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FIFA World Cup 2018: Highly anticipated Debut XI3 min read

FIFA WORLD CUP 2018

Representing your country in the FIFA World cup is a matter of immense pride and wearing your country’s colors for the first time at Football’s biggest stage is truly special. So let’s have a look at our Highly anticipated World Cup Debut XI

Goalkeeper

Alisson Becker (Brazil)

In Goal, we have Alisson Becker, the Roma Goalkeeper has been in top form with 17 clean sheets in the Serie A. The Brazilian will be a force to be reckoned with in Russia and his solidarity at the back would be key for Brazil.

Defence 

Left-back

Jonas Hector

 The German International has been Germany’s first choice Left-back for a long time now and the consistent defender will be making his debut in the World Cup this year. Hector makes this team despite his Club FC Koln suffering relegation in the Bundesliga, but the German has been shown quality consistently for both Club and Country that he can’t be ignored.

Centre-Back 

Miranda (Brazil)

The Brazilian Centre-back made his debut for Country in 2009 but 9 years and 2 World Cups later finds himself in the World Cup Suad for the first time. Miranda is immensely experienced and played a key role in bringing Champions League Football back to Inter Milan.

Centre-Back

John Stones (England)

The Man City Centre-Back, much like the rest of his team, has had a terrific Season that saw the blue side of Manchester lift the Premier League title with 100 points. Stones will be making his debut for the ‘Three Lions’ in the World Cup and will be key to Gareth Southgate’s defensive plans.

Right-Back

Joshua Kimmich (Germany)

After Germany lifted the 2014 World Cup, Captain, and Legendary Right-Back Phillip Lahm hung up his boots. Manager Joachim Low must’ve wondered, would Germany’s right flank be the same? 4 years on Young Joshua Kimmich has perfectly replaced Lahm for both Club and Country.

Midfield

Central Defensive Midfield

N’Golo Kante (France)

When France was playing in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Kante was a Ligue 2 player with Caen and hadn’t represented France at any level. 4 Years later the Chelsea man has won two Premier League titles, one FA Cup and has 22 caps for France. 

Central Midfield

Isco (Spain)

 Isco had a turbulent start to his Real Madrid Career but has looked rejuvenated under Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane (Now Former). Isco was the joint top scorer for Spain in the World Cup Qualifiers and will be a key man for 2010 World Cup winners.

Central Attacking Midfield

Philippe Coutinho (Brazil)

The former Liverpool Midfielder has been finding his footing at Barcelona but has consistently performed for the men in yellow. Compatriot Neymar said ” Me, Coutinho and Gabriel Jesus can decide the World Cup” Coutinho would be hoping to hit the ground running in Russia.

Forwards

Left-Wing

Kylian Mbappe (France)

The French Teenager was 15 years old and was a Youth player at Monaco when France announced their Squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. A lot has changed since then, Mbappe is the Second most expensive player in the world (180 Million Euros) only behind PSG Teammate Neymar. 

Striker

Harry Kane (England)

The captain of the Three Lions will be making his debut in the World Cup, Southgate handing Kane the armband send out just one message, Kane is England’s most important player and England’s performance in Russia will largely depend on Kane.

Right-Wing

Mohamed Salah (Egypt)

Salah has had a dream debut season for Liverpool and played a huge role in taking Egypt to the World Cup. Salah is ailing with a shoulder injury courtesy, Sergio Ramos- Check out Liverpool’s Most wanted and Egypt’s undesirable No 1.

Any progression in the World Cup for Egypt would have to involve their talismanic forward.

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