete player,
Right Forward – Antoine Griezmann (France)
— Equipe de France (@equipedefrance) June 6, 2018
Antoine Griezmann has scored 20 goals in his 53 appearances for the French National team. The talismanic Frenchman will lead the line for France in the upcoming FIFA World Cup.
Centre Forward – Robert Lewandowski (Poland)
— Robert Lewandowski (@lewy_official) June 5, 2018
Lewandowski is one of the best strikers in the world, 52 goals in his 93 matches for Poland show it. The hitman has been Europe’s top striker for the past 5 years, if not more.
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