Top formation : 3-5-2 (Belgium, England)
We picked up this formation because it allows us to highlight more offensive players in a spectacular World Cup where no goalless games have been played yet.
Goalkeeper: Guillermo Ochoa (Mexico)
The Mexican goalkeeper was among the revelations of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
His performance against the hosts had made a whole country nervous.
He was then transferred from Ajaccio to Malaga, where he did not perform as well as expected.
After a year at Granada FC, he then moved to Belgian side Standard de Liège in 2017.
It seems like wearing the national jersey boosts him, as he already made a record 14 stops in this World Cup after 2 games, with a 93.3% save rate.
He was a major contributor to Mexico’s 1-0 win against World Champions Germany.
First Defender: Diego Godin (Uruguay)
The Atletico Madrid defender has made a strong start with Uruguay, with 6 points in 2 games.
His partnership with Gimenez has provided Uruguay with a solid defence they can rely on.
His Atletico partner even scored the late winner against Egypt in their first game.
With 2 clean sheets in 2 games, Diego Godin leads Celeste’s defence perfectly, using his experience of the high level to allow his team to be confident in their solidity.
Second Defender: Dejan Lovren (Croatia)
The Liverpool defender is performing as well as with the Reds this season.
Despite being often laughed at for his mistakes, the Croatian player has proved his haters wrong with his recent performances.
He is at the heart of a very solid defence with Vida, Vrsaljko and Strinic, this solidity has allowed Croatia to record 2 clean sheets in 2 games: the only team to do so with Uruguay.
Third Defender: John Stones (England)
The Manchester City defender has proved to be a key player for Gareth Southgate’s team.
After a quiet performance against Tunisia in their opening game, he managed to score 2 goals in a 6-1 win over Panama.
He will try to do the same against Belgium.
Central Midfielder: Paul Pogba (France)
After being recently criticized for his poor performances with the national team by the French media, Paul Pogba played at a very good level for France.
Paired with Ngolo Kante in France’s midfield, Paul Pogba has been directly involved in the 3 goals France has scored so far.
Central Midfielder 2: Luka Modric (Croatia)
The Real Madrid playmaker leads a very talented Croatian midfield.
Indeed, with the likes of Rakitic and Brozovic around him, Croatia has an incredibly technical midfield that allows them to serve attackers in the best conditions.
Their performance against the 3-0 win over Argentina was mainly due to the incredible work the Croatian midfielders have done to shut down Lionel Messi.
Modric even found the back of the net from a wonderful long-range effort at the 80th minute of the game.
Left Midfielder: Denis Cheryshev (Russia)
The Villareal player was not in Russia’s starting lineup in their opening game against Saudi Arabia.
However, he came in after Dzagoev’s injury and he proved his manager wrong by scoring 2 wonderful goals.
This performance owed him his place in the starting lineup.
Right Midfielder: Philippe Coutinho (Brazil)
The Brazilian genius might be playing as a central midfielder for Brazil, but we needed a spot for him.
He has shown he probably is the real leader of Brazil’s attack while Neymar is not 100% yet.
With a wonderful goal against Switzerland and a late opener against Costa Rica, he has proven that the Selecao can count on him in important moments.
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Attacking Midfielder: Eden Hazard (Belgium)
The Chelsea wizard has played tremendously in his first 2 games with Roberto Martinez’s Belgium.
With 2 goals and 1 assist in 2 games, he was a key player in the Red Devils’ first 2 wins.
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Striker: Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
The 5-time Ballon d’Or winner lived up to expectations as he scored a hat-trick in Portugal’s opening game against Spain.
He then scored his 4th goal of the competition against Morocco to seal a 1-0 win for the European Champions.
Without many opportunities, he managed to score 4 decisive goals for his team, the Real Madrid star is lethal and he will probably be looking for his first World Cup Golden Boot.
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Striker: Harry Kane (England)
The new England captain was expected to lead his team to success after his 30 Premier League goals with Tottenham this season.
The least we can say is that he’s been pretty opportunistic so far.
With 5 goals in 2 games, Harry Kane is a serious contender for the Golden Boot title.