It's World Cup Boxing Day, we're all sad, nobody wants to do any work, we all just want to stay somewhere air conditioned and chill out. Right?


So here's a proper time killer for you to sit around and argue about. We've gotten a handful of our writers and editors together to make a collective team of the tournament - you'll find the collated version at the bottom.


First up though, person by person. We'll even include their Twitter handles so you can call them idiots individually, how about that?

Position​Chris Deeley
​Scott Saunders​Andy Headspeath
GKCho Hyun-wooThibaut CourtoisHugo Lloris
RBSime VrsaljkoKieran TrippierSime Vrsaljko
CBRaphael VaraneRaphael VaraneRaphael Varane
CBToby AlderweireldDiego GodinHarry Maguire
LBLucas HernandezLucas HernandezDiego Laxalt
RMKieran TrippierPhilippe CoutinhoDenis Cheryshev
CMLuka ModricLuka ModricLuka Modric
CMPaul PogbaPaul PogbaN'Golo Kante
LMTakashi InuiEden HazardEden Hazard
STRomelu LukakuRomelu LukakuRomelu Lukaku
STKylian MbappeKylian MbappeKylian Mbappe
ManagerDadDidier DeschampsZlatko Dalić

What They Said


Chris - Advanced wing-backs like Kieran Trippier are basically midfielders, so it fits. Okay? Okay.


A word for Takashi Inui, too. The newly-signed Real Betis winger has been a cult hero in La Liga with Eibar of late, and few players in the entire tournament had more of an individual impact on their team's performance. If it hadn't been for a spectacular late implosion against Belgium, he'd have put Japan into the quarter-finals, and he'd be getting the recognition he deserves.

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Scott - Wanted to make a Paul Pogba XI. Wasn't allowed. Dead game.


Andy - Natural winger Diego Laxalt shone out of position for an impressive Uruguay (despite his hair), defences were at least periodically terrified of Harry Maguire, while Denis Cheryshev became the poster boy for the host's surprise run.


Sime Vrsaljko edges out Kieran Trippier, after the semi final. The rest more or less picks itself, although wouldn't argue too much against anyone who has Ivan Perisic and Ante Rebic in their selection.

Position​Jamie Spencer
​Jack Gallagher
​​Jude Summerfield​
GKDanijel SubasicDanijel SubasicDanijel Subasic
RBKieran TrippierKieran TrippierThomas Meunier
CBRaphael VaraneRaphael VaraneRaphael Varane
CBDomagoj VidaDomagoj VidaDiego Godin
LBLucas HernandezDiego LaxaltKieran Trippier
RMKylian MbappeKylian MbappePhilippe Coutinho
CMLuka ModricLuka ModricLuka Modric
CMPaul PogbaPaul PogbaPaul Pogba
LMEden HazardEden HazardEden Hazard
STRomelu LukakuRomelu LukakuKylian Mbappe
STHarry KaneHarry KaneHarry Kane
ManagerZlatko DalićRoberto MartinezDidier Deschamps

What They Said


Jamie - This World Cup was as much about surprise breakout performers as it was about household names living up to their billing. Paul Pogba, Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku finally did the business at an international tournament, but to see the likes of Kieran Trippier, Domagoj Vida and Lucas Hernandez shining was refreshing.


Jack - It was hard for me to choose two English players, but I had to. Kieran Trippier was one of the tournament's surprise stars, and while Harry Kane has been lambasted for only scoring penalties and stealing his teammate's goals, he did win the Golden Boot. That does count for something.

France v Croatia - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Final

Jude - It’s a shame Luka Modric couldn’t drag Croatia to a historic World Cup win, but France are extremely worthy winners this year. Mbappe has turned into a genuine world beater in the space of a tournament, and my boys Trippier and Kane showed the world just how good they are.

Position​Wilfred Dutton
​Richie Boon
​Kavan Flavius
GKThibaut CourtoisJordan PickfordThibaut Courtois
RBKieran TrippierKieran TrippierThomas Meunier
CBRaphael VaraneBenjamin PavardRaphael Varane
CBHarry MaguireDiego GodinVincent Kompany
LBDiego LaxaltThomas MeunierDiego Laxalt
RMKylian MbappeDenis CheryshevAnte Rebic
CMLuka ModricLuka ModricLuka Modric
CMPaul PogbaN'Golo KanteN'Golo Kante
LMEden HazardEden HazardEden Hazard
STEdinson CavaniKylian MbappeKylian Mbappe
STMario MandzukicHarry KaneHarry Kane
ManagerGareth SouthgateGareth SouthgateRoberto Martinez

What They Said


Wilf - For me, Varane has been the tournament's most consistent player, and the rest of the defence have surged from relative global ambiguity to genuine stars.

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While Kante was fantastic throughout, Pogba and Modric's performances represented the pinnacle of creative influence on the biggest stage. As for Cavani, when adorned in his country's colours, he's the best striker in the world. No words needed for Sir Gaz.


Richie - Pickford, Mbappé, Pavard in there for their 'coming of age' breakthrough tournaments. Modrić and Kanté for both maintaining their relentless style of play throughout the tournament. 


Trippier was arguably England's best and most consistent performer, while Kane was ice cool when called upon to do the business - and the small matter of bringing home the Golden Boot. Gareth Southgate for proving all his doubters wrong, and for bringing English football out of the dark ages by putting the 'England DNA' philosophy into action.

Belgium v England: 3rd Place Playoff - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

Kavan - The above players all performed brilliantly for their respective nations, especially the likes of Mbappe, Hazard and Modric, with the latter pair winning the tournament's Gold and Silver Balls. I'd go with Roberto Martinez as manager because he was very flexible, unafraid to chop and change, and formulated his tactics based on his players' strengths.

Position​Will Imbo
​Joanna Durkan
​Toby Cudworth
GKHugo LlorisDanijel SubasicThibaut Courtois
RBThomas MeunierBenjamin PavardKieran Trippier
CBRaphael VaraneRaphael VaraneRaphael Varane
CBDiego GodinDiego GodinDiego Godin
LBKieran TrippierKieran TrippierLucas Hernandez
RMDenis CheryshevPhilippe CoutinhoKylian Mbappe
CMLuka ModricLuka ModricLuka Modric
CMN'Golo KanteN'Golo KantePaul Pogba
LMEden HazardEden HazardEden Hazard
STRomelu LukakuRomelu LukakuRomelu Lukaku
STKylian MbappeKylian MbappeAntoine Griezmann
ManagerZlatko DalićZlatko DalićDidier Deschamps

What They Said


Will - All of the above (with the exception of Godin and Cheryshev) were instrumental in guiding their teams to the semi-finals or further, with Dalic the obvious choice for coach considering Croatia won two penalty shoot-outs and a full extra time against England on their way to the final.


Jo - Players who played a key role in guiding their nation to at least the semi-final deservedly hold the majority of positions, with Diego Godin and Philippe Coutinho notable inclusions after standing the tallest for their respective nation throughout their stay in Russia. 

Uruguay v Portugal: Round of 16 - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

The Croatian boss deserves to receive plaudits after defying the odds to guide his team through to the final after playing the maximum amount of minutes possible in each of their knockout rounds.


Toby - It was a standout tournament for Modrić who put to bed any lingering - and quite frankly ridiculous - rumours that have questioned his ability to control & lead proceedings on the big stage. Mbappé has truly come of age at this tournament and proved that he is the hottest young commodity in world football.


90min Consensus Team of the Tournament

PositionPlayer
GKThibaut Courtois
RBKieran Trippier
CBRaphael Varane
CBDiego Godin
LBLucas Hernandez
RMDenis Cheryshev*
CMLuka Modric
CMPaul Pogba
LMEden Hazard
STRomelu Lukaku
STKylian Mbappe
ManagerZlatko Dalić

*A quick note on Cheryshev's inclusion. Kylian Mbappe actually had more votes than him as a right-sided midfielder, but...well, he's in up front. I know that Cheryshev didn't play a single damn minute on the right. You know that too. Blame the writers who voted for him (and the ones who voted for the similarly not-bloody-right-sided Philippe Coutinho there, too).


If we were of a mood to change the formation based on the votes we've had in, it'd be a 4-3-3 with Courtois; Trippier, Varane, Godin, Lucas; Modric, Kante, Pogba; Mbappe, Lukaku, Hazard.


But we aren't.