Fantasy League Team of the Tournament

By: Matt Sims 17th July 2018

With the 2018 World Cup now confined to the history books, we've worked out the top points-scoring players from the Premier League in each position:

Goalkeeper - Thibault Courtois (Belgium/Chelsea) = 7 points

The tall Belgian stopper cemented his third clean sheet of the competition with a shut-out against England in the third/fourth play-off match, edging out Hugo Lloris and Kasper Schmeichel as the Premier League's top scoring keeper. However, it remains to be seen whether Courtois will start the season in Chelsea colours, having been linked with a move to Real Madrid.

Full-back - Kieran Trippier (England/Tottenham) = 7 points

Tottenham full-back Trippier was undoubtedly England's find of the tournament, both attacking and defensively. His ability from set-pieces (providing one goal and one assist) may lead to him being used more in this capacity for his club side during the coming season.

Full-back - Victor Moses (Nigeria/Chelsea) = 6 points

As is the case at his club side, Moses played in an attacking wing-back position for his adopted national team. Not only that, but also took on the responsibility of being Nigeria's regular penalty taker - scoring from the spot in a 2-1 defeat against Argentina. Moses assisted the opener in his side's 2-0 win over Iceland, in which he also secured a clean sheet.

Centre-back - John Stones (England/Man City) = 10 points

Much like team-mate Trippier, it was Stones' attacking prowess that has largely led to his impressive points haul throughout the tournament - his header was poked in at the second attempt in the opening game with Tunisia and then twice scored from corners against Panama. However, he still faces a battle for a regular place in Pep Guardiola's City side for the coming season.

Centre-back - Jan Vertonghen (Belgium/Tottenham) = 7 points

Vertonghen was on the field for two of Belgium's three clean sheets during the competition and also inspired his side's comeback against Japan in the last 16 with a goal to reduce the arrears to 2-1.

Midfielder - Eden Hazard (Belgium/Chelsea) = 13 points

It's of no real surprise that Hazard has amassed double digits, largely playing as one of a front-two with Romelu Lukaku for his national side. Despite being rested in the final group game with England, Hazard set up his strike partner for the third goal against Panama and scored twice in the 5-2 thrashing of Tunisia. The Chelsea winger then crossed for the Belgian's equaliser in the aforementioned comeback against Japan as well as scoring the second goal in the third/fourth play-off match.

Midfielder - Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium/Man City) = 7 points

Although there were times when De Bruyne showcased his quality in Russia, he didn't quite meet the incredibly high standards he showed for Manchester City last season. That being said, he still scored one and set up a further two goals as Belgium secured their best-ever finish in the World Cup.

Midfielder - Jesse Lingard (England/Man Utd) = 7 points

Lingard looks likely to be a fixture in the England team for many years to come, although questions were raised about his ineffectiveness in the second half of the semi-final with Croatia. The Manchester United midfielder was felled for a penalty against Panama before scoring himself in the same game and also assisted Dele Alli for the second goal against Sweden.

Midfielder - Paul Pogba (France/Man Utd) = 6 points

Not being without his critics, Pogba proved his worth in the centre of the French midfield with a number of gut-busting displays. As well as being pivotal in breaking up play and putting his team on the attack, he was also twice on the scoresheet - the second of which was in the final.

Striker - Harry Kane (England/Tottenham) = 18 points

Kane safely secured the golden boot with six goals, helped by three penalties and another three in open play. The Spurs striker registered both goals in a 2-1 win over Tunisia before a hat-trick (albeit two penalties and an inadvertent deflection) in the 6-1 pounding of Panama. He also scored from the spot in the last 16 clash with Colombia, but failed to add to his tally thereafter.

Striker - Romelu Lukaku (Belgium/Man Utd) = 14 points

Lukaku also amassed many of his points early on in the tournament. The frontman scores four times in two matches during the group stages, bagging braces in comprehensive victories over Panama and Tunisia respectively. He then bullied Brazil into submission, assisting the all-important second goal in their quarter-final clash.


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