Ahead of today’s World Cup final, here’s a statistical best XI of the 2018 tournament, using data from WhoScored.com.
There are one or two notable omissions, with no Romelu Lukaku or Kylian Mbappe in attack – though the latter could perhaps work his way in by the end of today if he has a strong final for France against Croatia.
In fact, there are no French players at all in this line up, but Croatia captain and playmaker Luka Modric obviously gets in, as do two England players after Gareth Southgate’s side finished 4th.
Here’s the XI in full:
GK: Kasper Schmeichel (Denmark)
Outstanding for Denmark despite their last-16 exit, Kasper Schmeichel saved a late Luka Modric penalty in extra time before also impressing in that shoot-out defeat to Croatia.
CB: Yerry Mina (Colombia)
With three goals from defence, Yerry Mina is another who had a strong tournament despite an early exit, with Colombia going out on penalties to England in the last-16.
CB: Andreas Granqvist (Sweden)
Helping Sweden to the quarter-finals, Andreas Granqvist was a key part of why the Swedes managed to stay so solid and hard to beat throughout the tournament.