World Cup Group Stage: The Best Eleven

After a World Cup group stage better than many of us can ever remember, we pick the team of the tournament so far. Yes, he's in. And him...

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uzo (Manchester United) says...

@wozza: i dont see man united going for James Rod...we have the excellent Tony valencia and Ashley young and a consistent and skillful Nani!!!!!!!!

Posted 7:57pm 29th June 2014

dr soccer (Arsenal) says...

Worst celebration: Messi.

Posted 7:14pm 29th June 2014

thefuldutch (Fulham) says...

@alkaline: to be fair, De Vrij did concede a silly penalty (wrongly given, but it was foolish to go to ground). He's been okay, but Vlaar's been the real star in our defence for my money. What a rock. Robben just amazes me more and more in every game he plays. One Dutch pundit suggested that he's stopped diving of late because he's simply become too quick for anyone to even attempt to foul him. I'd say Quadrado deserves a look in too, but for the rest it's an excellent list.

Posted 12:51pm 27th June 2014

superJay (Liverpool) says...

I think I would put Daniel van Buyten in ahead of Rafa Marquez, but that's nit-picking. Excellent list.

Posted 12:20pm 27th June 2014

surprisedicare says...

For left backs I've also been impressed with junior Diaz of Costa Rica, would be a good defensive option in a squad for away European days, for example. Also...Feillani! Running with te ball, linking, turning into space, getting into finishing positions. Be interesting to see where he's played this yr as Moyes playing him deep was an odd choice given his value soared (paid by Moyes) when played higher up the pitch (also engineered by Moyes).

Posted 10:50am 27th June 2014

Nutboy says...

What no Suarez? Dragged his team through the group stages with 2 goals.

Posted 10:38am 27th June 2014

bungle1976 (Manchester United) says...

James (pronounced "Ham-ez" I have heard) Rodriguez should be on this list for his goal against Japan alone. RvP's diving header was a peach, Cahill's volley was explosive, Vargas' goal against Spain was incisive team play building to a crescendo than an ice cold finish, but James... Oh, James... The shimmy, the finish... Sublime.

Posted 10:37am 27th June 2014

bungle1976 (Manchester United) says...

What, no Milner ?

Posted 10:37am 27th June 2014

blue tim (Manchester City) says...

What, no Rooney?

Posted 9:12am 27th June 2014

wozza (Manchester United) says...

Amazing number of premier league players impressing so far!

Posted 9:06am 27th June 2014

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