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Football’s biggest tournament is over once again, as France were crowned champions of the world for the second time.

Thirty-two teams arrived in Russia with hopes of lifting the famous trophy but in the end only one could prevail.

Team of the 2018 World CupThe French came out on top with a 4-2 victory over Croatia in the final that didn’t come without it’s controversy. Prior to the tournament commencing, 736 players were hoping to fulfill their childhood dreams, with some standing up under pressure while others stuttered.

Here are the players who formed the Daily Football Show’s team of the tournament:

Goalkeeper: Thibaut Courtois – Belgium

His best performance came in the quarter-final against Brazil where the Chelsea man looked as if he wasn’t going to be beaten. Aside from that he made several big saves for Belgium on his way to the Golden Glove award.

Right Back: Kieran Trippier – England

A breakout tournament for the Tottenham defender who delivered high quality set-pieces for the Three Lions across the tournament. Defensively he was a rock solid outlet, always digging in no matter the quality of the opposition.

Centre Back: Raphael Varane – France

At 25 years of age, Varane has a trophy cabinet some players can only dream of finishing their careers with. The Real Madrid defender was a standout performer for the champions, marshalling the defence throughout the tournament while putting in high quality performances on a consistent basis.

Centre Back: Domagoj Vida – Croatia

While his ponytail may have become a sensation among fans, Vida certainly loss no admirers for his level of performances. The Turkish-based defender continuously played with his heart on his sleeve never shirking the issue. He should hold his head high after playing in a defence which had questions surrounding it prior to the tournament.

Left Back: Lucas Hernandez – France

Hernandez failed to endear himself to Australian fans in their first game of the tournament for his antics but his performance levels certainly can’t be questioned. Despite France’s counterattacking tactics, the Atletico Madrid consistently pushed forward ending the tournament with two assists and was rarely beaten defensively.

Central Midfield: N’Golo Kante – France

While he are now used to see Kante cover the pitch with ease he continues to amaze us. Without him, France may have faced an early exit from the tournament but his defensive exploits had some naming him as a potential Golden Ball winner. If there was anyway of cloning him, every manager in world football would like to find out how.

Central Midfield: Luka Modric – Croatia

We see how good this guy is for Real Madrid, but it felt like he went to another level in Russia. Modric controlled all aspects of the midfield for the tournament runner’s up and most neutrals wanted to see him lift the trophy. A worthy winner of the Golden Ball.

Central Midfield: Aleksandr Golovin – Russia

One from left field, but the 22-year-old was at the heart of everything creative for the hosts nation as they made an inspired run to the quarter-finals. Golovin displayed the talents which has seen him linked with some of Europe’s biggest clubs as he finished the tournament with one goal and two assists.

Right Wing: Kylian Mbappe – France

It’s hard to believe that Mbappe is only 19, playing at a level well beyond his years. Many considered him a serious threat of claiming the Golden Ball, thus was his levels of performances. His turn of speed made him a nightmare for defenders. Mbappe is only going to get better – a scary proposition.

Striker: Romelu Lukaku – Belgium

The Manchester United striker edges out Golden Boot Harry Kane, by the tightest of margins. While he did all of his scoring in the group stage, Lukaku made a major impact in the knockout stages without hitting the scoresheet. His off the ball run against Japan saw his nation seal a dramatic 3-2 victory while he received plenty of praise for his game against Brazil in the quarter-finals.

Left Wing: Eden Hazard – Belgium

Came close to claiming the Golden Ball after finishing second in the voting behind Modric. Hazard was at the peak of his powers in Russia, tantalising opposition defences in almost every game. He finished with three goals and two assists.

Originally published at dailyfootballshow.com

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