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SunSport’s best XI selection

In goal we’ve selected Chelsea stopper Edouard Mendy.

The Senegalese ace was arguably robbed of last year’s Yashin Trophy – recognising the best goalkeeper in the world.

England are blessed with a stunning array of right-backs, with Reece James, Kyle Walker and Trent Alexander-Arnold all competing for a starting spot.

But they are pipped to our first XI by Moroccan superstar Achraf Hakimi.

At centre-back it’s hard to look past Premier League superstars Virgil van Dijk and Thiago Silva – although Antonio Rudiger and Kalidou Koulibaly deserve honourable mentions.

Canada, led by Englishman John Herdman, have qualified for their first World Cup since 1986 – so fans can look forward to watching Bayern Munich superstar Alphonso Davies on the biggest international stage.

Declan Rice, N’Golo Kante and Luka Modric would make up a mouthwatering midfield trio – with Pedri and Thomas Partey also set to make their marks on the tournament.

Sadio Mane has guided Senegal to the finals at the expense of Salah’s Egypt, while Kylian Mbappe will hope to shine just as much as he did on the way to winning the 2018 World Cup as a teenager.

Robert Lewandowski, Harry Kane and Karim Benzema will surely begin the tournament as Golden Boot favourites, as the world class strikers of their generation.

But in our best XI, it’s Bayern Munich’s Poland hitman who gets the nod.

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