Napoli-Milan

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​Il ​Napoli, dopo Jorginho e molto probabilmente Hamsik, potrebbe perdere altri pezzi. Se Callejon piace a Milan e Chelsea, c'è anche Raul Albiol che può lasciare gli azzurri. Il difensore spagnolo ha una clausola bassa, 6 milioni di euro e diversi club stanno facendo il pensiero di prenderlo. ESCLUSIVA - Albiol-Napoli, permanenza incerta: vertice nelle prossime ore con l'agente per definire il futuro dello spagnolo https://t.co/gZEtpCcsGR — Partenopei (@SiamoPartenopei) 22 giugno 2018 Il...
Napoli, Albiol si allontana: summit della società con l'agente. Addio vicino?
​Il ​Napoli, dopo Jorginho e molto probabilmente Hamsik, potrebbe perdere altri pezzi. Se Callejon piace a Milan e Chelsea, c'è anche Raul Albiol che può lasciare gli azzurri. Il difensore spagnolo ha una clausola bassa, 6 milioni di euro e diversi club stanno facendo il pensiero di prenderlo. ESCLUSIVA - Albiol-Napoli, permanenza incerta: vertice nelle prossime ore con l'agente per definire il futuro dello spagnolo https://t.co/gZEtpCcsGR — Partenopei (@SiamoPartenopei) 22 giugno 2018 Il...
​Dopo l'addio di Maggio, il ​Napoli sta cercando un terzino destro da affiancare ad Hysaj. A sinistra invece, la coppia Ghoulam-Mario Rui, finora, è confermata. Ma occhio. Sul portoghese, nelle ultime ore, c'è l'interesse dalla Sampdoria. I doriani, che a sinistra hanno perso Strinic, passato al Milan, non sono molto convinti da Murru e quindi sono alla ricerca di un laterale sinistra. La Sampdoria punta a Mario Rui. La trattativa potrebbe partire a breve - https://t.co/IfzAIxvwmA...
Napoli, idea Mario Rui per la Sampdoria: due situazioni potrebbero convincere l'esterno
​Dopo l'addio di Maggio, il ​Napoli sta cercando un terzino destro da affiancare ad Hysaj. A sinistra invece, la coppia Ghoulam-Mario Rui, finora, è confermata. Ma occhio. Sul portoghese, nelle ultime ore, c'è l'interesse dalla Sampdoria. I doriani, che a sinistra hanno perso Strinic, passato al Milan, non sono molto convinti da Murru e quindi sono alla ricerca di un laterale sinistra. La Sampdoria punta a Mario Rui. La trattativa potrebbe partire a breve - https://t.co/IfzAIxvwmA...
​Quasi fatta per Jorginho al Manchester City, Hamsik vuole la Cina, ma il ​​Napoli potrebbe perdere un altro pezzo importante: Josè Maria Callejon. L'esterno, dopo cinque stagioni in azzurro, vorrebbe una nuova esperienza. https://t.co/U03yMmEDRK Callejon ha accettato il Milan da Aprile, si attende la cessione di Suso pic.twitter.com/4JDASXtn28 — Spazio Napoli (@Spazio_Napoli) 22 giugno 2018 L'addio di Sarri e la clausola rescissoria bassa, sono i motivi principali di un addio. Infatti, i 20...
Napoli, Callejon vicino all'addio: Milan in pole, ma occhio al Chelsea...
​Quasi fatta per Jorginho al Manchester City, Hamsik vuole la Cina, ma il ​​Napoli potrebbe perdere un altro pezzo importante: Josè Maria Callejon. L'esterno, dopo cinque stagioni in azzurro, vorrebbe una nuova esperienza. https://t.co/U03yMmEDRK Callejon ha accettato il Milan da Aprile, si attende la cessione di Suso pic.twitter.com/4JDASXtn28 — Spazio Napoli (@Spazio_Napoli) 22 giugno 2018 L'addio di Sarri e la clausola rescissoria bassa, sono i motivi principali di un addio. Infatti, i 20...
Nonostante le recenti vicessitudini con la UEFA che potrebbero portare all'esclusione dalle coppe europee, nel caso specifico l'Europa League, il ​Milan sta comunque cercando di muoversi anche sul fronte calciomercato. Tra gli obiettivi del club rossonero, stando alle recenti indiscrezioni, figurerebbe un nome molto interessante. Si tratta di José Maria Callejon, esterno offensivo di proprietà del ​Napoli reduce da una bellissima stagione nella quale ha collezionato, tenendo conto soltanto del...
Milan, ipotesi Callejon: la clausola è fattibile. E quei messaggi di Reina...
Nonostante le recenti vicessitudini con la UEFA che potrebbero portare all'esclusione dalle coppe europee, nel caso specifico l'Europa League, il ​Milan sta comunque cercando di muoversi anche sul fronte calciomercato. Tra gli obiettivi del club rossonero, stando alle recenti indiscrezioni, figurerebbe un nome molto interessante. Si tratta di José Maria Callejon, esterno offensivo di proprietà del ​Napoli reduce da una bellissima stagione nella quale ha collezionato, tenendo conto soltanto del...
<p>ACQUISTI: Reina (p, Napoli), Strinic (d, Sampdoria)<br>CESSIONI:<br>OBIETTIVI: Belotti (a, Torino), Dembelè (c, Tottenham), Zaza (a, Valencia), Brignola (a, Benevento), Falcao (a, Atletico Madrid), Luiz Gustavo (d, Marsiglia) </p>
Milan

ACQUISTI: Reina (p, Napoli), Strinic (d, Sampdoria)
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OBIETTIVI: Belotti (a, Torino), Dembelè (c, Tottenham), Zaza (a, Valencia), Brignola (a, Benevento), Falcao (a, Atletico Madrid), Luiz Gustavo (d, Marsiglia)

<p>ACQUISTI: Verdi (a, Bologna)<br>CESSIONI: Reina (p, Milan)<br>OBIETTIVI: Fabian Ruiz (c, Betis), Balotelli (a, Nizza), Rabiot (c, Psg), Benzema (a, Real Madrid), Politano (a, Sassuolo), Verdi (a, Bologna), Praet (c, Sampdoria), Areola (p, Psg) </p>
Napoli

ACQUISTI: Verdi (a, Bologna)
CESSIONI: Reina (p, Milan)
OBIETTIVI: Fabian Ruiz (c, Betis), Balotelli (a, Nizza), Rabiot (c, Psg), Benzema (a, Real Madrid), Politano (a, Sassuolo), Verdi (a, Bologna), Praet (c, Sampdoria), Areola (p, Psg)

Squad value is a good proxy for the quality of a team, so we've ranked all 32 World Cup countries based on their player's worth in the transfer market to see if it gives any clear indications about who could triumph at Russia 2018. We've used data from Transfermarkt to work out the total estimated transfer value of each member of every 23-man squad in the tournament. This is different to adding up actual transfer fees, but a more accurate way of measuring current worth. For example, Messi has been at Barcelona for his entire career so would count as having no value if you did it that way. Starting XIs change each game, and so a team's value will vary from game to game, but these overall team totals will give you a good estimate for how expensive each team is. So, who do you think has the priciest team in the world? Read on to find out. 32. Panama: Total value £7.4 million With a total value of £7.4 million across their 23 players, Panama are the least valuable team in the World Cup. Panama’s best player is the midfielder Aníbal Godoy. He plays for the San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer and is worth an estimated £700,000. Their forward Blas Pérez ranks as the tournament’s joint-third cheapest player. Panama squad value 31. Saudi Arabia: £16.6m You could be forgiven for not having heard of many Saudi Arabia’s 23. All but three of them play their club football in the Saudi Pro League with 16 of them coming from just two clubs: Al-Ahli and Al-Hilal. Their star man - in transfer value terms - is Yasir Al-Shahrani, a winger who plies his trade for Leganés in La Liga. He is valued at the princely sum of £1.3m. While they may be minnows in this list, Saudi Arabia are, at least consistent. They have one of the lowest variations in value across their squad meaning theirs is one with a high level of equality. Saudi Arabia squad value 30. Peru: £33m Peru have been heralded as a potential surprise in this year’s World Cup, but one look at their market value would say otherwise. The South American team ranks 30th in the tournament, at just £33m, with their top man André Carrillo contributing £5.3m of this. You may recognise Carrillo: he played for Watford in the last season, on loan from Benfica. Peru squad value 29. Costa Rica: £36.1m Keylor Navas during England's recent friendly with Costa Rica Credit: Alex Livesey/ Getty Images Europe As Costa Rica proved in 2014, you don’t have to have a squad full of high value superstars to perform well in World Cups. Ranked in a similarly lowly position this year, they’ll be hoping to repeat the trick. Real Madrid keeper Keylor Navas is the Ticos most valuable man, with an estimated worth of £15.8m in today’s transfer market. They also feature serial Arsenal loanee Joel Campbell who could make his £2.6m price tag look like a steal. Costa Rica squad value 28. Iran: £41.9m 2018 will mark Iran’s first consecutive World Cup appearance, after they left the 2014 tournament in the group stage. This time round, the team’s total worth tallies up to an estimated £41.9m. Their most valuable player, attacking midfielder Alireza Jahanbakhsh, plays his domestic football for the Dutch club of AZ Alkmaar. He has an estimated transfer value of £10.6m. Iran squad value 27. Australia: £43.6m Huddersfield’s Aaron Mooy is the jewel in the Aussie crown with the midfielder accounting for about a fifth of their total squad value at £8.8m. Brighton keeper Mathew Ryan comes a close second with a value of £7m but no other player surpasses the £5m mark. Australia squad value 26. Tunisia: £51.8m Tunisia will be England’s first opponent as they face each other in the Volgograd Arena on Monday. On paper, there should be no comparison: The Tunisian team totals up a value of £51.8m - some £717.3m less than England’s total value. Midfielder Ellyes Skhiri is the team’s star player, valued at an estimated £8.8m. Tunisia squad values 25. Japan: £64.6m Shinji Kagawa is Japan's MVP Credit: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters Former Manchester United man Shinji Kagawa is Japan’s most expensive talent with a modest value of £11.4m. Aside from the Dortmund attacking midfielder Premier League players Maya Yoshida and Shinji Okazaki make up Japan’s other high-ticket stars. Admittedly, at this point in proceedings “high-ticket” has a different definition than it will later on in this list. Some players - who we’ll meet later on - are individually worth twice the value of Japan’s whole squad. Japan squad value 24. Iceland: £66.9m Everton midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson is Iceland’s star man, and is estimated to be worth £26.4m. He makes up almost 40 per cent of the total Icelandic squad’s worth of £66.9m. The island minnows might seem like they can be easily dismissed as a mediocre one-man band, but England’s Euro 2016 team may say otherwise. While Iceland ranks 24 for the overall team’s worth, they rank 19th for the value of their most-valued player. Iceland squad value 23. South Korea: £74.8m South Korea have faded from the global footballing consciousness since they jointly hosted the 2002 World Cup with Japan. The majority of their 2018 squad play in either Japan or Korea but they do have a standout player in the former of Tottenham’s Heung-min Son. Valued at £44m he accounts for nearly 60 per cent of his country’s total squad value, the second highest proportion for any player in any team. South Korea squad value 22. Sweden: £105.4m Victor Lindelof is valued at £22m Credit: Robbie Jay Barratt/Getty Images North America Here we are: the first team to break £100m. At an estimated squad value of £105.4m, Sweden rank 22nd in the tournament based on squad value. Their most valued player, Manchester United defender Victor Lindelöf, is valued at £22m - over a fifth of the total squad value. Sweden squad value 21. Morocco: £113.9m What are Morocco doing so high up this list I hear you ask? Well, even at this stage all it takes is a couple of big fish to propel you up the rankings, and Morocco can boast three players worth £20m or more in the spine of their side. Midfielders Hakim Ziyech (Ajax) and Amine Harit (Schalke 04) both come in at £22m while Juventus’ Medhi Benatia is worth £20m. Morocco squad value 20. Nigeria: £118.7m Nigeria put up a spirited game against England in their 2-1 defeat at Wembley last weekend, and they’ve earned praise for their exciting green-and-white striped kit. However, they’re a distinctly mid-table team when it comes to squad value, weighing in at an estimated £118.7m. Perhaps surprisingly for English fans, Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi ranks only fifth in the team for transfer value. He is one of five players in the team who are valued over £10m. Wilfred Ndidi claims the top-spot in the team, valued at £22m. Nigeria squad value 19. Mexico: £129.9m Chicharito celebrates with Hirving Lozano Credit: Ian Walton/ Getty Images Europe Mexico can boast an evenly distributed squad of respectable value. There are no huge names in the mix but PSV winger Hirving Lozano could well have the sort of tournament that will send his worth rocketing upwards. He is currently valued at £22m by Transfermarkt, Mexico’s most expensive player. Mexico squad value 18. Russia: £142.4m It’s fair to say that, ranked 70th in the world by FIFA, hosts Russia would struggle to find a place in the World Cup if it wasn’t taking place there. But with a total squad value estimated at £142.4m, Russia’s team is the 18th most expensive in the World Cup. This figure is relatively evenly distributed across the squad, which has five players worth over £10m. Aleksandr Golovin tops the list as Russia’s most valuable player, worth an estimated £15.8m. Russia squad value 17. Egypt: £173.6m Mohamed Salah is Egypt's main man Credit: Patrick Smith/FIFA There’s one stand-out player in Egypt’s team and that man is Mohammed Salah. Valued at £132m (the joint-third highest for any player) he is responsible for more than three-quarters of the worth of the entire squad. Mohamed Elneny is a distant second at £8.8m. Egypt squad value 16. Switzerland: £191.9m With a total value of £191.9m, the Swiss are in the top half of the squads. While eight of their players are estimated to be worth over £10m, Granit Xhaka tops the list, worth £35.2m. Arsenal fans will be well aware of this midfielder, with Xhaka accumulating 70 caps for the North London club. Switzerland squad value 15. Colombia: £221.1m Given their performance at Brazil 2014 it is somewhat surprising that Colombia don't feature higher on this list. This is because they have - in cricketing parlance - quite a long tail. Though they have two or three big names in the squad they also have 13 players who are valued at less than five million pounds. Propelled to fame by his performance in Brazil, James Rodríguez is Colombia's most valuable player. His transfer worth is estimated at £61.6m while Tottenham's Davinson Sanchez is their second most valuable player at £35.2m. Colombia squad value 14. Denmark: £228.2m Tottenham's Christian Eriksen Credit: Marc Atkins/Offside Christian Eriksen’s £70.4m price tag goes a long way to explain Denmark’s large squad value. Indeed, Denmark’s prospective performance in the tournament will depend a lot on the Tottenham midfielder. The Danish team totals a squad value of £228.2m, with Christian Eriksen and Andreas Christensen collectively contributing almost half of this. Denmark squad value 13. Serbia: £235.4m The Serbian squad has the honour of featuring one of the most talked about men in world football at the moment in the form of Lazio's Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. A target for several big Premier League outfits, if you believe the rumours, the midfielder has a transfer value of £79.2m. Milinkovic-Savic's value is supplemented nicely by that of Nemanja Matic (£35.2m), Dusan Tadic (£13.2m) and Luka Milivojevic (£13.2m). Serbia squad value 12. Poland: £241.6m The Polish team clocks in at a total value of £241.6m, with eight players each contributing more than £10m. The Polish captain Robert Lewandowski is estimated to have a market value of £79.2m - a third of the total squad’s value. The country will need a good performance from the Bayern Munich striker in order to progress from a group that also contains Senegal and Colombia. Poland squad value 11. Senegal: £261.6m Senegal's Sadio Mane Credit: Darko Bandic/AP Also vying for one of the top two positions in Group H, Senegal’s squad value beats that of Poland. Liverpool's Sadio Mané takes up 23.5 per cent of the total, at £61.6m but has able support from Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly (£52.8m) and Monaco's Keita Baldé (£26.4m). Senegal squad value 10. Croatia: £316.8m Croatia are the tenth most expensive team in the 2018 World Cup, with a squad valued at an estimated £316.8m. The squad is both well-balanced and strong. Ivan Rakitic, Croatia’s most expensive player, has an estimated value of £44m - or 13.9 per cent of the total. 11 other players have a value of over £10m, six of which top £20m. Croatia squad value 9. Uruguay: £327.8m Uruguay are one of the true dark horses in this competition and it's easy to see why, given the depth of talent that they have at their disposal. In Luis Suárez (£61.6m) and Edison Cavani (£52.8m) they have two genuinely top bracket goalscorers while at the back they can rely on Athletico Madrid's centre back pairing of José Giménez (£39.6m) and Diego Godin (£30.8m). An impressive team spine is completed in midfield by potential Arsenal signing Lucas Torreira (£26.4m) and Inter Milan's Matías Vecino (£18.5m). Uruguay squad values 8. Portugal: £408.8m Portugal’s star player needs no introduction. Cristiano Ronaldo is worth an estimated £88m and shoulders a solid fifth of the total squad value of Portugal. Aside from their captain, Portugal also draws on the likes of Bernardo Silva, Gonçalo Guedes and Gelson Martins to reach a total squad value of £408.8m. Portugal squad value 7. Argentina: £612.5m Lionel Messi is the joint most valuable player at the World Cup Credit: FIFA/ Michael Regan Despite a recent run of poor form, 2014 finalists Argentina will still fancy their chances in Russia if they can get their glittering forward line firing. They have the seventh highest-value team in the tournament, at an estimate of £612.5m. Their emblematic captain Lionel Messi makes up a quarter of this total, valued at a whopping £158.4m, while Paolo Dybala (£96.8m), Sergio Agüero (£70.4m) and Gonzalo Higuaín (£52.8m) make up the rest of the attacking threat in this top-heavy squad. Argentina squad value 6. Belgium: £663.5m Kevin De Bruyne had a great season with Manchester City Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images Europe With only six players in the Belgian side having an estimated transfer value of less than £10m, their overall value totals £663.5m. The formidable team will face England in the Kaliningrad Stadium on June 28 in what could be a crunch match to decide who tops Group G. The squad’s most expensive players are Kevin De Bruyne (£132m), Eden Hazard (£96.8m) and Romelu Lukaku (£79.2m). Belgium squad value 5. England: £769.1m England's captain is their MVP Credit: James Baylis/Getty Images Europe The madness of the Premier League’s spending power generally ensures that English players fetch a premium in the transfer market. This has probably inflated England’s worth here, but let’s savour the Three Lions’ presence within the world’s elite while we can. Harry Kane is England’s highest valued man, with a price tag of £132m, one of only six players at the World Cup whose value extends into nine figures. Dele Alli (£88m) is the second most valuable member of the squad while Raheem Sterling (£79.2m) is in third. England’s least valuable player - Ashley Young (£6.2m) - is the most expensive least valuable player for any nation. England squad value 4. Germany: £777m Real Madrid's Toni Kroos Credit: Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images Europe The current World Cup holders have one of the most equally distributed teams in the tournament, with their top-valued player Toni Kroos only consisting 9.1 per cent of the total squad value. The squad’s value is estimated to be £777m, which makes it the fourth most valuable in the tournament. Alongside Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos (valued at £70.4m), Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen (£52.8m) and Bayern Munich defender Mats Hummels (£52.8m) also rank as the joint-favourite’s best-valued players. Germany squad value 3. Brazil: £863.3m Neymar will be looking to outplay Messi in Russia Credit: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters Despite having the joint most expensive at the tournament in Neymar (£158.4m), Brazil’s squad is far more evenly balanced than Argentina’s. Their ten most valuable players include two goalkeepers in Alisson and Ederson, two defenders in Marcelo and Marquinhos and Casemiro, a defensive midfielder, as well as five highly rated attacking players. Brazil squad value 2. Spain: £906.4m Despite their attacking options Barca's Sergio Busquets is Spain's MVP Credit: Jose Jordan/ AFP Spain is one of two teams in the World Cup valued over £900m - or one billion euros. They come in second place in the squad value rankings, clinched by France by a mere £44m. Another favourite of the World Cup, Spain has the most equally distributed team in Russia. The team’s most expensive player, Sergio Busquets, is valued at £70.4 - or just 7.8 per cent of the overall team’s £906.4m value. The winners of the 2010 World Cup can also boast the likes of Real Madrid midfielders Isco and Marco Asensio (each £66m), as well as Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea (£61.6m). Spain squad value 1. France: £950.4m France emerge as fairly comfortable winners in these rankings with a total transfer market value less than £50m shy of £1bn. Les Bleus’ array of young talent is formidable. Ten of their squad are valued at in excess of £40m with PSG’s Kylian Mbappé topping the list at £105.6m. Antoine Griezmann (£88m), Paul Pogba (£79.2m) and Ousmane Dembélé (£70.4m) are all also individually worth more than the entire squads of Panama, Saudi Arabia and Peru combined. France squad value How the World Cup’s most valuable squads compare
Which country has the most expensive squad at World Cup 2018?
Squad value is a good proxy for the quality of a team, so we've ranked all 32 World Cup countries based on their player's worth in the transfer market to see if it gives any clear indications about who could triumph at Russia 2018. We've used data from Transfermarkt to work out the total estimated transfer value of each member of every 23-man squad in the tournament. This is different to adding up actual transfer fees, but a more accurate way of measuring current worth. For example, Messi has been at Barcelona for his entire career so would count as having no value if you did it that way. Starting XIs change each game, and so a team's value will vary from game to game, but these overall team totals will give you a good estimate for how expensive each team is. So, who do you think has the priciest team in the world? Read on to find out. 32. Panama: Total value £7.4 million With a total value of £7.4 million across their 23 players, Panama are the least valuable team in the World Cup. Panama’s best player is the midfielder Aníbal Godoy. He plays for the San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer and is worth an estimated £700,000. Their forward Blas Pérez ranks as the tournament’s joint-third cheapest player. Panama squad value 31. Saudi Arabia: £16.6m You could be forgiven for not having heard of many Saudi Arabia’s 23. All but three of them play their club football in the Saudi Pro League with 16 of them coming from just two clubs: Al-Ahli and Al-Hilal. Their star man - in transfer value terms - is Yasir Al-Shahrani, a winger who plies his trade for Leganés in La Liga. He is valued at the princely sum of £1.3m. While they may be minnows in this list, Saudi Arabia are, at least consistent. They have one of the lowest variations in value across their squad meaning theirs is one with a high level of equality. Saudi Arabia squad value 30. Peru: £33m Peru have been heralded as a potential surprise in this year’s World Cup, but one look at their market value would say otherwise. The South American team ranks 30th in the tournament, at just £33m, with their top man André Carrillo contributing £5.3m of this. You may recognise Carrillo: he played for Watford in the last season, on loan from Benfica. Peru squad value 29. Costa Rica: £36.1m Keylor Navas during England's recent friendly with Costa Rica Credit: Alex Livesey/ Getty Images Europe As Costa Rica proved in 2014, you don’t have to have a squad full of high value superstars to perform well in World Cups. Ranked in a similarly lowly position this year, they’ll be hoping to repeat the trick. Real Madrid keeper Keylor Navas is the Ticos most valuable man, with an estimated worth of £15.8m in today’s transfer market. They also feature serial Arsenal loanee Joel Campbell who could make his £2.6m price tag look like a steal. Costa Rica squad value 28. Iran: £41.9m 2018 will mark Iran’s first consecutive World Cup appearance, after they left the 2014 tournament in the group stage. This time round, the team’s total worth tallies up to an estimated £41.9m. Their most valuable player, attacking midfielder Alireza Jahanbakhsh, plays his domestic football for the Dutch club of AZ Alkmaar. He has an estimated transfer value of £10.6m. Iran squad value 27. Australia: £43.6m Huddersfield’s Aaron Mooy is the jewel in the Aussie crown with the midfielder accounting for about a fifth of their total squad value at £8.8m. Brighton keeper Mathew Ryan comes a close second with a value of £7m but no other player surpasses the £5m mark. Australia squad value 26. Tunisia: £51.8m Tunisia will be England’s first opponent as they face each other in the Volgograd Arena on Monday. On paper, there should be no comparison: The Tunisian team totals up a value of £51.8m - some £717.3m less than England’s total value. Midfielder Ellyes Skhiri is the team’s star player, valued at an estimated £8.8m. Tunisia squad values 25. Japan: £64.6m Shinji Kagawa is Japan's MVP Credit: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters Former Manchester United man Shinji Kagawa is Japan’s most expensive talent with a modest value of £11.4m. Aside from the Dortmund attacking midfielder Premier League players Maya Yoshida and Shinji Okazaki make up Japan’s other high-ticket stars. Admittedly, at this point in proceedings “high-ticket” has a different definition than it will later on in this list. Some players - who we’ll meet later on - are individually worth twice the value of Japan’s whole squad. Japan squad value 24. Iceland: £66.9m Everton midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson is Iceland’s star man, and is estimated to be worth £26.4m. He makes up almost 40 per cent of the total Icelandic squad’s worth of £66.9m. The island minnows might seem like they can be easily dismissed as a mediocre one-man band, but England’s Euro 2016 team may say otherwise. While Iceland ranks 24 for the overall team’s worth, they rank 19th for the value of their most-valued player. Iceland squad value 23. South Korea: £74.8m South Korea have faded from the global footballing consciousness since they jointly hosted the 2002 World Cup with Japan. The majority of their 2018 squad play in either Japan or Korea but they do have a standout player in the former of Tottenham’s Heung-min Son. Valued at £44m he accounts for nearly 60 per cent of his country’s total squad value, the second highest proportion for any player in any team. South Korea squad value 22. Sweden: £105.4m Victor Lindelof is valued at £22m Credit: Robbie Jay Barratt/Getty Images North America Here we are: the first team to break £100m. At an estimated squad value of £105.4m, Sweden rank 22nd in the tournament based on squad value. Their most valued player, Manchester United defender Victor Lindelöf, is valued at £22m - over a fifth of the total squad value. Sweden squad value 21. Morocco: £113.9m What are Morocco doing so high up this list I hear you ask? Well, even at this stage all it takes is a couple of big fish to propel you up the rankings, and Morocco can boast three players worth £20m or more in the spine of their side. Midfielders Hakim Ziyech (Ajax) and Amine Harit (Schalke 04) both come in at £22m while Juventus’ Medhi Benatia is worth £20m. Morocco squad value 20. Nigeria: £118.7m Nigeria put up a spirited game against England in their 2-1 defeat at Wembley last weekend, and they’ve earned praise for their exciting green-and-white striped kit. However, they’re a distinctly mid-table team when it comes to squad value, weighing in at an estimated £118.7m. Perhaps surprisingly for English fans, Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi ranks only fifth in the team for transfer value. He is one of five players in the team who are valued over £10m. Wilfred Ndidi claims the top-spot in the team, valued at £22m. Nigeria squad value 19. Mexico: £129.9m Chicharito celebrates with Hirving Lozano Credit: Ian Walton/ Getty Images Europe Mexico can boast an evenly distributed squad of respectable value. There are no huge names in the mix but PSV winger Hirving Lozano could well have the sort of tournament that will send his worth rocketing upwards. He is currently valued at £22m by Transfermarkt, Mexico’s most expensive player. Mexico squad value 18. Russia: £142.4m It’s fair to say that, ranked 70th in the world by FIFA, hosts Russia would struggle to find a place in the World Cup if it wasn’t taking place there. But with a total squad value estimated at £142.4m, Russia’s team is the 18th most expensive in the World Cup. This figure is relatively evenly distributed across the squad, which has five players worth over £10m. Aleksandr Golovin tops the list as Russia’s most valuable player, worth an estimated £15.8m. Russia squad value 17. Egypt: £173.6m Mohamed Salah is Egypt's main man Credit: Patrick Smith/FIFA There’s one stand-out player in Egypt’s team and that man is Mohammed Salah. Valued at £132m (the joint-third highest for any player) he is responsible for more than three-quarters of the worth of the entire squad. Mohamed Elneny is a distant second at £8.8m. Egypt squad value 16. Switzerland: £191.9m With a total value of £191.9m, the Swiss are in the top half of the squads. While eight of their players are estimated to be worth over £10m, Granit Xhaka tops the list, worth £35.2m. Arsenal fans will be well aware of this midfielder, with Xhaka accumulating 70 caps for the North London club. Switzerland squad value 15. Colombia: £221.1m Given their performance at Brazil 2014 it is somewhat surprising that Colombia don't feature higher on this list. This is because they have - in cricketing parlance - quite a long tail. Though they have two or three big names in the squad they also have 13 players who are valued at less than five million pounds. Propelled to fame by his performance in Brazil, James Rodríguez is Colombia's most valuable player. His transfer worth is estimated at £61.6m while Tottenham's Davinson Sanchez is their second most valuable player at £35.2m. Colombia squad value 14. Denmark: £228.2m Tottenham's Christian Eriksen Credit: Marc Atkins/Offside Christian Eriksen’s £70.4m price tag goes a long way to explain Denmark’s large squad value. Indeed, Denmark’s prospective performance in the tournament will depend a lot on the Tottenham midfielder. The Danish team totals a squad value of £228.2m, with Christian Eriksen and Andreas Christensen collectively contributing almost half of this. Denmark squad value 13. Serbia: £235.4m The Serbian squad has the honour of featuring one of the most talked about men in world football at the moment in the form of Lazio's Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. A target for several big Premier League outfits, if you believe the rumours, the midfielder has a transfer value of £79.2m. Milinkovic-Savic's value is supplemented nicely by that of Nemanja Matic (£35.2m), Dusan Tadic (£13.2m) and Luka Milivojevic (£13.2m). Serbia squad value 12. Poland: £241.6m The Polish team clocks in at a total value of £241.6m, with eight players each contributing more than £10m. The Polish captain Robert Lewandowski is estimated to have a market value of £79.2m - a third of the total squad’s value. The country will need a good performance from the Bayern Munich striker in order to progress from a group that also contains Senegal and Colombia. Poland squad value 11. Senegal: £261.6m Senegal's Sadio Mane Credit: Darko Bandic/AP Also vying for one of the top two positions in Group H, Senegal’s squad value beats that of Poland. Liverpool's Sadio Mané takes up 23.5 per cent of the total, at £61.6m but has able support from Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly (£52.8m) and Monaco's Keita Baldé (£26.4m). Senegal squad value 10. Croatia: £316.8m Croatia are the tenth most expensive team in the 2018 World Cup, with a squad valued at an estimated £316.8m. The squad is both well-balanced and strong. Ivan Rakitic, Croatia’s most expensive player, has an estimated value of £44m - or 13.9 per cent of the total. 11 other players have a value of over £10m, six of which top £20m. Croatia squad value 9. Uruguay: £327.8m Uruguay are one of the true dark horses in this competition and it's easy to see why, given the depth of talent that they have at their disposal. In Luis Suárez (£61.6m) and Edison Cavani (£52.8m) they have two genuinely top bracket goalscorers while at the back they can rely on Athletico Madrid's centre back pairing of José Giménez (£39.6m) and Diego Godin (£30.8m). An impressive team spine is completed in midfield by potential Arsenal signing Lucas Torreira (£26.4m) and Inter Milan's Matías Vecino (£18.5m). Uruguay squad values 8. Portugal: £408.8m Portugal’s star player needs no introduction. Cristiano Ronaldo is worth an estimated £88m and shoulders a solid fifth of the total squad value of Portugal. Aside from their captain, Portugal also draws on the likes of Bernardo Silva, Gonçalo Guedes and Gelson Martins to reach a total squad value of £408.8m. Portugal squad value 7. Argentina: £612.5m Lionel Messi is the joint most valuable player at the World Cup Credit: FIFA/ Michael Regan Despite a recent run of poor form, 2014 finalists Argentina will still fancy their chances in Russia if they can get their glittering forward line firing. They have the seventh highest-value team in the tournament, at an estimate of £612.5m. Their emblematic captain Lionel Messi makes up a quarter of this total, valued at a whopping £158.4m, while Paolo Dybala (£96.8m), Sergio Agüero (£70.4m) and Gonzalo Higuaín (£52.8m) make up the rest of the attacking threat in this top-heavy squad. Argentina squad value 6. Belgium: £663.5m Kevin De Bruyne had a great season with Manchester City Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images Europe With only six players in the Belgian side having an estimated transfer value of less than £10m, their overall value totals £663.5m. The formidable team will face England in the Kaliningrad Stadium on June 28 in what could be a crunch match to decide who tops Group G. The squad’s most expensive players are Kevin De Bruyne (£132m), Eden Hazard (£96.8m) and Romelu Lukaku (£79.2m). Belgium squad value 5. England: £769.1m England's captain is their MVP Credit: James Baylis/Getty Images Europe The madness of the Premier League’s spending power generally ensures that English players fetch a premium in the transfer market. This has probably inflated England’s worth here, but let’s savour the Three Lions’ presence within the world’s elite while we can. Harry Kane is England’s highest valued man, with a price tag of £132m, one of only six players at the World Cup whose value extends into nine figures. Dele Alli (£88m) is the second most valuable member of the squad while Raheem Sterling (£79.2m) is in third. England’s least valuable player - Ashley Young (£6.2m) - is the most expensive least valuable player for any nation. England squad value 4. Germany: £777m Real Madrid's Toni Kroos Credit: Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images Europe The current World Cup holders have one of the most equally distributed teams in the tournament, with their top-valued player Toni Kroos only consisting 9.1 per cent of the total squad value. The squad’s value is estimated to be £777m, which makes it the fourth most valuable in the tournament. Alongside Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos (valued at £70.4m), Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen (£52.8m) and Bayern Munich defender Mats Hummels (£52.8m) also rank as the joint-favourite’s best-valued players. Germany squad value 3. Brazil: £863.3m Neymar will be looking to outplay Messi in Russia Credit: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters Despite having the joint most expensive at the tournament in Neymar (£158.4m), Brazil’s squad is far more evenly balanced than Argentina’s. Their ten most valuable players include two goalkeepers in Alisson and Ederson, two defenders in Marcelo and Marquinhos and Casemiro, a defensive midfielder, as well as five highly rated attacking players. Brazil squad value 2. Spain: £906.4m Despite their attacking options Barca's Sergio Busquets is Spain's MVP Credit: Jose Jordan/ AFP Spain is one of two teams in the World Cup valued over £900m - or one billion euros. They come in second place in the squad value rankings, clinched by France by a mere £44m. Another favourite of the World Cup, Spain has the most equally distributed team in Russia. The team’s most expensive player, Sergio Busquets, is valued at £70.4 - or just 7.8 per cent of the overall team’s £906.4m value. The winners of the 2010 World Cup can also boast the likes of Real Madrid midfielders Isco and Marco Asensio (each £66m), as well as Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea (£61.6m). Spain squad value 1. France: £950.4m France emerge as fairly comfortable winners in these rankings with a total transfer market value less than £50m shy of £1bn. Les Bleus’ array of young talent is formidable. Ten of their squad are valued at in excess of £40m with PSG’s Kylian Mbappé topping the list at £105.6m. Antoine Griezmann (£88m), Paul Pogba (£79.2m) and Ousmane Dembélé (£70.4m) are all also individually worth more than the entire squads of Panama, Saudi Arabia and Peru combined. France squad value How the World Cup’s most valuable squads compare
Squad value is a good proxy for the quality of a team, so we've ranked all 32 World Cup countries based on their player's worth in the transfer market to see if it gives any clear indications about who could triumph at Russia 2018. We've used data from Transfermarkt to work out the total estimated transfer value of each member of every 23-man squad in the tournament. This is different to adding up actual transfer fees, but a more accurate way of measuring current worth. For example, Messi has been at Barcelona for his entire career so would count as having no value if you did it that way. Starting XIs change each game, and so a team's value will vary from game to game, but these overall team totals will give you a good estimate for how expensive each team is. So, who do you think has the priciest team in the world? Read on to find out. 32. Panama: Total value £7.4 million With a total value of £7.4 million across their 23 players, Panama are the least valuable team in the World Cup. Panama’s best player is the midfielder Aníbal Godoy. He plays for the San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer and is worth an estimated £700,000. Their forward Blas Pérez ranks as the tournament’s joint-third cheapest player. Panama squad value 31. Saudi Arabia: £16.6m You could be forgiven for not having heard of many Saudi Arabia’s 23. All but three of them play their club football in the Saudi Pro League with 16 of them coming from just two clubs: Al-Ahli and Al-Hilal. Their star man - in transfer value terms - is Yasir Al-Shahrani, a winger who plies his trade for Leganés in La Liga. He is valued at the princely sum of £1.3m. While they may be minnows in this list, Saudi Arabia are, at least consistent. They have one of the lowest variations in value across their squad meaning theirs is one with a high level of equality. Saudi Arabia squad value 30. Peru: £33m Peru have been heralded as a potential surprise in this year’s World Cup, but one look at their market value would say otherwise. The South American team ranks 30th in the tournament, at just £33m, with their top man André Carrillo contributing £5.3m of this. You may recognise Carrillo: he played for Watford in the last season, on loan from Benfica. Peru squad value 29. Costa Rica: £36.1m Keylor Navas during England's recent friendly with Costa Rica Credit: Alex Livesey/ Getty Images Europe As Costa Rica proved in 2014, you don’t have to have a squad full of high value superstars to perform well in World Cups. Ranked in a similarly lowly position this year, they’ll be hoping to repeat the trick. Real Madrid keeper Keylor Navas is the Ticos most valuable man, with an estimated worth of £15.8m in today’s transfer market. They also feature serial Arsenal loanee Joel Campbell who could make his £2.6m price tag look like a steal. Costa Rica squad value 28. Iran: £41.9m 2018 will mark Iran’s first consecutive World Cup appearance, after they left the 2014 tournament in the group stage. This time round, the team’s total worth tallies up to an estimated £41.9m. Their most valuable player, attacking midfielder Alireza Jahanbakhsh, plays his domestic football for the Dutch club of AZ Alkmaar. He has an estimated transfer value of £10.6m. Iran squad value 27. Australia: £43.6m Huddersfield’s Aaron Mooy is the jewel in the Aussie crown with the midfielder accounting for about a fifth of their total squad value at £8.8m. Brighton keeper Mathew Ryan comes a close second with a value of £7m but no other player surpasses the £5m mark. Australia squad value 26. Tunisia: £51.8m Tunisia will be England’s first opponent as they face each other in the Volgograd Arena on Monday. On paper, there should be no comparison: The Tunisian team totals up a value of £51.8m - some £717.3m less than England’s total value. Midfielder Ellyes Skhiri is the team’s star player, valued at an estimated £8.8m. Tunisia squad values 25. Japan: £64.6m Shinji Kagawa is Japan's MVP Credit: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters Former Manchester United man Shinji Kagawa is Japan’s most expensive talent with a modest value of £11.4m. Aside from the Dortmund attacking midfielder Premier League players Maya Yoshida and Shinji Okazaki make up Japan’s other high-ticket stars. Admittedly, at this point in proceedings “high-ticket” has a different definition than it will later on in this list. Some players - who we’ll meet later on - are individually worth twice the value of Japan’s whole squad. Japan squad value 24. Iceland: £66.9m Everton midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson is Iceland’s star man, and is estimated to be worth £26.4m. He makes up almost 40 per cent of the total Icelandic squad’s worth of £66.9m. The island minnows might seem like they can be easily dismissed as a mediocre one-man band, but England’s Euro 2016 team may say otherwise. While Iceland ranks 24 for the overall team’s worth, they rank 19th for the value of their most-valued player. Iceland squad value 23. South Korea: £74.8m South Korea have faded from the global footballing consciousness since they jointly hosted the 2002 World Cup with Japan. The majority of their 2018 squad play in either Japan or Korea but they do have a standout player in the former of Tottenham’s Heung-min Son. Valued at £44m he accounts for nearly 60 per cent of his country’s total squad value, the second highest proportion for any player in any team. South Korea squad value 22. Sweden: £105.4m Victor Lindelof is valued at £22m Credit: Robbie Jay Barratt/Getty Images North America Here we are: the first team to break £100m. At an estimated squad value of £105.4m, Sweden rank 22nd in the tournament based on squad value. Their most valued player, Manchester United defender Victor Lindelöf, is valued at £22m - over a fifth of the total squad value. Sweden squad value 21. Morocco: £113.9m What are Morocco doing so high up this list I hear you ask? Well, even at this stage all it takes is a couple of big fish to propel you up the rankings, and Morocco can boast three players worth £20m or more in the spine of their side. Midfielders Hakim Ziyech (Ajax) and Amine Harit (Schalke 04) both come in at £22m while Juventus’ Medhi Benatia is worth £20m. Morocco squad value 20. Nigeria: £118.7m Nigeria put up a spirited game against England in their 2-1 defeat at Wembley last weekend, and they’ve earned praise for their exciting green-and-white striped kit. However, they’re a distinctly mid-table team when it comes to squad value, weighing in at an estimated £118.7m. Perhaps surprisingly for English fans, Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi ranks only fifth in the team for transfer value. He is one of five players in the team who are valued over £10m. Wilfred Ndidi claims the top-spot in the team, valued at £22m. Nigeria squad value 19. Mexico: £129.9m Chicharito celebrates with Hirving Lozano Credit: Ian Walton/ Getty Images Europe Mexico can boast an evenly distributed squad of respectable value. There are no huge names in the mix but PSV winger Hirving Lozano could well have the sort of tournament that will send his worth rocketing upwards. He is currently valued at £22m by Transfermarkt, Mexico’s most expensive player. Mexico squad value 18. Russia: £142.4m It’s fair to say that, ranked 70th in the world by FIFA, hosts Russia would struggle to find a place in the World Cup if it wasn’t taking place there. But with a total squad value estimated at £142.4m, Russia’s team is the 18th most expensive in the World Cup. This figure is relatively evenly distributed across the squad, which has five players worth over £10m. Aleksandr Golovin tops the list as Russia’s most valuable player, worth an estimated £15.8m. Russia squad value 17. Egypt: £173.6m Mohamed Salah is Egypt's main man Credit: Patrick Smith/FIFA There’s one stand-out player in Egypt’s team and that man is Mohammed Salah. Valued at £132m (the joint-third highest for any player) he is responsible for more than three-quarters of the worth of the entire squad. Mohamed Elneny is a distant second at £8.8m. Egypt squad value 16. Switzerland: £191.9m With a total value of £191.9m, the Swiss are in the top half of the squads. While eight of their players are estimated to be worth over £10m, Granit Xhaka tops the list, worth £35.2m. Arsenal fans will be well aware of this midfielder, with Xhaka accumulating 70 caps for the North London club. Switzerland squad value 15. Colombia: £221.1m Given their performance at Brazil 2014 it is somewhat surprising that Colombia don't feature higher on this list. This is because they have - in cricketing parlance - quite a long tail. Though they have two or three big names in the squad they also have 13 players who are valued at less than five million pounds. Propelled to fame by his performance in Brazil, James Rodríguez is Colombia's most valuable player. His transfer worth is estimated at £61.6m while Tottenham's Davinson Sanchez is their second most valuable player at £35.2m. Colombia squad value 14. Denmark: £228.2m Tottenham's Christian Eriksen Credit: Marc Atkins/Offside Christian Eriksen’s £70.4m price tag goes a long way to explain Denmark’s large squad value. Indeed, Denmark’s prospective performance in the tournament will depend a lot on the Tottenham midfielder. The Danish team totals a squad value of £228.2m, with Christian Eriksen and Andreas Christensen collectively contributing almost half of this. Denmark squad value 13. Serbia: £235.4m The Serbian squad has the honour of featuring one of the most talked about men in world football at the moment in the form of Lazio's Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. A target for several big Premier League outfits, if you believe the rumours, the midfielder has a transfer value of £79.2m. Milinkovic-Savic's value is supplemented nicely by that of Nemanja Matic (£35.2m), Dusan Tadic (£13.2m) and Luka Milivojevic (£13.2m). Serbia squad value 12. Poland: £241.6m The Polish team clocks in at a total value of £241.6m, with eight players each contributing more than £10m. The Polish captain Robert Lewandowski is estimated to have a market value of £79.2m - a third of the total squad’s value. The country will need a good performance from the Bayern Munich striker in order to progress from a group that also contains Senegal and Colombia. Poland squad value 11. Senegal: £261.6m Senegal's Sadio Mane Credit: Darko Bandic/AP Also vying for one of the top two positions in Group H, Senegal’s squad value beats that of Poland. Liverpool's Sadio Mané takes up 23.5 per cent of the total, at £61.6m but has able support from Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly (£52.8m) and Monaco's Keita Baldé (£26.4m). Senegal squad value 10. Croatia: £316.8m Croatia are the tenth most expensive team in the 2018 World Cup, with a squad valued at an estimated £316.8m. The squad is both well-balanced and strong. Ivan Rakitic, Croatia’s most expensive player, has an estimated value of £44m - or 13.9 per cent of the total. 11 other players have a value of over £10m, six of which top £20m. Croatia squad value 9. Uruguay: £327.8m Uruguay are one of the true dark horses in this competition and it's easy to see why, given the depth of talent that they have at their disposal. In Luis Suárez (£61.6m) and Edison Cavani (£52.8m) they have two genuinely top bracket goalscorers while at the back they can rely on Athletico Madrid's centre back pairing of José Giménez (£39.6m) and Diego Godin (£30.8m). An impressive team spine is completed in midfield by potential Arsenal signing Lucas Torreira (£26.4m) and Inter Milan's Matías Vecino (£18.5m). Uruguay squad values 8. Portugal: £408.8m Portugal’s star player needs no introduction. Cristiano Ronaldo is worth an estimated £88m and shoulders a solid fifth of the total squad value of Portugal. Aside from their captain, Portugal also draws on the likes of Bernardo Silva, Gonçalo Guedes and Gelson Martins to reach a total squad value of £408.8m. Portugal squad value 7. Argentina: £612.5m Lionel Messi is the joint most valuable player at the World Cup Credit: FIFA/ Michael Regan Despite a recent run of poor form, 2014 finalists Argentina will still fancy their chances in Russia if they can get their glittering forward line firing. They have the seventh highest-value team in the tournament, at an estimate of £612.5m. Their emblematic captain Lionel Messi makes up a quarter of this total, valued at a whopping £158.4m, while Paolo Dybala (£96.8m), Sergio Agüero (£70.4m) and Gonzalo Higuaín (£52.8m) make up the rest of the attacking threat in this top-heavy squad. Argentina squad value 6. Belgium: £663.5m Kevin De Bruyne had a great season with Manchester City Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images Europe With only six players in the Belgian side having an estimated transfer value of less than £10m, their overall value totals £663.5m. The formidable team will face England in the Kaliningrad Stadium on June 28 in what could be a crunch match to decide who tops Group G. The squad’s most expensive players are Kevin De Bruyne (£132m), Eden Hazard (£96.8m) and Romelu Lukaku (£79.2m). Belgium squad value 5. England: £769.1m England's captain is their MVP Credit: James Baylis/Getty Images Europe The madness of the Premier League’s spending power generally ensures that English players fetch a premium in the transfer market. This has probably inflated England’s worth here, but let’s savour the Three Lions’ presence within the world’s elite while we can. Harry Kane is England’s highest valued man, with a price tag of £132m, one of only six players at the World Cup whose value extends into nine figures. Dele Alli (£88m) is the second most valuable member of the squad while Raheem Sterling (£79.2m) is in third. England’s least valuable player - Ashley Young (£6.2m) - is the most expensive least valuable player for any nation. England squad value 4. Germany: £777m Real Madrid's Toni Kroos Credit: Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images Europe The current World Cup holders have one of the most equally distributed teams in the tournament, with their top-valued player Toni Kroos only consisting 9.1 per cent of the total squad value. The squad’s value is estimated to be £777m, which makes it the fourth most valuable in the tournament. Alongside Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos (valued at £70.4m), Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen (£52.8m) and Bayern Munich defender Mats Hummels (£52.8m) also rank as the joint-favourite’s best-valued players. Germany squad value 3. Brazil: £863.3m Neymar will be looking to outplay Messi in Russia Credit: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters Despite having the joint most expensive at the tournament in Neymar (£158.4m), Brazil’s squad is far more evenly balanced than Argentina’s. Their ten most valuable players include two goalkeepers in Alisson and Ederson, two defenders in Marcelo and Marquinhos and Casemiro, a defensive midfielder, as well as five highly rated attacking players. Brazil squad value 2. Spain: £906.4m Despite their attacking options Barca's Sergio Busquets is Spain's MVP Credit: Jose Jordan/ AFP Spain is one of two teams in the World Cup valued over £900m - or one billion euros. They come in second place in the squad value rankings, clinched by France by a mere £44m. Another favourite of the World Cup, Spain has the most equally distributed team in Russia. The team’s most expensive player, Sergio Busquets, is valued at £70.4 - or just 7.8 per cent of the overall team’s £906.4m value. The winners of the 2010 World Cup can also boast the likes of Real Madrid midfielders Isco and Marco Asensio (each £66m), as well as Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea (£61.6m). Spain squad value 1. France: £950.4m France emerge as fairly comfortable winners in these rankings with a total transfer market value less than £50m shy of £1bn. Les Bleus’ array of young talent is formidable. Ten of their squad are valued at in excess of £40m with PSG’s Kylian Mbappé topping the list at £105.6m. Antoine Griezmann (£88m), Paul Pogba (£79.2m) and Ousmane Dembélé (£70.4m) are all also individually worth more than the entire squads of Panama, Saudi Arabia and Peru combined. France squad value How the World Cup’s most valuable squads compare
Which country has the most expensive squad at World Cup 2018?
Squad value is a good proxy for the quality of a team, so we've ranked all 32 World Cup countries based on their player's worth in the transfer market to see if it gives any clear indications about who could triumph at Russia 2018. We've used data from Transfermarkt to work out the total estimated transfer value of each member of every 23-man squad in the tournament. This is different to adding up actual transfer fees, but a more accurate way of measuring current worth. For example, Messi has been at Barcelona for his entire career so would count as having no value if you did it that way. Starting XIs change each game, and so a team's value will vary from game to game, but these overall team totals will give you a good estimate for how expensive each team is. So, who do you think has the priciest team in the world? Read on to find out. 32. Panama: Total value £7.4 million With a total value of £7.4 million across their 23 players, Panama are the least valuable team in the World Cup. Panama’s best player is the midfielder Aníbal Godoy. He plays for the San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer and is worth an estimated £700,000. Their forward Blas Pérez ranks as the tournament’s joint-third cheapest player. Panama squad value 31. Saudi Arabia: £16.6m You could be forgiven for not having heard of many Saudi Arabia’s 23. All but three of them play their club football in the Saudi Pro League with 16 of them coming from just two clubs: Al-Ahli and Al-Hilal. Their star man - in transfer value terms - is Yasir Al-Shahrani, a winger who plies his trade for Leganés in La Liga. He is valued at the princely sum of £1.3m. While they may be minnows in this list, Saudi Arabia are, at least consistent. They have one of the lowest variations in value across their squad meaning theirs is one with a high level of equality. Saudi Arabia squad value 30. Peru: £33m Peru have been heralded as a potential surprise in this year’s World Cup, but one look at their market value would say otherwise. The South American team ranks 30th in the tournament, at just £33m, with their top man André Carrillo contributing £5.3m of this. You may recognise Carrillo: he played for Watford in the last season, on loan from Benfica. Peru squad value 29. Costa Rica: £36.1m Keylor Navas during England's recent friendly with Costa Rica Credit: Alex Livesey/ Getty Images Europe As Costa Rica proved in 2014, you don’t have to have a squad full of high value superstars to perform well in World Cups. Ranked in a similarly lowly position this year, they’ll be hoping to repeat the trick. Real Madrid keeper Keylor Navas is the Ticos most valuable man, with an estimated worth of £15.8m in today’s transfer market. They also feature serial Arsenal loanee Joel Campbell who could make his £2.6m price tag look like a steal. Costa Rica squad value 28. Iran: £41.9m 2018 will mark Iran’s first consecutive World Cup appearance, after they left the 2014 tournament in the group stage. This time round, the team’s total worth tallies up to an estimated £41.9m. Their most valuable player, attacking midfielder Alireza Jahanbakhsh, plays his domestic football for the Dutch club of AZ Alkmaar. He has an estimated transfer value of £10.6m. Iran squad value 27. Australia: £43.6m Huddersfield’s Aaron Mooy is the jewel in the Aussie crown with the midfielder accounting for about a fifth of their total squad value at £8.8m. Brighton keeper Mathew Ryan comes a close second with a value of £7m but no other player surpasses the £5m mark. Australia squad value 26. Tunisia: £51.8m Tunisia will be England’s first opponent as they face each other in the Volgograd Arena on Monday. On paper, there should be no comparison: The Tunisian team totals up a value of £51.8m - some £717.3m less than England’s total value. Midfielder Ellyes Skhiri is the team’s star player, valued at an estimated £8.8m. Tunisia squad values 25. Japan: £64.6m Shinji Kagawa is Japan's MVP Credit: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters Former Manchester United man Shinji Kagawa is Japan’s most expensive talent with a modest value of £11.4m. Aside from the Dortmund attacking midfielder Premier League players Maya Yoshida and Shinji Okazaki make up Japan’s other high-ticket stars. Admittedly, at this point in proceedings “high-ticket” has a different definition than it will later on in this list. Some players - who we’ll meet later on - are individually worth twice the value of Japan’s whole squad. Japan squad value 24. Iceland: £66.9m Everton midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson is Iceland’s star man, and is estimated to be worth £26.4m. He makes up almost 40 per cent of the total Icelandic squad’s worth of £66.9m. The island minnows might seem like they can be easily dismissed as a mediocre one-man band, but England’s Euro 2016 team may say otherwise. While Iceland ranks 24 for the overall team’s worth, they rank 19th for the value of their most-valued player. Iceland squad value 23. South Korea: £74.8m South Korea have faded from the global footballing consciousness since they jointly hosted the 2002 World Cup with Japan. The majority of their 2018 squad play in either Japan or Korea but they do have a standout player in the former of Tottenham’s Heung-min Son. Valued at £44m he accounts for nearly 60 per cent of his country’s total squad value, the second highest proportion for any player in any team. South Korea squad value 22. Sweden: £105.4m Victor Lindelof is valued at £22m Credit: Robbie Jay Barratt/Getty Images North America Here we are: the first team to break £100m. At an estimated squad value of £105.4m, Sweden rank 22nd in the tournament based on squad value. Their most valued player, Manchester United defender Victor Lindelöf, is valued at £22m - over a fifth of the total squad value. Sweden squad value 21. Morocco: £113.9m What are Morocco doing so high up this list I hear you ask? Well, even at this stage all it takes is a couple of big fish to propel you up the rankings, and Morocco can boast three players worth £20m or more in the spine of their side. Midfielders Hakim Ziyech (Ajax) and Amine Harit (Schalke 04) both come in at £22m while Juventus’ Medhi Benatia is worth £20m. Morocco squad value 20. Nigeria: £118.7m Nigeria put up a spirited game against England in their 2-1 defeat at Wembley last weekend, and they’ve earned praise for their exciting green-and-white striped kit. However, they’re a distinctly mid-table team when it comes to squad value, weighing in at an estimated £118.7m. Perhaps surprisingly for English fans, Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi ranks only fifth in the team for transfer value. He is one of five players in the team who are valued over £10m. Wilfred Ndidi claims the top-spot in the team, valued at £22m. Nigeria squad value 19. Mexico: £129.9m Chicharito celebrates with Hirving Lozano Credit: Ian Walton/ Getty Images Europe Mexico can boast an evenly distributed squad of respectable value. There are no huge names in the mix but PSV winger Hirving Lozano could well have the sort of tournament that will send his worth rocketing upwards. He is currently valued at £22m by Transfermarkt, Mexico’s most expensive player. Mexico squad value 18. Russia: £142.4m It’s fair to say that, ranked 70th in the world by FIFA, hosts Russia would struggle to find a place in the World Cup if it wasn’t taking place there. But with a total squad value estimated at £142.4m, Russia’s team is the 18th most expensive in the World Cup. This figure is relatively evenly distributed across the squad, which has five players worth over £10m. Aleksandr Golovin tops the list as Russia’s most valuable player, worth an estimated £15.8m. Russia squad value 17. Egypt: £173.6m Mohamed Salah is Egypt's main man Credit: Patrick Smith/FIFA There’s one stand-out player in Egypt’s team and that man is Mohammed Salah. Valued at £132m (the joint-third highest for any player) he is responsible for more than three-quarters of the worth of the entire squad. Mohamed Elneny is a distant second at £8.8m. Egypt squad value 16. Switzerland: £191.9m With a total value of £191.9m, the Swiss are in the top half of the squads. While eight of their players are estimated to be worth over £10m, Granit Xhaka tops the list, worth £35.2m. Arsenal fans will be well aware of this midfielder, with Xhaka accumulating 70 caps for the North London club. Switzerland squad value 15. Colombia: £221.1m Given their performance at Brazil 2014 it is somewhat surprising that Colombia don't feature higher on this list. This is because they have - in cricketing parlance - quite a long tail. Though they have two or three big names in the squad they also have 13 players who are valued at less than five million pounds. Propelled to fame by his performance in Brazil, James Rodríguez is Colombia's most valuable player. His transfer worth is estimated at £61.6m while Tottenham's Davinson Sanchez is their second most valuable player at £35.2m. Colombia squad value 14. Denmark: £228.2m Tottenham's Christian Eriksen Credit: Marc Atkins/Offside Christian Eriksen’s £70.4m price tag goes a long way to explain Denmark’s large squad value. Indeed, Denmark’s prospective performance in the tournament will depend a lot on the Tottenham midfielder. The Danish team totals a squad value of £228.2m, with Christian Eriksen and Andreas Christensen collectively contributing almost half of this. Denmark squad value 13. Serbia: £235.4m The Serbian squad has the honour of featuring one of the most talked about men in world football at the moment in the form of Lazio's Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. A target for several big Premier League outfits, if you believe the rumours, the midfielder has a transfer value of £79.2m. Milinkovic-Savic's value is supplemented nicely by that of Nemanja Matic (£35.2m), Dusan Tadic (£13.2m) and Luka Milivojevic (£13.2m). Serbia squad value 12. Poland: £241.6m The Polish team clocks in at a total value of £241.6m, with eight players each contributing more than £10m. The Polish captain Robert Lewandowski is estimated to have a market value of £79.2m - a third of the total squad’s value. The country will need a good performance from the Bayern Munich striker in order to progress from a group that also contains Senegal and Colombia. Poland squad value 11. Senegal: £261.6m Senegal's Sadio Mane Credit: Darko Bandic/AP Also vying for one of the top two positions in Group H, Senegal’s squad value beats that of Poland. Liverpool's Sadio Mané takes up 23.5 per cent of the total, at £61.6m but has able support from Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly (£52.8m) and Monaco's Keita Baldé (£26.4m). Senegal squad value 10. Croatia: £316.8m Croatia are the tenth most expensive team in the 2018 World Cup, with a squad valued at an estimated £316.8m. The squad is both well-balanced and strong. Ivan Rakitic, Croatia’s most expensive player, has an estimated value of £44m - or 13.9 per cent of the total. 11 other players have a value of over £10m, six of which top £20m. Croatia squad value 9. Uruguay: £327.8m Uruguay are one of the true dark horses in this competition and it's easy to see why, given the depth of talent that they have at their disposal. In Luis Suárez (£61.6m) and Edison Cavani (£52.8m) they have two genuinely top bracket goalscorers while at the back they can rely on Athletico Madrid's centre back pairing of José Giménez (£39.6m) and Diego Godin (£30.8m). An impressive team spine is completed in midfield by potential Arsenal signing Lucas Torreira (£26.4m) and Inter Milan's Matías Vecino (£18.5m). Uruguay squad values 8. Portugal: £408.8m Portugal’s star player needs no introduction. Cristiano Ronaldo is worth an estimated £88m and shoulders a solid fifth of the total squad value of Portugal. Aside from their captain, Portugal also draws on the likes of Bernardo Silva, Gonçalo Guedes and Gelson Martins to reach a total squad value of £408.8m. Portugal squad value 7. Argentina: £612.5m Lionel Messi is the joint most valuable player at the World Cup Credit: FIFA/ Michael Regan Despite a recent run of poor form, 2014 finalists Argentina will still fancy their chances in Russia if they can get their glittering forward line firing. They have the seventh highest-value team in the tournament, at an estimate of £612.5m. Their emblematic captain Lionel Messi makes up a quarter of this total, valued at a whopping £158.4m, while Paolo Dybala (£96.8m), Sergio Agüero (£70.4m) and Gonzalo Higuaín (£52.8m) make up the rest of the attacking threat in this top-heavy squad. Argentina squad value 6. Belgium: £663.5m Kevin De Bruyne had a great season with Manchester City Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images Europe With only six players in the Belgian side having an estimated transfer value of less than £10m, their overall value totals £663.5m. The formidable team will face England in the Kaliningrad Stadium on June 28 in what could be a crunch match to decide who tops Group G. The squad’s most expensive players are Kevin De Bruyne (£132m), Eden Hazard (£96.8m) and Romelu Lukaku (£79.2m). Belgium squad value 5. England: £769.1m England's captain is their MVP Credit: James Baylis/Getty Images Europe The madness of the Premier League’s spending power generally ensures that English players fetch a premium in the transfer market. This has probably inflated England’s worth here, but let’s savour the Three Lions’ presence within the world’s elite while we can. Harry Kane is England’s highest valued man, with a price tag of £132m, one of only six players at the World Cup whose value extends into nine figures. Dele Alli (£88m) is the second most valuable member of the squad while Raheem Sterling (£79.2m) is in third. England’s least valuable player - Ashley Young (£6.2m) - is the most expensive least valuable player for any nation. England squad value 4. Germany: £777m Real Madrid's Toni Kroos Credit: Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images Europe The current World Cup holders have one of the most equally distributed teams in the tournament, with their top-valued player Toni Kroos only consisting 9.1 per cent of the total squad value. The squad’s value is estimated to be £777m, which makes it the fourth most valuable in the tournament. Alongside Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos (valued at £70.4m), Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen (£52.8m) and Bayern Munich defender Mats Hummels (£52.8m) also rank as the joint-favourite’s best-valued players. Germany squad value 3. Brazil: £863.3m Neymar will be looking to outplay Messi in Russia Credit: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters Despite having the joint most expensive at the tournament in Neymar (£158.4m), Brazil’s squad is far more evenly balanced than Argentina’s. Their ten most valuable players include two goalkeepers in Alisson and Ederson, two defenders in Marcelo and Marquinhos and Casemiro, a defensive midfielder, as well as five highly rated attacking players. Brazil squad value 2. Spain: £906.4m Despite their attacking options Barca's Sergio Busquets is Spain's MVP Credit: Jose Jordan/ AFP Spain is one of two teams in the World Cup valued over £900m - or one billion euros. They come in second place in the squad value rankings, clinched by France by a mere £44m. Another favourite of the World Cup, Spain has the most equally distributed team in Russia. The team’s most expensive player, Sergio Busquets, is valued at £70.4 - or just 7.8 per cent of the overall team’s £906.4m value. The winners of the 2010 World Cup can also boast the likes of Real Madrid midfielders Isco and Marco Asensio (each £66m), as well as Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea (£61.6m). Spain squad value 1. France: £950.4m France emerge as fairly comfortable winners in these rankings with a total transfer market value less than £50m shy of £1bn. Les Bleus’ array of young talent is formidable. Ten of their squad are valued at in excess of £40m with PSG’s Kylian Mbappé topping the list at £105.6m. Antoine Griezmann (£88m), Paul Pogba (£79.2m) and Ousmane Dembélé (£70.4m) are all also individually worth more than the entire squads of Panama, Saudi Arabia and Peru combined. France squad value How the World Cup’s most valuable squads compare
Squad value is a good proxy for the quality of a team, so we've ranked all 32 World Cup countries based on their player's worth in the transfer market to see if it gives any clear indications about who could triumph at Russia 2018. We've used data from Transfermarkt to work out the total estimated transfer value of each member of every 23-man squad in the tournament. This is different to adding up actual transfer fees, but a more accurate way of measuring current worth. For example, Messi has been at Barcelona for his entire career so would count as having no value if you did it that way. Starting XIs change each game, and so a team's value will vary from game to game, but these overall team totals will give you a good estimate for how expensive each team is. So, who do you think has the priciest team in the world? Read on to find out. 32. Panama: Total value £7.4 million With a total value of £7.4 million across their 23 players, Panama are the least valuable team in the World Cup. Panama’s best player is the midfielder Aníbal Godoy. He plays for the San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer and is worth an estimated £700,000. Their forward Blas Pérez ranks as the tournament’s joint-third cheapest player. Panama squad value 31. Saudi Arabia: £16.6m You could be forgiven for not having heard of many Saudi Arabia’s 23. All but three of them play their club football in the Saudi Pro League with 16 of them coming from just two clubs: Al-Ahli and Al-Hilal. Their star man - in transfer value terms - is Yasir Al-Shahrani, a winger who plies his trade for Leganés in La Liga. He is valued at the princely sum of £1.3m. While they may be minnows in this list, Saudi Arabia are, at least consistent. They have one of the lowest variations in value across their squad meaning theirs is one with a high level of equality. Saudi Arabia squad value 30. Peru: £33m Peru have been heralded as a potential surprise in this year’s World Cup, but one look at their market value would say otherwise. The South American team ranks 30th in the tournament, at just £33m, with their top man André Carrillo contributing £5.3m of this. You may recognise Carrillo: he played for Watford in the last season, on loan from Benfica. Peru squad value 29. Costa Rica: £36.1m Keylor Navas during England's recent friendly with Costa Rica Credit: Alex Livesey/ Getty Images Europe As Costa Rica proved in 2014, you don’t have to have a squad full of high value superstars to perform well in World Cups. Ranked in a similarly lowly position this year, they’ll be hoping to repeat the trick. Real Madrid keeper Keylor Navas is the Ticos most valuable man, with an estimated worth of £15.8m in today’s transfer market. They also feature serial Arsenal loanee Joel Campbell who could make his £2.6m price tag look like a steal. Costa Rica squad value 28. Iran: £41.9m 2018 will mark Iran’s first consecutive World Cup appearance, after they left the 2014 tournament in the group stage. This time round, the team’s total worth tallies up to an estimated £41.9m. Their most valuable player, attacking midfielder Alireza Jahanbakhsh, plays his domestic football for the Dutch club of AZ Alkmaar. He has an estimated transfer value of £10.6m. Iran squad value 27. Australia: £43.6m Huddersfield’s Aaron Mooy is the jewel in the Aussie crown with the midfielder accounting for about a fifth of their total squad value at £8.8m. Brighton keeper Mathew Ryan comes a close second with a value of £7m but no other player surpasses the £5m mark. Australia squad value 26. Tunisia: £51.8m Tunisia will be England’s first opponent as they face each other in the Volgograd Arena on Monday. On paper, there should be no comparison: The Tunisian team totals up a value of £51.8m - some £717.3m less than England’s total value. Midfielder Ellyes Skhiri is the team’s star player, valued at an estimated £8.8m. Tunisia squad values 25. Japan: £64.6m Shinji Kagawa is Japan's MVP Credit: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters Former Manchester United man Shinji Kagawa is Japan’s most expensive talent with a modest value of £11.4m. Aside from the Dortmund attacking midfielder Premier League players Maya Yoshida and Shinji Okazaki make up Japan’s other high-ticket stars. Admittedly, at this point in proceedings “high-ticket” has a different definition than it will later on in this list. Some players - who we’ll meet later on - are individually worth twice the value of Japan’s whole squad. Japan squad value 24. Iceland: £66.9m Everton midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson is Iceland’s star man, and is estimated to be worth £26.4m. He makes up almost 40 per cent of the total Icelandic squad’s worth of £66.9m. The island minnows might seem like they can be easily dismissed as a mediocre one-man band, but England’s Euro 2016 team may say otherwise. While Iceland ranks 24 for the overall team’s worth, they rank 19th for the value of their most-valued player. Iceland squad value 23. South Korea: £74.8m South Korea have faded from the global footballing consciousness since they jointly hosted the 2002 World Cup with Japan. The majority of their 2018 squad play in either Japan or Korea but they do have a standout player in the former of Tottenham’s Heung-min Son. Valued at £44m he accounts for nearly 60 per cent of his country’s total squad value, the second highest proportion for any player in any team. South Korea squad value 22. Sweden: £105.4m Victor Lindelof is valued at £22m Credit: Robbie Jay Barratt/Getty Images North America Here we are: the first team to break £100m. At an estimated squad value of £105.4m, Sweden rank 22nd in the tournament based on squad value. Their most valued player, Manchester United defender Victor Lindelöf, is valued at £22m - over a fifth of the total squad value. Sweden squad value 21. Morocco: £113.9m What are Morocco doing so high up this list I hear you ask? Well, even at this stage all it takes is a couple of big fish to propel you up the rankings, and Morocco can boast three players worth £20m or more in the spine of their side. Midfielders Hakim Ziyech (Ajax) and Amine Harit (Schalke 04) both come in at £22m while Juventus’ Medhi Benatia is worth £20m. Morocco squad value 20. Nigeria: £118.7m Nigeria put up a spirited game against England in their 2-1 defeat at Wembley last weekend, and they’ve earned praise for their exciting green-and-white striped kit. However, they’re a distinctly mid-table team when it comes to squad value, weighing in at an estimated £118.7m. Perhaps surprisingly for English fans, Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi ranks only fifth in the team for transfer value. He is one of five players in the team who are valued over £10m. Wilfred Ndidi claims the top-spot in the team, valued at £22m. Nigeria squad value 19. Mexico: £129.9m Chicharito celebrates with Hirving Lozano Credit: Ian Walton/ Getty Images Europe Mexico can boast an evenly distributed squad of respectable value. There are no huge names in the mix but PSV winger Hirving Lozano could well have the sort of tournament that will send his worth rocketing upwards. He is currently valued at £22m by Transfermarkt, Mexico’s most expensive player. Mexico squad value 18. Russia: £142.4m It’s fair to say that, ranked 70th in the world by FIFA, hosts Russia would struggle to find a place in the World Cup if it wasn’t taking place there. But with a total squad value estimated at £142.4m, Russia’s team is the 18th most expensive in the World Cup. This figure is relatively evenly distributed across the squad, which has five players worth over £10m. Aleksandr Golovin tops the list as Russia’s most valuable player, worth an estimated £15.8m. Russia squad value 17. Egypt: £173.6m Mohamed Salah is Egypt's main man Credit: Patrick Smith/FIFA There’s one stand-out player in Egypt’s team and that man is Mohammed Salah. Valued at £132m (the joint-third highest for any player) he is responsible for more than three-quarters of the worth of the entire squad. Mohamed Elneny is a distant second at £8.8m. Egypt squad value 16. Switzerland: £191.9m With a total value of £191.9m, the Swiss are in the top half of the squads. While eight of their players are estimated to be worth over £10m, Granit Xhaka tops the list, worth £35.2m. Arsenal fans will be well aware of this midfielder, with Xhaka accumulating 70 caps for the North London club. Switzerland squad value 15. Colombia: £221.1m Given their performance at Brazil 2014 it is somewhat surprising that Colombia don't feature higher on this list. This is because they have - in cricketing parlance - quite a long tail. Though they have two or three big names in the squad they also have 13 players who are valued at less than five million pounds. Propelled to fame by his performance in Brazil, James Rodríguez is Colombia's most valuable player. His transfer worth is estimated at £61.6m while Tottenham's Davinson Sanchez is their second most valuable player at £35.2m. Colombia squad value 14. Denmark: £228.2m Tottenham's Christian Eriksen Credit: Marc Atkins/Offside Christian Eriksen’s £70.4m price tag goes a long way to explain Denmark’s large squad value. Indeed, Denmark’s prospective performance in the tournament will depend a lot on the Tottenham midfielder. The Danish team totals a squad value of £228.2m, with Christian Eriksen and Andreas Christensen collectively contributing almost half of this. Denmark squad value 13. Serbia: £235.4m The Serbian squad has the honour of featuring one of the most talked about men in world football at the moment in the form of Lazio's Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. A target for several big Premier League outfits, if you believe the rumours, the midfielder has a transfer value of £79.2m. Milinkovic-Savic's value is supplemented nicely by that of Nemanja Matic (£35.2m), Dusan Tadic (£13.2m) and Luka Milivojevic (£13.2m). Serbia squad value 12. Poland: £241.6m The Polish team clocks in at a total value of £241.6m, with eight players each contributing more than £10m. The Polish captain Robert Lewandowski is estimated to have a market value of £79.2m - a third of the total squad’s value. The country will need a good performance from the Bayern Munich striker in order to progress from a group that also contains Senegal and Colombia. Poland squad value 11. Senegal: £261.6m Senegal's Sadio Mane Credit: Darko Bandic/AP Also vying for one of the top two positions in Group H, Senegal’s squad value beats that of Poland. Liverpool's Sadio Mané takes up 23.5 per cent of the total, at £61.6m but has able support from Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly (£52.8m) and Monaco's Keita Baldé (£26.4m). Senegal squad value 10. Croatia: £316.8m Croatia are the tenth most expensive team in the 2018 World Cup, with a squad valued at an estimated £316.8m. The squad is both well-balanced and strong. Ivan Rakitic, Croatia’s most expensive player, has an estimated value of £44m - or 13.9 per cent of the total. 11 other players have a value of over £10m, six of which top £20m. Croatia squad value 9. Uruguay: £327.8m Uruguay are one of the true dark horses in this competition and it's easy to see why, given the depth of talent that they have at their disposal. In Luis Suárez (£61.6m) and Edison Cavani (£52.8m) they have two genuinely top bracket goalscorers while at the back they can rely on Athletico Madrid's centre back pairing of José Giménez (£39.6m) and Diego Godin (£30.8m). An impressive team spine is completed in midfield by potential Arsenal signing Lucas Torreira (£26.4m) and Inter Milan's Matías Vecino (£18.5m). Uruguay squad values 8. Portugal: £408.8m Portugal’s star player needs no introduction. Cristiano Ronaldo is worth an estimated £88m and shoulders a solid fifth of the total squad value of Portugal. Aside from their captain, Portugal also draws on the likes of Bernardo Silva, Gonçalo Guedes and Gelson Martins to reach a total squad value of £408.8m. Portugal squad value 7. Argentina: £612.5m Lionel Messi is the joint most valuable player at the World Cup Credit: FIFA/ Michael Regan Despite a recent run of poor form, 2014 finalists Argentina will still fancy their chances in Russia if they can get their glittering forward line firing. They have the seventh highest-value team in the tournament, at an estimate of £612.5m. Their emblematic captain Lionel Messi makes up a quarter of this total, valued at a whopping £158.4m, while Paolo Dybala (£96.8m), Sergio Agüero (£70.4m) and Gonzalo Higuaín (£52.8m) make up the rest of the attacking threat in this top-heavy squad. Argentina squad value 6. Belgium: £663.5m Kevin De Bruyne had a great season with Manchester City Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images Europe With only six players in the Belgian side having an estimated transfer value of less than £10m, their overall value totals £663.5m. The formidable team will face England in the Kaliningrad Stadium on June 28 in what could be a crunch match to decide who tops Group G. The squad’s most expensive players are Kevin De Bruyne (£132m), Eden Hazard (£96.8m) and Romelu Lukaku (£79.2m). Belgium squad value 5. England: £769.1m England's captain is their MVP Credit: James Baylis/Getty Images Europe The madness of the Premier League’s spending power generally ensures that English players fetch a premium in the transfer market. This has probably inflated England’s worth here, but let’s savour the Three Lions’ presence within the world’s elite while we can. Harry Kane is England’s highest valued man, with a price tag of £132m, one of only six players at the World Cup whose value extends into nine figures. Dele Alli (£88m) is the second most valuable member of the squad while Raheem Sterling (£79.2m) is in third. England’s least valuable player - Ashley Young (£6.2m) - is the most expensive least valuable player for any nation. England squad value 4. Germany: £777m Real Madrid's Toni Kroos Credit: Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images Europe The current World Cup holders have one of the most equally distributed teams in the tournament, with their top-valued player Toni Kroos only consisting 9.1 per cent of the total squad value. The squad’s value is estimated to be £777m, which makes it the fourth most valuable in the tournament. Alongside Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos (valued at £70.4m), Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen (£52.8m) and Bayern Munich defender Mats Hummels (£52.8m) also rank as the joint-favourite’s best-valued players. Germany squad value 3. Brazil: £863.3m Neymar will be looking to outplay Messi in Russia Credit: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters Despite having the joint most expensive at the tournament in Neymar (£158.4m), Brazil’s squad is far more evenly balanced than Argentina’s. Their ten most valuable players include two goalkeepers in Alisson and Ederson, two defenders in Marcelo and Marquinhos and Casemiro, a defensive midfielder, as well as five highly rated attacking players. Brazil squad value 2. Spain: £906.4m Despite their attacking options Barca's Sergio Busquets is Spain's MVP Credit: Jose Jordan/ AFP Spain is one of two teams in the World Cup valued over £900m - or one billion euros. They come in second place in the squad value rankings, clinched by France by a mere £44m. Another favourite of the World Cup, Spain has the most equally distributed team in Russia. The team’s most expensive player, Sergio Busquets, is valued at £70.4 - or just 7.8 per cent of the overall team’s £906.4m value. The winners of the 2010 World Cup can also boast the likes of Real Madrid midfielders Isco and Marco Asensio (each £66m), as well as Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea (£61.6m). Spain squad value 1. France: £950.4m France emerge as fairly comfortable winners in these rankings with a total transfer market value less than £50m shy of £1bn. Les Bleus’ array of young talent is formidable. Ten of their squad are valued at in excess of £40m with PSG’s Kylian Mbappé topping the list at £105.6m. Antoine Griezmann (£88m), Paul Pogba (£79.2m) and Ousmane Dembélé (£70.4m) are all also individually worth more than the entire squads of Panama, Saudi Arabia and Peru combined. France squad value How the World Cup’s most valuable squads compare
Which country has the most expensive squad at World Cup 2018?
Squad value is a good proxy for the quality of a team, so we've ranked all 32 World Cup countries based on their player's worth in the transfer market to see if it gives any clear indications about who could triumph at Russia 2018. We've used data from Transfermarkt to work out the total estimated transfer value of each member of every 23-man squad in the tournament. This is different to adding up actual transfer fees, but a more accurate way of measuring current worth. For example, Messi has been at Barcelona for his entire career so would count as having no value if you did it that way. Starting XIs change each game, and so a team's value will vary from game to game, but these overall team totals will give you a good estimate for how expensive each team is. So, who do you think has the priciest team in the world? Read on to find out. 32. Panama: Total value £7.4 million With a total value of £7.4 million across their 23 players, Panama are the least valuable team in the World Cup. Panama’s best player is the midfielder Aníbal Godoy. He plays for the San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer and is worth an estimated £700,000. Their forward Blas Pérez ranks as the tournament’s joint-third cheapest player. Panama squad value 31. Saudi Arabia: £16.6m You could be forgiven for not having heard of many Saudi Arabia’s 23. All but three of them play their club football in the Saudi Pro League with 16 of them coming from just two clubs: Al-Ahli and Al-Hilal. Their star man - in transfer value terms - is Yasir Al-Shahrani, a winger who plies his trade for Leganés in La Liga. He is valued at the princely sum of £1.3m. While they may be minnows in this list, Saudi Arabia are, at least consistent. They have one of the lowest variations in value across their squad meaning theirs is one with a high level of equality. Saudi Arabia squad value 30. Peru: £33m Peru have been heralded as a potential surprise in this year’s World Cup, but one look at their market value would say otherwise. The South American team ranks 30th in the tournament, at just £33m, with their top man André Carrillo contributing £5.3m of this. You may recognise Carrillo: he played for Watford in the last season, on loan from Benfica. Peru squad value 29. Costa Rica: £36.1m Keylor Navas during England's recent friendly with Costa Rica Credit: Alex Livesey/ Getty Images Europe As Costa Rica proved in 2014, you don’t have to have a squad full of high value superstars to perform well in World Cups. Ranked in a similarly lowly position this year, they’ll be hoping to repeat the trick. Real Madrid keeper Keylor Navas is the Ticos most valuable man, with an estimated worth of £15.8m in today’s transfer market. They also feature serial Arsenal loanee Joel Campbell who could make his £2.6m price tag look like a steal. Costa Rica squad value 28. Iran: £41.9m 2018 will mark Iran’s first consecutive World Cup appearance, after they left the 2014 tournament in the group stage. This time round, the team’s total worth tallies up to an estimated £41.9m. Their most valuable player, attacking midfielder Alireza Jahanbakhsh, plays his domestic football for the Dutch club of AZ Alkmaar. He has an estimated transfer value of £10.6m. Iran squad value 27. Australia: £43.6m Huddersfield’s Aaron Mooy is the jewel in the Aussie crown with the midfielder accounting for about a fifth of their total squad value at £8.8m. Brighton keeper Mathew Ryan comes a close second with a value of £7m but no other player surpasses the £5m mark. Australia squad value 26. Tunisia: £51.8m Tunisia will be England’s first opponent as they face each other in the Volgograd Arena on Monday. On paper, there should be no comparison: The Tunisian team totals up a value of £51.8m - some £717.3m less than England’s total value. Midfielder Ellyes Skhiri is the team’s star player, valued at an estimated £8.8m. Tunisia squad values 25. Japan: £64.6m Shinji Kagawa is Japan's MVP Credit: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters Former Manchester United man Shinji Kagawa is Japan’s most expensive talent with a modest value of £11.4m. Aside from the Dortmund attacking midfielder Premier League players Maya Yoshida and Shinji Okazaki make up Japan’s other high-ticket stars. Admittedly, at this point in proceedings “high-ticket” has a different definition than it will later on in this list. Some players - who we’ll meet later on - are individually worth twice the value of Japan’s whole squad. Japan squad value 24. Iceland: £66.9m Everton midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson is Iceland’s star man, and is estimated to be worth £26.4m. He makes up almost 40 per cent of the total Icelandic squad’s worth of £66.9m. The island minnows might seem like they can be easily dismissed as a mediocre one-man band, but England’s Euro 2016 team may say otherwise. While Iceland ranks 24 for the overall team’s worth, they rank 19th for the value of their most-valued player. Iceland squad value 23. South Korea: £74.8m South Korea have faded from the global footballing consciousness since they jointly hosted the 2002 World Cup with Japan. The majority of their 2018 squad play in either Japan or Korea but they do have a standout player in the former of Tottenham’s Heung-min Son. Valued at £44m he accounts for nearly 60 per cent of his country’s total squad value, the second highest proportion for any player in any team. South Korea squad value 22. Sweden: £105.4m Victor Lindelof is valued at £22m Credit: Robbie Jay Barratt/Getty Images North America Here we are: the first team to break £100m. At an estimated squad value of £105.4m, Sweden rank 22nd in the tournament based on squad value. Their most valued player, Manchester United defender Victor Lindelöf, is valued at £22m - over a fifth of the total squad value. Sweden squad value 21. Morocco: £113.9m What are Morocco doing so high up this list I hear you ask? Well, even at this stage all it takes is a couple of big fish to propel you up the rankings, and Morocco can boast three players worth £20m or more in the spine of their side. Midfielders Hakim Ziyech (Ajax) and Amine Harit (Schalke 04) both come in at £22m while Juventus’ Medhi Benatia is worth £20m. Morocco squad value 20. Nigeria: £118.7m Nigeria put up a spirited game against England in their 2-1 defeat at Wembley last weekend, and they’ve earned praise for their exciting green-and-white striped kit. However, they’re a distinctly mid-table team when it comes to squad value, weighing in at an estimated £118.7m. Perhaps surprisingly for English fans, Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi ranks only fifth in the team for transfer value. He is one of five players in the team who are valued over £10m. Wilfred Ndidi claims the top-spot in the team, valued at £22m. Nigeria squad value 19. Mexico: £129.9m Chicharito celebrates with Hirving Lozano Credit: Ian Walton/ Getty Images Europe Mexico can boast an evenly distributed squad of respectable value. There are no huge names in the mix but PSV winger Hirving Lozano could well have the sort of tournament that will send his worth rocketing upwards. He is currently valued at £22m by Transfermarkt, Mexico’s most expensive player. Mexico squad value 18. Russia: £142.4m It’s fair to say that, ranked 70th in the world by FIFA, hosts Russia would struggle to find a place in the World Cup if it wasn’t taking place there. But with a total squad value estimated at £142.4m, Russia’s team is the 18th most expensive in the World Cup. This figure is relatively evenly distributed across the squad, which has five players worth over £10m. Aleksandr Golovin tops the list as Russia’s most valuable player, worth an estimated £15.8m. Russia squad value 17. Egypt: £173.6m Mohamed Salah is Egypt's main man Credit: Patrick Smith/FIFA There’s one stand-out player in Egypt’s team and that man is Mohammed Salah. Valued at £132m (the joint-third highest for any player) he is responsible for more than three-quarters of the worth of the entire squad. Mohamed Elneny is a distant second at £8.8m. Egypt squad value 16. Switzerland: £191.9m With a total value of £191.9m, the Swiss are in the top half of the squads. While eight of their players are estimated to be worth over £10m, Granit Xhaka tops the list, worth £35.2m. Arsenal fans will be well aware of this midfielder, with Xhaka accumulating 70 caps for the North London club. Switzerland squad value 15. Colombia: £221.1m Given their performance at Brazil 2014 it is somewhat surprising that Colombia don't feature higher on this list. This is because they have - in cricketing parlance - quite a long tail. Though they have two or three big names in the squad they also have 13 players who are valued at less than five million pounds. Propelled to fame by his performance in Brazil, James Rodríguez is Colombia's most valuable player. His transfer worth is estimated at £61.6m while Tottenham's Davinson Sanchez is their second most valuable player at £35.2m. Colombia squad value 14. Denmark: £228.2m Tottenham's Christian Eriksen Credit: Marc Atkins/Offside Christian Eriksen’s £70.4m price tag goes a long way to explain Denmark’s large squad value. Indeed, Denmark’s prospective performance in the tournament will depend a lot on the Tottenham midfielder. The Danish team totals a squad value of £228.2m, with Christian Eriksen and Andreas Christensen collectively contributing almost half of this. Denmark squad value 13. Serbia: £235.4m The Serbian squad has the honour of featuring one of the most talked about men in world football at the moment in the form of Lazio's Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. A target for several big Premier League outfits, if you believe the rumours, the midfielder has a transfer value of £79.2m. Milinkovic-Savic's value is supplemented nicely by that of Nemanja Matic (£35.2m), Dusan Tadic (£13.2m) and Luka Milivojevic (£13.2m). Serbia squad value 12. Poland: £241.6m The Polish team clocks in at a total value of £241.6m, with eight players each contributing more than £10m. The Polish captain Robert Lewandowski is estimated to have a market value of £79.2m - a third of the total squad’s value. The country will need a good performance from the Bayern Munich striker in order to progress from a group that also contains Senegal and Colombia. Poland squad value 11. Senegal: £261.6m Senegal's Sadio Mane Credit: Darko Bandic/AP Also vying for one of the top two positions in Group H, Senegal’s squad value beats that of Poland. Liverpool's Sadio Mané takes up 23.5 per cent of the total, at £61.6m but has able support from Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly (£52.8m) and Monaco's Keita Baldé (£26.4m). Senegal squad value 10. Croatia: £316.8m Croatia are the tenth most expensive team in the 2018 World Cup, with a squad valued at an estimated £316.8m. The squad is both well-balanced and strong. Ivan Rakitic, Croatia’s most expensive player, has an estimated value of £44m - or 13.9 per cent of the total. 11 other players have a value of over £10m, six of which top £20m. Croatia squad value 9. Uruguay: £327.8m Uruguay are one of the true dark horses in this competition and it's easy to see why, given the depth of talent that they have at their disposal. In Luis Suárez (£61.6m) and Edison Cavani (£52.8m) they have two genuinely top bracket goalscorers while at the back they can rely on Athletico Madrid's centre back pairing of José Giménez (£39.6m) and Diego Godin (£30.8m). An impressive team spine is completed in midfield by potential Arsenal signing Lucas Torreira (£26.4m) and Inter Milan's Matías Vecino (£18.5m). Uruguay squad values 8. Portugal: £408.8m Portugal’s star player needs no introduction. Cristiano Ronaldo is worth an estimated £88m and shoulders a solid fifth of the total squad value of Portugal. Aside from their captain, Portugal also draws on the likes of Bernardo Silva, Gonçalo Guedes and Gelson Martins to reach a total squad value of £408.8m. Portugal squad value 7. Argentina: £612.5m Lionel Messi is the joint most valuable player at the World Cup Credit: FIFA/ Michael Regan Despite a recent run of poor form, 2014 finalists Argentina will still fancy their chances in Russia if they can get their glittering forward line firing. They have the seventh highest-value team in the tournament, at an estimate of £612.5m. Their emblematic captain Lionel Messi makes up a quarter of this total, valued at a whopping £158.4m, while Paolo Dybala (£96.8m), Sergio Agüero (£70.4m) and Gonzalo Higuaín (£52.8m) make up the rest of the attacking threat in this top-heavy squad. Argentina squad value 6. Belgium: £663.5m Kevin De Bruyne had a great season with Manchester City Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images Europe With only six players in the Belgian side having an estimated transfer value of less than £10m, their overall value totals £663.5m. The formidable team will face England in the Kaliningrad Stadium on June 28 in what could be a crunch match to decide who tops Group G. The squad’s most expensive players are Kevin De Bruyne (£132m), Eden Hazard (£96.8m) and Romelu Lukaku (£79.2m). Belgium squad value 5. England: £769.1m England's captain is their MVP Credit: James Baylis/Getty Images Europe The madness of the Premier League’s spending power generally ensures that English players fetch a premium in the transfer market. This has probably inflated England’s worth here, but let’s savour the Three Lions’ presence within the world’s elite while we can. Harry Kane is England’s highest valued man, with a price tag of £132m, one of only six players at the World Cup whose value extends into nine figures. Dele Alli (£88m) is the second most valuable member of the squad while Raheem Sterling (£79.2m) is in third. England’s least valuable player - Ashley Young (£6.2m) - is the most expensive least valuable player for any nation. England squad value 4. Germany: £777m Real Madrid's Toni Kroos Credit: Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images Europe The current World Cup holders have one of the most equally distributed teams in the tournament, with their top-valued player Toni Kroos only consisting 9.1 per cent of the total squad value. The squad’s value is estimated to be £777m, which makes it the fourth most valuable in the tournament. Alongside Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos (valued at £70.4m), Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen (£52.8m) and Bayern Munich defender Mats Hummels (£52.8m) also rank as the joint-favourite’s best-valued players. Germany squad value 3. Brazil: £863.3m Neymar will be looking to outplay Messi in Russia Credit: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters Despite having the joint most expensive at the tournament in Neymar (£158.4m), Brazil’s squad is far more evenly balanced than Argentina’s. Their ten most valuable players include two goalkeepers in Alisson and Ederson, two defenders in Marcelo and Marquinhos and Casemiro, a defensive midfielder, as well as five highly rated attacking players. Brazil squad value 2. Spain: £906.4m Despite their attacking options Barca's Sergio Busquets is Spain's MVP Credit: Jose Jordan/ AFP Spain is one of two teams in the World Cup valued over £900m - or one billion euros. They come in second place in the squad value rankings, clinched by France by a mere £44m. Another favourite of the World Cup, Spain has the most equally distributed team in Russia. The team’s most expensive player, Sergio Busquets, is valued at £70.4 - or just 7.8 per cent of the overall team’s £906.4m value. The winners of the 2010 World Cup can also boast the likes of Real Madrid midfielders Isco and Marco Asensio (each £66m), as well as Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea (£61.6m). Spain squad value 1. France: £950.4m France emerge as fairly comfortable winners in these rankings with a total transfer market value less than £50m shy of £1bn. Les Bleus’ array of young talent is formidable. Ten of their squad are valued at in excess of £40m with PSG’s Kylian Mbappé topping the list at £105.6m. Antoine Griezmann (£88m), Paul Pogba (£79.2m) and Ousmane Dembélé (£70.4m) are all also individually worth more than the entire squads of Panama, Saudi Arabia and Peru combined. France squad value How the World Cup’s most valuable squads compare
Squad value is a good proxy for the quality of a team, so we've ranked all 32 World Cup countries based on their player's worth in the transfer market to see if it gives any clear indications about who could triumph at Russia 2018. We've used data from Transfermarkt to work out the total estimated transfer value of each member of every 23-man squad in the tournament. This is different to adding up actual transfer fees, but a more accurate way of measuring current worth. For example, Messi has been at Barcelona for his entire career so would count as having no value if you did it that way. Starting XIs change each game, and so a team's value will vary from game to game, but these overall team totals will give you a good estimate for how expensive each team is. So, who do you think has the priciest team in the world? Read on to find out. 32. Panama: Total value £7.4 million With a total value of £7.4 million across their 23 players, Panama are the least valuable team in the World Cup. Panama’s best player is the midfielder Aníbal Godoy. He plays for the San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer and is worth an estimated £700,000. Their forward Blas Pérez ranks as the tournament’s joint-third cheapest player. Panama squad value 31. Saudi Arabia: £16.6m You could be forgiven for not having heard of many Saudi Arabia’s 23. All but three of them play their club football in the Saudi Pro League with 16 of them coming from just two clubs: Al-Ahli and Al-Hilal. Their star man - in transfer value terms - is Yasir Al-Shahrani, a winger who plies his trade for Leganés in La Liga. He is valued at the princely sum of £1.3m. While they may be minnows in this list, Saudi Arabia are, at least consistent. They have one of the lowest variations in value across their squad meaning theirs is one with a high level of equality. Saudi Arabia squad value 30. Peru: £33m Peru have been heralded as a potential surprise in this year’s World Cup, but one look at their market value would say otherwise. The South American team ranks 30th in the tournament, at just £33m, with their top man André Carrillo contributing £5.3m of this. You may recognise Carrillo: he played for Watford in the last season, on loan from Benfica. Peru squad value 29. Costa Rica: £36.1m Keylor Navas during England's recent friendly with Costa Rica Credit: Alex Livesey/ Getty Images Europe As Costa Rica proved in 2014, you don’t have to have a squad full of high value superstars to perform well in World Cups. Ranked in a similarly lowly position this year, they’ll be hoping to repeat the trick. Real Madrid keeper Keylor Navas is the Ticos most valuable man, with an estimated worth of £15.8m in today’s transfer market. They also feature serial Arsenal loanee Joel Campbell who could make his £2.6m price tag look like a steal. Costa Rica squad value 28. Iran: £41.9m 2018 will mark Iran’s first consecutive World Cup appearance, after they left the 2014 tournament in the group stage. This time round, the team’s total worth tallies up to an estimated £41.9m. Their most valuable player, attacking midfielder Alireza Jahanbakhsh, plays his domestic football for the Dutch club of AZ Alkmaar. He has an estimated transfer value of £10.6m. Iran squad value 27. Australia: £43.6m Huddersfield’s Aaron Mooy is the jewel in the Aussie crown with the midfielder accounting for about a fifth of their total squad value at £8.8m. Brighton keeper Mathew Ryan comes a close second with a value of £7m but no other player surpasses the £5m mark. Australia squad value 26. Tunisia: £51.8m Tunisia will be England’s first opponent as they face each other in the Volgograd Arena on Monday. On paper, there should be no comparison: The Tunisian team totals up a value of £51.8m - some £717.3m less than England’s total value. Midfielder Ellyes Skhiri is the team’s star player, valued at an estimated £8.8m. Tunisia squad values 25. Japan: £64.6m Shinji Kagawa is Japan's MVP Credit: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters Former Manchester United man Shinji Kagawa is Japan’s most expensive talent with a modest value of £11.4m. Aside from the Dortmund attacking midfielder Premier League players Maya Yoshida and Shinji Okazaki make up Japan’s other high-ticket stars. Admittedly, at this point in proceedings “high-ticket” has a different definition than it will later on in this list. Some players - who we’ll meet later on - are individually worth twice the value of Japan’s whole squad. Japan squad value 24. Iceland: £66.9m Everton midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson is Iceland’s star man, and is estimated to be worth £26.4m. He makes up almost 40 per cent of the total Icelandic squad’s worth of £66.9m. The island minnows might seem like they can be easily dismissed as a mediocre one-man band, but England’s Euro 2016 team may say otherwise. While Iceland ranks 24 for the overall team’s worth, they rank 19th for the value of their most-valued player. Iceland squad value 23. South Korea: £74.8m South Korea have faded from the global footballing consciousness since they jointly hosted the 2002 World Cup with Japan. The majority of their 2018 squad play in either Japan or Korea but they do have a standout player in the former of Tottenham’s Heung-min Son. Valued at £44m he accounts for nearly 60 per cent of his country’s total squad value, the second highest proportion for any player in any team. South Korea squad value 22. Sweden: £105.4m Victor Lindelof is valued at £22m Credit: Robbie Jay Barratt/Getty Images North America Here we are: the first team to break £100m. At an estimated squad value of £105.4m, Sweden rank 22nd in the tournament based on squad value. Their most valued player, Manchester United defender Victor Lindelöf, is valued at £22m - over a fifth of the total squad value. Sweden squad value 21. Morocco: £113.9m What are Morocco doing so high up this list I hear you ask? Well, even at this stage all it takes is a couple of big fish to propel you up the rankings, and Morocco can boast three players worth £20m or more in the spine of their side. Midfielders Hakim Ziyech (Ajax) and Amine Harit (Schalke 04) both come in at £22m while Juventus’ Medhi Benatia is worth £20m. Morocco squad value 20. Nigeria: £118.7m Nigeria put up a spirited game against England in their 2-1 defeat at Wembley last weekend, and they’ve earned praise for their exciting green-and-white striped kit. However, they’re a distinctly mid-table team when it comes to squad value, weighing in at an estimated £118.7m. Perhaps surprisingly for English fans, Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi ranks only fifth in the team for transfer value. He is one of five players in the team who are valued over £10m. Wilfred Ndidi claims the top-spot in the team, valued at £22m. Nigeria squad value 19. Mexico: £129.9m Chicharito celebrates with Hirving Lozano Credit: Ian Walton/ Getty Images Europe Mexico can boast an evenly distributed squad of respectable value. There are no huge names in the mix but PSV winger Hirving Lozano could well have the sort of tournament that will send his worth rocketing upwards. He is currently valued at £22m by Transfermarkt, Mexico’s most expensive player. Mexico squad value 18. Russia: £142.4m It’s fair to say that, ranked 70th in the world by FIFA, hosts Russia would struggle to find a place in the World Cup if it wasn’t taking place there. But with a total squad value estimated at £142.4m, Russia’s team is the 18th most expensive in the World Cup. This figure is relatively evenly distributed across the squad, which has five players worth over £10m. Aleksandr Golovin tops the list as Russia’s most valuable player, worth an estimated £15.8m. Russia squad value 17. Egypt: £173.6m Mohamed Salah is Egypt's main man Credit: Patrick Smith/FIFA There’s one stand-out player in Egypt’s team and that man is Mohammed Salah. Valued at £132m (the joint-third highest for any player) he is responsible for more than three-quarters of the worth of the entire squad. Mohamed Elneny is a distant second at £8.8m. Egypt squad value 16. Switzerland: £191.9m With a total value of £191.9m, the Swiss are in the top half of the squads. While eight of their players are estimated to be worth over £10m, Granit Xhaka tops the list, worth £35.2m. Arsenal fans will be well aware of this midfielder, with Xhaka accumulating 70 caps for the North London club. Switzerland squad value 15. Colombia: £221.1m Given their performance at Brazil 2014 it is somewhat surprising that Colombia don't feature higher on this list. This is because they have - in cricketing parlance - quite a long tail. Though they have two or three big names in the squad they also have 13 players who are valued at less than five million pounds. Propelled to fame by his performance in Brazil, James Rodríguez is Colombia's most valuable player. His transfer worth is estimated at £61.6m while Tottenham's Davinson Sanchez is their second most valuable player at £35.2m. Colombia squad value 14. Denmark: £228.2m Tottenham's Christian Eriksen Credit: Marc Atkins/Offside Christian Eriksen’s £70.4m price tag goes a long way to explain Denmark’s large squad value. Indeed, Denmark’s prospective performance in the tournament will depend a lot on the Tottenham midfielder. The Danish team totals a squad value of £228.2m, with Christian Eriksen and Andreas Christensen collectively contributing almost half of this. Denmark squad value 13. Serbia: £235.4m The Serbian squad has the honour of featuring one of the most talked about men in world football at the moment in the form of Lazio's Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. A target for several big Premier League outfits, if you believe the rumours, the midfielder has a transfer value of £79.2m. Milinkovic-Savic's value is supplemented nicely by that of Nemanja Matic (£35.2m), Dusan Tadic (£13.2m) and Luka Milivojevic (£13.2m). Serbia squad value 12. Poland: £241.6m The Polish team clocks in at a total value of £241.6m, with eight players each contributing more than £10m. The Polish captain Robert Lewandowski is estimated to have a market value of £79.2m - a third of the total squad’s value. The country will need a good performance from the Bayern Munich striker in order to progress from a group that also contains Senegal and Colombia. Poland squad value 11. Senegal: £261.6m Senegal's Sadio Mane Credit: Darko Bandic/AP Also vying for one of the top two positions in Group H, Senegal’s squad value beats that of Poland. Liverpool's Sadio Mané takes up 23.5 per cent of the total, at £61.6m but has able support from Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly (£52.8m) and Monaco's Keita Baldé (£26.4m). Senegal squad value 10. Croatia: £316.8m Croatia are the tenth most expensive team in the 2018 World Cup, with a squad valued at an estimated £316.8m. The squad is both well-balanced and strong. Ivan Rakitic, Croatia’s most expensive player, has an estimated value of £44m - or 13.9 per cent of the total. 11 other players have a value of over £10m, six of which top £20m. Croatia squad value 9. Uruguay: £327.8m Uruguay are one of the true dark horses in this competition and it's easy to see why, given the depth of talent that they have at their disposal. In Luis Suárez (£61.6m) and Edison Cavani (£52.8m) they have two genuinely top bracket goalscorers while at the back they can rely on Athletico Madrid's centre back pairing of José Giménez (£39.6m) and Diego Godin (£30.8m). An impressive team spine is completed in midfield by potential Arsenal signing Lucas Torreira (£26.4m) and Inter Milan's Matías Vecino (£18.5m). Uruguay squad values 8. Portugal: £408.8m Portugal’s star player needs no introduction. Cristiano Ronaldo is worth an estimated £88m and shoulders a solid fifth of the total squad value of Portugal. Aside from their captain, Portugal also draws on the likes of Bernardo Silva, Gonçalo Guedes and Gelson Martins to reach a total squad value of £408.8m. Portugal squad value 7. Argentina: £612.5m Lionel Messi is the joint most valuable player at the World Cup Credit: FIFA/ Michael Regan Despite a recent run of poor form, 2014 finalists Argentina will still fancy their chances in Russia if they can get their glittering forward line firing. They have the seventh highest-value team in the tournament, at an estimate of £612.5m. Their emblematic captain Lionel Messi makes up a quarter of this total, valued at a whopping £158.4m, while Paolo Dybala (£96.8m), Sergio Agüero (£70.4m) and Gonzalo Higuaín (£52.8m) make up the rest of the attacking threat in this top-heavy squad. Argentina squad value 6. Belgium: £663.5m Kevin De Bruyne had a great season with Manchester City Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images Europe With only six players in the Belgian side having an estimated transfer value of less than £10m, their overall value totals £663.5m. The formidable team will face England in the Kaliningrad Stadium on June 28 in what could be a crunch match to decide who tops Group G. The squad’s most expensive players are Kevin De Bruyne (£132m), Eden Hazard (£96.8m) and Romelu Lukaku (£79.2m). Belgium squad value 5. England: £769.1m England's captain is their MVP Credit: James Baylis/Getty Images Europe The madness of the Premier League’s spending power generally ensures that English players fetch a premium in the transfer market. This has probably inflated England’s worth here, but let’s savour the Three Lions’ presence within the world’s elite while we can. Harry Kane is England’s highest valued man, with a price tag of £132m, one of only six players at the World Cup whose value extends into nine figures. Dele Alli (£88m) is the second most valuable member of the squad while Raheem Sterling (£79.2m) is in third. England’s least valuable player - Ashley Young (£6.2m) - is the most expensive least valuable player for any nation. England squad value 4. Germany: £777m Real Madrid's Toni Kroos Credit: Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images Europe The current World Cup holders have one of the most equally distributed teams in the tournament, with their top-valued player Toni Kroos only consisting 9.1 per cent of the total squad value. The squad’s value is estimated to be £777m, which makes it the fourth most valuable in the tournament. Alongside Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos (valued at £70.4m), Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen (£52.8m) and Bayern Munich defender Mats Hummels (£52.8m) also rank as the joint-favourite’s best-valued players. Germany squad value 3. Brazil: £863.3m Neymar will be looking to outplay Messi in Russia Credit: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters Despite having the joint most expensive at the tournament in Neymar (£158.4m), Brazil’s squad is far more evenly balanced than Argentina’s. Their ten most valuable players include two goalkeepers in Alisson and Ederson, two defenders in Marcelo and Marquinhos and Casemiro, a defensive midfielder, as well as five highly rated attacking players. Brazil squad value 2. Spain: £906.4m Despite their attacking options Barca's Sergio Busquets is Spain's MVP Credit: Jose Jordan/ AFP Spain is one of two teams in the World Cup valued over £900m - or one billion euros. They come in second place in the squad value rankings, clinched by France by a mere £44m. Another favourite of the World Cup, Spain has the most equally distributed team in Russia. The team’s most expensive player, Sergio Busquets, is valued at £70.4 - or just 7.8 per cent of the overall team’s £906.4m value. The winners of the 2010 World Cup can also boast the likes of Real Madrid midfielders Isco and Marco Asensio (each £66m), as well as Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea (£61.6m). Spain squad value 1. France: £950.4m France emerge as fairly comfortable winners in these rankings with a total transfer market value less than £50m shy of £1bn. Les Bleus’ array of young talent is formidable. Ten of their squad are valued at in excess of £40m with PSG’s Kylian Mbappé topping the list at £105.6m. Antoine Griezmann (£88m), Paul Pogba (£79.2m) and Ousmane Dembélé (£70.4m) are all also individually worth more than the entire squads of Panama, Saudi Arabia and Peru combined. France squad value How the World Cup’s most valuable squads compare
Which country has the most expensive squad at World Cup 2018?
Squad value is a good proxy for the quality of a team, so we've ranked all 32 World Cup countries based on their player's worth in the transfer market to see if it gives any clear indications about who could triumph at Russia 2018. We've used data from Transfermarkt to work out the total estimated transfer value of each member of every 23-man squad in the tournament. This is different to adding up actual transfer fees, but a more accurate way of measuring current worth. For example, Messi has been at Barcelona for his entire career so would count as having no value if you did it that way. Starting XIs change each game, and so a team's value will vary from game to game, but these overall team totals will give you a good estimate for how expensive each team is. So, who do you think has the priciest team in the world? Read on to find out. 32. Panama: Total value £7.4 million With a total value of £7.4 million across their 23 players, Panama are the least valuable team in the World Cup. Panama’s best player is the midfielder Aníbal Godoy. He plays for the San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer and is worth an estimated £700,000. Their forward Blas Pérez ranks as the tournament’s joint-third cheapest player. Panama squad value 31. Saudi Arabia: £16.6m You could be forgiven for not having heard of many Saudi Arabia’s 23. All but three of them play their club football in the Saudi Pro League with 16 of them coming from just two clubs: Al-Ahli and Al-Hilal. Their star man - in transfer value terms - is Yasir Al-Shahrani, a winger who plies his trade for Leganés in La Liga. He is valued at the princely sum of £1.3m. While they may be minnows in this list, Saudi Arabia are, at least consistent. They have one of the lowest variations in value across their squad meaning theirs is one with a high level of equality. Saudi Arabia squad value 30. Peru: £33m Peru have been heralded as a potential surprise in this year’s World Cup, but one look at their market value would say otherwise. The South American team ranks 30th in the tournament, at just £33m, with their top man André Carrillo contributing £5.3m of this. You may recognise Carrillo: he played for Watford in the last season, on loan from Benfica. Peru squad value 29. Costa Rica: £36.1m Keylor Navas during England's recent friendly with Costa Rica Credit: Alex Livesey/ Getty Images Europe As Costa Rica proved in 2014, you don’t have to have a squad full of high value superstars to perform well in World Cups. Ranked in a similarly lowly position this year, they’ll be hoping to repeat the trick. Real Madrid keeper Keylor Navas is the Ticos most valuable man, with an estimated worth of £15.8m in today’s transfer market. They also feature serial Arsenal loanee Joel Campbell who could make his £2.6m price tag look like a steal. Costa Rica squad value 28. Iran: £41.9m 2018 will mark Iran’s first consecutive World Cup appearance, after they left the 2014 tournament in the group stage. This time round, the team’s total worth tallies up to an estimated £41.9m. Their most valuable player, attacking midfielder Alireza Jahanbakhsh, plays his domestic football for the Dutch club of AZ Alkmaar. He has an estimated transfer value of £10.6m. Iran squad value 27. Australia: £43.6m Huddersfield’s Aaron Mooy is the jewel in the Aussie crown with the midfielder accounting for about a fifth of their total squad value at £8.8m. Brighton keeper Mathew Ryan comes a close second with a value of £7m but no other player surpasses the £5m mark. Australia squad value 26. Tunisia: £51.8m Tunisia will be England’s first opponent as they face each other in the Volgograd Arena on Monday. On paper, there should be no comparison: The Tunisian team totals up a value of £51.8m - some £717.3m less than England’s total value. Midfielder Ellyes Skhiri is the team’s star player, valued at an estimated £8.8m. Tunisia squad values 25. Japan: £64.6m Shinji Kagawa is Japan's MVP Credit: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters Former Manchester United man Shinji Kagawa is Japan’s most expensive talent with a modest value of £11.4m. Aside from the Dortmund attacking midfielder Premier League players Maya Yoshida and Shinji Okazaki make up Japan’s other high-ticket stars. Admittedly, at this point in proceedings “high-ticket” has a different definition than it will later on in this list. Some players - who we’ll meet later on - are individually worth twice the value of Japan’s whole squad. Japan squad value 24. Iceland: £66.9m Everton midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson is Iceland’s star man, and is estimated to be worth £26.4m. He makes up almost 40 per cent of the total Icelandic squad’s worth of £66.9m. The island minnows might seem like they can be easily dismissed as a mediocre one-man band, but England’s Euro 2016 team may say otherwise. While Iceland ranks 24 for the overall team’s worth, they rank 19th for the value of their most-valued player. Iceland squad value 23. South Korea: £74.8m South Korea have faded from the global footballing consciousness since they jointly hosted the 2002 World Cup with Japan. The majority of their 2018 squad play in either Japan or Korea but they do have a standout player in the former of Tottenham’s Heung-min Son. Valued at £44m he accounts for nearly 60 per cent of his country’s total squad value, the second highest proportion for any player in any team. South Korea squad value 22. Sweden: £105.4m Victor Lindelof is valued at £22m Credit: Robbie Jay Barratt/Getty Images North America Here we are: the first team to break £100m. At an estimated squad value of £105.4m, Sweden rank 22nd in the tournament based on squad value. Their most valued player, Manchester United defender Victor Lindelöf, is valued at £22m - over a fifth of the total squad value. Sweden squad value 21. Morocco: £113.9m What are Morocco doing so high up this list I hear you ask? Well, even at this stage all it takes is a couple of big fish to propel you up the rankings, and Morocco can boast three players worth £20m or more in the spine of their side. Midfielders Hakim Ziyech (Ajax) and Amine Harit (Schalke 04) both come in at £22m while Juventus’ Medhi Benatia is worth £20m. Morocco squad value 20. Nigeria: £118.7m Nigeria put up a spirited game against England in their 2-1 defeat at Wembley last weekend, and they’ve earned praise for their exciting green-and-white striped kit. However, they’re a distinctly mid-table team when it comes to squad value, weighing in at an estimated £118.7m. Perhaps surprisingly for English fans, Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi ranks only fifth in the team for transfer value. He is one of five players in the team who are valued over £10m. Wilfred Ndidi claims the top-spot in the team, valued at £22m. Nigeria squad value 19. Mexico: £129.9m Chicharito celebrates with Hirving Lozano Credit: Ian Walton/ Getty Images Europe Mexico can boast an evenly distributed squad of respectable value. There are no huge names in the mix but PSV winger Hirving Lozano could well have the sort of tournament that will send his worth rocketing upwards. He is currently valued at £22m by Transfermarkt, Mexico’s most expensive player. Mexico squad value 18. Russia: £142.4m It’s fair to say that, ranked 70th in the world by FIFA, hosts Russia would struggle to find a place in the World Cup if it wasn’t taking place there. But with a total squad value estimated at £142.4m, Russia’s team is the 18th most expensive in the World Cup. This figure is relatively evenly distributed across the squad, which has five players worth over £10m. Aleksandr Golovin tops the list as Russia’s most valuable player, worth an estimated £15.8m. Russia squad value 17. Egypt: £173.6m Mohamed Salah is Egypt's main man Credit: Patrick Smith/FIFA There’s one stand-out player in Egypt’s team and that man is Mohammed Salah. Valued at £132m (the joint-third highest for any player) he is responsible for more than three-quarters of the worth of the entire squad. Mohamed Elneny is a distant second at £8.8m. Egypt squad value 16. Switzerland: £191.9m With a total value of £191.9m, the Swiss are in the top half of the squads. While eight of their players are estimated to be worth over £10m, Granit Xhaka tops the list, worth £35.2m. Arsenal fans will be well aware of this midfielder, with Xhaka accumulating 70 caps for the North London club. Switzerland squad value 15. Colombia: £221.1m Given their performance at Brazil 2014 it is somewhat surprising that Colombia don't feature higher on this list. This is because they have - in cricketing parlance - quite a long tail. Though they have two or three big names in the squad they also have 13 players who are valued at less than five million pounds. Propelled to fame by his performance in Brazil, James Rodríguez is Colombia's most valuable player. His transfer worth is estimated at £61.6m while Tottenham's Davinson Sanchez is their second most valuable player at £35.2m. Colombia squad value 14. Denmark: £228.2m Tottenham's Christian Eriksen Credit: Marc Atkins/Offside Christian Eriksen’s £70.4m price tag goes a long way to explain Denmark’s large squad value. Indeed, Denmark’s prospective performance in the tournament will depend a lot on the Tottenham midfielder. The Danish team totals a squad value of £228.2m, with Christian Eriksen and Andreas Christensen collectively contributing almost half of this. Denmark squad value 13. Serbia: £235.4m The Serbian squad has the honour of featuring one of the most talked about men in world football at the moment in the form of Lazio's Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. A target for several big Premier League outfits, if you believe the rumours, the midfielder has a transfer value of £79.2m. Milinkovic-Savic's value is supplemented nicely by that of Nemanja Matic (£35.2m), Dusan Tadic (£13.2m) and Luka Milivojevic (£13.2m). Serbia squad value 12. Poland: £241.6m The Polish team clocks in at a total value of £241.6m, with eight players each contributing more than £10m. The Polish captain Robert Lewandowski is estimated to have a market value of £79.2m - a third of the total squad’s value. The country will need a good performance from the Bayern Munich striker in order to progress from a group that also contains Senegal and Colombia. Poland squad value 11. Senegal: £261.6m Senegal's Sadio Mane Credit: Darko Bandic/AP Also vying for one of the top two positions in Group H, Senegal’s squad value beats that of Poland. Liverpool's Sadio Mané takes up 23.5 per cent of the total, at £61.6m but has able support from Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly (£52.8m) and Monaco's Keita Baldé (£26.4m). Senegal squad value 10. Croatia: £316.8m Croatia are the tenth most expensive team in the 2018 World Cup, with a squad valued at an estimated £316.8m. The squad is both well-balanced and strong. Ivan Rakitic, Croatia’s most expensive player, has an estimated value of £44m - or 13.9 per cent of the total. 11 other players have a value of over £10m, six of which top £20m. Croatia squad value 9. Uruguay: £327.8m Uruguay are one of the true dark horses in this competition and it's easy to see why, given the depth of talent that they have at their disposal. In Luis Suárez (£61.6m) and Edison Cavani (£52.8m) they have two genuinely top bracket goalscorers while at the back they can rely on Athletico Madrid's centre back pairing of José Giménez (£39.6m) and Diego Godin (£30.8m). An impressive team spine is completed in midfield by potential Arsenal signing Lucas Torreira (£26.4m) and Inter Milan's Matías Vecino (£18.5m). Uruguay squad values 8. Portugal: £408.8m Portugal’s star player needs no introduction. Cristiano Ronaldo is worth an estimated £88m and shoulders a solid fifth of the total squad value of Portugal. Aside from their captain, Portugal also draws on the likes of Bernardo Silva, Gonçalo Guedes and Gelson Martins to reach a total squad value of £408.8m. Portugal squad value 7. Argentina: £612.5m Lionel Messi is the joint most valuable player at the World Cup Credit: FIFA/ Michael Regan Despite a recent run of poor form, 2014 finalists Argentina will still fancy their chances in Russia if they can get their glittering forward line firing. They have the seventh highest-value team in the tournament, at an estimate of £612.5m. Their emblematic captain Lionel Messi makes up a quarter of this total, valued at a whopping £158.4m, while Paolo Dybala (£96.8m), Sergio Agüero (£70.4m) and Gonzalo Higuaín (£52.8m) make up the rest of the attacking threat in this top-heavy squad. Argentina squad value 6. Belgium: £663.5m Kevin De Bruyne had a great season with Manchester City Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images Europe With only six players in the Belgian side having an estimated transfer value of less than £10m, their overall value totals £663.5m. The formidable team will face England in the Kaliningrad Stadium on June 28 in what could be a crunch match to decide who tops Group G. The squad’s most expensive players are Kevin De Bruyne (£132m), Eden Hazard (£96.8m) and Romelu Lukaku (£79.2m). Belgium squad value 5. England: £769.1m England's captain is their MVP Credit: James Baylis/Getty Images Europe The madness of the Premier League’s spending power generally ensures that English players fetch a premium in the transfer market. This has probably inflated England’s worth here, but let’s savour the Three Lions’ presence within the world’s elite while we can. Harry Kane is England’s highest valued man, with a price tag of £132m, one of only six players at the World Cup whose value extends into nine figures. Dele Alli (£88m) is the second most valuable member of the squad while Raheem Sterling (£79.2m) is in third. England’s least valuable player - Ashley Young (£6.2m) - is the most expensive least valuable player for any nation. England squad value 4. Germany: £777m Real Madrid's Toni Kroos Credit: Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images Europe The current World Cup holders have one of the most equally distributed teams in the tournament, with their top-valued player Toni Kroos only consisting 9.1 per cent of the total squad value. The squad’s value is estimated to be £777m, which makes it the fourth most valuable in the tournament. Alongside Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos (valued at £70.4m), Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen (£52.8m) and Bayern Munich defender Mats Hummels (£52.8m) also rank as the joint-favourite’s best-valued players. Germany squad value 3. Brazil: £863.3m Neymar will be looking to outplay Messi in Russia Credit: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters Despite having the joint most expensive at the tournament in Neymar (£158.4m), Brazil’s squad is far more evenly balanced than Argentina’s. Their ten most valuable players include two goalkeepers in Alisson and Ederson, two defenders in Marcelo and Marquinhos and Casemiro, a defensive midfielder, as well as five highly rated attacking players. Brazil squad value 2. Spain: £906.4m Despite their attacking options Barca's Sergio Busquets is Spain's MVP Credit: Jose Jordan/ AFP Spain is one of two teams in the World Cup valued over £900m - or one billion euros. They come in second place in the squad value rankings, clinched by France by a mere £44m. Another favourite of the World Cup, Spain has the most equally distributed team in Russia. The team’s most expensive player, Sergio Busquets, is valued at £70.4 - or just 7.8 per cent of the overall team’s £906.4m value. The winners of the 2010 World Cup can also boast the likes of Real Madrid midfielders Isco and Marco Asensio (each £66m), as well as Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea (£61.6m). Spain squad value 1. France: £950.4m France emerge as fairly comfortable winners in these rankings with a total transfer market value less than £50m shy of £1bn. Les Bleus’ array of young talent is formidable. Ten of their squad are valued at in excess of £40m with PSG’s Kylian Mbappé topping the list at £105.6m. Antoine Griezmann (£88m), Paul Pogba (£79.2m) and Ousmane Dembélé (£70.4m) are all also individually worth more than the entire squads of Panama, Saudi Arabia and Peru combined. France squad value How the World Cup’s most valuable squads compare
Squad value is a good proxy for the quality of a team, so we've ranked all 32 World Cup countries based on their player's worth in the transfer market to see if it gives any clear indications about who could triumph at Russia 2018. We've used data from Transfermarkt to work out the total estimated transfer value of each member of every 23-man squad in the tournament. This is different to adding up actual transfer fees, but a more accurate way of measuring current worth. For example, Messi has been at Barcelona for his entire career so would count as having no value if you did it that way. Starting XIs change each game, and so a team's value will vary from game to game, but these overall team totals will give you a good estimate for how expensive each team is. So, who do you think has the priciest team in the world? Read on to find out. 32. Panama: Total value £7.4 million With a total value of £7.4 million across their 23 players, Panama are the least valuable team in the World Cup. Panama’s best player is the midfielder Aníbal Godoy. He plays for the San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer and is worth an estimated £700,000. Their forward Blas Pérez ranks as the tournament’s joint-third cheapest player. Panama squad value 31. Saudi Arabia: £16.6m You could be forgiven for not having heard of many Saudi Arabia’s 23. All but three of them play their club football in the Saudi Pro League with 16 of them coming from just two clubs: Al-Ahli and Al-Hilal. Their star man - in transfer value terms - is Yasir Al-Shahrani, a winger who plies his trade for Leganés in La Liga. He is valued at the princely sum of £1.3m. While they may be minnows in this list, Saudi Arabia are, at least consistent. They have one of the lowest variations in value across their squad meaning theirs is one with a high level of equality. Saudi Arabia squad value 30. Peru: £33m Peru have been heralded as a potential surprise in this year’s World Cup, but one look at their market value would say otherwise. The South American team ranks 30th in the tournament, at just £33m, with their top man André Carrillo contributing £5.3m of this. You may recognise Carrillo: he played for Watford in the last season, on loan from Benfica. Peru squad value 29. Costa Rica: £36.1m Keylor Navas during England's recent friendly with Costa Rica Credit: Alex Livesey/ Getty Images Europe As Costa Rica proved in 2014, you don’t have to have a squad full of high value superstars to perform well in World Cups. Ranked in a similarly lowly position this year, they’ll be hoping to repeat the trick. Real Madrid keeper Keylor Navas is the Ticos most valuable man, with an estimated worth of £15.8m in today’s transfer market. They also feature serial Arsenal loanee Joel Campbell who could make his £2.6m price tag look like a steal. Costa Rica squad value 28. Iran: £41.9m 2018 will mark Iran’s first consecutive World Cup appearance, after they left the 2014 tournament in the group stage. This time round, the team’s total worth tallies up to an estimated £41.9m. Their most valuable player, attacking midfielder Alireza Jahanbakhsh, plays his domestic football for the Dutch club of AZ Alkmaar. He has an estimated transfer value of £10.6m. Iran squad value 27. Australia: £43.6m Huddersfield’s Aaron Mooy is the jewel in the Aussie crown with the midfielder accounting for about a fifth of their total squad value at £8.8m. Brighton keeper Mathew Ryan comes a close second with a value of £7m but no other player surpasses the £5m mark. Australia squad value 26. Tunisia: £51.8m Tunisia will be England’s first opponent as they face each other in the Volgograd Arena on Monday. On paper, there should be no comparison: The Tunisian team totals up a value of £51.8m - some £717.3m less than England’s total value. Midfielder Ellyes Skhiri is the team’s star player, valued at an estimated £8.8m. Tunisia squad values 25. Japan: £64.6m Shinji Kagawa is Japan's MVP Credit: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters Former Manchester United man Shinji Kagawa is Japan’s most expensive talent with a modest value of £11.4m. Aside from the Dortmund attacking midfielder Premier League players Maya Yoshida and Shinji Okazaki make up Japan’s other high-ticket stars. Admittedly, at this point in proceedings “high-ticket” has a different definition than it will later on in this list. Some players - who we’ll meet later on - are individually worth twice the value of Japan’s whole squad. Japan squad value 24. Iceland: £66.9m Everton midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson is Iceland’s star man, and is estimated to be worth £26.4m. He makes up almost 40 per cent of the total Icelandic squad’s worth of £66.9m. The island minnows might seem like they can be easily dismissed as a mediocre one-man band, but England’s Euro 2016 team may say otherwise. While Iceland ranks 24 for the overall team’s worth, they rank 19th for the value of their most-valued player. Iceland squad value 23. South Korea: £74.8m South Korea have faded from the global footballing consciousness since they jointly hosted the 2002 World Cup with Japan. The majority of their 2018 squad play in either Japan or Korea but they do have a standout player in the former of Tottenham’s Heung-min Son. Valued at £44m he accounts for nearly 60 per cent of his country’s total squad value, the second highest proportion for any player in any team. South Korea squad value 22. Sweden: £105.4m Victor Lindelof is valued at £22m Credit: Robbie Jay Barratt/Getty Images North America Here we are: the first team to break £100m. At an estimated squad value of £105.4m, Sweden rank 22nd in the tournament based on squad value. Their most valued player, Manchester United defender Victor Lindelöf, is valued at £22m - over a fifth of the total squad value. Sweden squad value 21. Morocco: £113.9m What are Morocco doing so high up this list I hear you ask? Well, even at this stage all it takes is a couple of big fish to propel you up the rankings, and Morocco can boast three players worth £20m or more in the spine of their side. Midfielders Hakim Ziyech (Ajax) and Amine Harit (Schalke 04) both come in at £22m while Juventus’ Medhi Benatia is worth £20m. Morocco squad value 20. Nigeria: £118.7m Nigeria put up a spirited game against England in their 2-1 defeat at Wembley last weekend, and they’ve earned praise for their exciting green-and-white striped kit. However, they’re a distinctly mid-table team when it comes to squad value, weighing in at an estimated £118.7m. Perhaps surprisingly for English fans, Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi ranks only fifth in the team for transfer value. He is one of five players in the team who are valued over £10m. Wilfred Ndidi claims the top-spot in the team, valued at £22m. Nigeria squad value 19. Mexico: £129.9m Chicharito celebrates with Hirving Lozano Credit: Ian Walton/ Getty Images Europe Mexico can boast an evenly distributed squad of respectable value. There are no huge names in the mix but PSV winger Hirving Lozano could well have the sort of tournament that will send his worth rocketing upwards. He is currently valued at £22m by Transfermarkt, Mexico’s most expensive player. Mexico squad value 18. Russia: £142.4m It’s fair to say that, ranked 70th in the world by FIFA, hosts Russia would struggle to find a place in the World Cup if it wasn’t taking place there. But with a total squad value estimated at £142.4m, Russia’s team is the 18th most expensive in the World Cup. This figure is relatively evenly distributed across the squad, which has five players worth over £10m. Aleksandr Golovin tops the list as Russia’s most valuable player, worth an estimated £15.8m. Russia squad value 17. Egypt: £173.6m Mohamed Salah is Egypt's main man Credit: Patrick Smith/FIFA There’s one stand-out player in Egypt’s team and that man is Mohammed Salah. Valued at £132m (the joint-third highest for any player) he is responsible for more than three-quarters of the worth of the entire squad. Mohamed Elneny is a distant second at £8.8m. Egypt squad value 16. Switzerland: £191.9m With a total value of £191.9m, the Swiss are in the top half of the squads. While eight of their players are estimated to be worth over £10m, Granit Xhaka tops the list, worth £35.2m. Arsenal fans will be well aware of this midfielder, with Xhaka accumulating 70 caps for the North London club. Switzerland squad value 15. Colombia: £221.1m Given their performance at Brazil 2014 it is somewhat surprising that Colombia don't feature higher on this list. This is because they have - in cricketing parlance - quite a long tail. Though they have two or three big names in the squad they also have 13 players who are valued at less than five million pounds. Propelled to fame by his performance in Brazil, James Rodríguez is Colombia's most valuable player. His transfer worth is estimated at £61.6m while Tottenham's Davinson Sanchez is their second most valuable player at £35.2m. Colombia squad value 14. Denmark: £228.2m Tottenham's Christian Eriksen Credit: Marc Atkins/Offside Christian Eriksen’s £70.4m price tag goes a long way to explain Denmark’s large squad value. Indeed, Denmark’s prospective performance in the tournament will depend a lot on the Tottenham midfielder. The Danish team totals a squad value of £228.2m, with Christian Eriksen and Andreas Christensen collectively contributing almost half of this. Denmark squad value 13. Serbia: £235.4m The Serbian squad has the honour of featuring one of the most talked about men in world football at the moment in the form of Lazio's Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. A target for several big Premier League outfits, if you believe the rumours, the midfielder has a transfer value of £79.2m. Milinkovic-Savic's value is supplemented nicely by that of Nemanja Matic (£35.2m), Dusan Tadic (£13.2m) and Luka Milivojevic (£13.2m). Serbia squad value 12. Poland: £241.6m The Polish team clocks in at a total value of £241.6m, with eight players each contributing more than £10m. The Polish captain Robert Lewandowski is estimated to have a market value of £79.2m - a third of the total squad’s value. The country will need a good performance from the Bayern Munich striker in order to progress from a group that also contains Senegal and Colombia. Poland squad value 11. Senegal: £261.6m Senegal's Sadio Mane Credit: Darko Bandic/AP Also vying for one of the top two positions in Group H, Senegal’s squad value beats that of Poland. Liverpool's Sadio Mané takes up 23.5 per cent of the total, at £61.6m but has able support from Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly (£52.8m) and Monaco's Keita Baldé (£26.4m). Senegal squad value 10. Croatia: £316.8m Croatia are the tenth most expensive team in the 2018 World Cup, with a squad valued at an estimated £316.8m. The squad is both well-balanced and strong. Ivan Rakitic, Croatia’s most expensive player, has an estimated value of £44m - or 13.9 per cent of the total. 11 other players have a value of over £10m, six of which top £20m. Croatia squad value 9. Uruguay: £327.8m Uruguay are one of the true dark horses in this competition and it's easy to see why, given the depth of talent that they have at their disposal. In Luis Suárez (£61.6m) and Edison Cavani (£52.8m) they have two genuinely top bracket goalscorers while at the back they can rely on Athletico Madrid's centre back pairing of José Giménez (£39.6m) and Diego Godin (£30.8m). An impressive team spine is completed in midfield by potential Arsenal signing Lucas Torreira (£26.4m) and Inter Milan's Matías Vecino (£18.5m). Uruguay squad values 8. Portugal: £408.8m Portugal’s star player needs no introduction. Cristiano Ronaldo is worth an estimated £88m and shoulders a solid fifth of the total squad value of Portugal. Aside from their captain, Portugal also draws on the likes of Bernardo Silva, Gonçalo Guedes and Gelson Martins to reach a total squad value of £408.8m. Portugal squad value 7. Argentina: £612.5m Lionel Messi is the joint most valuable player at the World Cup Credit: FIFA/ Michael Regan Despite a recent run of poor form, 2014 finalists Argentina will still fancy their chances in Russia if they can get their glittering forward line firing. They have the seventh highest-value team in the tournament, at an estimate of £612.5m. Their emblematic captain Lionel Messi makes up a quarter of this total, valued at a whopping £158.4m, while Paolo Dybala (£96.8m), Sergio Agüero (£70.4m) and Gonzalo Higuaín (£52.8m) make up the rest of the attacking threat in this top-heavy squad. Argentina squad value 6. Belgium: £663.5m Kevin De Bruyne had a great season with Manchester City Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images Europe With only six players in the Belgian side having an estimated transfer value of less than £10m, their overall value totals £663.5m. The formidable team will face England in the Kaliningrad Stadium on June 28 in what could be a crunch match to decide who tops Group G. The squad’s most expensive players are Kevin De Bruyne (£132m), Eden Hazard (£96.8m) and Romelu Lukaku (£79.2m). Belgium squad value 5. England: £769.1m England's captain is their MVP Credit: James Baylis/Getty Images Europe The madness of the Premier League’s spending power generally ensures that English players fetch a premium in the transfer market. This has probably inflated England’s worth here, but let’s savour the Three Lions’ presence within the world’s elite while we can. Harry Kane is England’s highest valued man, with a price tag of £132m, one of only six players at the World Cup whose value extends into nine figures. Dele Alli (£88m) is the second most valuable member of the squad while Raheem Sterling (£79.2m) is in third. England’s least valuable player - Ashley Young (£6.2m) - is the most expensive least valuable player for any nation. England squad value 4. Germany: £777m Real Madrid's Toni Kroos Credit: Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images Europe The current World Cup holders have one of the most equally distributed teams in the tournament, with their top-valued player Toni Kroos only consisting 9.1 per cent of the total squad value. The squad’s value is estimated to be £777m, which makes it the fourth most valuable in the tournament. Alongside Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos (valued at £70.4m), Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen (£52.8m) and Bayern Munich defender Mats Hummels (£52.8m) also rank as the joint-favourite’s best-valued players. Germany squad value 3. Brazil: £863.3m Neymar will be looking to outplay Messi in Russia Credit: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters Despite having the joint most expensive at the tournament in Neymar (£158.4m), Brazil’s squad is far more evenly balanced than Argentina’s. Their ten most valuable players include two goalkeepers in Alisson and Ederson, two defenders in Marcelo and Marquinhos and Casemiro, a defensive midfielder, as well as five highly rated attacking players. Brazil squad value 2. Spain: £906.4m Despite their attacking options Barca's Sergio Busquets is Spain's MVP Credit: Jose Jordan/ AFP Spain is one of two teams in the World Cup valued over £900m - or one billion euros. They come in second place in the squad value rankings, clinched by France by a mere £44m. Another favourite of the World Cup, Spain has the most equally distributed team in Russia. The team’s most expensive player, Sergio Busquets, is valued at £70.4 - or just 7.8 per cent of the overall team’s £906.4m value. The winners of the 2010 World Cup can also boast the likes of Real Madrid midfielders Isco and Marco Asensio (each £66m), as well as Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea (£61.6m). Spain squad value 1. France: £950.4m France emerge as fairly comfortable winners in these rankings with a total transfer market value less than £50m shy of £1bn. Les Bleus’ array of young talent is formidable. Ten of their squad are valued at in excess of £40m with PSG’s Kylian Mbappé topping the list at £105.6m. Antoine Griezmann (£88m), Paul Pogba (£79.2m) and Ousmane Dembélé (£70.4m) are all also individually worth more than the entire squads of Panama, Saudi Arabia and Peru combined. France squad value How the World Cup’s most valuable squads compare
Which country has the most expensive squad at World Cup 2018?
Squad value is a good proxy for the quality of a team, so we've ranked all 32 World Cup countries based on their player's worth in the transfer market to see if it gives any clear indications about who could triumph at Russia 2018. We've used data from Transfermarkt to work out the total estimated transfer value of each member of every 23-man squad in the tournament. This is different to adding up actual transfer fees, but a more accurate way of measuring current worth. For example, Messi has been at Barcelona for his entire career so would count as having no value if you did it that way. Starting XIs change each game, and so a team's value will vary from game to game, but these overall team totals will give you a good estimate for how expensive each team is. So, who do you think has the priciest team in the world? Read on to find out. 32. Panama: Total value £7.4 million With a total value of £7.4 million across their 23 players, Panama are the least valuable team in the World Cup. Panama’s best player is the midfielder Aníbal Godoy. He plays for the San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer and is worth an estimated £700,000. Their forward Blas Pérez ranks as the tournament’s joint-third cheapest player. Panama squad value 31. Saudi Arabia: £16.6m You could be forgiven for not having heard of many Saudi Arabia’s 23. All but three of them play their club football in the Saudi Pro League with 16 of them coming from just two clubs: Al-Ahli and Al-Hilal. Their star man - in transfer value terms - is Yasir Al-Shahrani, a winger who plies his trade for Leganés in La Liga. He is valued at the princely sum of £1.3m. While they may be minnows in this list, Saudi Arabia are, at least consistent. They have one of the lowest variations in value across their squad meaning theirs is one with a high level of equality. Saudi Arabia squad value 30. Peru: £33m Peru have been heralded as a potential surprise in this year’s World Cup, but one look at their market value would say otherwise. The South American team ranks 30th in the tournament, at just £33m, with their top man André Carrillo contributing £5.3m of this. You may recognise Carrillo: he played for Watford in the last season, on loan from Benfica. Peru squad value 29. Costa Rica: £36.1m Keylor Navas during England's recent friendly with Costa Rica Credit: Alex Livesey/ Getty Images Europe As Costa Rica proved in 2014, you don’t have to have a squad full of high value superstars to perform well in World Cups. Ranked in a similarly lowly position this year, they’ll be hoping to repeat the trick. Real Madrid keeper Keylor Navas is the Ticos most valuable man, with an estimated worth of £15.8m in today’s transfer market. They also feature serial Arsenal loanee Joel Campbell who could make his £2.6m price tag look like a steal. Costa Rica squad value 28. Iran: £41.9m 2018 will mark Iran’s first consecutive World Cup appearance, after they left the 2014 tournament in the group stage. This time round, the team’s total worth tallies up to an estimated £41.9m. Their most valuable player, attacking midfielder Alireza Jahanbakhsh, plays his domestic football for the Dutch club of AZ Alkmaar. He has an estimated transfer value of £10.6m. Iran squad value 27. Australia: £43.6m Huddersfield’s Aaron Mooy is the jewel in the Aussie crown with the midfielder accounting for about a fifth of their total squad value at £8.8m. Brighton keeper Mathew Ryan comes a close second with a value of £7m but no other player surpasses the £5m mark. Australia squad value 26. Tunisia: £51.8m Tunisia will be England’s first opponent as they face each other in the Volgograd Arena on Monday. On paper, there should be no comparison: The Tunisian team totals up a value of £51.8m - some £717.3m less than England’s total value. Midfielder Ellyes Skhiri is the team’s star player, valued at an estimated £8.8m. Tunisia squad values 25. Japan: £64.6m Shinji Kagawa is Japan's MVP Credit: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters Former Manchester United man Shinji Kagawa is Japan’s most expensive talent with a modest value of £11.4m. Aside from the Dortmund attacking midfielder Premier League players Maya Yoshida and Shinji Okazaki make up Japan’s other high-ticket stars. Admittedly, at this point in proceedings “high-ticket” has a different definition than it will later on in this list. Some players - who we’ll meet later on - are individually worth twice the value of Japan’s whole squad. Japan squad value 24. Iceland: £66.9m Everton midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson is Iceland’s star man, and is estimated to be worth £26.4m. He makes up almost 40 per cent of the total Icelandic squad’s worth of £66.9m. The island minnows might seem like they can be easily dismissed as a mediocre one-man band, but England’s Euro 2016 team may say otherwise. While Iceland ranks 24 for the overall team’s worth, they rank 19th for the value of their most-valued player. Iceland squad value 23. South Korea: £74.8m South Korea have faded from the global footballing consciousness since they jointly hosted the 2002 World Cup with Japan. The majority of their 2018 squad play in either Japan or Korea but they do have a standout player in the former of Tottenham’s Heung-min Son. Valued at £44m he accounts for nearly 60 per cent of his country’s total squad value, the second highest proportion for any player in any team. South Korea squad value 22. Sweden: £105.4m Victor Lindelof is valued at £22m Credit: Robbie Jay Barratt/Getty Images North America Here we are: the first team to break £100m. At an estimated squad value of £105.4m, Sweden rank 22nd in the tournament based on squad value. Their most valued player, Manchester United defender Victor Lindelöf, is valued at £22m - over a fifth of the total squad value. Sweden squad value 21. Morocco: £113.9m What are Morocco doing so high up this list I hear you ask? Well, even at this stage all it takes is a couple of big fish to propel you up the rankings, and Morocco can boast three players worth £20m or more in the spine of their side. Midfielders Hakim Ziyech (Ajax) and Amine Harit (Schalke 04) both come in at £22m while Juventus’ Medhi Benatia is worth £20m. Morocco squad value 20. Nigeria: £118.7m Nigeria put up a spirited game against England in their 2-1 defeat at Wembley last weekend, and they’ve earned praise for their exciting green-and-white striped kit. However, they’re a distinctly mid-table team when it comes to squad value, weighing in at an estimated £118.7m. Perhaps surprisingly for English fans, Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi ranks only fifth in the team for transfer value. He is one of five players in the team who are valued over £10m. Wilfred Ndidi claims the top-spot in the team, valued at £22m. Nigeria squad value 19. Mexico: £129.9m Chicharito celebrates with Hirving Lozano Credit: Ian Walton/ Getty Images Europe Mexico can boast an evenly distributed squad of respectable value. There are no huge names in the mix but PSV winger Hirving Lozano could well have the sort of tournament that will send his worth rocketing upwards. He is currently valued at £22m by Transfermarkt, Mexico’s most expensive player. Mexico squad value 18. Russia: £142.4m It’s fair to say that, ranked 70th in the world by FIFA, hosts Russia would struggle to find a place in the World Cup if it wasn’t taking place there. But with a total squad value estimated at £142.4m, Russia’s team is the 18th most expensive in the World Cup. This figure is relatively evenly distributed across the squad, which has five players worth over £10m. Aleksandr Golovin tops the list as Russia’s most valuable player, worth an estimated £15.8m. Russia squad value 17. Egypt: £173.6m Mohamed Salah is Egypt's main man Credit: Patrick Smith/FIFA There’s one stand-out player in Egypt’s team and that man is Mohammed Salah. Valued at £132m (the joint-third highest for any player) he is responsible for more than three-quarters of the worth of the entire squad. Mohamed Elneny is a distant second at £8.8m. Egypt squad value 16. Switzerland: £191.9m With a total value of £191.9m, the Swiss are in the top half of the squads. While eight of their players are estimated to be worth over £10m, Granit Xhaka tops the list, worth £35.2m. Arsenal fans will be well aware of this midfielder, with Xhaka accumulating 70 caps for the North London club. Switzerland squad value 15. Colombia: £221.1m Given their performance at Brazil 2014 it is somewhat surprising that Colombia don't feature higher on this list. This is because they have - in cricketing parlance - quite a long tail. Though they have two or three big names in the squad they also have 13 players who are valued at less than five million pounds. Propelled to fame by his performance in Brazil, James Rodríguez is Colombia's most valuable player. His transfer worth is estimated at £61.6m while Tottenham's Davinson Sanchez is their second most valuable player at £35.2m. Colombia squad value 14. Denmark: £228.2m Tottenham's Christian Eriksen Credit: Marc Atkins/Offside Christian Eriksen’s £70.4m price tag goes a long way to explain Denmark’s large squad value. Indeed, Denmark’s prospective performance in the tournament will depend a lot on the Tottenham midfielder. The Danish team totals a squad value of £228.2m, with Christian Eriksen and Andreas Christensen collectively contributing almost half of this. Denmark squad value 13. Serbia: £235.4m The Serbian squad has the honour of featuring one of the most talked about men in world football at the moment in the form of Lazio's Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. A target for several big Premier League outfits, if you believe the rumours, the midfielder has a transfer value of £79.2m. Milinkovic-Savic's value is supplemented nicely by that of Nemanja Matic (£35.2m), Dusan Tadic (£13.2m) and Luka Milivojevic (£13.2m). Serbia squad value 12. Poland: £241.6m The Polish team clocks in at a total value of £241.6m, with eight players each contributing more than £10m. The Polish captain Robert Lewandowski is estimated to have a market value of £79.2m - a third of the total squad’s value. The country will need a good performance from the Bayern Munich striker in order to progress from a group that also contains Senegal and Colombia. Poland squad value 11. Senegal: £261.6m Senegal's Sadio Mane Credit: Darko Bandic/AP Also vying for one of the top two positions in Group H, Senegal’s squad value beats that of Poland. Liverpool's Sadio Mané takes up 23.5 per cent of the total, at £61.6m but has able support from Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly (£52.8m) and Monaco's Keita Baldé (£26.4m). Senegal squad value 10. Croatia: £316.8m Croatia are the tenth most expensive team in the 2018 World Cup, with a squad valued at an estimated £316.8m. The squad is both well-balanced and strong. Ivan Rakitic, Croatia’s most expensive player, has an estimated value of £44m - or 13.9 per cent of the total. 11 other players have a value of over £10m, six of which top £20m. Croatia squad value 9. Uruguay: £327.8m Uruguay are one of the true dark horses in this competition and it's easy to see why, given the depth of talent that they have at their disposal. In Luis Suárez (£61.6m) and Edison Cavani (£52.8m) they have two genuinely top bracket goalscorers while at the back they can rely on Athletico Madrid's centre back pairing of José Giménez (£39.6m) and Diego Godin (£30.8m). An impressive team spine is completed in midfield by potential Arsenal signing Lucas Torreira (£26.4m) and Inter Milan's Matías Vecino (£18.5m). Uruguay squad values 8. Portugal: £408.8m Portugal’s star player needs no introduction. Cristiano Ronaldo is worth an estimated £88m and shoulders a solid fifth of the total squad value of Portugal. Aside from their captain, Portugal also draws on the likes of Bernardo Silva, Gonçalo Guedes and Gelson Martins to reach a total squad value of £408.8m. Portugal squad value 7. Argentina: £612.5m Lionel Messi is the joint most valuable player at the World Cup Credit: FIFA/ Michael Regan Despite a recent run of poor form, 2014 finalists Argentina will still fancy their chances in Russia if they can get their glittering forward line firing. They have the seventh highest-value team in the tournament, at an estimate of £612.5m. Their emblematic captain Lionel Messi makes up a quarter of this total, valued at a whopping £158.4m, while Paolo Dybala (£96.8m), Sergio Agüero (£70.4m) and Gonzalo Higuaín (£52.8m) make up the rest of the attacking threat in this top-heavy squad. Argentina squad value 6. Belgium: £663.5m Kevin De Bruyne had a great season with Manchester City Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images Europe With only six players in the Belgian side having an estimated transfer value of less than £10m, their overall value totals £663.5m. The formidable team will face England in the Kaliningrad Stadium on June 28 in what could be a crunch match to decide who tops Group G. The squad’s most expensive players are Kevin De Bruyne (£132m), Eden Hazard (£96.8m) and Romelu Lukaku (£79.2m). Belgium squad value 5. England: £769.1m England's captain is their MVP Credit: James Baylis/Getty Images Europe The madness of the Premier League’s spending power generally ensures that English players fetch a premium in the transfer market. This has probably inflated England’s worth here, but let’s savour the Three Lions’ presence within the world’s elite while we can. Harry Kane is England’s highest valued man, with a price tag of £132m, one of only six players at the World Cup whose value extends into nine figures. Dele Alli (£88m) is the second most valuable member of the squad while Raheem Sterling (£79.2m) is in third. England’s least valuable player - Ashley Young (£6.2m) - is the most expensive least valuable player for any nation. England squad value 4. Germany: £777m Real Madrid's Toni Kroos Credit: Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images Europe The current World Cup holders have one of the most equally distributed teams in the tournament, with their top-valued player Toni Kroos only consisting 9.1 per cent of the total squad value. The squad’s value is estimated to be £777m, which makes it the fourth most valuable in the tournament. Alongside Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos (valued at £70.4m), Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen (£52.8m) and Bayern Munich defender Mats Hummels (£52.8m) also rank as the joint-favourite’s best-valued players. Germany squad value 3. Brazil: £863.3m Neymar will be looking to outplay Messi in Russia Credit: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters Despite having the joint most expensive at the tournament in Neymar (£158.4m), Brazil’s squad is far more evenly balanced than Argentina’s. Their ten most valuable players include two goalkeepers in Alisson and Ederson, two defenders in Marcelo and Marquinhos and Casemiro, a defensive midfielder, as well as five highly rated attacking players. Brazil squad value 2. Spain: £906.4m Despite their attacking options Barca's Sergio Busquets is Spain's MVP Credit: Jose Jordan/ AFP Spain is one of two teams in the World Cup valued over £900m - or one billion euros. They come in second place in the squad value rankings, clinched by France by a mere £44m. Another favourite of the World Cup, Spain has the most equally distributed team in Russia. The team’s most expensive player, Sergio Busquets, is valued at £70.4 - or just 7.8 per cent of the overall team’s £906.4m value. The winners of the 2010 World Cup can also boast the likes of Real Madrid midfielders Isco and Marco Asensio (each £66m), as well as Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea (£61.6m). Spain squad value 1. France: £950.4m France emerge as fairly comfortable winners in these rankings with a total transfer market value less than £50m shy of £1bn. Les Bleus’ array of young talent is formidable. Ten of their squad are valued at in excess of £40m with PSG’s Kylian Mbappé topping the list at £105.6m. Antoine Griezmann (£88m), Paul Pogba (£79.2m) and Ousmane Dembélé (£70.4m) are all also individually worth more than the entire squads of Panama, Saudi Arabia and Peru combined. France squad value How the World Cup’s most valuable squads compare
Squad value is a good proxy for the quality of a team, so we've ranked all 32 World Cup countries based on their player's worth in the transfer market to see if it gives any clear indications about who could triumph at Russia 2018. We've used data from Transfermarkt to work out the total estimated transfer value of each member of every 23-man squad in the tournament. This is different to adding up actual transfer fees, but a more accurate way of measuring current worth. For example, Messi has been at Barcelona for his entire career so would count as having no value if you did it that way. Starting XIs change each game, and so a team's value will vary from game to game, but these overall team totals will give you a good estimate for how expensive each team is. So, who do you think has the priciest team in the world? Read on to find out. 32. Panama: Total value £7.4 million With a total value of £7.4 million across their 23 players, Panama are the least valuable team in the World Cup. Panama’s best player is the midfielder Aníbal Godoy. He plays for the San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer and is worth an estimated £700,000. Their forward Blas Pérez ranks as the tournament’s joint-third cheapest player. Panama squad value 31. Saudi Arabia: £16.6m You could be forgiven for not having heard of many Saudi Arabia’s 23. All but three of them play their club football in the Saudi Pro League with 16 of them coming from just two clubs: Al-Ahli and Al-Hilal. Their star man - in transfer value terms - is Yasir Al-Shahrani, a winger who plies his trade for Leganés in La Liga. He is valued at the princely sum of £1.3m. While they may be minnows in this list, Saudi Arabia are, at least consistent. They have one of the lowest variations in value across their squad meaning theirs is one with a high level of equality. Saudi Arabia squad value 30. Peru: £33m Peru have been heralded as a potential surprise in this year’s World Cup, but one look at their market value would say otherwise. The South American team ranks 30th in the tournament, at just £33m, with their top man André Carrillo contributing £5.3m of this. You may recognise Carrillo: he played for Watford in the last season, on loan from Benfica. Peru squad value 29. Costa Rica: £36.1m Keylor Navas during England's recent friendly with Costa Rica Credit: Alex Livesey/ Getty Images Europe As Costa Rica proved in 2014, you don’t have to have a squad full of high value superstars to perform well in World Cups. Ranked in a similarly lowly position this year, they’ll be hoping to repeat the trick. Real Madrid keeper Keylor Navas is the Ticos most valuable man, with an estimated worth of £15.8m in today’s transfer market. They also feature serial Arsenal loanee Joel Campbell who could make his £2.6m price tag look like a steal. Costa Rica squad value 28. Iran: £41.9m 2018 will mark Iran’s first consecutive World Cup appearance, after they left the 2014 tournament in the group stage. This time round, the team’s total worth tallies up to an estimated £41.9m. Their most valuable player, attacking midfielder Alireza Jahanbakhsh, plays his domestic football for the Dutch club of AZ Alkmaar. He has an estimated transfer value of £10.6m. Iran squad value 27. Australia: £43.6m Huddersfield’s Aaron Mooy is the jewel in the Aussie crown with the midfielder accounting for about a fifth of their total squad value at £8.8m. Brighton keeper Mathew Ryan comes a close second with a value of £7m but no other player surpasses the £5m mark. Australia squad value 26. Tunisia: £51.8m Tunisia will be England’s first opponent as they face each other in the Volgograd Arena on Monday. On paper, there should be no comparison: The Tunisian team totals up a value of £51.8m - some £717.3m less than England’s total value. Midfielder Ellyes Skhiri is the team’s star player, valued at an estimated £8.8m. Tunisia squad values 25. Japan: £64.6m Shinji Kagawa is Japan's MVP Credit: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters Former Manchester United man Shinji Kagawa is Japan’s most expensive talent with a modest value of £11.4m. Aside from the Dortmund attacking midfielder Premier League players Maya Yoshida and Shinji Okazaki make up Japan’s other high-ticket stars. Admittedly, at this point in proceedings “high-ticket” has a different definition than it will later on in this list. Some players - who we’ll meet later on - are individually worth twice the value of Japan’s whole squad. Japan squad value 24. Iceland: £66.9m Everton midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson is Iceland’s star man, and is estimated to be worth £26.4m. He makes up almost 40 per cent of the total Icelandic squad’s worth of £66.9m. The island minnows might seem like they can be easily dismissed as a mediocre one-man band, but England’s Euro 2016 team may say otherwise. While Iceland ranks 24 for the overall team’s worth, they rank 19th for the value of their most-valued player. Iceland squad value 23. South Korea: £74.8m South Korea have faded from the global footballing consciousness since they jointly hosted the 2002 World Cup with Japan. The majority of their 2018 squad play in either Japan or Korea but they do have a standout player in the former of Tottenham’s Heung-min Son. Valued at £44m he accounts for nearly 60 per cent of his country’s total squad value, the second highest proportion for any player in any team. South Korea squad value 22. Sweden: £105.4m Victor Lindelof is valued at £22m Credit: Robbie Jay Barratt/Getty Images North America Here we are: the first team to break £100m. At an estimated squad value of £105.4m, Sweden rank 22nd in the tournament based on squad value. Their most valued player, Manchester United defender Victor Lindelöf, is valued at £22m - over a fifth of the total squad value. Sweden squad value 21. Morocco: £113.9m What are Morocco doing so high up this list I hear you ask? Well, even at this stage all it takes is a couple of big fish to propel you up the rankings, and Morocco can boast three players worth £20m or more in the spine of their side. Midfielders Hakim Ziyech (Ajax) and Amine Harit (Schalke 04) both come in at £22m while Juventus’ Medhi Benatia is worth £20m. Morocco squad value 20. Nigeria: £118.7m Nigeria put up a spirited game against England in their 2-1 defeat at Wembley last weekend, and they’ve earned praise for their exciting green-and-white striped kit. However, they’re a distinctly mid-table team when it comes to squad value, weighing in at an estimated £118.7m. Perhaps surprisingly for English fans, Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi ranks only fifth in the team for transfer value. He is one of five players in the team who are valued over £10m. Wilfred Ndidi claims the top-spot in the team, valued at £22m. Nigeria squad value 19. Mexico: £129.9m Chicharito celebrates with Hirving Lozano Credit: Ian Walton/ Getty Images Europe Mexico can boast an evenly distributed squad of respectable value. There are no huge names in the mix but PSV winger Hirving Lozano could well have the sort of tournament that will send his worth rocketing upwards. He is currently valued at £22m by Transfermarkt, Mexico’s most expensive player. Mexico squad value 18. Russia: £142.4m It’s fair to say that, ranked 70th in the world by FIFA, hosts Russia would struggle to find a place in the World Cup if it wasn’t taking place there. But with a total squad value estimated at £142.4m, Russia’s team is the 18th most expensive in the World Cup. This figure is relatively evenly distributed across the squad, which has five players worth over £10m. Aleksandr Golovin tops the list as Russia’s most valuable player, worth an estimated £15.8m. Russia squad value 17. Egypt: £173.6m Mohamed Salah is Egypt's main man Credit: Patrick Smith/FIFA There’s one stand-out player in Egypt’s team and that man is Mohammed Salah. Valued at £132m (the joint-third highest for any player) he is responsible for more than three-quarters of the worth of the entire squad. Mohamed Elneny is a distant second at £8.8m. Egypt squad value 16. Switzerland: £191.9m With a total value of £191.9m, the Swiss are in the top half of the squads. While eight of their players are estimated to be worth over £10m, Granit Xhaka tops the list, worth £35.2m. Arsenal fans will be well aware of this midfielder, with Xhaka accumulating 70 caps for the North London club. Switzerland squad value 15. Colombia: £221.1m Given their performance at Brazil 2014 it is somewhat surprising that Colombia don't feature higher on this list. This is because they have - in cricketing parlance - quite a long tail. Though they have two or three big names in the squad they also have 13 players who are valued at less than five million pounds. Propelled to fame by his performance in Brazil, James Rodríguez is Colombia's most valuable player. His transfer worth is estimated at £61.6m while Tottenham's Davinson Sanchez is their second most valuable player at £35.2m. Colombia squad value 14. Denmark: £228.2m Tottenham's Christian Eriksen Credit: Marc Atkins/Offside Christian Eriksen’s £70.4m price tag goes a long way to explain Denmark’s large squad value. Indeed, Denmark’s prospective performance in the tournament will depend a lot on the Tottenham midfielder. The Danish team totals a squad value of £228.2m, with Christian Eriksen and Andreas Christensen collectively contributing almost half of this. Denmark squad value 13. Serbia: £235.4m The Serbian squad has the honour of featuring one of the most talked about men in world football at the moment in the form of Lazio's Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. A target for several big Premier League outfits, if you believe the rumours, the midfielder has a transfer value of £79.2m. Milinkovic-Savic's value is supplemented nicely by that of Nemanja Matic (£35.2m), Dusan Tadic (£13.2m) and Luka Milivojevic (£13.2m). Serbia squad value 12. Poland: £241.6m The Polish team clocks in at a total value of £241.6m, with eight players each contributing more than £10m. The Polish captain Robert Lewandowski is estimated to have a market value of £79.2m - a third of the total squad’s value. The country will need a good performance from the Bayern Munich striker in order to progress from a group that also contains Senegal and Colombia. Poland squad value 11. Senegal: £261.6m Senegal's Sadio Mane Credit: Darko Bandic/AP Also vying for one of the top two positions in Group H, Senegal’s squad value beats that of Poland. Liverpool's Sadio Mané takes up 23.5 per cent of the total, at £61.6m but has able support from Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly (£52.8m) and Monaco's Keita Baldé (£26.4m). Senegal squad value 10. Croatia: £316.8m Croatia are the tenth most expensive team in the 2018 World Cup, with a squad valued at an estimated £316.8m. The squad is both well-balanced and strong. Ivan Rakitic, Croatia’s most expensive player, has an estimated value of £44m - or 13.9 per cent of the total. 11 other players have a value of over £10m, six of which top £20m. Croatia squad value 9. Uruguay: £327.8m Uruguay are one of the true dark horses in this competition and it's easy to see why, given the depth of talent that they have at their disposal. In Luis Suárez (£61.6m) and Edison Cavani (£52.8m) they have two genuinely top bracket goalscorers while at the back they can rely on Athletico Madrid's centre back pairing of José Giménez (£39.6m) and Diego Godin (£30.8m). An impressive team spine is completed in midfield by potential Arsenal signing Lucas Torreira (£26.4m) and Inter Milan's Matías Vecino (£18.5m). Uruguay squad values 8. Portugal: £408.8m Portugal’s star player needs no introduction. Cristiano Ronaldo is worth an estimated £88m and shoulders a solid fifth of the total squad value of Portugal. Aside from their captain, Portugal also draws on the likes of Bernardo Silva, Gonçalo Guedes and Gelson Martins to reach a total squad value of £408.8m. Portugal squad value 7. Argentina: £612.5m Lionel Messi is the joint most valuable player at the World Cup Credit: FIFA/ Michael Regan Despite a recent run of poor form, 2014 finalists Argentina will still fancy their chances in Russia if they can get their glittering forward line firing. They have the seventh highest-value team in the tournament, at an estimate of £612.5m. Their emblematic captain Lionel Messi makes up a quarter of this total, valued at a whopping £158.4m, while Paolo Dybala (£96.8m), Sergio Agüero (£70.4m) and Gonzalo Higuaín (£52.8m) make up the rest of the attacking threat in this top-heavy squad. Argentina squad value 6. Belgium: £663.5m Kevin De Bruyne had a great season with Manchester City Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images Europe With only six players in the Belgian side having an estimated transfer value of less than £10m, their overall value totals £663.5m. The formidable team will face England in the Kaliningrad Stadium on June 28 in what could be a crunch match to decide who tops Group G. The squad’s most expensive players are Kevin De Bruyne (£132m), Eden Hazard (£96.8m) and Romelu Lukaku (£79.2m). Belgium squad value 5. England: £769.1m England's captain is their MVP Credit: James Baylis/Getty Images Europe The madness of the Premier League’s spending power generally ensures that English players fetch a premium in the transfer market. This has probably inflated England’s worth here, but let’s savour the Three Lions’ presence within the world’s elite while we can. Harry Kane is England’s highest valued man, with a price tag of £132m, one of only six players at the World Cup whose value extends into nine figures. Dele Alli (£88m) is the second most valuable member of the squad while Raheem Sterling (£79.2m) is in third. England’s least valuable player - Ashley Young (£6.2m) - is the most expensive least valuable player for any nation. England squad value 4. Germany: £777m Real Madrid's Toni Kroos Credit: Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images Europe The current World Cup holders have one of the most equally distributed teams in the tournament, with their top-valued player Toni Kroos only consisting 9.1 per cent of the total squad value. The squad’s value is estimated to be £777m, which makes it the fourth most valuable in the tournament. Alongside Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos (valued at £70.4m), Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen (£52.8m) and Bayern Munich defender Mats Hummels (£52.8m) also rank as the joint-favourite’s best-valued players. Germany squad value 3. Brazil: £863.3m Neymar will be looking to outplay Messi in Russia Credit: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters Despite having the joint most expensive at the tournament in Neymar (£158.4m), Brazil’s squad is far more evenly balanced than Argentina’s. Their ten most valuable players include two goalkeepers in Alisson and Ederson, two defenders in Marcelo and Marquinhos and Casemiro, a defensive midfielder, as well as five highly rated attacking players. Brazil squad value 2. Spain: £906.4m Despite their attacking options Barca's Sergio Busquets is Spain's MVP Credit: Jose Jordan/ AFP Spain is one of two teams in the World Cup valued over £900m - or one billion euros. They come in second place in the squad value rankings, clinched by France by a mere £44m. Another favourite of the World Cup, Spain has the most equally distributed team in Russia. The team’s most expensive player, Sergio Busquets, is valued at £70.4 - or just 7.8 per cent of the overall team’s £906.4m value. The winners of the 2010 World Cup can also boast the likes of Real Madrid midfielders Isco and Marco Asensio (each £66m), as well as Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea (£61.6m). Spain squad value 1. France: £950.4m France emerge as fairly comfortable winners in these rankings with a total transfer market value less than £50m shy of £1bn. Les Bleus’ array of young talent is formidable. Ten of their squad are valued at in excess of £40m with PSG’s Kylian Mbappé topping the list at £105.6m. Antoine Griezmann (£88m), Paul Pogba (£79.2m) and Ousmane Dembélé (£70.4m) are all also individually worth more than the entire squads of Panama, Saudi Arabia and Peru combined. France squad value How the World Cup’s most valuable squads compare
Which country has the most expensive squad at World Cup 2018?
Squad value is a good proxy for the quality of a team, so we've ranked all 32 World Cup countries based on their player's worth in the transfer market to see if it gives any clear indications about who could triumph at Russia 2018. We've used data from Transfermarkt to work out the total estimated transfer value of each member of every 23-man squad in the tournament. This is different to adding up actual transfer fees, but a more accurate way of measuring current worth. For example, Messi has been at Barcelona for his entire career so would count as having no value if you did it that way. Starting XIs change each game, and so a team's value will vary from game to game, but these overall team totals will give you a good estimate for how expensive each team is. So, who do you think has the priciest team in the world? Read on to find out. 32. Panama: Total value £7.4 million With a total value of £7.4 million across their 23 players, Panama are the least valuable team in the World Cup. Panama’s best player is the midfielder Aníbal Godoy. He plays for the San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer and is worth an estimated £700,000. Their forward Blas Pérez ranks as the tournament’s joint-third cheapest player. Panama squad value 31. Saudi Arabia: £16.6m You could be forgiven for not having heard of many Saudi Arabia’s 23. All but three of them play their club football in the Saudi Pro League with 16 of them coming from just two clubs: Al-Ahli and Al-Hilal. Their star man - in transfer value terms - is Yasir Al-Shahrani, a winger who plies his trade for Leganés in La Liga. He is valued at the princely sum of £1.3m. While they may be minnows in this list, Saudi Arabia are, at least consistent. They have one of the lowest variations in value across their squad meaning theirs is one with a high level of equality. Saudi Arabia squad value 30. Peru: £33m Peru have been heralded as a potential surprise in this year’s World Cup, but one look at their market value would say otherwise. The South American team ranks 30th in the tournament, at just £33m, with their top man André Carrillo contributing £5.3m of this. You may recognise Carrillo: he played for Watford in the last season, on loan from Benfica. Peru squad value 29. Costa Rica: £36.1m Keylor Navas during England's recent friendly with Costa Rica Credit: Alex Livesey/ Getty Images Europe As Costa Rica proved in 2014, you don’t have to have a squad full of high value superstars to perform well in World Cups. Ranked in a similarly lowly position this year, they’ll be hoping to repeat the trick. Real Madrid keeper Keylor Navas is the Ticos most valuable man, with an estimated worth of £15.8m in today’s transfer market. They also feature serial Arsenal loanee Joel Campbell who could make his £2.6m price tag look like a steal. Costa Rica squad value 28. Iran: £41.9m 2018 will mark Iran’s first consecutive World Cup appearance, after they left the 2014 tournament in the group stage. This time round, the team’s total worth tallies up to an estimated £41.9m. Their most valuable player, attacking midfielder Alireza Jahanbakhsh, plays his domestic football for the Dutch club of AZ Alkmaar. He has an estimated transfer value of £10.6m. Iran squad value 27. Australia: £43.6m Huddersfield’s Aaron Mooy is the jewel in the Aussie crown with the midfielder accounting for about a fifth of their total squad value at £8.8m. Brighton keeper Mathew Ryan comes a close second with a value of £7m but no other player surpasses the £5m mark. Australia squad value 26. Tunisia: £51.8m Tunisia will be England’s first opponent as they face each other in the Volgograd Arena on Monday. On paper, there should be no comparison: The Tunisian team totals up a value of £51.8m - some £717.3m less than England’s total value. Midfielder Ellyes Skhiri is the team’s star player, valued at an estimated £8.8m. Tunisia squad values 25. Japan: £64.6m Shinji Kagawa is Japan's MVP Credit: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters Former Manchester United man Shinji Kagawa is Japan’s most expensive talent with a modest value of £11.4m. Aside from the Dortmund attacking midfielder Premier League players Maya Yoshida and Shinji Okazaki make up Japan’s other high-ticket stars. Admittedly, at this point in proceedings “high-ticket” has a different definition than it will later on in this list. Some players - who we’ll meet later on - are individually worth twice the value of Japan’s whole squad. Japan squad value 24. Iceland: £66.9m Everton midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson is Iceland’s star man, and is estimated to be worth £26.4m. He makes up almost 40 per cent of the total Icelandic squad’s worth of £66.9m. The island minnows might seem like they can be easily dismissed as a mediocre one-man band, but England’s Euro 2016 team may say otherwise. While Iceland ranks 24 for the overall team’s worth, they rank 19th for the value of their most-valued player. Iceland squad value 23. South Korea: £74.8m South Korea have faded from the global footballing consciousness since they jointly hosted the 2002 World Cup with Japan. The majority of their 2018 squad play in either Japan or Korea but they do have a standout player in the former of Tottenham’s Heung-min Son. Valued at £44m he accounts for nearly 60 per cent of his country’s total squad value, the second highest proportion for any player in any team. South Korea squad value 22. Sweden: £105.4m Victor Lindelof is valued at £22m Credit: Robbie Jay Barratt/Getty Images North America Here we are: the first team to break £100m. At an estimated squad value of £105.4m, Sweden rank 22nd in the tournament based on squad value. Their most valued player, Manchester United defender Victor Lindelöf, is valued at £22m - over a fifth of the total squad value. Sweden squad value 21. Morocco: £113.9m What are Morocco doing so high up this list I hear you ask? Well, even at this stage all it takes is a couple of big fish to propel you up the rankings, and Morocco can boast three players worth £20m or more in the spine of their side. Midfielders Hakim Ziyech (Ajax) and Amine Harit (Schalke 04) both come in at £22m while Juventus’ Medhi Benatia is worth £20m. Morocco squad value 20. Nigeria: £118.7m Nigeria put up a spirited game against England in their 2-1 defeat at Wembley last weekend, and they’ve earned praise for their exciting green-and-white striped kit. However, they’re a distinctly mid-table team when it comes to squad value, weighing in at an estimated £118.7m. Perhaps surprisingly for English fans, Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi ranks only fifth in the team for transfer value. He is one of five players in the team who are valued over £10m. Wilfred Ndidi claims the top-spot in the team, valued at £22m. Nigeria squad value 19. Mexico: £129.9m Chicharito celebrates with Hirving Lozano Credit: Ian Walton/ Getty Images Europe Mexico can boast an evenly distributed squad of respectable value. There are no huge names in the mix but PSV winger Hirving Lozano could well have the sort of tournament that will send his worth rocketing upwards. He is currently valued at £22m by Transfermarkt, Mexico’s most expensive player. Mexico squad value 18. Russia: £142.4m It’s fair to say that, ranked 70th in the world by FIFA, hosts Russia would struggle to find a place in the World Cup if it wasn’t taking place there. But with a total squad value estimated at £142.4m, Russia’s team is the 18th most expensive in the World Cup. This figure is relatively evenly distributed across the squad, which has five players worth over £10m. Aleksandr Golovin tops the list as Russia’s most valuable player, worth an estimated £15.8m. Russia squad value 17. Egypt: £173.6m Mohamed Salah is Egypt's main man Credit: Patrick Smith/FIFA There’s one stand-out player in Egypt’s team and that man is Mohammed Salah. Valued at £132m (the joint-third highest for any player) he is responsible for more than three-quarters of the worth of the entire squad. Mohamed Elneny is a distant second at £8.8m. Egypt squad value 16. Switzerland: £191.9m With a total value of £191.9m, the Swiss are in the top half of the squads. While eight of their players are estimated to be worth over £10m, Granit Xhaka tops the list, worth £35.2m. Arsenal fans will be well aware of this midfielder, with Xhaka accumulating 70 caps for the North London club. Switzerland squad value 15. Colombia: £221.1m Given their performance at Brazil 2014 it is somewhat surprising that Colombia don't feature higher on this list. This is because they have - in cricketing parlance - quite a long tail. Though they have two or three big names in the squad they also have 13 players who are valued at less than five million pounds. Propelled to fame by his performance in Brazil, James Rodríguez is Colombia's most valuable player. His transfer worth is estimated at £61.6m while Tottenham's Davinson Sanchez is their second most valuable player at £35.2m. Colombia squad value 14. Denmark: £228.2m Tottenham's Christian Eriksen Credit: Marc Atkins/Offside Christian Eriksen’s £70.4m price tag goes a long way to explain Denmark’s large squad value. Indeed, Denmark’s prospective performance in the tournament will depend a lot on the Tottenham midfielder. The Danish team totals a squad value of £228.2m, with Christian Eriksen and Andreas Christensen collectively contributing almost half of this. Denmark squad value 13. Serbia: £235.4m The Serbian squad has the honour of featuring one of the most talked about men in world football at the moment in the form of Lazio's Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. A target for several big Premier League outfits, if you believe the rumours, the midfielder has a transfer value of £79.2m. Milinkovic-Savic's value is supplemented nicely by that of Nemanja Matic (£35.2m), Dusan Tadic (£13.2m) and Luka Milivojevic (£13.2m). Serbia squad value 12. Poland: £241.6m The Polish team clocks in at a total value of £241.6m, with eight players each contributing more than £10m. The Polish captain Robert Lewandowski is estimated to have a market value of £79.2m - a third of the total squad’s value. The country will need a good performance from the Bayern Munich striker in order to progress from a group that also contains Senegal and Colombia. Poland squad value 11. Senegal: £261.6m Senegal's Sadio Mane Credit: Darko Bandic/AP Also vying for one of the top two positions in Group H, Senegal’s squad value beats that of Poland. Liverpool's Sadio Mané takes up 23.5 per cent of the total, at £61.6m but has able support from Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly (£52.8m) and Monaco's Keita Baldé (£26.4m). Senegal squad value 10. Croatia: £316.8m Croatia are the tenth most expensive team in the 2018 World Cup, with a squad valued at an estimated £316.8m. The squad is both well-balanced and strong. Ivan Rakitic, Croatia’s most expensive player, has an estimated value of £44m - or 13.9 per cent of the total. 11 other players have a value of over £10m, six of which top £20m. Croatia squad value 9. Uruguay: £327.8m Uruguay are one of the true dark horses in this competition and it's easy to see why, given the depth of talent that they have at their disposal. In Luis Suárez (£61.6m) and Edison Cavani (£52.8m) they have two genuinely top bracket goalscorers while at the back they can rely on Athletico Madrid's centre back pairing of José Giménez (£39.6m) and Diego Godin (£30.8m). An impressive team spine is completed in midfield by potential Arsenal signing Lucas Torreira (£26.4m) and Inter Milan's Matías Vecino (£18.5m). Uruguay squad values 8. Portugal: £408.8m Portugal’s star player needs no introduction. Cristiano Ronaldo is worth an estimated £88m and shoulders a solid fifth of the total squad value of Portugal. Aside from their captain, Portugal also draws on the likes of Bernardo Silva, Gonçalo Guedes and Gelson Martins to reach a total squad value of £408.8m. Portugal squad value 7. Argentina: £612.5m Lionel Messi is the joint most valuable player at the World Cup Credit: FIFA/ Michael Regan Despite a recent run of poor form, 2014 finalists Argentina will still fancy their chances in Russia if they can get their glittering forward line firing. They have the seventh highest-value team in the tournament, at an estimate of £612.5m. Their emblematic captain Lionel Messi makes up a quarter of this total, valued at a whopping £158.4m, while Paolo Dybala (£96.8m), Sergio Agüero (£70.4m) and Gonzalo Higuaín (£52.8m) make up the rest of the attacking threat in this top-heavy squad. Argentina squad value 6. Belgium: £663.5m Kevin De Bruyne had a great season with Manchester City Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images Europe With only six players in the Belgian side having an estimated transfer value of less than £10m, their overall value totals £663.5m. The formidable team will face England in the Kaliningrad Stadium on June 28 in what could be a crunch match to decide who tops Group G. The squad’s most expensive players are Kevin De Bruyne (£132m), Eden Hazard (£96.8m) and Romelu Lukaku (£79.2m). Belgium squad value 5. England: £769.1m England's captain is their MVP Credit: James Baylis/Getty Images Europe The madness of the Premier League’s spending power generally ensures that English players fetch a premium in the transfer market. This has probably inflated England’s worth here, but let’s savour the Three Lions’ presence within the world’s elite while we can. Harry Kane is England’s highest valued man, with a price tag of £132m, one of only six players at the World Cup whose value extends into nine figures. Dele Alli (£88m) is the second most valuable member of the squad while Raheem Sterling (£79.2m) is in third. England’s least valuable player - Ashley Young (£6.2m) - is the most expensive least valuable player for any nation. England squad value 4. Germany: £777m Real Madrid's Toni Kroos Credit: Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images Europe The current World Cup holders have one of the most equally distributed teams in the tournament, with their top-valued player Toni Kroos only consisting 9.1 per cent of the total squad value. The squad’s value is estimated to be £777m, which makes it the fourth most valuable in the tournament. Alongside Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos (valued at £70.4m), Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen (£52.8m) and Bayern Munich defender Mats Hummels (£52.8m) also rank as the joint-favourite’s best-valued players. Germany squad value 3. Brazil: £863.3m Neymar will be looking to outplay Messi in Russia Credit: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters Despite having the joint most expensive at the tournament in Neymar (£158.4m), Brazil’s squad is far more evenly balanced than Argentina’s. Their ten most valuable players include two goalkeepers in Alisson and Ederson, two defenders in Marcelo and Marquinhos and Casemiro, a defensive midfielder, as well as five highly rated attacking players. Brazil squad value 2. Spain: £906.4m Despite their attacking options Barca's Sergio Busquets is Spain's MVP Credit: Jose Jordan/ AFP Spain is one of two teams in the World Cup valued over £900m - or one billion euros. They come in second place in the squad value rankings, clinched by France by a mere £44m. Another favourite of the World Cup, Spain has the most equally distributed team in Russia. The team’s most expensive player, Sergio Busquets, is valued at £70.4 - or just 7.8 per cent of the overall team’s £906.4m value. The winners of the 2010 World Cup can also boast the likes of Real Madrid midfielders Isco and Marco Asensio (each £66m), as well as Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea (£61.6m). Spain squad value 1. France: £950.4m France emerge as fairly comfortable winners in these rankings with a total transfer market value less than £50m shy of £1bn. Les Bleus’ array of young talent is formidable. Ten of their squad are valued at in excess of £40m with PSG’s Kylian Mbappé topping the list at £105.6m. Antoine Griezmann (£88m), Paul Pogba (£79.2m) and Ousmane Dembélé (£70.4m) are all also individually worth more than the entire squads of Panama, Saudi Arabia and Peru combined. France squad value How the World Cup’s most valuable squads compare
Squad value is a good proxy for the quality of a team, so we've ranked all 32 World Cup countries based on their player's worth in the transfer market to see if it gives any clear indications about who could triumph at Russia 2018. We've used data from Transfermarkt to work out the total estimated transfer value of each member of every 23-man squad in the tournament. This is different to adding up actual transfer fees, but a more accurate way of measuring current worth. For example, Messi has been at Barcelona for his entire career so would count as having no value if you did it that way. Starting XIs change each game, and so a team's value will vary from game to game, but these overall team totals will give you a good estimate for how expensive each team is. So, who do you think has the priciest team in the world? Read on to find out. 32. Panama: Total value £7.4 million With a total value of £7.4 million across their 23 players, Panama are the least valuable team in the World Cup. Panama’s best player is the midfielder Aníbal Godoy. He plays for the San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer and is worth an estimated £700,000. Their forward Blas Pérez ranks as the tournament’s joint-third cheapest player. Panama squad value 31. Saudi Arabia: £16.6m You could be forgiven for not having heard of many Saudi Arabia’s 23. All but three of them play their club football in the Saudi Pro League with 16 of them coming from just two clubs: Al-Ahli and Al-Hilal. Their star man - in transfer value terms - is Yasir Al-Shahrani, a winger who plies his trade for Leganés in La Liga. He is valued at the princely sum of £1.3m. While they may be minnows in this list, Saudi Arabia are, at least consistent. They have one of the lowest variations in value across their squad meaning theirs is one with a high level of equality. Saudi Arabia squad value 30. Peru: £33m Peru have been heralded as a potential surprise in this year’s World Cup, but one look at their market value would say otherwise. The South American team ranks 30th in the tournament, at just £33m, with their top man André Carrillo contributing £5.3m of this. You may recognise Carrillo: he played for Watford in the last season, on loan from Benfica. Peru squad value 29. Costa Rica: £36.1m Keylor Navas during England's recent friendly with Costa Rica Credit: Alex Livesey/ Getty Images Europe As Costa Rica proved in 2014, you don’t have to have a squad full of high value superstars to perform well in World Cups. Ranked in a similarly lowly position this year, they’ll be hoping to repeat the trick. Real Madrid keeper Keylor Navas is the Ticos most valuable man, with an estimated worth of £15.8m in today’s transfer market. They also feature serial Arsenal loanee Joel Campbell who could make his £2.6m price tag look like a steal. Costa Rica squad value 28. Iran: £41.9m 2018 will mark Iran’s first consecutive World Cup appearance, after they left the 2014 tournament in the group stage. This time round, the team’s total worth tallies up to an estimated £41.9m. Their most valuable player, attacking midfielder Alireza Jahanbakhsh, plays his domestic football for the Dutch club of AZ Alkmaar. He has an estimated transfer value of £10.6m. Iran squad value 27. Australia: £43.6m Huddersfield’s Aaron Mooy is the jewel in the Aussie crown with the midfielder accounting for about a fifth of their total squad value at £8.8m. Brighton keeper Mathew Ryan comes a close second with a value of £7m but no other player surpasses the £5m mark. Australia squad value 26. Tunisia: £51.8m Tunisia will be England’s first opponent as they face each other in the Volgograd Arena on Monday. On paper, there should be no comparison: The Tunisian team totals up a value of £51.8m - some £717.3m less than England’s total value. Midfielder Ellyes Skhiri is the team’s star player, valued at an estimated £8.8m. Tunisia squad values 25. Japan: £64.6m Shinji Kagawa is Japan's MVP Credit: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters Former Manchester United man Shinji Kagawa is Japan’s most expensive talent with a modest value of £11.4m. Aside from the Dortmund attacking midfielder Premier League players Maya Yoshida and Shinji Okazaki make up Japan’s other high-ticket stars. Admittedly, at this point in proceedings “high-ticket” has a different definition than it will later on in this list. Some players - who we’ll meet later on - are individually worth twice the value of Japan’s whole squad. Japan squad value 24. Iceland: £66.9m Everton midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson is Iceland’s star man, and is estimated to be worth £26.4m. He makes up almost 40 per cent of the total Icelandic squad’s worth of £66.9m. The island minnows might seem like they can be easily dismissed as a mediocre one-man band, but England’s Euro 2016 team may say otherwise. While Iceland ranks 24 for the overall team’s worth, they rank 19th for the value of their most-valued player. Iceland squad value 23. South Korea: £74.8m South Korea have faded from the global footballing consciousness since they jointly hosted the 2002 World Cup with Japan. The majority of their 2018 squad play in either Japan or Korea but they do have a standout player in the former of Tottenham’s Heung-min Son. Valued at £44m he accounts for nearly 60 per cent of his country’s total squad value, the second highest proportion for any player in any team. South Korea squad value 22. Sweden: £105.4m Victor Lindelof is valued at £22m Credit: Robbie Jay Barratt/Getty Images North America Here we are: the first team to break £100m. At an estimated squad value of £105.4m, Sweden rank 22nd in the tournament based on squad value. Their most valued player, Manchester United defender Victor Lindelöf, is valued at £22m - over a fifth of the total squad value. Sweden squad value 21. Morocco: £113.9m What are Morocco doing so high up this list I hear you ask? Well, even at this stage all it takes is a couple of big fish to propel you up the rankings, and Morocco can boast three players worth £20m or more in the spine of their side. Midfielders Hakim Ziyech (Ajax) and Amine Harit (Schalke 04) both come in at £22m while Juventus’ Medhi Benatia is worth £20m. Morocco squad value 20. Nigeria: £118.7m Nigeria put up a spirited game against England in their 2-1 defeat at Wembley last weekend, and they’ve earned praise for their exciting green-and-white striped kit. However, they’re a distinctly mid-table team when it comes to squad value, weighing in at an estimated £118.7m. Perhaps surprisingly for English fans, Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi ranks only fifth in the team for transfer value. He is one of five players in the team who are valued over £10m. Wilfred Ndidi claims the top-spot in the team, valued at £22m. Nigeria squad value 19. Mexico: £129.9m Chicharito celebrates with Hirving Lozano Credit: Ian Walton/ Getty Images Europe Mexico can boast an evenly distributed squad of respectable value. There are no huge names in the mix but PSV winger Hirving Lozano could well have the sort of tournament that will send his worth rocketing upwards. He is currently valued at £22m by Transfermarkt, Mexico’s most expensive player. Mexico squad value 18. Russia: £142.4m It’s fair to say that, ranked 70th in the world by FIFA, hosts Russia would struggle to find a place in the World Cup if it wasn’t taking place there. But with a total squad value estimated at £142.4m, Russia’s team is the 18th most expensive in the World Cup. This figure is relatively evenly distributed across the squad, which has five players worth over £10m. Aleksandr Golovin tops the list as Russia’s most valuable player, worth an estimated £15.8m. Russia squad value 17. Egypt: £173.6m Mohamed Salah is Egypt's main man Credit: Patrick Smith/FIFA There’s one stand-out player in Egypt’s team and that man is Mohammed Salah. Valued at £132m (the joint-third highest for any player) he is responsible for more than three-quarters of the worth of the entire squad. Mohamed Elneny is a distant second at £8.8m. Egypt squad value 16. Switzerland: £191.9m With a total value of £191.9m, the Swiss are in the top half of the squads. While eight of their players are estimated to be worth over £10m, Granit Xhaka tops the list, worth £35.2m. Arsenal fans will be well aware of this midfielder, with Xhaka accumulating 70 caps for the North London club. Switzerland squad value 15. Colombia: £221.1m Given their performance at Brazil 2014 it is somewhat surprising that Colombia don't feature higher on this list. This is because they have - in cricketing parlance - quite a long tail. Though they have two or three big names in the squad they also have 13 players who are valued at less than five million pounds. Propelled to fame by his performance in Brazil, James Rodríguez is Colombia's most valuable player. His transfer worth is estimated at £61.6m while Tottenham's Davinson Sanchez is their second most valuable player at £35.2m. Colombia squad value 14. Denmark: £228.2m Tottenham's Christian Eriksen Credit: Marc Atkins/Offside Christian Eriksen’s £70.4m price tag goes a long way to explain Denmark’s large squad value. Indeed, Denmark’s prospective performance in the tournament will depend a lot on the Tottenham midfielder. The Danish team totals a squad value of £228.2m, with Christian Eriksen and Andreas Christensen collectively contributing almost half of this. Denmark squad value 13. Serbia: £235.4m The Serbian squad has the honour of featuring one of the most talked about men in world football at the moment in the form of Lazio's Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. A target for several big Premier League outfits, if you believe the rumours, the midfielder has a transfer value of £79.2m. Milinkovic-Savic's value is supplemented nicely by that of Nemanja Matic (£35.2m), Dusan Tadic (£13.2m) and Luka Milivojevic (£13.2m). Serbia squad value 12. Poland: £241.6m The Polish team clocks in at a total value of £241.6m, with eight players each contributing more than £10m. The Polish captain Robert Lewandowski is estimated to have a market value of £79.2m - a third of the total squad’s value. The country will need a good performance from the Bayern Munich striker in order to progress from a group that also contains Senegal and Colombia. Poland squad value 11. Senegal: £261.6m Senegal's Sadio Mane Credit: Darko Bandic/AP Also vying for one of the top two positions in Group H, Senegal’s squad value beats that of Poland. Liverpool's Sadio Mané takes up 23.5 per cent of the total, at £61.6m but has able support from Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly (£52.8m) and Monaco's Keita Baldé (£26.4m). Senegal squad value 10. Croatia: £316.8m Croatia are the tenth most expensive team in the 2018 World Cup, with a squad valued at an estimated £316.8m. The squad is both well-balanced and strong. Ivan Rakitic, Croatia’s most expensive player, has an estimated value of £44m - or 13.9 per cent of the total. 11 other players have a value of over £10m, six of which top £20m. Croatia squad value 9. Uruguay: £327.8m Uruguay are one of the true dark horses in this competition and it's easy to see why, given the depth of talent that they have at their disposal. In Luis Suárez (£61.6m) and Edison Cavani (£52.8m) they have two genuinely top bracket goalscorers while at the back they can rely on Athletico Madrid's centre back pairing of José Giménez (£39.6m) and Diego Godin (£30.8m). An impressive team spine is completed in midfield by potential Arsenal signing Lucas Torreira (£26.4m) and Inter Milan's Matías Vecino (£18.5m). Uruguay squad values 8. Portugal: £408.8m Portugal’s star player needs no introduction. Cristiano Ronaldo is worth an estimated £88m and shoulders a solid fifth of the total squad value of Portugal. Aside from their captain, Portugal also draws on the likes of Bernardo Silva, Gonçalo Guedes and Gelson Martins to reach a total squad value of £408.8m. Portugal squad value 7. Argentina: £612.5m Lionel Messi is the joint most valuable player at the World Cup Credit: FIFA/ Michael Regan Despite a recent run of poor form, 2014 finalists Argentina will still fancy their chances in Russia if they can get their glittering forward line firing. They have the seventh highest-value team in the tournament, at an estimate of £612.5m. Their emblematic captain Lionel Messi makes up a quarter of this total, valued at a whopping £158.4m, while Paolo Dybala (£96.8m), Sergio Agüero (£70.4m) and Gonzalo Higuaín (£52.8m) make up the rest of the attacking threat in this top-heavy squad. Argentina squad value 6. Belgium: £663.5m Kevin De Bruyne had a great season with Manchester City Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images Europe With only six players in the Belgian side having an estimated transfer value of less than £10m, their overall value totals £663.5m. The formidable team will face England in the Kaliningrad Stadium on June 28 in what could be a crunch match to decide who tops Group G. The squad’s most expensive players are Kevin De Bruyne (£132m), Eden Hazard (£96.8m) and Romelu Lukaku (£79.2m). Belgium squad value 5. England: £769.1m England's captain is their MVP Credit: James Baylis/Getty Images Europe The madness of the Premier League’s spending power generally ensures that English players fetch a premium in the transfer market. This has probably inflated England’s worth here, but let’s savour the Three Lions’ presence within the world’s elite while we can. Harry Kane is England’s highest valued man, with a price tag of £132m, one of only six players at the World Cup whose value extends into nine figures. Dele Alli (£88m) is the second most valuable member of the squad while Raheem Sterling (£79.2m) is in third. England’s least valuable player - Ashley Young (£6.2m) - is the most expensive least valuable player for any nation. England squad value 4. Germany: £777m Real Madrid's Toni Kroos Credit: Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images Europe The current World Cup holders have one of the most equally distributed teams in the tournament, with their top-valued player Toni Kroos only consisting 9.1 per cent of the total squad value. The squad’s value is estimated to be £777m, which makes it the fourth most valuable in the tournament. Alongside Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos (valued at £70.4m), Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen (£52.8m) and Bayern Munich defender Mats Hummels (£52.8m) also rank as the joint-favourite’s best-valued players. Germany squad value 3. Brazil: £863.3m Neymar will be looking to outplay Messi in Russia Credit: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters Despite having the joint most expensive at the tournament in Neymar (£158.4m), Brazil’s squad is far more evenly balanced than Argentina’s. Their ten most valuable players include two goalkeepers in Alisson and Ederson, two defenders in Marcelo and Marquinhos and Casemiro, a defensive midfielder, as well as five highly rated attacking players. Brazil squad value 2. Spain: £906.4m Despite their attacking options Barca's Sergio Busquets is Spain's MVP Credit: Jose Jordan/ AFP Spain is one of two teams in the World Cup valued over £900m - or one billion euros. They come in second place in the squad value rankings, clinched by France by a mere £44m. Another favourite of the World Cup, Spain has the most equally distributed team in Russia. The team’s most expensive player, Sergio Busquets, is valued at £70.4 - or just 7.8 per cent of the overall team’s £906.4m value. The winners of the 2010 World Cup can also boast the likes of Real Madrid midfielders Isco and Marco Asensio (each £66m), as well as Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea (£61.6m). Spain squad value 1. France: £950.4m France emerge as fairly comfortable winners in these rankings with a total transfer market value less than £50m shy of £1bn. Les Bleus’ array of young talent is formidable. Ten of their squad are valued at in excess of £40m with PSG’s Kylian Mbappé topping the list at £105.6m. Antoine Griezmann (£88m), Paul Pogba (£79.2m) and Ousmane Dembélé (£70.4m) are all also individually worth more than the entire squads of Panama, Saudi Arabia and Peru combined. France squad value How the World Cup’s most valuable squads compare
Which country has the most expensive squad at World Cup 2018?
Squad value is a good proxy for the quality of a team, so we've ranked all 32 World Cup countries based on their player's worth in the transfer market to see if it gives any clear indications about who could triumph at Russia 2018. We've used data from Transfermarkt to work out the total estimated transfer value of each member of every 23-man squad in the tournament. This is different to adding up actual transfer fees, but a more accurate way of measuring current worth. For example, Messi has been at Barcelona for his entire career so would count as having no value if you did it that way. Starting XIs change each game, and so a team's value will vary from game to game, but these overall team totals will give you a good estimate for how expensive each team is. So, who do you think has the priciest team in the world? Read on to find out. 32. Panama: Total value £7.4 million With a total value of £7.4 million across their 23 players, Panama are the least valuable team in the World Cup. Panama’s best player is the midfielder Aníbal Godoy. He plays for the San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer and is worth an estimated £700,000. Their forward Blas Pérez ranks as the tournament’s joint-third cheapest player. Panama squad value 31. Saudi Arabia: £16.6m You could be forgiven for not having heard of many Saudi Arabia’s 23. All but three of them play their club football in the Saudi Pro League with 16 of them coming from just two clubs: Al-Ahli and Al-Hilal. Their star man - in transfer value terms - is Yasir Al-Shahrani, a winger who plies his trade for Leganés in La Liga. He is valued at the princely sum of £1.3m. While they may be minnows in this list, Saudi Arabia are, at least consistent. They have one of the lowest variations in value across their squad meaning theirs is one with a high level of equality. Saudi Arabia squad value 30. Peru: £33m Peru have been heralded as a potential surprise in this year’s World Cup, but one look at their market value would say otherwise. The South American team ranks 30th in the tournament, at just £33m, with their top man André Carrillo contributing £5.3m of this. You may recognise Carrillo: he played for Watford in the last season, on loan from Benfica. Peru squad value 29. Costa Rica: £36.1m Keylor Navas during England's recent friendly with Costa Rica Credit: Alex Livesey/ Getty Images Europe As Costa Rica proved in 2014, you don’t have to have a squad full of high value superstars to perform well in World Cups. Ranked in a similarly lowly position this year, they’ll be hoping to repeat the trick. Real Madrid keeper Keylor Navas is the Ticos most valuable man, with an estimated worth of £15.8m in today’s transfer market. They also feature serial Arsenal loanee Joel Campbell who could make his £2.6m price tag look like a steal. Costa Rica squad value 28. Iran: £41.9m 2018 will mark Iran’s first consecutive World Cup appearance, after they left the 2014 tournament in the group stage. This time round, the team’s total worth tallies up to an estimated £41.9m. Their most valuable player, attacking midfielder Alireza Jahanbakhsh, plays his domestic football for the Dutch club of AZ Alkmaar. He has an estimated transfer value of £10.6m. Iran squad value 27. Australia: £43.6m Huddersfield’s Aaron Mooy is the jewel in the Aussie crown with the midfielder accounting for about a fifth of their total squad value at £8.8m. Brighton keeper Mathew Ryan comes a close second with a value of £7m but no other player surpasses the £5m mark. Australia squad value 26. Tunisia: £51.8m Tunisia will be England’s first opponent as they face each other in the Volgograd Arena on Monday. On paper, there should be no comparison: The Tunisian team totals up a value of £51.8m - some £717.3m less than England’s total value. Midfielder Ellyes Skhiri is the team’s star player, valued at an estimated £8.8m. Tunisia squad values 25. Japan: £64.6m Shinji Kagawa is Japan's MVP Credit: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters Former Manchester United man Shinji Kagawa is Japan’s most expensive talent with a modest value of £11.4m. Aside from the Dortmund attacking midfielder Premier League players Maya Yoshida and Shinji Okazaki make up Japan’s other high-ticket stars. Admittedly, at this point in proceedings “high-ticket” has a different definition than it will later on in this list. Some players - who we’ll meet later on - are individually worth twice the value of Japan’s whole squad. Japan squad value 24. Iceland: £66.9m Everton midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson is Iceland’s star man, and is estimated to be worth £26.4m. He makes up almost 40 per cent of the total Icelandic squad’s worth of £66.9m. The island minnows might seem like they can be easily dismissed as a mediocre one-man band, but England’s Euro 2016 team may say otherwise. While Iceland ranks 24 for the overall team’s worth, they rank 19th for the value of their most-valued player. Iceland squad value 23. South Korea: £74.8m South Korea have faded from the global footballing consciousness since they jointly hosted the 2002 World Cup with Japan. The majority of their 2018 squad play in either Japan or Korea but they do have a standout player in the former of Tottenham’s Heung-min Son. Valued at £44m he accounts for nearly 60 per cent of his country’s total squad value, the second highest proportion for any player in any team. South Korea squad value 22. Sweden: £105.4m Victor Lindelof is valued at £22m Credit: Robbie Jay Barratt/Getty Images North America Here we are: the first team to break £100m. At an estimated squad value of £105.4m, Sweden rank 22nd in the tournament based on squad value. Their most valued player, Manchester United defender Victor Lindelöf, is valued at £22m - over a fifth of the total squad value. Sweden squad value 21. Morocco: £113.9m What are Morocco doing so high up this list I hear you ask? Well, even at this stage all it takes is a couple of big fish to propel you up the rankings, and Morocco can boast three players worth £20m or more in the spine of their side. Midfielders Hakim Ziyech (Ajax) and Amine Harit (Schalke 04) both come in at £22m while Juventus’ Medhi Benatia is worth £20m. Morocco squad value 20. Nigeria: £118.7m Nigeria put up a spirited game against England in their 2-1 defeat at Wembley last weekend, and they’ve earned praise for their exciting green-and-white striped kit. However, they’re a distinctly mid-table team when it comes to squad value, weighing in at an estimated £118.7m. Perhaps surprisingly for English fans, Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi ranks only fifth in the team for transfer value. He is one of five players in the team who are valued over £10m. Wilfred Ndidi claims the top-spot in the team, valued at £22m. Nigeria squad value 19. Mexico: £129.9m Chicharito celebrates with Hirving Lozano Credit: Ian Walton/ Getty Images Europe Mexico can boast an evenly distributed squad of respectable value. There are no huge names in the mix but PSV winger Hirving Lozano could well have the sort of tournament that will send his worth rocketing upwards. He is currently valued at £22m by Transfermarkt, Mexico’s most expensive player. Mexico squad value 18. Russia: £142.4m It’s fair to say that, ranked 70th in the world by FIFA, hosts Russia would struggle to find a place in the World Cup if it wasn’t taking place there. But with a total squad value estimated at £142.4m, Russia’s team is the 18th most expensive in the World Cup. This figure is relatively evenly distributed across the squad, which has five players worth over £10m. Aleksandr Golovin tops the list as Russia’s most valuable player, worth an estimated £15.8m. Russia squad value 17. Egypt: £173.6m Mohamed Salah is Egypt's main man Credit: Patrick Smith/FIFA There’s one stand-out player in Egypt’s team and that man is Mohammed Salah. Valued at £132m (the joint-third highest for any player) he is responsible for more than three-quarters of the worth of the entire squad. Mohamed Elneny is a distant second at £8.8m. Egypt squad value 16. Switzerland: £191.9m With a total value of £191.9m, the Swiss are in the top half of the squads. While eight of their players are estimated to be worth over £10m, Granit Xhaka tops the list, worth £35.2m. Arsenal fans will be well aware of this midfielder, with Xhaka accumulating 70 caps for the North London club. Switzerland squad value 15. Colombia: £221.1m Given their performance at Brazil 2014 it is somewhat surprising that Colombia don't feature higher on this list. This is because they have - in cricketing parlance - quite a long tail. Though they have two or three big names in the squad they also have 13 players who are valued at less than five million pounds. Propelled to fame by his performance in Brazil, James Rodríguez is Colombia's most valuable player. His transfer worth is estimated at £61.6m while Tottenham's Davinson Sanchez is their second most valuable player at £35.2m. Colombia squad value 14. Denmark: £228.2m Tottenham's Christian Eriksen Credit: Marc Atkins/Offside Christian Eriksen’s £70.4m price tag goes a long way to explain Denmark’s large squad value. Indeed, Denmark’s prospective performance in the tournament will depend a lot on the Tottenham midfielder. The Danish team totals a squad value of £228.2m, with Christian Eriksen and Andreas Christensen collectively contributing almost half of this. Denmark squad value 13. Serbia: £235.4m The Serbian squad has the honour of featuring one of the most talked about men in world football at the moment in the form of Lazio's Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. A target for several big Premier League outfits, if you believe the rumours, the midfielder has a transfer value of £79.2m. Milinkovic-Savic's value is supplemented nicely by that of Nemanja Matic (£35.2m), Dusan Tadic (£13.2m) and Luka Milivojevic (£13.2m). Serbia squad value 12. Poland: £241.6m The Polish team clocks in at a total value of £241.6m, with eight players each contributing more than £10m. The Polish captain Robert Lewandowski is estimated to have a market value of £79.2m - a third of the total squad’s value. The country will need a good performance from the Bayern Munich striker in order to progress from a group that also contains Senegal and Colombia. Poland squad value 11. Senegal: £261.6m Senegal's Sadio Mane Credit: Darko Bandic/AP Also vying for one of the top two positions in Group H, Senegal’s squad value beats that of Poland. Liverpool's Sadio Mané takes up 23.5 per cent of the total, at £61.6m but has able support from Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly (£52.8m) and Monaco's Keita Baldé (£26.4m). Senegal squad value 10. Croatia: £316.8m Croatia are the tenth most expensive team in the 2018 World Cup, with a squad valued at an estimated £316.8m. The squad is both well-balanced and strong. Ivan Rakitic, Croatia’s most expensive player, has an estimated value of £44m - or 13.9 per cent of the total. 11 other players have a value of over £10m, six of which top £20m. Croatia squad value 9. Uruguay: £327.8m Uruguay are one of the true dark horses in this competition and it's easy to see why, given the depth of talent that they have at their disposal. In Luis Suárez (£61.6m) and Edison Cavani (£52.8m) they have two genuinely top bracket goalscorers while at the back they can rely on Athletico Madrid's centre back pairing of José Giménez (£39.6m) and Diego Godin (£30.8m). An impressive team spine is completed in midfield by potential Arsenal signing Lucas Torreira (£26.4m) and Inter Milan's Matías Vecino (£18.5m). Uruguay squad values 8. Portugal: £408.8m Portugal’s star player needs no introduction. Cristiano Ronaldo is worth an estimated £88m and shoulders a solid fifth of the total squad value of Portugal. Aside from their captain, Portugal also draws on the likes of Bernardo Silva, Gonçalo Guedes and Gelson Martins to reach a total squad value of £408.8m. Portugal squad value 7. Argentina: £612.5m Lionel Messi is the joint most valuable player at the World Cup Credit: FIFA/ Michael Regan Despite a recent run of poor form, 2014 finalists Argentina will still fancy their chances in Russia if they can get their glittering forward line firing. They have the seventh highest-value team in the tournament, at an estimate of £612.5m. Their emblematic captain Lionel Messi makes up a quarter of this total, valued at a whopping £158.4m, while Paolo Dybala (£96.8m), Sergio Agüero (£70.4m) and Gonzalo Higuaín (£52.8m) make up the rest of the attacking threat in this top-heavy squad. Argentina squad value 6. Belgium: £663.5m Kevin De Bruyne had a great season with Manchester City Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images Europe With only six players in the Belgian side having an estimated transfer value of less than £10m, their overall value totals £663.5m. The formidable team will face England in the Kaliningrad Stadium on June 28 in what could be a crunch match to decide who tops Group G. The squad’s most expensive players are Kevin De Bruyne (£132m), Eden Hazard (£96.8m) and Romelu Lukaku (£79.2m). Belgium squad value 5. England: £769.1m England's captain is their MVP Credit: James Baylis/Getty Images Europe The madness of the Premier League’s spending power generally ensures that English players fetch a premium in the transfer market. This has probably inflated England’s worth here, but let’s savour the Three Lions’ presence within the world’s elite while we can. Harry Kane is England’s highest valued man, with a price tag of £132m, one of only six players at the World Cup whose value extends into nine figures. Dele Alli (£88m) is the second most valuable member of the squad while Raheem Sterling (£79.2m) is in third. England’s least valuable player - Ashley Young (£6.2m) - is the most expensive least valuable player for any nation. England squad value 4. Germany: £777m Real Madrid's Toni Kroos Credit: Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images Europe The current World Cup holders have one of the most equally distributed teams in the tournament, with their top-valued player Toni Kroos only consisting 9.1 per cent of the total squad value. The squad’s value is estimated to be £777m, which makes it the fourth most valuable in the tournament. Alongside Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos (valued at £70.4m), Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen (£52.8m) and Bayern Munich defender Mats Hummels (£52.8m) also rank as the joint-favourite’s best-valued players. Germany squad value 3. Brazil: £863.3m Neymar will be looking to outplay Messi in Russia Credit: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters Despite having the joint most expensive at the tournament in Neymar (£158.4m), Brazil’s squad is far more evenly balanced than Argentina’s. Their ten most valuable players include two goalkeepers in Alisson and Ederson, two defenders in Marcelo and Marquinhos and Casemiro, a defensive midfielder, as well as five highly rated attacking players. Brazil squad value 2. Spain: £906.4m Despite their attacking options Barca's Sergio Busquets is Spain's MVP Credit: Jose Jordan/ AFP Spain is one of two teams in the World Cup valued over £900m - or one billion euros. They come in second place in the squad value rankings, clinched by France by a mere £44m. Another favourite of the World Cup, Spain has the most equally distributed team in Russia. The team’s most expensive player, Sergio Busquets, is valued at £70.4 - or just 7.8 per cent of the overall team’s £906.4m value. The winners of the 2010 World Cup can also boast the likes of Real Madrid midfielders Isco and Marco Asensio (each £66m), as well as Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea (£61.6m). Spain squad value 1. France: £950.4m France emerge as fairly comfortable winners in these rankings with a total transfer market value less than £50m shy of £1bn. Les Bleus’ array of young talent is formidable. Ten of their squad are valued at in excess of £40m with PSG’s Kylian Mbappé topping the list at £105.6m. Antoine Griezmann (£88m), Paul Pogba (£79.2m) and Ousmane Dembélé (£70.4m) are all also individually worth more than the entire squads of Panama, Saudi Arabia and Peru combined. France squad value How the World Cup’s most valuable squads compare
Squad value is a good proxy for the quality of a team, so we've ranked all 32 World Cup countries based on their player's worth in the transfer market to see if it gives any clear indications about who could triumph at Russia 2018. We've used data from Transfermarkt to work out the total estimated transfer value of each member of every 23-man squad in the tournament. This is different to adding up actual transfer fees, but a more accurate way of measuring current worth. For example, Messi has been at Barcelona for his entire career so would count as having no value if you did it that way. Starting XIs change each game, and so a team's value will vary from game to game, but these overall team totals will give you a good estimate for how expensive each team is. So, who do you think has the priciest team in the world? Read on to find out. 32. Panama: Total value £7.4 million With a total value of £7.4 million across their 23 players, Panama are the least valuable team in the World Cup. Panama’s best player is the midfielder Aníbal Godoy. He plays for the San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer and is worth an estimated £700,000. Their forward Blas Pérez ranks as the tournament’s joint-third cheapest player. Panama squad value 31. Saudi Arabia: £16.6m You could be forgiven for not having heard of many Saudi Arabia’s 23. All but three of them play their club football in the Saudi Pro League with 16 of them coming from just two clubs: Al-Ahli and Al-Hilal. Their star man - in transfer value terms - is Yasir Al-Shahrani, a winger who plies his trade for Leganés in La Liga. He is valued at the princely sum of £1.3m. While they may be minnows in this list, Saudi Arabia are, at least consistent. They have one of the lowest variations in value across their squad meaning theirs is one with a high level of equality. Saudi Arabia squad value 30. Peru: £33m Peru have been heralded as a potential surprise in this year’s World Cup, but one look at their market value would say otherwise. The South American team ranks 30th in the tournament, at just £33m, with their top man André Carrillo contributing £5.3m of this. You may recognise Carrillo: he played for Watford in the last season, on loan from Benfica. Peru squad value 29. Costa Rica: £36.1m Keylor Navas during England's recent friendly with Costa Rica Credit: Alex Livesey/ Getty Images Europe As Costa Rica proved in 2014, you don’t have to have a squad full of high value superstars to perform well in World Cups. Ranked in a similarly lowly position this year, they’ll be hoping to repeat the trick. Real Madrid keeper Keylor Navas is the Ticos most valuable man, with an estimated worth of £15.8m in today’s transfer market. They also feature serial Arsenal loanee Joel Campbell who could make his £2.6m price tag look like a steal. Costa Rica squad value 28. Iran: £41.9m 2018 will mark Iran’s first consecutive World Cup appearance, after they left the 2014 tournament in the group stage. This time round, the team’s total worth tallies up to an estimated £41.9m. Their most valuable player, attacking midfielder Alireza Jahanbakhsh, plays his domestic football for the Dutch club of AZ Alkmaar. He has an estimated transfer value of £10.6m. Iran squad value 27. Australia: £43.6m Huddersfield’s Aaron Mooy is the jewel in the Aussie crown with the midfielder accounting for about a fifth of their total squad value at £8.8m. Brighton keeper Mathew Ryan comes a close second with a value of £7m but no other player surpasses the £5m mark. Australia squad value 26. Tunisia: £51.8m Tunisia will be England’s first opponent as they face each other in the Volgograd Arena on Monday. On paper, there should be no comparison: The Tunisian team totals up a value of £51.8m - some £717.3m less than England’s total value. Midfielder Ellyes Skhiri is the team’s star player, valued at an estimated £8.8m. Tunisia squad values 25. Japan: £64.6m Shinji Kagawa is Japan's MVP Credit: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters Former Manchester United man Shinji Kagawa is Japan’s most expensive talent with a modest value of £11.4m. Aside from the Dortmund attacking midfielder Premier League players Maya Yoshida and Shinji Okazaki make up Japan’s other high-ticket stars. Admittedly, at this point in proceedings “high-ticket” has a different definition than it will later on in this list. Some players - who we’ll meet later on - are individually worth twice the value of Japan’s whole squad. Japan squad value 24. Iceland: £66.9m Everton midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson is Iceland’s star man, and is estimated to be worth £26.4m. He makes up almost 40 per cent of the total Icelandic squad’s worth of £66.9m. The island minnows might seem like they can be easily dismissed as a mediocre one-man band, but England’s Euro 2016 team may say otherwise. While Iceland ranks 24 for the overall team’s worth, they rank 19th for the value of their most-valued player. Iceland squad value 23. South Korea: £74.8m South Korea have faded from the global footballing consciousness since they jointly hosted the 2002 World Cup with Japan. The majority of their 2018 squad play in either Japan or Korea but they do have a standout player in the former of Tottenham’s Heung-min Son. Valued at £44m he accounts for nearly 60 per cent of his country’s total squad value, the second highest proportion for any player in any team. South Korea squad value 22. Sweden: £105.4m Victor Lindelof is valued at £22m Credit: Robbie Jay Barratt/Getty Images North America Here we are: the first team to break £100m. At an estimated squad value of £105.4m, Sweden rank 22nd in the tournament based on squad value. Their most valued player, Manchester United defender Victor Lindelöf, is valued at £22m - over a fifth of the total squad value. Sweden squad value 21. Morocco: £113.9m What are Morocco doing so high up this list I hear you ask? Well, even at this stage all it takes is a couple of big fish to propel you up the rankings, and Morocco can boast three players worth £20m or more in the spine of their side. Midfielders Hakim Ziyech (Ajax) and Amine Harit (Schalke 04) both come in at £22m while Juventus’ Medhi Benatia is worth £20m. Morocco squad value 20. Nigeria: £118.7m Nigeria put up a spirited game against England in their 2-1 defeat at Wembley last weekend, and they’ve earned praise for their exciting green-and-white striped kit. However, they’re a distinctly mid-table team when it comes to squad value, weighing in at an estimated £118.7m. Perhaps surprisingly for English fans, Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi ranks only fifth in the team for transfer value. He is one of five players in the team who are valued over £10m. Wilfred Ndidi claims the top-spot in the team, valued at £22m. Nigeria squad value 19. Mexico: £129.9m Chicharito celebrates with Hirving Lozano Credit: Ian Walton/ Getty Images Europe Mexico can boast an evenly distributed squad of respectable value. There are no huge names in the mix but PSV winger Hirving Lozano could well have the sort of tournament that will send his worth rocketing upwards. He is currently valued at £22m by Transfermarkt, Mexico’s most expensive player. Mexico squad value 18. Russia: £142.4m It’s fair to say that, ranked 70th in the world by FIFA, hosts Russia would struggle to find a place in the World Cup if it wasn’t taking place there. But with a total squad value estimated at £142.4m, Russia’s team is the 18th most expensive in the World Cup. This figure is relatively evenly distributed across the squad, which has five players worth over £10m. Aleksandr Golovin tops the list as Russia’s most valuable player, worth an estimated £15.8m. Russia squad value 17. Egypt: £173.6m Mohamed Salah is Egypt's main man Credit: Patrick Smith/FIFA There’s one stand-out player in Egypt’s team and that man is Mohammed Salah. Valued at £132m (the joint-third highest for any player) he is responsible for more than three-quarters of the worth of the entire squad. Mohamed Elneny is a distant second at £8.8m. Egypt squad value 16. Switzerland: £191.9m With a total value of £191.9m, the Swiss are in the top half of the squads. While eight of their players are estimated to be worth over £10m, Granit Xhaka tops the list, worth £35.2m. Arsenal fans will be well aware of this midfielder, with Xhaka accumulating 70 caps for the North London club. Switzerland squad value 15. Colombia: £221.1m Given their performance at Brazil 2014 it is somewhat surprising that Colombia don't feature higher on this list. This is because they have - in cricketing parlance - quite a long tail. Though they have two or three big names in the squad they also have 13 players who are valued at less than five million pounds. Propelled to fame by his performance in Brazil, James Rodríguez is Colombia's most valuable player. His transfer worth is estimated at £61.6m while Tottenham's Davinson Sanchez is their second most valuable player at £35.2m. Colombia squad value 14. Denmark: £228.2m Tottenham's Christian Eriksen Credit: Marc Atkins/Offside Christian Eriksen’s £70.4m price tag goes a long way to explain Denmark’s large squad value. Indeed, Denmark’s prospective performance in the tournament will depend a lot on the Tottenham midfielder. The Danish team totals a squad value of £228.2m, with Christian Eriksen and Andreas Christensen collectively contributing almost half of this. Denmark squad value 13. Serbia: £235.4m The Serbian squad has the honour of featuring one of the most talked about men in world football at the moment in the form of Lazio's Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. A target for several big Premier League outfits, if you believe the rumours, the midfielder has a transfer value of £79.2m. Milinkovic-Savic's value is supplemented nicely by that of Nemanja Matic (£35.2m), Dusan Tadic (£13.2m) and Luka Milivojevic (£13.2m). Serbia squad value 12. Poland: £241.6m The Polish team clocks in at a total value of £241.6m, with eight players each contributing more than £10m. The Polish captain Robert Lewandowski is estimated to have a market value of £79.2m - a third of the total squad’s value. The country will need a good performance from the Bayern Munich striker in order to progress from a group that also contains Senegal and Colombia. Poland squad value 11. Senegal: £261.6m Senegal's Sadio Mane Credit: Darko Bandic/AP Also vying for one of the top two positions in Group H, Senegal’s squad value beats that of Poland. Liverpool's Sadio Mané takes up 23.5 per cent of the total, at £61.6m but has able support from Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly (£52.8m) and Monaco's Keita Baldé (£26.4m). Senegal squad value 10. Croatia: £316.8m Croatia are the tenth most expensive team in the 2018 World Cup, with a squad valued at an estimated £316.8m. The squad is both well-balanced and strong. Ivan Rakitic, Croatia’s most expensive player, has an estimated value of £44m - or 13.9 per cent of the total. 11 other players have a value of over £10m, six of which top £20m. Croatia squad value 9. Uruguay: £327.8m Uruguay are one of the true dark horses in this competition and it's easy to see why, given the depth of talent that they have at their disposal. In Luis Suárez (£61.6m) and Edison Cavani (£52.8m) they have two genuinely top bracket goalscorers while at the back they can rely on Athletico Madrid's centre back pairing of José Giménez (£39.6m) and Diego Godin (£30.8m). An impressive team spine is completed in midfield by potential Arsenal signing Lucas Torreira (£26.4m) and Inter Milan's Matías Vecino (£18.5m). Uruguay squad values 8. Portugal: £408.8m Portugal’s star player needs no introduction. Cristiano Ronaldo is worth an estimated £88m and shoulders a solid fifth of the total squad value of Portugal. Aside from their captain, Portugal also draws on the likes of Bernardo Silva, Gonçalo Guedes and Gelson Martins to reach a total squad value of £408.8m. Portugal squad value 7. Argentina: £612.5m Lionel Messi is the joint most valuable player at the World Cup Credit: FIFA/ Michael Regan Despite a recent run of poor form, 2014 finalists Argentina will still fancy their chances in Russia if they can get their glittering forward line firing. They have the seventh highest-value team in the tournament, at an estimate of £612.5m. Their emblematic captain Lionel Messi makes up a quarter of this total, valued at a whopping £158.4m, while Paolo Dybala (£96.8m), Sergio Agüero (£70.4m) and Gonzalo Higuaín (£52.8m) make up the rest of the attacking threat in this top-heavy squad. Argentina squad value 6. Belgium: £663.5m Kevin De Bruyne had a great season with Manchester City Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images Europe With only six players in the Belgian side having an estimated transfer value of less than £10m, their overall value totals £663.5m. The formidable team will face England in the Kaliningrad Stadium on June 28 in what could be a crunch match to decide who tops Group G. The squad’s most expensive players are Kevin De Bruyne (£132m), Eden Hazard (£96.8m) and Romelu Lukaku (£79.2m). Belgium squad value 5. England: £769.1m England's captain is their MVP Credit: James Baylis/Getty Images Europe The madness of the Premier League’s spending power generally ensures that English players fetch a premium in the transfer market. This has probably inflated England’s worth here, but let’s savour the Three Lions’ presence within the world’s elite while we can. Harry Kane is England’s highest valued man, with a price tag of £132m, one of only six players at the World Cup whose value extends into nine figures. Dele Alli (£88m) is the second most valuable member of the squad while Raheem Sterling (£79.2m) is in third. England’s least valuable player - Ashley Young (£6.2m) - is the most expensive least valuable player for any nation. England squad value 4. Germany: £777m Real Madrid's Toni Kroos Credit: Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images Europe The current World Cup holders have one of the most equally distributed teams in the tournament, with their top-valued player Toni Kroos only consisting 9.1 per cent of the total squad value. The squad’s value is estimated to be £777m, which makes it the fourth most valuable in the tournament. Alongside Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos (valued at £70.4m), Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen (£52.8m) and Bayern Munich defender Mats Hummels (£52.8m) also rank as the joint-favourite’s best-valued players. Germany squad value 3. Brazil: £863.3m Neymar will be looking to outplay Messi in Russia Credit: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters Despite having the joint most expensive at the tournament in Neymar (£158.4m), Brazil’s squad is far more evenly balanced than Argentina’s. Their ten most valuable players include two goalkeepers in Alisson and Ederson, two defenders in Marcelo and Marquinhos and Casemiro, a defensive midfielder, as well as five highly rated attacking players. Brazil squad value 2. Spain: £906.4m Despite their attacking options Barca's Sergio Busquets is Spain's MVP Credit: Jose Jordan/ AFP Spain is one of two teams in the World Cup valued over £900m - or one billion euros. They come in second place in the squad value rankings, clinched by France by a mere £44m. Another favourite of the World Cup, Spain has the most equally distributed team in Russia. The team’s most expensive player, Sergio Busquets, is valued at £70.4 - or just 7.8 per cent of the overall team’s £906.4m value. The winners of the 2010 World Cup can also boast the likes of Real Madrid midfielders Isco and Marco Asensio (each £66m), as well as Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea (£61.6m). Spain squad value 1. France: £950.4m France emerge as fairly comfortable winners in these rankings with a total transfer market value less than £50m shy of £1bn. Les Bleus’ array of young talent is formidable. Ten of their squad are valued at in excess of £40m with PSG’s Kylian Mbappé topping the list at £105.6m. Antoine Griezmann (£88m), Paul Pogba (£79.2m) and Ousmane Dembélé (£70.4m) are all also individually worth more than the entire squads of Panama, Saudi Arabia and Peru combined. France squad value How the World Cup’s most valuable squads compare
Which country has the most expensive squad at World Cup 2018?
Squad value is a good proxy for the quality of a team, so we've ranked all 32 World Cup countries based on their player's worth in the transfer market to see if it gives any clear indications about who could triumph at Russia 2018. We've used data from Transfermarkt to work out the total estimated transfer value of each member of every 23-man squad in the tournament. This is different to adding up actual transfer fees, but a more accurate way of measuring current worth. For example, Messi has been at Barcelona for his entire career so would count as having no value if you did it that way. Starting XIs change each game, and so a team's value will vary from game to game, but these overall team totals will give you a good estimate for how expensive each team is. So, who do you think has the priciest team in the world? Read on to find out. 32. Panama: Total value £7.4 million With a total value of £7.4 million across their 23 players, Panama are the least valuable team in the World Cup. Panama’s best player is the midfielder Aníbal Godoy. He plays for the San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer and is worth an estimated £700,000. Their forward Blas Pérez ranks as the tournament’s joint-third cheapest player. Panama squad value 31. Saudi Arabia: £16.6m You could be forgiven for not having heard of many Saudi Arabia’s 23. All but three of them play their club football in the Saudi Pro League with 16 of them coming from just two clubs: Al-Ahli and Al-Hilal. Their star man - in transfer value terms - is Yasir Al-Shahrani, a winger who plies his trade for Leganés in La Liga. He is valued at the princely sum of £1.3m. While they may be minnows in this list, Saudi Arabia are, at least consistent. They have one of the lowest variations in value across their squad meaning theirs is one with a high level of equality. Saudi Arabia squad value 30. Peru: £33m Peru have been heralded as a potential surprise in this year’s World Cup, but one look at their market value would say otherwise. The South American team ranks 30th in the tournament, at just £33m, with their top man André Carrillo contributing £5.3m of this. You may recognise Carrillo: he played for Watford in the last season, on loan from Benfica. Peru squad value 29. Costa Rica: £36.1m Keylor Navas during England's recent friendly with Costa Rica Credit: Alex Livesey/ Getty Images Europe As Costa Rica proved in 2014, you don’t have to have a squad full of high value superstars to perform well in World Cups. Ranked in a similarly lowly position this year, they’ll be hoping to repeat the trick. Real Madrid keeper Keylor Navas is the Ticos most valuable man, with an estimated worth of £15.8m in today’s transfer market. They also feature serial Arsenal loanee Joel Campbell who could make his £2.6m price tag look like a steal. Costa Rica squad value 28. Iran: £41.9m 2018 will mark Iran’s first consecutive World Cup appearance, after they left the 2014 tournament in the group stage. This time round, the team’s total worth tallies up to an estimated £41.9m. Their most valuable player, attacking midfielder Alireza Jahanbakhsh, plays his domestic football for the Dutch club of AZ Alkmaar. He has an estimated transfer value of £10.6m. Iran squad value 27. Australia: £43.6m Huddersfield’s Aaron Mooy is the jewel in the Aussie crown with the midfielder accounting for about a fifth of their total squad value at £8.8m. Brighton keeper Mathew Ryan comes a close second with a value of £7m but no other player surpasses the £5m mark. Australia squad value 26. Tunisia: £51.8m Tunisia will be England’s first opponent as they face each other in the Volgograd Arena on Monday. On paper, there should be no comparison: The Tunisian team totals up a value of £51.8m - some £717.3m less than England’s total value. Midfielder Ellyes Skhiri is the team’s star player, valued at an estimated £8.8m. Tunisia squad values 25. Japan: £64.6m Shinji Kagawa is Japan's MVP Credit: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters Former Manchester United man Shinji Kagawa is Japan’s most expensive talent with a modest value of £11.4m. Aside from the Dortmund attacking midfielder Premier League players Maya Yoshida and Shinji Okazaki make up Japan’s other high-ticket stars. Admittedly, at this point in proceedings “high-ticket” has a different definition than it will later on in this list. Some players - who we’ll meet later on - are individually worth twice the value of Japan’s whole squad. Japan squad value 24. Iceland: £66.9m Everton midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson is Iceland’s star man, and is estimated to be worth £26.4m. He makes up almost 40 per cent of the total Icelandic squad’s worth of £66.9m. The island minnows might seem like they can be easily dismissed as a mediocre one-man band, but England’s Euro 2016 team may say otherwise. While Iceland ranks 24 for the overall team’s worth, they rank 19th for the value of their most-valued player. Iceland squad value 23. South Korea: £74.8m South Korea have faded from the global footballing consciousness since they jointly hosted the 2002 World Cup with Japan. The majority of their 2018 squad play in either Japan or Korea but they do have a standout player in the former of Tottenham’s Heung-min Son. Valued at £44m he accounts for nearly 60 per cent of his country’s total squad value, the second highest proportion for any player in any team. South Korea squad value 22. Sweden: £105.4m Victor Lindelof is valued at £22m Credit: Robbie Jay Barratt/Getty Images North America Here we are: the first team to break £100m. At an estimated squad value of £105.4m, Sweden rank 22nd in the tournament based on squad value. Their most valued player, Manchester United defender Victor Lindelöf, is valued at £22m - over a fifth of the total squad value. Sweden squad value 21. Morocco: £113.9m What are Morocco doing so high up this list I hear you ask? Well, even at this stage all it takes is a couple of big fish to propel you up the rankings, and Morocco can boast three players worth £20m or more in the spine of their side. Midfielders Hakim Ziyech (Ajax) and Amine Harit (Schalke 04) both come in at £22m while Juventus’ Medhi Benatia is worth £20m. Morocco squad value 20. Nigeria: £118.7m Nigeria put up a spirited game against England in their 2-1 defeat at Wembley last weekend, and they’ve earned praise for their exciting green-and-white striped kit. However, they’re a distinctly mid-table team when it comes to squad value, weighing in at an estimated £118.7m. Perhaps surprisingly for English fans, Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi ranks only fifth in the team for transfer value. He is one of five players in the team who are valued over £10m. Wilfred Ndidi claims the top-spot in the team, valued at £22m. Nigeria squad value 19. Mexico: £129.9m Chicharito celebrates with Hirving Lozano Credit: Ian Walton/ Getty Images Europe Mexico can boast an evenly distributed squad of respectable value. There are no huge names in the mix but PSV winger Hirving Lozano could well have the sort of tournament that will send his worth rocketing upwards. He is currently valued at £22m by Transfermarkt, Mexico’s most expensive player. Mexico squad value 18. Russia: £142.4m It’s fair to say that, ranked 70th in the world by FIFA, hosts Russia would struggle to find a place in the World Cup if it wasn’t taking place there. But with a total squad value estimated at £142.4m, Russia’s team is the 18th most expensive in the World Cup. This figure is relatively evenly distributed across the squad, which has five players worth over £10m. Aleksandr Golovin tops the list as Russia’s most valuable player, worth an estimated £15.8m. Russia squad value 17. Egypt: £173.6m Mohamed Salah is Egypt's main man Credit: Patrick Smith/FIFA There’s one stand-out player in Egypt’s team and that man is Mohammed Salah. Valued at £132m (the joint-third highest for any player) he is responsible for more than three-quarters of the worth of the entire squad. Mohamed Elneny is a distant second at £8.8m. Egypt squad value 16. Switzerland: £191.9m With a total value of £191.9m, the Swiss are in the top half of the squads. While eight of their players are estimated to be worth over £10m, Granit Xhaka tops the list, worth £35.2m. Arsenal fans will be well aware of this midfielder, with Xhaka accumulating 70 caps for the North London club. Switzerland squad value 15. Colombia: £221.1m Given their performance at Brazil 2014 it is somewhat surprising that Colombia don't feature higher on this list. This is because they have - in cricketing parlance - quite a long tail. Though they have two or three big names in the squad they also have 13 players who are valued at less than five million pounds. Propelled to fame by his performance in Brazil, James Rodríguez is Colombia's most valuable player. His transfer worth is estimated at £61.6m while Tottenham's Davinson Sanchez is their second most valuable player at £35.2m. Colombia squad value 14. Denmark: £228.2m Tottenham's Christian Eriksen Credit: Marc Atkins/Offside Christian Eriksen’s £70.4m price tag goes a long way to explain Denmark’s large squad value. Indeed, Denmark’s prospective performance in the tournament will depend a lot on the Tottenham midfielder. The Danish team totals a squad value of £228.2m, with Christian Eriksen and Andreas Christensen collectively contributing almost half of this. Denmark squad value 13. Serbia: £235.4m The Serbian squad has the honour of featuring one of the most talked about men in world football at the moment in the form of Lazio's Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. A target for several big Premier League outfits, if you believe the rumours, the midfielder has a transfer value of £79.2m. Milinkovic-Savic's value is supplemented nicely by that of Nemanja Matic (£35.2m), Dusan Tadic (£13.2m) and Luka Milivojevic (£13.2m). Serbia squad value 12. Poland: £241.6m The Polish team clocks in at a total value of £241.6m, with eight players each contributing more than £10m. The Polish captain Robert Lewandowski is estimated to have a market value of £79.2m - a third of the total squad’s value. The country will need a good performance from the Bayern Munich striker in order to progress from a group that also contains Senegal and Colombia. Poland squad value 11. Senegal: £261.6m Senegal's Sadio Mane Credit: Darko Bandic/AP Also vying for one of the top two positions in Group H, Senegal’s squad value beats that of Poland. Liverpool's Sadio Mané takes up 23.5 per cent of the total, at £61.6m but has able support from Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly (£52.8m) and Monaco's Keita Baldé (£26.4m). Senegal squad value 10. Croatia: £316.8m Croatia are the tenth most expensive team in the 2018 World Cup, with a squad valued at an estimated £316.8m. The squad is both well-balanced and strong. Ivan Rakitic, Croatia’s most expensive player, has an estimated value of £44m - or 13.9 per cent of the total. 11 other players have a value of over £10m, six of which top £20m. Croatia squad value 9. Uruguay: £327.8m Uruguay are one of the true dark horses in this competition and it's easy to see why, given the depth of talent that they have at their disposal. In Luis Suárez (£61.6m) and Edison Cavani (£52.8m) they have two genuinely top bracket goalscorers while at the back they can rely on Athletico Madrid's centre back pairing of José Giménez (£39.6m) and Diego Godin (£30.8m). An impressive team spine is completed in midfield by potential Arsenal signing Lucas Torreira (£26.4m) and Inter Milan's Matías Vecino (£18.5m). Uruguay squad values 8. Portugal: £408.8m Portugal’s star player needs no introduction. Cristiano Ronaldo is worth an estimated £88m and shoulders a solid fifth of the total squad value of Portugal. Aside from their captain, Portugal also draws on the likes of Bernardo Silva, Gonçalo Guedes and Gelson Martins to reach a total squad value of £408.8m. Portugal squad value 7. Argentina: £612.5m Lionel Messi is the joint most valuable player at the World Cup Credit: FIFA/ Michael Regan Despite a recent run of poor form, 2014 finalists Argentina will still fancy their chances in Russia if they can get their glittering forward line firing. They have the seventh highest-value team in the tournament, at an estimate of £612.5m. Their emblematic captain Lionel Messi makes up a quarter of this total, valued at a whopping £158.4m, while Paolo Dybala (£96.8m), Sergio Agüero (£70.4m) and Gonzalo Higuaín (£52.8m) make up the rest of the attacking threat in this top-heavy squad. Argentina squad value 6. Belgium: £663.5m Kevin De Bruyne had a great season with Manchester City Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images Europe With only six players in the Belgian side having an estimated transfer value of less than £10m, their overall value totals £663.5m. The formidable team will face England in the Kaliningrad Stadium on June 28 in what could be a crunch match to decide who tops Group G. The squad’s most expensive players are Kevin De Bruyne (£132m), Eden Hazard (£96.8m) and Romelu Lukaku (£79.2m). Belgium squad value 5. England: £769.1m England's captain is their MVP Credit: James Baylis/Getty Images Europe The madness of the Premier League’s spending power generally ensures that English players fetch a premium in the transfer market. This has probably inflated England’s worth here, but let’s savour the Three Lions’ presence within the world’s elite while we can. Harry Kane is England’s highest valued man, with a price tag of £132m, one of only six players at the World Cup whose value extends into nine figures. Dele Alli (£88m) is the second most valuable member of the squad while Raheem Sterling (£79.2m) is in third. England’s least valuable player - Ashley Young (£6.2m) - is the most expensive least valuable player for any nation. England squad value 4. Germany: £777m Real Madrid's Toni Kroos Credit: Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images Europe The current World Cup holders have one of the most equally distributed teams in the tournament, with their top-valued player Toni Kroos only consisting 9.1 per cent of the total squad value. The squad’s value is estimated to be £777m, which makes it the fourth most valuable in the tournament. Alongside Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos (valued at £70.4m), Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen (£52.8m) and Bayern Munich defender Mats Hummels (£52.8m) also rank as the joint-favourite’s best-valued players. Germany squad value 3. Brazil: £863.3m Neymar will be looking to outplay Messi in Russia Credit: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters Despite having the joint most expensive at the tournament in Neymar (£158.4m), Brazil’s squad is far more evenly balanced than Argentina’s. Their ten most valuable players include two goalkeepers in Alisson and Ederson, two defenders in Marcelo and Marquinhos and Casemiro, a defensive midfielder, as well as five highly rated attacking players. Brazil squad value 2. Spain: £906.4m Despite their attacking options Barca's Sergio Busquets is Spain's MVP Credit: Jose Jordan/ AFP Spain is one of two teams in the World Cup valued over £900m - or one billion euros. They come in second place in the squad value rankings, clinched by France by a mere £44m. Another favourite of the World Cup, Spain has the most equally distributed team in Russia. The team’s most expensive player, Sergio Busquets, is valued at £70.4 - or just 7.8 per cent of the overall team’s £906.4m value. The winners of the 2010 World Cup can also boast the likes of Real Madrid midfielders Isco and Marco Asensio (each £66m), as well as Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea (£61.6m). Spain squad value 1. France: £950.4m France emerge as fairly comfortable winners in these rankings with a total transfer market value less than £50m shy of £1bn. Les Bleus’ array of young talent is formidable. Ten of their squad are valued at in excess of £40m with PSG’s Kylian Mbappé topping the list at £105.6m. Antoine Griezmann (£88m), Paul Pogba (£79.2m) and Ousmane Dembélé (£70.4m) are all also individually worth more than the entire squads of Panama, Saudi Arabia and Peru combined. France squad value How the World Cup’s most valuable squads compare
Squad value is a good proxy for the quality of a team, so we've ranked all 32 World Cup countries based on their player's worth in the transfer market to see if it gives any clear indications about who could triumph at Russia 2018. We've used data from Transfermarkt to work out the total estimated transfer value of each member of every 23-man squad in the tournament. This is different to adding up actual transfer fees, but a more accurate way of measuring current worth. For example, Messi has been at Barcelona for his entire career so would count as having no value if you did it that way. Starting XIs change each game, and so a team's value will vary from game to game, but these overall team totals will give you a good estimate for how expensive each team is. So, who do you think has the priciest team in the world? Read on to find out. 32. Panama: Total value £7.4 million With a total value of £7.4 million across their 23 players, Panama are the least valuable team in the World Cup. Panama’s best player is the midfielder Aníbal Godoy. He plays for the San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer and is worth an estimated £700,000. Their forward Blas Pérez ranks as the tournament’s joint-third cheapest player. Panama squad value 31. Saudi Arabia: £16.6m You could be forgiven for not having heard of many Saudi Arabia’s 23. All but three of them play their club football in the Saudi Pro League with 16 of them coming from just two clubs: Al-Ahli and Al-Hilal. Their star man - in transfer value terms - is Yasir Al-Shahrani, a winger who plies his trade for Leganés in La Liga. He is valued at the princely sum of £1.3m. While they may be minnows in this list, Saudi Arabia are, at least consistent. They have one of the lowest variations in value across their squad meaning theirs is one with a high level of equality. Saudi Arabia squad value 30. Peru: £33m Peru have been heralded as a potential surprise in this year’s World Cup, but one look at their market value would say otherwise. The South American team ranks 30th in the tournament, at just £33m, with their top man André Carrillo contributing £5.3m of this. You may recognise Carrillo: he played for Watford in the last season, on loan from Benfica. Peru squad value 29. Costa Rica: £36.1m Keylor Navas during England's recent friendly with Costa Rica Credit: Alex Livesey/ Getty Images Europe As Costa Rica proved in 2014, you don’t have to have a squad full of high value superstars to perform well in World Cups. Ranked in a similarly lowly position this year, they’ll be hoping to repeat the trick. Real Madrid keeper Keylor Navas is the Ticos most valuable man, with an estimated worth of £15.8m in today’s transfer market. They also feature serial Arsenal loanee Joel Campbell who could make his £2.6m price tag look like a steal. Costa Rica squad value 28. Iran: £41.9m 2018 will mark Iran’s first consecutive World Cup appearance, after they left the 2014 tournament in the group stage. This time round, the team’s total worth tallies up to an estimated £41.9m. Their most valuable player, attacking midfielder Alireza Jahanbakhsh, plays his domestic football for the Dutch club of AZ Alkmaar. He has an estimated transfer value of £10.6m. Iran squad value 27. Australia: £43.6m Huddersfield’s Aaron Mooy is the jewel in the Aussie crown with the midfielder accounting for about a fifth of their total squad value at £8.8m. Brighton keeper Mathew Ryan comes a close second with a value of £7m but no other player surpasses the £5m mark. Australia squad value 26. Tunisia: £51.8m Tunisia will be England’s first opponent as they face each other in the Volgograd Arena on Monday. On paper, there should be no comparison: The Tunisian team totals up a value of £51.8m - some £717.3m less than England’s total value. Midfielder Ellyes Skhiri is the team’s star player, valued at an estimated £8.8m. Tunisia squad values 25. Japan: £64.6m Shinji Kagawa is Japan's MVP Credit: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters Former Manchester United man Shinji Kagawa is Japan’s most expensive talent with a modest value of £11.4m. Aside from the Dortmund attacking midfielder Premier League players Maya Yoshida and Shinji Okazaki make up Japan’s other high-ticket stars. Admittedly, at this point in proceedings “high-ticket” has a different definition than it will later on in this list. Some players - who we’ll meet later on - are individually worth twice the value of Japan’s whole squad. Japan squad value 24. Iceland: £66.9m Everton midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson is Iceland’s star man, and is estimated to be worth £26.4m. He makes up almost 40 per cent of the total Icelandic squad’s worth of £66.9m. The island minnows might seem like they can be easily dismissed as a mediocre one-man band, but England’s Euro 2016 team may say otherwise. While Iceland ranks 24 for the overall team’s worth, they rank 19th for the value of their most-valued player. Iceland squad value 23. South Korea: £74.8m South Korea have faded from the global footballing consciousness since they jointly hosted the 2002 World Cup with Japan. The majority of their 2018 squad play in either Japan or Korea but they do have a standout player in the former of Tottenham’s Heung-min Son. Valued at £44m he accounts for nearly 60 per cent of his country’s total squad value, the second highest proportion for any player in any team. South Korea squad value 22. Sweden: £105.4m Victor Lindelof is valued at £22m Credit: Robbie Jay Barratt/Getty Images North America Here we are: the first team to break £100m. At an estimated squad value of £105.4m, Sweden rank 22nd in the tournament based on squad value. Their most valued player, Manchester United defender Victor Lindelöf, is valued at £22m - over a fifth of the total squad value. Sweden squad value 21. Morocco: £113.9m What are Morocco doing so high up this list I hear you ask? Well, even at this stage all it takes is a couple of big fish to propel you up the rankings, and Morocco can boast three players worth £20m or more in the spine of their side. Midfielders Hakim Ziyech (Ajax) and Amine Harit (Schalke 04) both come in at £22m while Juventus’ Medhi Benatia is worth £20m. Morocco squad value 20. Nigeria: £118.7m Nigeria put up a spirited game against England in their 2-1 defeat at Wembley last weekend, and they’ve earned praise for their exciting green-and-white striped kit. However, they’re a distinctly mid-table team when it comes to squad value, weighing in at an estimated £118.7m. Perhaps surprisingly for English fans, Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi ranks only fifth in the team for transfer value. He is one of five players in the team who are valued over £10m. Wilfred Ndidi claims the top-spot in the team, valued at £22m. Nigeria squad value 19. Mexico: £129.9m Chicharito celebrates with Hirving Lozano Credit: Ian Walton/ Getty Images Europe Mexico can boast an evenly distributed squad of respectable value. There are no huge names in the mix but PSV winger Hirving Lozano could well have the sort of tournament that will send his worth rocketing upwards. He is currently valued at £22m by Transfermarkt, Mexico’s most expensive player. Mexico squad value 18. Russia: £142.4m It’s fair to say that, ranked 70th in the world by FIFA, hosts Russia would struggle to find a place in the World Cup if it wasn’t taking place there. But with a total squad value estimated at £142.4m, Russia’s team is the 18th most expensive in the World Cup. This figure is relatively evenly distributed across the squad, which has five players worth over £10m. Aleksandr Golovin tops the list as Russia’s most valuable player, worth an estimated £15.8m. Russia squad value 17. Egypt: £173.6m Mohamed Salah is Egypt's main man Credit: Patrick Smith/FIFA There’s one stand-out player in Egypt’s team and that man is Mohammed Salah. Valued at £132m (the joint-third highest for any player) he is responsible for more than three-quarters of the worth of the entire squad. Mohamed Elneny is a distant second at £8.8m. Egypt squad value 16. Switzerland: £191.9m With a total value of £191.9m, the Swiss are in the top half of the squads. While eight of their players are estimated to be worth over £10m, Granit Xhaka tops the list, worth £35.2m. Arsenal fans will be well aware of this midfielder, with Xhaka accumulating 70 caps for the North London club. Switzerland squad value 15. Colombia: £221.1m Given their performance at Brazil 2014 it is somewhat surprising that Colombia don't feature higher on this list. This is because they have - in cricketing parlance - quite a long tail. Though they have two or three big names in the squad they also have 13 players who are valued at less than five million pounds. Propelled to fame by his performance in Brazil, James Rodríguez is Colombia's most valuable player. His transfer worth is estimated at £61.6m while Tottenham's Davinson Sanchez is their second most valuable player at £35.2m. Colombia squad value 14. Denmark: £228.2m Tottenham's Christian Eriksen Credit: Marc Atkins/Offside Christian Eriksen’s £70.4m price tag goes a long way to explain Denmark’s large squad value. Indeed, Denmark’s prospective performance in the tournament will depend a lot on the Tottenham midfielder. The Danish team totals a squad value of £228.2m, with Christian Eriksen and Andreas Christensen collectively contributing almost half of this. Denmark squad value 13. Serbia: £235.4m The Serbian squad has the honour of featuring one of the most talked about men in world football at the moment in the form of Lazio's Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. A target for several big Premier League outfits, if you believe the rumours, the midfielder has a transfer value of £79.2m. Milinkovic-Savic's value is supplemented nicely by that of Nemanja Matic (£35.2m), Dusan Tadic (£13.2m) and Luka Milivojevic (£13.2m). Serbia squad value 12. Poland: £241.6m The Polish team clocks in at a total value of £241.6m, with eight players each contributing more than £10m. The Polish captain Robert Lewandowski is estimated to have a market value of £79.2m - a third of the total squad’s value. The country will need a good performance from the Bayern Munich striker in order to progress from a group that also contains Senegal and Colombia. Poland squad value 11. Senegal: £261.6m Senegal's Sadio Mane Credit: Darko Bandic/AP Also vying for one of the top two positions in Group H, Senegal’s squad value beats that of Poland. Liverpool's Sadio Mané takes up 23.5 per cent of the total, at £61.6m but has able support from Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly (£52.8m) and Monaco's Keita Baldé (£26.4m). Senegal squad value 10. Croatia: £316.8m Croatia are the tenth most expensive team in the 2018 World Cup, with a squad valued at an estimated £316.8m. The squad is both well-balanced and strong. Ivan Rakitic, Croatia’s most expensive player, has an estimated value of £44m - or 13.9 per cent of the total. 11 other players have a value of over £10m, six of which top £20m. Croatia squad value 9. Uruguay: £327.8m Uruguay are one of the true dark horses in this competition and it's easy to see why, given the depth of talent that they have at their disposal. In Luis Suárez (£61.6m) and Edison Cavani (£52.8m) they have two genuinely top bracket goalscorers while at the back they can rely on Athletico Madrid's centre back pairing of José Giménez (£39.6m) and Diego Godin (£30.8m). An impressive team spine is completed in midfield by potential Arsenal signing Lucas Torreira (£26.4m) and Inter Milan's Matías Vecino (£18.5m). Uruguay squad values 8. Portugal: £408.8m Portugal’s star player needs no introduction. Cristiano Ronaldo is worth an estimated £88m and shoulders a solid fifth of the total squad value of Portugal. Aside from their captain, Portugal also draws on the likes of Bernardo Silva, Gonçalo Guedes and Gelson Martins to reach a total squad value of £408.8m. Portugal squad value 7. Argentina: £612.5m Lionel Messi is the joint most valuable player at the World Cup Credit: FIFA/ Michael Regan Despite a recent run of poor form, 2014 finalists Argentina will still fancy their chances in Russia if they can get their glittering forward line firing. They have the seventh highest-value team in the tournament, at an estimate of £612.5m. Their emblematic captain Lionel Messi makes up a quarter of this total, valued at a whopping £158.4m, while Paolo Dybala (£96.8m), Sergio Agüero (£70.4m) and Gonzalo Higuaín (£52.8m) make up the rest of the attacking threat in this top-heavy squad. Argentina squad value 6. Belgium: £663.5m Kevin De Bruyne had a great season with Manchester City Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images Europe With only six players in the Belgian side having an estimated transfer value of less than £10m, their overall value totals £663.5m. The formidable team will face England in the Kaliningrad Stadium on June 28 in what could be a crunch match to decide who tops Group G. The squad’s most expensive players are Kevin De Bruyne (£132m), Eden Hazard (£96.8m) and Romelu Lukaku (£79.2m). Belgium squad value 5. England: £769.1m England's captain is their MVP Credit: James Baylis/Getty Images Europe The madness of the Premier League’s spending power generally ensures that English players fetch a premium in the transfer market. This has probably inflated England’s worth here, but let’s savour the Three Lions’ presence within the world’s elite while we can. Harry Kane is England’s highest valued man, with a price tag of £132m, one of only six players at the World Cup whose value extends into nine figures. Dele Alli (£88m) is the second most valuable member of the squad while Raheem Sterling (£79.2m) is in third. England’s least valuable player - Ashley Young (£6.2m) - is the most expensive least valuable player for any nation. England squad value 4. Germany: £777m Real Madrid's Toni Kroos Credit: Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images Europe The current World Cup holders have one of the most equally distributed teams in the tournament, with their top-valued player Toni Kroos only consisting 9.1 per cent of the total squad value. The squad’s value is estimated to be £777m, which makes it the fourth most valuable in the tournament. Alongside Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos (valued at £70.4m), Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen (£52.8m) and Bayern Munich defender Mats Hummels (£52.8m) also rank as the joint-favourite’s best-valued players. Germany squad value 3. Brazil: £863.3m Neymar will be looking to outplay Messi in Russia Credit: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters Despite having the joint most expensive at the tournament in Neymar (£158.4m), Brazil’s squad is far more evenly balanced than Argentina’s. Their ten most valuable players include two goalkeepers in Alisson and Ederson, two defenders in Marcelo and Marquinhos and Casemiro, a defensive midfielder, as well as five highly rated attacking players. Brazil squad value 2. Spain: £906.4m Despite their attacking options Barca's Sergio Busquets is Spain's MVP Credit: Jose Jordan/ AFP Spain is one of two teams in the World Cup valued over £900m - or one billion euros. They come in second place in the squad value rankings, clinched by France by a mere £44m. Another favourite of the World Cup, Spain has the most equally distributed team in Russia. The team’s most expensive player, Sergio Busquets, is valued at £70.4 - or just 7.8 per cent of the overall team’s £906.4m value. The winners of the 2010 World Cup can also boast the likes of Real Madrid midfielders Isco and Marco Asensio (each £66m), as well as Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea (£61.6m). Spain squad value 1. France: £950.4m France emerge as fairly comfortable winners in these rankings with a total transfer market value less than £50m shy of £1bn. Les Bleus’ array of young talent is formidable. Ten of their squad are valued at in excess of £40m with PSG’s Kylian Mbappé topping the list at £105.6m. Antoine Griezmann (£88m), Paul Pogba (£79.2m) and Ousmane Dembélé (£70.4m) are all also individually worth more than the entire squads of Panama, Saudi Arabia and Peru combined. France squad value How the World Cup’s most valuable squads compare
Which country has the most expensive squad at World Cup 2018?
Squad value is a good proxy for the quality of a team, so we've ranked all 32 World Cup countries based on their player's worth in the transfer market to see if it gives any clear indications about who could triumph at Russia 2018. We've used data from Transfermarkt to work out the total estimated transfer value of each member of every 23-man squad in the tournament. This is different to adding up actual transfer fees, but a more accurate way of measuring current worth. For example, Messi has been at Barcelona for his entire career so would count as having no value if you did it that way. Starting XIs change each game, and so a team's value will vary from game to game, but these overall team totals will give you a good estimate for how expensive each team is. So, who do you think has the priciest team in the world? Read on to find out. 32. Panama: Total value £7.4 million With a total value of £7.4 million across their 23 players, Panama are the least valuable team in the World Cup. Panama’s best player is the midfielder Aníbal Godoy. He plays for the San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer and is worth an estimated £700,000. Their forward Blas Pérez ranks as the tournament’s joint-third cheapest player. Panama squad value 31. Saudi Arabia: £16.6m You could be forgiven for not having heard of many Saudi Arabia’s 23. All but three of them play their club football in the Saudi Pro League with 16 of them coming from just two clubs: Al-Ahli and Al-Hilal. Their star man - in transfer value terms - is Yasir Al-Shahrani, a winger who plies his trade for Leganés in La Liga. He is valued at the princely sum of £1.3m. While they may be minnows in this list, Saudi Arabia are, at least consistent. They have one of the lowest variations in value across their squad meaning theirs is one with a high level of equality. Saudi Arabia squad value 30. Peru: £33m Peru have been heralded as a potential surprise in this year’s World Cup, but one look at their market value would say otherwise. The South American team ranks 30th in the tournament, at just £33m, with their top man André Carrillo contributing £5.3m of this. You may recognise Carrillo: he played for Watford in the last season, on loan from Benfica. Peru squad value 29. Costa Rica: £36.1m Keylor Navas during England's recent friendly with Costa Rica Credit: Alex Livesey/ Getty Images Europe As Costa Rica proved in 2014, you don’t have to have a squad full of high value superstars to perform well in World Cups. Ranked in a similarly lowly position this year, they’ll be hoping to repeat the trick. Real Madrid keeper Keylor Navas is the Ticos most valuable man, with an estimated worth of £15.8m in today’s transfer market. They also feature serial Arsenal loanee Joel Campbell who could make his £2.6m price tag look like a steal. Costa Rica squad value 28. Iran: £41.9m 2018 will mark Iran’s first consecutive World Cup appearance, after they left the 2014 tournament in the group stage. This time round, the team’s total worth tallies up to an estimated £41.9m. Their most valuable player, attacking midfielder Alireza Jahanbakhsh, plays his domestic football for the Dutch club of AZ Alkmaar. He has an estimated transfer value of £10.6m. Iran squad value 27. Australia: £43.6m Huddersfield’s Aaron Mooy is the jewel in the Aussie crown with the midfielder accounting for about a fifth of their total squad value at £8.8m. Brighton keeper Mathew Ryan comes a close second with a value of £7m but no other player surpasses the £5m mark. Australia squad value 26. Tunisia: £51.8m Tunisia will be England’s first opponent as they face each other in the Volgograd Arena on Monday. On paper, there should be no comparison: The Tunisian team totals up a value of £51.8m - some £717.3m less than England’s total value. Midfielder Ellyes Skhiri is the team’s star player, valued at an estimated £8.8m. Tunisia squad values 25. Japan: £64.6m Shinji Kagawa is Japan's MVP Credit: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters Former Manchester United man Shinji Kagawa is Japan’s most expensive talent with a modest value of £11.4m. Aside from the Dortmund attacking midfielder Premier League players Maya Yoshida and Shinji Okazaki make up Japan’s other high-ticket stars. Admittedly, at this point in proceedings “high-ticket” has a different definition than it will later on in this list. Some players - who we’ll meet later on - are individually worth twice the value of Japan’s whole squad. Japan squad value 24. Iceland: £66.9m Everton midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson is Iceland’s star man, and is estimated to be worth £26.4m. He makes up almost 40 per cent of the total Icelandic squad’s worth of £66.9m. The island minnows might seem like they can be easily dismissed as a mediocre one-man band, but England’s Euro 2016 team may say otherwise. While Iceland ranks 24 for the overall team’s worth, they rank 19th for the value of their most-valued player. Iceland squad value 23. South Korea: £74.8m South Korea have faded from the global footballing consciousness since they jointly hosted the 2002 World Cup with Japan. The majority of their 2018 squad play in either Japan or Korea but they do have a standout player in the former of Tottenham’s Heung-min Son. Valued at £44m he accounts for nearly 60 per cent of his country’s total squad value, the second highest proportion for any player in any team. South Korea squad value 22. Sweden: £105.4m Victor Lindelof is valued at £22m Credit: Robbie Jay Barratt/Getty Images North America Here we are: the first team to break £100m. At an estimated squad value of £105.4m, Sweden rank 22nd in the tournament based on squad value. Their most valued player, Manchester United defender Victor Lindelöf, is valued at £22m - over a fifth of the total squad value. Sweden squad value 21. Morocco: £113.9m What are Morocco doing so high up this list I hear you ask? Well, even at this stage all it takes is a couple of big fish to propel you up the rankings, and Morocco can boast three players worth £20m or more in the spine of their side. Midfielders Hakim Ziyech (Ajax) and Amine Harit (Schalke 04) both come in at £22m while Juventus’ Medhi Benatia is worth £20m. Morocco squad value 20. Nigeria: £118.7m Nigeria put up a spirited game against England in their 2-1 defeat at Wembley last weekend, and they’ve earned praise for their exciting green-and-white striped kit. However, they’re a distinctly mid-table team when it comes to squad value, weighing in at an estimated £118.7m. Perhaps surprisingly for English fans, Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi ranks only fifth in the team for transfer value. He is one of five players in the team who are valued over £10m. Wilfred Ndidi claims the top-spot in the team, valued at £22m. Nigeria squad value 19. Mexico: £129.9m Chicharito celebrates with Hirving Lozano Credit: Ian Walton/ Getty Images Europe Mexico can boast an evenly distributed squad of respectable value. There are no huge names in the mix but PSV winger Hirving Lozano could well have the sort of tournament that will send his worth rocketing upwards. He is currently valued at £22m by Transfermarkt, Mexico’s most expensive player. Mexico squad value 18. Russia: £142.4m It’s fair to say that, ranked 70th in the world by FIFA, hosts Russia would struggle to find a place in the World Cup if it wasn’t taking place there. But with a total squad value estimated at £142.4m, Russia’s team is the 18th most expensive in the World Cup. This figure is relatively evenly distributed across the squad, which has five players worth over £10m. Aleksandr Golovin tops the list as Russia’s most valuable player, worth an estimated £15.8m. Russia squad value 17. Egypt: £173.6m Mohamed Salah is Egypt's main man Credit: Patrick Smith/FIFA There’s one stand-out player in Egypt’s team and that man is Mohammed Salah. Valued at £132m (the joint-third highest for any player) he is responsible for more than three-quarters of the worth of the entire squad. Mohamed Elneny is a distant second at £8.8m. Egypt squad value 16. Switzerland: £191.9m With a total value of £191.9m, the Swiss are in the top half of the squads. While eight of their players are estimated to be worth over £10m, Granit Xhaka tops the list, worth £35.2m. Arsenal fans will be well aware of this midfielder, with Xhaka accumulating 70 caps for the North London club. Switzerland squad value 15. Colombia: £221.1m Given their performance at Brazil 2014 it is somewhat surprising that Colombia don't feature higher on this list. This is because they have - in cricketing parlance - quite a long tail. Though they have two or three big names in the squad they also have 13 players who are valued at less than five million pounds. Propelled to fame by his performance in Brazil, James Rodríguez is Colombia's most valuable player. His transfer worth is estimated at £61.6m while Tottenham's Davinson Sanchez is their second most valuable player at £35.2m. Colombia squad value 14. Denmark: £228.2m Tottenham's Christian Eriksen Credit: Marc Atkins/Offside Christian Eriksen’s £70.4m price tag goes a long way to explain Denmark’s large squad value. Indeed, Denmark’s prospective performance in the tournament will depend a lot on the Tottenham midfielder. The Danish team totals a squad value of £228.2m, with Christian Eriksen and Andreas Christensen collectively contributing almost half of this. Denmark squad value 13. Serbia: £235.4m The Serbian squad has the honour of featuring one of the most talked about men in world football at the moment in the form of Lazio's Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. A target for several big Premier League outfits, if you believe the rumours, the midfielder has a transfer value of £79.2m. Milinkovic-Savic's value is supplemented nicely by that of Nemanja Matic (£35.2m), Dusan Tadic (£13.2m) and Luka Milivojevic (£13.2m). Serbia squad value 12. Poland: £241.6m The Polish team clocks in at a total value of £241.6m, with eight players each contributing more than £10m. The Polish captain Robert Lewandowski is estimated to have a market value of £79.2m - a third of the total squad’s value. The country will need a good performance from the Bayern Munich striker in order to progress from a group that also contains Senegal and Colombia. Poland squad value 11. Senegal: £261.6m Senegal's Sadio Mane Credit: Darko Bandic/AP Also vying for one of the top two positions in Group H, Senegal’s squad value beats that of Poland. Liverpool's Sadio Mané takes up 23.5 per cent of the total, at £61.6m but has able support from Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly (£52.8m) and Monaco's Keita Baldé (£26.4m). Senegal squad value 10. Croatia: £316.8m Croatia are the tenth most expensive team in the 2018 World Cup, with a squad valued at an estimated £316.8m. The squad is both well-balanced and strong. Ivan Rakitic, Croatia’s most expensive player, has an estimated value of £44m - or 13.9 per cent of the total. 11 other players have a value of over £10m, six of which top £20m. Croatia squad value 9. Uruguay: £327.8m Uruguay are one of the true dark horses in this competition and it's easy to see why, given the depth of talent that they have at their disposal. In Luis Suárez (£61.6m) and Edison Cavani (£52.8m) they have two genuinely top bracket goalscorers while at the back they can rely on Athletico Madrid's centre back pairing of José Giménez (£39.6m) and Diego Godin (£30.8m). An impressive team spine is completed in midfield by potential Arsenal signing Lucas Torreira (£26.4m) and Inter Milan's Matías Vecino (£18.5m). Uruguay squad values 8. Portugal: £408.8m Portugal’s star player needs no introduction. Cristiano Ronaldo is worth an estimated £88m and shoulders a solid fifth of the total squad value of Portugal. Aside from their captain, Portugal also draws on the likes of Bernardo Silva, Gonçalo Guedes and Gelson Martins to reach a total squad value of £408.8m. Portugal squad value 7. Argentina: £612.5m Lionel Messi is the joint most valuable player at the World Cup Credit: FIFA/ Michael Regan Despite a recent run of poor form, 2014 finalists Argentina will still fancy their chances in Russia if they can get their glittering forward line firing. They have the seventh highest-value team in the tournament, at an estimate of £612.5m. Their emblematic captain Lionel Messi makes up a quarter of this total, valued at a whopping £158.4m, while Paolo Dybala (£96.8m), Sergio Agüero (£70.4m) and Gonzalo Higuaín (£52.8m) make up the rest of the attacking threat in this top-heavy squad. Argentina squad value 6. Belgium: £663.5m Kevin De Bruyne had a great season with Manchester City Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images Europe With only six players in the Belgian side having an estimated transfer value of less than £10m, their overall value totals £663.5m. The formidable team will face England in the Kaliningrad Stadium on June 28 in what could be a crunch match to decide who tops Group G. The squad’s most expensive players are Kevin De Bruyne (£132m), Eden Hazard (£96.8m) and Romelu Lukaku (£79.2m). Belgium squad value 5. England: £769.1m England's captain is their MVP Credit: James Baylis/Getty Images Europe The madness of the Premier League’s spending power generally ensures that English players fetch a premium in the transfer market. This has probably inflated England’s worth here, but let’s savour the Three Lions’ presence within the world’s elite while we can. Harry Kane is England’s highest valued man, with a price tag of £132m, one of only six players at the World Cup whose value extends into nine figures. Dele Alli (£88m) is the second most valuable member of the squad while Raheem Sterling (£79.2m) is in third. England’s least valuable player - Ashley Young (£6.2m) - is the most expensive least valuable player for any nation. England squad value 4. Germany: £777m Real Madrid's Toni Kroos Credit: Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images Europe The current World Cup holders have one of the most equally distributed teams in the tournament, with their top-valued player Toni Kroos only consisting 9.1 per cent of the total squad value. The squad’s value is estimated to be £777m, which makes it the fourth most valuable in the tournament. Alongside Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos (valued at £70.4m), Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen (£52.8m) and Bayern Munich defender Mats Hummels (£52.8m) also rank as the joint-favourite’s best-valued players. Germany squad value 3. Brazil: £863.3m Neymar will be looking to outplay Messi in Russia Credit: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters Despite having the joint most expensive at the tournament in Neymar (£158.4m), Brazil’s squad is far more evenly balanced than Argentina’s. Their ten most valuable players include two goalkeepers in Alisson and Ederson, two defenders in Marcelo and Marquinhos and Casemiro, a defensive midfielder, as well as five highly rated attacking players. Brazil squad value 2. Spain: £906.4m Despite their attacking options Barca's Sergio Busquets is Spain's MVP Credit: Jose Jordan/ AFP Spain is one of two teams in the World Cup valued over £900m - or one billion euros. They come in second place in the squad value rankings, clinched by France by a mere £44m. Another favourite of the World Cup, Spain has the most equally distributed team in Russia. The team’s most expensive player, Sergio Busquets, is valued at £70.4 - or just 7.8 per cent of the overall team’s £906.4m value. The winners of the 2010 World Cup can also boast the likes of Real Madrid midfielders Isco and Marco Asensio (each £66m), as well as Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea (£61.6m). Spain squad value 1. France: £950.4m France emerge as fairly comfortable winners in these rankings with a total transfer market value less than £50m shy of £1bn. Les Bleus’ array of young talent is formidable. Ten of their squad are valued at in excess of £40m with PSG’s Kylian Mbappé topping the list at £105.6m. Antoine Griezmann (£88m), Paul Pogba (£79.2m) and Ousmane Dembélé (£70.4m) are all also individually worth more than the entire squads of Panama, Saudi Arabia and Peru combined. France squad value How the World Cup’s most valuable squads compare
Squad value is a good proxy for the quality of a team, so we've ranked all 32 World Cup countries based on their player's worth in the transfer market to see if it gives any clear indications about who could triumph at Russia 2018. We've used data from Transfermarkt to work out the total estimated transfer value of each member of every 23-man squad in the tournament. This is different to adding up actual transfer fees, but a more accurate way of measuring current worth. For example, Messi has been at Barcelona for his entire career so would count as having no value if you did it that way. Starting XIs change each game, and so a team's value will vary from game to game, but these overall team totals will give you a good estimate for how expensive each team is. So, who do you think has the priciest team in the world? Read on to find out. 32. Panama: Total value £7.4 million With a total value of £7.4 million across their 23 players, Panama are the least valuable team in the World Cup. Panama’s best player is the midfielder Aníbal Godoy. He plays for the San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer and is worth an estimated £700,000. Their forward Blas Pérez ranks as the tournament’s joint-third cheapest player. Panama squad value 31. Saudi Arabia: £16.6m You could be forgiven for not having heard of many Saudi Arabia’s 23. All but three of them play their club football in the Saudi Pro League with 16 of them coming from just two clubs: Al-Ahli and Al-Hilal. Their star man - in transfer value terms - is Yasir Al-Shahrani, a winger who plies his trade for Leganés in La Liga. He is valued at the princely sum of £1.3m. While they may be minnows in this list, Saudi Arabia are, at least consistent. They have one of the lowest variations in value across their squad meaning theirs is one with a high level of equality. Saudi Arabia squad value 30. Peru: £33m Peru have been heralded as a potential surprise in this year’s World Cup, but one look at their market value would say otherwise. The South American team ranks 30th in the tournament, at just £33m, with their top man André Carrillo contributing £5.3m of this. You may recognise Carrillo: he played for Watford in the last season, on loan from Benfica. Peru squad value 29. Costa Rica: £36.1m Keylor Navas during England's recent friendly with Costa Rica Credit: Alex Livesey/ Getty Images Europe As Costa Rica proved in 2014, you don’t have to have a squad full of high value superstars to perform well in World Cups. Ranked in a similarly lowly position this year, they’ll be hoping to repeat the trick. Real Madrid keeper Keylor Navas is the Ticos most valuable man, with an estimated worth of £15.8m in today’s transfer market. They also feature serial Arsenal loanee Joel Campbell who could make his £2.6m price tag look like a steal. Costa Rica squad value 28. Iran: £41.9m 2018 will mark Iran’s first consecutive World Cup appearance, after they left the 2014 tournament in the group stage. This time round, the team’s total worth tallies up to an estimated £41.9m. Their most valuable player, attacking midfielder Alireza Jahanbakhsh, plays his domestic football for the Dutch club of AZ Alkmaar. He has an estimated transfer value of £10.6m. Iran squad value 27. Australia: £43.6m Huddersfield’s Aaron Mooy is the jewel in the Aussie crown with the midfielder accounting for about a fifth of their total squad value at £8.8m. Brighton keeper Mathew Ryan comes a close second with a value of £7m but no other player surpasses the £5m mark. Australia squad value 26. Tunisia: £51.8m Tunisia will be England’s first opponent as they face each other in the Volgograd Arena on Monday. On paper, there should be no comparison: The Tunisian team totals up a value of £51.8m - some £717.3m less than England’s total value. Midfielder Ellyes Skhiri is the team’s star player, valued at an estimated £8.8m. Tunisia squad values 25. Japan: £64.6m Shinji Kagawa is Japan's MVP Credit: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters Former Manchester United man Shinji Kagawa is Japan’s most expensive talent with a modest value of £11.4m. Aside from the Dortmund attacking midfielder Premier League players Maya Yoshida and Shinji Okazaki make up Japan’s other high-ticket stars. Admittedly, at this point in proceedings “high-ticket” has a different definition than it will later on in this list. Some players - who we’ll meet later on - are individually worth twice the value of Japan’s whole squad. Japan squad value 24. Iceland: £66.9m Everton midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson is Iceland’s star man, and is estimated to be worth £26.4m. He makes up almost 40 per cent of the total Icelandic squad’s worth of £66.9m. The island minnows might seem like they can be easily dismissed as a mediocre one-man band, but England’s Euro 2016 team may say otherwise. While Iceland ranks 24 for the overall team’s worth, they rank 19th for the value of their most-valued player. Iceland squad value 23. South Korea: £74.8m South Korea have faded from the global footballing consciousness since they jointly hosted the 2002 World Cup with Japan. The majority of their 2018 squad play in either Japan or Korea but they do have a standout player in the former of Tottenham’s Heung-min Son. Valued at £44m he accounts for nearly 60 per cent of his country’s total squad value, the second highest proportion for any player in any team. South Korea squad value 22. Sweden: £105.4m Victor Lindelof is valued at £22m Credit: Robbie Jay Barratt/Getty Images North America Here we are: the first team to break £100m. At an estimated squad value of £105.4m, Sweden rank 22nd in the tournament based on squad value. Their most valued player, Manchester United defender Victor Lindelöf, is valued at £22m - over a fifth of the total squad value. Sweden squad value 21. Morocco: £113.9m What are Morocco doing so high up this list I hear you ask? Well, even at this stage all it takes is a couple of big fish to propel you up the rankings, and Morocco can boast three players worth £20m or more in the spine of their side. Midfielders Hakim Ziyech (Ajax) and Amine Harit (Schalke 04) both come in at £22m while Juventus’ Medhi Benatia is worth £20m. Morocco squad value 20. Nigeria: £118.7m Nigeria put up a spirited game against England in their 2-1 defeat at Wembley last weekend, and they’ve earned praise for their exciting green-and-white striped kit. However, they’re a distinctly mid-table team when it comes to squad value, weighing in at an estimated £118.7m. Perhaps surprisingly for English fans, Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi ranks only fifth in the team for transfer value. He is one of five players in the team who are valued over £10m. Wilfred Ndidi claims the top-spot in the team, valued at £22m. Nigeria squad value 19. Mexico: £129.9m Chicharito celebrates with Hirving Lozano Credit: Ian Walton/ Getty Images Europe Mexico can boast an evenly distributed squad of respectable value. There are no huge names in the mix but PSV winger Hirving Lozano could well have the sort of tournament that will send his worth rocketing upwards. He is currently valued at £22m by Transfermarkt, Mexico’s most expensive player. Mexico squad value 18. Russia: £142.4m It’s fair to say that, ranked 70th in the world by FIFA, hosts Russia would struggle to find a place in the World Cup if it wasn’t taking place there. But with a total squad value estimated at £142.4m, Russia’s team is the 18th most expensive in the World Cup. This figure is relatively evenly distributed across the squad, which has five players worth over £10m. Aleksandr Golovin tops the list as Russia’s most valuable player, worth an estimated £15.8m. Russia squad value 17. Egypt: £173.6m Mohamed Salah is Egypt's main man Credit: Patrick Smith/FIFA There’s one stand-out player in Egypt’s team and that man is Mohammed Salah. Valued at £132m (the joint-third highest for any player) he is responsible for more than three-quarters of the worth of the entire squad. Mohamed Elneny is a distant second at £8.8m. Egypt squad value 16. Switzerland: £191.9m With a total value of £191.9m, the Swiss are in the top half of the squads. While eight of their players are estimated to be worth over £10m, Granit Xhaka tops the list, worth £35.2m. Arsenal fans will be well aware of this midfielder, with Xhaka accumulating 70 caps for the North London club. Switzerland squad value 15. Colombia: £221.1m Given their performance at Brazil 2014 it is somewhat surprising that Colombia don't feature higher on this list. This is because they have - in cricketing parlance - quite a long tail. Though they have two or three big names in the squad they also have 13 players who are valued at less than five million pounds. Propelled to fame by his performance in Brazil, James Rodríguez is Colombia's most valuable player. His transfer worth is estimated at £61.6m while Tottenham's Davinson Sanchez is their second most valuable player at £35.2m. Colombia squad value 14. Denmark: £228.2m Tottenham's Christian Eriksen Credit: Marc Atkins/Offside Christian Eriksen’s £70.4m price tag goes a long way to explain Denmark’s large squad value. Indeed, Denmark’s prospective performance in the tournament will depend a lot on the Tottenham midfielder. The Danish team totals a squad value of £228.2m, with Christian Eriksen and Andreas Christensen collectively contributing almost half of this. Denmark squad value 13. Serbia: £235.4m The Serbian squad has the honour of featuring one of the most talked about men in world football at the moment in the form of Lazio's Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. A target for several big Premier League outfits, if you believe the rumours, the midfielder has a transfer value of £79.2m. Milinkovic-Savic's value is supplemented nicely by that of Nemanja Matic (£35.2m), Dusan Tadic (£13.2m) and Luka Milivojevic (£13.2m). Serbia squad value 12. Poland: £241.6m The Polish team clocks in at a total value of £241.6m, with eight players each contributing more than £10m. The Polish captain Robert Lewandowski is estimated to have a market value of £79.2m - a third of the total squad’s value. The country will need a good performance from the Bayern Munich striker in order to progress from a group that also contains Senegal and Colombia. Poland squad value 11. Senegal: £261.6m Senegal's Sadio Mane Credit: Darko Bandic/AP Also vying for one of the top two positions in Group H, Senegal’s squad value beats that of Poland. Liverpool's Sadio Mané takes up 23.5 per cent of the total, at £61.6m but has able support from Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly (£52.8m) and Monaco's Keita Baldé (£26.4m). Senegal squad value 10. Croatia: £316.8m Croatia are the tenth most expensive team in the 2018 World Cup, with a squad valued at an estimated £316.8m. The squad is both well-balanced and strong. Ivan Rakitic, Croatia’s most expensive player, has an estimated value of £44m - or 13.9 per cent of the total. 11 other players have a value of over £10m, six of which top £20m. Croatia squad value 9. Uruguay: £327.8m Uruguay are one of the true dark horses in this competition and it's easy to see why, given the depth of talent that they have at their disposal. In Luis Suárez (£61.6m) and Edison Cavani (£52.8m) they have two genuinely top bracket goalscorers while at the back they can rely on Athletico Madrid's centre back pairing of José Giménez (£39.6m) and Diego Godin (£30.8m). An impressive team spine is completed in midfield by potential Arsenal signing Lucas Torreira (£26.4m) and Inter Milan's Matías Vecino (£18.5m). Uruguay squad values 8. Portugal: £408.8m Portugal’s star player needs no introduction. Cristiano Ronaldo is worth an estimated £88m and shoulders a solid fifth of the total squad value of Portugal. Aside from their captain, Portugal also draws on the likes of Bernardo Silva, Gonçalo Guedes and Gelson Martins to reach a total squad value of £408.8m. Portugal squad value 7. Argentina: £612.5m Lionel Messi is the joint most valuable player at the World Cup Credit: FIFA/ Michael Regan Despite a recent run of poor form, 2014 finalists Argentina will still fancy their chances in Russia if they can get their glittering forward line firing. They have the seventh highest-value team in the tournament, at an estimate of £612.5m. Their emblematic captain Lionel Messi makes up a quarter of this total, valued at a whopping £158.4m, while Paolo Dybala (£96.8m), Sergio Agüero (£70.4m) and Gonzalo Higuaín (£52.8m) make up the rest of the attacking threat in this top-heavy squad. Argentina squad value 6. Belgium: £663.5m Kevin De Bruyne had a great season with Manchester City Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images Europe With only six players in the Belgian side having an estimated transfer value of less than £10m, their overall value totals £663.5m. The formidable team will face England in the Kaliningrad Stadium on June 28 in what could be a crunch match to decide who tops Group G. The squad’s most expensive players are Kevin De Bruyne (£132m), Eden Hazard (£96.8m) and Romelu Lukaku (£79.2m). Belgium squad value 5. England: £769.1m England's captain is their MVP Credit: James Baylis/Getty Images Europe The madness of the Premier League’s spending power generally ensures that English players fetch a premium in the transfer market. This has probably inflated England’s worth here, but let’s savour the Three Lions’ presence within the world’s elite while we can. Harry Kane is England’s highest valued man, with a price tag of £132m, one of only six players at the World Cup whose value extends into nine figures. Dele Alli (£88m) is the second most valuable member of the squad while Raheem Sterling (£79.2m) is in third. England’s least valuable player - Ashley Young (£6.2m) - is the most expensive least valuable player for any nation. England squad value 4. Germany: £777m Real Madrid's Toni Kroos Credit: Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images Europe The current World Cup holders have one of the most equally distributed teams in the tournament, with their top-valued player Toni Kroos only consisting 9.1 per cent of the total squad value. The squad’s value is estimated to be £777m, which makes it the fourth most valuable in the tournament. Alongside Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos (valued at £70.4m), Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen (£52.8m) and Bayern Munich defender Mats Hummels (£52.8m) also rank as the joint-favourite’s best-valued players. Germany squad value 3. Brazil: £863.3m Neymar will be looking to outplay Messi in Russia Credit: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters Despite having the joint most expensive at the tournament in Neymar (£158.4m), Brazil’s squad is far more evenly balanced than Argentina’s. Their ten most valuable players include two goalkeepers in Alisson and Ederson, two defenders in Marcelo and Marquinhos and Casemiro, a defensive midfielder, as well as five highly rated attacking players. Brazil squad value 2. Spain: £906.4m Despite their attacking options Barca's Sergio Busquets is Spain's MVP Credit: Jose Jordan/ AFP Spain is one of two teams in the World Cup valued over £900m - or one billion euros. They come in second place in the squad value rankings, clinched by France by a mere £44m. Another favourite of the World Cup, Spain has the most equally distributed team in Russia. The team’s most expensive player, Sergio Busquets, is valued at £70.4 - or just 7.8 per cent of the overall team’s £906.4m value. The winners of the 2010 World Cup can also boast the likes of Real Madrid midfielders Isco and Marco Asensio (each £66m), as well as Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea (£61.6m). Spain squad value 1. France: £950.4m France emerge as fairly comfortable winners in these rankings with a total transfer market value less than £50m shy of £1bn. Les Bleus’ array of young talent is formidable. Ten of their squad are valued at in excess of £40m with PSG’s Kylian Mbappé topping the list at £105.6m. Antoine Griezmann (£88m), Paul Pogba (£79.2m) and Ousmane Dembélé (£70.4m) are all also individually worth more than the entire squads of Panama, Saudi Arabia and Peru combined. France squad value How the World Cup’s most valuable squads compare
Which country has the most expensive squad at World Cup 2018?
Squad value is a good proxy for the quality of a team, so we've ranked all 32 World Cup countries based on their player's worth in the transfer market to see if it gives any clear indications about who could triumph at Russia 2018. We've used data from Transfermarkt to work out the total estimated transfer value of each member of every 23-man squad in the tournament. This is different to adding up actual transfer fees, but a more accurate way of measuring current worth. For example, Messi has been at Barcelona for his entire career so would count as having no value if you did it that way. Starting XIs change each game, and so a team's value will vary from game to game, but these overall team totals will give you a good estimate for how expensive each team is. So, who do you think has the priciest team in the world? Read on to find out. 32. Panama: Total value £7.4 million With a total value of £7.4 million across their 23 players, Panama are the least valuable team in the World Cup. Panama’s best player is the midfielder Aníbal Godoy. He plays for the San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer and is worth an estimated £700,000. Their forward Blas Pérez ranks as the tournament’s joint-third cheapest player. Panama squad value 31. Saudi Arabia: £16.6m You could be forgiven for not having heard of many Saudi Arabia’s 23. All but three of them play their club football in the Saudi Pro League with 16 of them coming from just two clubs: Al-Ahli and Al-Hilal. Their star man - in transfer value terms - is Yasir Al-Shahrani, a winger who plies his trade for Leganés in La Liga. He is valued at the princely sum of £1.3m. While they may be minnows in this list, Saudi Arabia are, at least consistent. They have one of the lowest variations in value across their squad meaning theirs is one with a high level of equality. Saudi Arabia squad value 30. Peru: £33m Peru have been heralded as a potential surprise in this year’s World Cup, but one look at their market value would say otherwise. The South American team ranks 30th in the tournament, at just £33m, with their top man André Carrillo contributing £5.3m of this. You may recognise Carrillo: he played for Watford in the last season, on loan from Benfica. Peru squad value 29. Costa Rica: £36.1m Keylor Navas during England's recent friendly with Costa Rica Credit: Alex Livesey/ Getty Images Europe As Costa Rica proved in 2014, you don’t have to have a squad full of high value superstars to perform well in World Cups. Ranked in a similarly lowly position this year, they’ll be hoping to repeat the trick. Real Madrid keeper Keylor Navas is the Ticos most valuable man, with an estimated worth of £15.8m in today’s transfer market. They also feature serial Arsenal loanee Joel Campbell who could make his £2.6m price tag look like a steal. Costa Rica squad value 28. Iran: £41.9m 2018 will mark Iran’s first consecutive World Cup appearance, after they left the 2014 tournament in the group stage. This time round, the team’s total worth tallies up to an estimated £41.9m. Their most valuable player, attacking midfielder Alireza Jahanbakhsh, plays his domestic football for the Dutch club of AZ Alkmaar. He has an estimated transfer value of £10.6m. Iran squad value 27. Australia: £43.6m Huddersfield’s Aaron Mooy is the jewel in the Aussie crown with the midfielder accounting for about a fifth of their total squad value at £8.8m. Brighton keeper Mathew Ryan comes a close second with a value of £7m but no other player surpasses the £5m mark. Australia squad value 26. Tunisia: £51.8m Tunisia will be England’s first opponent as they face each other in the Volgograd Arena on Monday. On paper, there should be no comparison: The Tunisian team totals up a value of £51.8m - some £717.3m less than England’s total value. Midfielder Ellyes Skhiri is the team’s star player, valued at an estimated £8.8m. Tunisia squad values 25. Japan: £64.6m Shinji Kagawa is Japan's MVP Credit: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters Former Manchester United man Shinji Kagawa is Japan’s most expensive talent with a modest value of £11.4m. Aside from the Dortmund attacking midfielder Premier League players Maya Yoshida and Shinji Okazaki make up Japan’s other high-ticket stars. Admittedly, at this point in proceedings “high-ticket” has a different definition than it will later on in this list. Some players - who we’ll meet later on - are individually worth twice the value of Japan’s whole squad. Japan squad value 24. Iceland: £66.9m Everton midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson is Iceland’s star man, and is estimated to be worth £26.4m. He makes up almost 40 per cent of the total Icelandic squad’s worth of £66.9m. The island minnows might seem like they can be easily dismissed as a mediocre one-man band, but England’s Euro 2016 team may say otherwise. While Iceland ranks 24 for the overall team’s worth, they rank 19th for the value of their most-valued player. Iceland squad value 23. South Korea: £74.8m South Korea have faded from the global footballing consciousness since they jointly hosted the 2002 World Cup with Japan. The majority of their 2018 squad play in either Japan or Korea but they do have a standout player in the former of Tottenham’s Heung-min Son. Valued at £44m he accounts for nearly 60 per cent of his country’s total squad value, the second highest proportion for any player in any team. South Korea squad value 22. Sweden: £105.4m Victor Lindelof is valued at £22m Credit: Robbie Jay Barratt/Getty Images North America Here we are: the first team to break £100m. At an estimated squad value of £105.4m, Sweden rank 22nd in the tournament based on squad value. Their most valued player, Manchester United defender Victor Lindelöf, is valued at £22m - over a fifth of the total squad value. Sweden squad value 21. Morocco: £113.9m What are Morocco doing so high up this list I hear you ask? Well, even at this stage all it takes is a couple of big fish to propel you up the rankings, and Morocco can boast three players worth £20m or more in the spine of their side. Midfielders Hakim Ziyech (Ajax) and Amine Harit (Schalke 04) both come in at £22m while Juventus’ Medhi Benatia is worth £20m. Morocco squad value 20. Nigeria: £118.7m Nigeria put up a spirited game against England in their 2-1 defeat at Wembley last weekend, and they’ve earned praise for their exciting green-and-white striped kit. However, they’re a distinctly mid-table team when it comes to squad value, weighing in at an estimated £118.7m. Perhaps surprisingly for English fans, Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi ranks only fifth in the team for transfer value. He is one of five players in the team who are valued over £10m. Wilfred Ndidi claims the top-spot in the team, valued at £22m. Nigeria squad value 19. Mexico: £129.9m Chicharito celebrates with Hirving Lozano Credit: Ian Walton/ Getty Images Europe Mexico can boast an evenly distributed squad of respectable value. There are no huge names in the mix but PSV winger Hirving Lozano could well have the sort of tournament that will send his worth rocketing upwards. He is currently valued at £22m by Transfermarkt, Mexico’s most expensive player. Mexico squad value 18. Russia: £142.4m It’s fair to say that, ranked 70th in the world by FIFA, hosts Russia would struggle to find a place in the World Cup if it wasn’t taking place there. But with a total squad value estimated at £142.4m, Russia’s team is the 18th most expensive in the World Cup. This figure is relatively evenly distributed across the squad, which has five players worth over £10m. Aleksandr Golovin tops the list as Russia’s most valuable player, worth an estimated £15.8m. Russia squad value 17. Egypt: £173.6m Mohamed Salah is Egypt's main man Credit: Patrick Smith/FIFA There’s one stand-out player in Egypt’s team and that man is Mohammed Salah. Valued at £132m (the joint-third highest for any player) he is responsible for more than three-quarters of the worth of the entire squad. Mohamed Elneny is a distant second at £8.8m. Egypt squad value 16. Switzerland: £191.9m With a total value of £191.9m, the Swiss are in the top half of the squads. While eight of their players are estimated to be worth over £10m, Granit Xhaka tops the list, worth £35.2m. Arsenal fans will be well aware of this midfielder, with Xhaka accumulating 70 caps for the North London club. Switzerland squad value 15. Colombia: £221.1m Given their performance at Brazil 2014 it is somewhat surprising that Colombia don't feature higher on this list. This is because they have - in cricketing parlance - quite a long tail. Though they have two or three big names in the squad they also have 13 players who are valued at less than five million pounds. Propelled to fame by his performance in Brazil, James Rodríguez is Colombia's most valuable player. His transfer worth is estimated at £61.6m while Tottenham's Davinson Sanchez is their second most valuable player at £35.2m. Colombia squad value 14. Denmark: £228.2m Tottenham's Christian Eriksen Credit: Marc Atkins/Offside Christian Eriksen’s £70.4m price tag goes a long way to explain Denmark’s large squad value. Indeed, Denmark’s prospective performance in the tournament will depend a lot on the Tottenham midfielder. The Danish team totals a squad value of £228.2m, with Christian Eriksen and Andreas Christensen collectively contributing almost half of this. Denmark squad value 13. Serbia: £235.4m The Serbian squad has the honour of featuring one of the most talked about men in world football at the moment in the form of Lazio's Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. A target for several big Premier League outfits, if you believe the rumours, the midfielder has a transfer value of £79.2m. Milinkovic-Savic's value is supplemented nicely by that of Nemanja Matic (£35.2m), Dusan Tadic (£13.2m) and Luka Milivojevic (£13.2m). Serbia squad value 12. Poland: £241.6m The Polish team clocks in at a total value of £241.6m, with eight players each contributing more than £10m. The Polish captain Robert Lewandowski is estimated to have a market value of £79.2m - a third of the total squad’s value. The country will need a good performance from the Bayern Munich striker in order to progress from a group that also contains Senegal and Colombia. Poland squad value 11. Senegal: £261.6m Senegal's Sadio Mane Credit: Darko Bandic/AP Also vying for one of the top two positions in Group H, Senegal’s squad value beats that of Poland. Liverpool's Sadio Mané takes up 23.5 per cent of the total, at £61.6m but has able support from Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly (£52.8m) and Monaco's Keita Baldé (£26.4m). Senegal squad value 10. Croatia: £316.8m Croatia are the tenth most expensive team in the 2018 World Cup, with a squad valued at an estimated £316.8m. The squad is both well-balanced and strong. Ivan Rakitic, Croatia’s most expensive player, has an estimated value of £44m - or 13.9 per cent of the total. 11 other players have a value of over £10m, six of which top £20m. Croatia squad value 9. Uruguay: £327.8m Uruguay are one of the true dark horses in this competition and it's easy to see why, given the depth of talent that they have at their disposal. In Luis Suárez (£61.6m) and Edison Cavani (£52.8m) they have two genuinely top bracket goalscorers while at the back they can rely on Athletico Madrid's centre back pairing of José Giménez (£39.6m) and Diego Godin (£30.8m). An impressive team spine is completed in midfield by potential Arsenal signing Lucas Torreira (£26.4m) and Inter Milan's Matías Vecino (£18.5m). Uruguay squad values 8. Portugal: £408.8m Portugal’s star player needs no introduction. Cristiano Ronaldo is worth an estimated £88m and shoulders a solid fifth of the total squad value of Portugal. Aside from their captain, Portugal also draws on the likes of Bernardo Silva, Gonçalo Guedes and Gelson Martins to reach a total squad value of £408.8m. Portugal squad value 7. Argentina: £612.5m Lionel Messi is the joint most valuable player at the World Cup Credit: FIFA/ Michael Regan Despite a recent run of poor form, 2014 finalists Argentina will still fancy their chances in Russia if they can get their glittering forward line firing. They have the seventh highest-value team in the tournament, at an estimate of £612.5m. Their emblematic captain Lionel Messi makes up a quarter of this total, valued at a whopping £158.4m, while Paolo Dybala (£96.8m), Sergio Agüero (£70.4m) and Gonzalo Higuaín (£52.8m) make up the rest of the attacking threat in this top-heavy squad. Argentina squad value 6. Belgium: £663.5m Kevin De Bruyne had a great season with Manchester City Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images Europe With only six players in the Belgian side having an estimated transfer value of less than £10m, their overall value totals £663.5m. The formidable team will face England in the Kaliningrad Stadium on June 28 in what could be a crunch match to decide who tops Group G. The squad’s most expensive players are Kevin De Bruyne (£132m), Eden Hazard (£96.8m) and Romelu Lukaku (£79.2m). Belgium squad value 5. England: £769.1m England's captain is their MVP Credit: James Baylis/Getty Images Europe The madness of the Premier League’s spending power generally ensures that English players fetch a premium in the transfer market. This has probably inflated England’s worth here, but let’s savour the Three Lions’ presence within the world’s elite while we can. Harry Kane is England’s highest valued man, with a price tag of £132m, one of only six players at the World Cup whose value extends into nine figures. Dele Alli (£88m) is the second most valuable member of the squad while Raheem Sterling (£79.2m) is in third. England’s least valuable player - Ashley Young (£6.2m) - is the most expensive least valuable player for any nation. England squad value 4. Germany: £777m Real Madrid's Toni Kroos Credit: Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images Europe The current World Cup holders have one of the most equally distributed teams in the tournament, with their top-valued player Toni Kroos only consisting 9.1 per cent of the total squad value. The squad’s value is estimated to be £777m, which makes it the fourth most valuable in the tournament. Alongside Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos (valued at £70.4m), Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen (£52.8m) and Bayern Munich defender Mats Hummels (£52.8m) also rank as the joint-favourite’s best-valued players. Germany squad value 3. Brazil: £863.3m Neymar will be looking to outplay Messi in Russia Credit: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters Despite having the joint most expensive at the tournament in Neymar (£158.4m), Brazil’s squad is far more evenly balanced than Argentina’s. Their ten most valuable players include two goalkeepers in Alisson and Ederson, two defenders in Marcelo and Marquinhos and Casemiro, a defensive midfielder, as well as five highly rated attacking players. Brazil squad value 2. Spain: £906.4m Despite their attacking options Barca's Sergio Busquets is Spain's MVP Credit: Jose Jordan/ AFP Spain is one of two teams in the World Cup valued over £900m - or one billion euros. They come in second place in the squad value rankings, clinched by France by a mere £44m. Another favourite of the World Cup, Spain has the most equally distributed team in Russia. The team’s most expensive player, Sergio Busquets, is valued at £70.4 - or just 7.8 per cent of the overall team’s £906.4m value. The winners of the 2010 World Cup can also boast the likes of Real Madrid midfielders Isco and Marco Asensio (each £66m), as well as Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea (£61.6m). Spain squad value 1. France: £950.4m France emerge as fairly comfortable winners in these rankings with a total transfer market value less than £50m shy of £1bn. Les Bleus’ array of young talent is formidable. Ten of their squad are valued at in excess of £40m with PSG’s Kylian Mbappé topping the list at £105.6m. Antoine Griezmann (£88m), Paul Pogba (£79.2m) and Ousmane Dembélé (£70.4m) are all also individually worth more than the entire squads of Panama, Saudi Arabia and Peru combined. France squad value How the World Cup’s most valuable squads compare
Squad value is a good proxy for the quality of a team, so we've ranked all 32 World Cup countries based on their player's worth in the transfer market to see if it gives any clear indications about who could triumph at Russia 2018. We've used data from Transfermarkt to work out the total estimated transfer value of each member of every 23-man squad in the tournament. This is different to adding up actual transfer fees, but a more accurate way of measuring current worth. For example, Messi has been at Barcelona for his entire career so would count as having no value if you did it that way. Starting XIs change each game, and so a team's value will vary from game to game, but these overall team totals will give you a good estimate for how expensive each team is. So, who do you think has the priciest team in the world? Read on to find out. 32. Panama: Total value £7.4 million With a total value of £7.4 million across their 23 players, Panama are the least valuable team in the World Cup. Panama’s best player is the midfielder Aníbal Godoy. He plays for the San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer and is worth an estimated £700,000. Their forward Blas Pérez ranks as the tournament’s joint-third cheapest player. Panama squad value 31. Saudi Arabia: £16.6m You could be forgiven for not having heard of many Saudi Arabia’s 23. All but three of them play their club football in the Saudi Pro League with 16 of them coming from just two clubs: Al-Ahli and Al-Hilal. Their star man - in transfer value terms - is Yasir Al-Shahrani, a winger who plies his trade for Leganés in La Liga. He is valued at the princely sum of £1.3m. While they may be minnows in this list, Saudi Arabia are, at least consistent. They have one of the lowest variations in value across their squad meaning theirs is one with a high level of equality. Saudi Arabia squad value 30. Peru: £33m Peru have been heralded as a potential surprise in this year’s World Cup, but one look at their market value would say otherwise. The South American team ranks 30th in the tournament, at just £33m, with their top man André Carrillo contributing £5.3m of this. You may recognise Carrillo: he played for Watford in the last season, on loan from Benfica. Peru squad value 29. Costa Rica: £36.1m Keylor Navas during England's recent friendly with Costa Rica Credit: Alex Livesey/ Getty Images Europe As Costa Rica proved in 2014, you don’t have to have a squad full of high value superstars to perform well in World Cups. Ranked in a similarly lowly position this year, they’ll be hoping to repeat the trick. Real Madrid keeper Keylor Navas is the Ticos most valuable man, with an estimated worth of £15.8m in today’s transfer market. They also feature serial Arsenal loanee Joel Campbell who could make his £2.6m price tag look like a steal. Costa Rica squad value 28. Iran: £41.9m 2018 will mark Iran’s first consecutive World Cup appearance, after they left the 2014 tournament in the group stage. This time round, the team’s total worth tallies up to an estimated £41.9m. Their most valuable player, attacking midfielder Alireza Jahanbakhsh, plays his domestic football for the Dutch club of AZ Alkmaar. He has an estimated transfer value of £10.6m. Iran squad value 27. Australia: £43.6m Huddersfield’s Aaron Mooy is the jewel in the Aussie crown with the midfielder accounting for about a fifth of their total squad value at £8.8m. Brighton keeper Mathew Ryan comes a close second with a value of £7m but no other player surpasses the £5m mark. Australia squad value 26. Tunisia: £51.8m Tunisia will be England’s first opponent as they face each other in the Volgograd Arena on Monday. On paper, there should be no comparison: The Tunisian team totals up a value of £51.8m - some £717.3m less than England’s total value. Midfielder Ellyes Skhiri is the team’s star player, valued at an estimated £8.8m. Tunisia squad values 25. Japan: £64.6m Shinji Kagawa is Japan's MVP Credit: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters Former Manchester United man Shinji Kagawa is Japan’s most expensive talent with a modest value of £11.4m. Aside from the Dortmund attacking midfielder Premier League players Maya Yoshida and Shinji Okazaki make up Japan’s other high-ticket stars. Admittedly, at this point in proceedings “high-ticket” has a different definition than it will later on in this list. Some players - who we’ll meet later on - are individually worth twice the value of Japan’s whole squad. Japan squad value 24. Iceland: £66.9m Everton midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson is Iceland’s star man, and is estimated to be worth £26.4m. He makes up almost 40 per cent of the total Icelandic squad’s worth of £66.9m. The island minnows might seem like they can be easily dismissed as a mediocre one-man band, but England’s Euro 2016 team may say otherwise. While Iceland ranks 24 for the overall team’s worth, they rank 19th for the value of their most-valued player. Iceland squad value 23. South Korea: £74.8m South Korea have faded from the global footballing consciousness since they jointly hosted the 2002 World Cup with Japan. The majority of their 2018 squad play in either Japan or Korea but they do have a standout player in the former of Tottenham’s Heung-min Son. Valued at £44m he accounts for nearly 60 per cent of his country’s total squad value, the second highest proportion for any player in any team. South Korea squad value 22. Sweden: £105.4m Victor Lindelof is valued at £22m Credit: Robbie Jay Barratt/Getty Images North America Here we are: the first team to break £100m. At an estimated squad value of £105.4m, Sweden rank 22nd in the tournament based on squad value. Their most valued player, Manchester United defender Victor Lindelöf, is valued at £22m - over a fifth of the total squad value. Sweden squad value 21. Morocco: £113.9m What are Morocco doing so high up this list I hear you ask? Well, even at this stage all it takes is a couple of big fish to propel you up the rankings, and Morocco can boast three players worth £20m or more in the spine of their side. Midfielders Hakim Ziyech (Ajax) and Amine Harit (Schalke 04) both come in at £22m while Juventus’ Medhi Benatia is worth £20m. Morocco squad value 20. Nigeria: £118.7m Nigeria put up a spirited game against England in their 2-1 defeat at Wembley last weekend, and they’ve earned praise for their exciting green-and-white striped kit. However, they’re a distinctly mid-table team when it comes to squad value, weighing in at an estimated £118.7m. Perhaps surprisingly for English fans, Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi ranks only fifth in the team for transfer value. He is one of five players in the team who are valued over £10m. Wilfred Ndidi claims the top-spot in the team, valued at £22m. Nigeria squad value 19. Mexico: £129.9m Chicharito celebrates with Hirving Lozano Credit: Ian Walton/ Getty Images Europe Mexico can boast an evenly distributed squad of respectable value. There are no huge names in the mix but PSV winger Hirving Lozano could well have the sort of tournament that will send his worth rocketing upwards. He is currently valued at £22m by Transfermarkt, Mexico’s most expensive player. Mexico squad value 18. Russia: £142.4m It’s fair to say that, ranked 70th in the world by FIFA, hosts Russia would struggle to find a place in the World Cup if it wasn’t taking place there. But with a total squad value estimated at £142.4m, Russia’s team is the 18th most expensive in the World Cup. This figure is relatively evenly distributed across the squad, which has five players worth over £10m. Aleksandr Golovin tops the list as Russia’s most valuable player, worth an estimated £15.8m. Russia squad value 17. Egypt: £173.6m Mohamed Salah is Egypt's main man Credit: Patrick Smith/FIFA There’s one stand-out player in Egypt’s team and that man is Mohammed Salah. Valued at £132m (the joint-third highest for any player) he is responsible for more than three-quarters of the worth of the entire squad. Mohamed Elneny is a distant second at £8.8m. Egypt squad value 16. Switzerland: £191.9m With a total value of £191.9m, the Swiss are in the top half of the squads. While eight of their players are estimated to be worth over £10m, Granit Xhaka tops the list, worth £35.2m. Arsenal fans will be well aware of this midfielder, with Xhaka accumulating 70 caps for the North London club. Switzerland squad value 15. Colombia: £221.1m Given their performance at Brazil 2014 it is somewhat surprising that Colombia don't feature higher on this list. This is because they have - in cricketing parlance - quite a long tail. Though they have two or three big names in the squad they also have 13 players who are valued at less than five million pounds. Propelled to fame by his performance in Brazil, James Rodríguez is Colombia's most valuable player. His transfer worth is estimated at £61.6m while Tottenham's Davinson Sanchez is their second most valuable player at £35.2m. Colombia squad value 14. Denmark: £228.2m Tottenham's Christian Eriksen Credit: Marc Atkins/Offside Christian Eriksen’s £70.4m price tag goes a long way to explain Denmark’s large squad value. Indeed, Denmark’s prospective performance in the tournament will depend a lot on the Tottenham midfielder. The Danish team totals a squad value of £228.2m, with Christian Eriksen and Andreas Christensen collectively contributing almost half of this. Denmark squad value 13. Serbia: £235.4m The Serbian squad has the honour of featuring one of the most talked about men in world football at the moment in the form of Lazio's Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. A target for several big Premier League outfits, if you believe the rumours, the midfielder has a transfer value of £79.2m. Milinkovic-Savic's value is supplemented nicely by that of Nemanja Matic (£35.2m), Dusan Tadic (£13.2m) and Luka Milivojevic (£13.2m). Serbia squad value 12. Poland: £241.6m The Polish team clocks in at a total value of £241.6m, with eight players each contributing more than £10m. The Polish captain Robert Lewandowski is estimated to have a market value of £79.2m - a third of the total squad’s value. The country will need a good performance from the Bayern Munich striker in order to progress from a group that also contains Senegal and Colombia. Poland squad value 11. Senegal: £261.6m Senegal's Sadio Mane Credit: Darko Bandic/AP Also vying for one of the top two positions in Group H, Senegal’s squad value beats that of Poland. Liverpool's Sadio Mané takes up 23.5 per cent of the total, at £61.6m but has able support from Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly (£52.8m) and Monaco's Keita Baldé (£26.4m). Senegal squad value 10. Croatia: £316.8m Croatia are the tenth most expensive team in the 2018 World Cup, with a squad valued at an estimated £316.8m. The squad is both well-balanced and strong. Ivan Rakitic, Croatia’s most expensive player, has an estimated value of £44m - or 13.9 per cent of the total. 11 other players have a value of over £10m, six of which top £20m. Croatia squad value 9. Uruguay: £327.8m Uruguay are one of the true dark horses in this competition and it's easy to see why, given the depth of talent that they have at their disposal. In Luis Suárez (£61.6m) and Edison Cavani (£52.8m) they have two genuinely top bracket goalscorers while at the back they can rely on Athletico Madrid's centre back pairing of José Giménez (£39.6m) and Diego Godin (£30.8m). An impressive team spine is completed in midfield by potential Arsenal signing Lucas Torreira (£26.4m) and Inter Milan's Matías Vecino (£18.5m). Uruguay squad values 8. Portugal: £408.8m Portugal’s star player needs no introduction. Cristiano Ronaldo is worth an estimated £88m and shoulders a solid fifth of the total squad value of Portugal. Aside from their captain, Portugal also draws on the likes of Bernardo Silva, Gonçalo Guedes and Gelson Martins to reach a total squad value of £408.8m. Portugal squad value 7. Argentina: £612.5m Lionel Messi is the joint most valuable player at the World Cup Credit: FIFA/ Michael Regan Despite a recent run of poor form, 2014 finalists Argentina will still fancy their chances in Russia if they can get their glittering forward line firing. They have the seventh highest-value team in the tournament, at an estimate of £612.5m. Their emblematic captain Lionel Messi makes up a quarter of this total, valued at a whopping £158.4m, while Paolo Dybala (£96.8m), Sergio Agüero (£70.4m) and Gonzalo Higuaín (£52.8m) make up the rest of the attacking threat in this top-heavy squad. Argentina squad value 6. Belgium: £663.5m Kevin De Bruyne had a great season with Manchester City Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images Europe With only six players in the Belgian side having an estimated transfer value of less than £10m, their overall value totals £663.5m. The formidable team will face England in the Kaliningrad Stadium on June 28 in what could be a crunch match to decide who tops Group G. The squad’s most expensive players are Kevin De Bruyne (£132m), Eden Hazard (£96.8m) and Romelu Lukaku (£79.2m). Belgium squad value 5. England: £769.1m England's captain is their MVP Credit: James Baylis/Getty Images Europe The madness of the Premier League’s spending power generally ensures that English players fetch a premium in the transfer market. This has probably inflated England’s worth here, but let’s savour the Three Lions’ presence within the world’s elite while we can. Harry Kane is England’s highest valued man, with a price tag of £132m, one of only six players at the World Cup whose value extends into nine figures. Dele Alli (£88m) is the second most valuable member of the squad while Raheem Sterling (£79.2m) is in third. England’s least valuable player - Ashley Young (£6.2m) - is the most expensive least valuable player for any nation. England squad value 4. Germany: £777m Real Madrid's Toni Kroos Credit: Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images Europe The current World Cup holders have one of the most equally distributed teams in the tournament, with their top-valued player Toni Kroos only consisting 9.1 per cent of the total squad value. The squad’s value is estimated to be £777m, which makes it the fourth most valuable in the tournament. Alongside Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos (valued at £70.4m), Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen (£52.8m) and Bayern Munich defender Mats Hummels (£52.8m) also rank as the joint-favourite’s best-valued players. Germany squad value 3. Brazil: £863.3m Neymar will be looking to outplay Messi in Russia Credit: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters Despite having the joint most expensive at the tournament in Neymar (£158.4m), Brazil’s squad is far more evenly balanced than Argentina’s. Their ten most valuable players include two goalkeepers in Alisson and Ederson, two defenders in Marcelo and Marquinhos and Casemiro, a defensive midfielder, as well as five highly rated attacking players. Brazil squad value 2. Spain: £906.4m Despite their attacking options Barca's Sergio Busquets is Spain's MVP Credit: Jose Jordan/ AFP Spain is one of two teams in the World Cup valued over £900m - or one billion euros. They come in second place in the squad value rankings, clinched by France by a mere £44m. Another favourite of the World Cup, Spain has the most equally distributed team in Russia. The team’s most expensive player, Sergio Busquets, is valued at £70.4 - or just 7.8 per cent of the overall team’s £906.4m value. The winners of the 2010 World Cup can also boast the likes of Real Madrid midfielders Isco and Marco Asensio (each £66m), as well as Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea (£61.6m). Spain squad value 1. France: £950.4m France emerge as fairly comfortable winners in these rankings with a total transfer market value less than £50m shy of £1bn. Les Bleus’ array of young talent is formidable. Ten of their squad are valued at in excess of £40m with PSG’s Kylian Mbappé topping the list at £105.6m. Antoine Griezmann (£88m), Paul Pogba (£79.2m) and Ousmane Dembélé (£70.4m) are all also individually worth more than the entire squads of Panama, Saudi Arabia and Peru combined. France squad value How the World Cup’s most valuable squads compare
Which country has the most expensive squad at World Cup 2018?
Squad value is a good proxy for the quality of a team, so we've ranked all 32 World Cup countries based on their player's worth in the transfer market to see if it gives any clear indications about who could triumph at Russia 2018. We've used data from Transfermarkt to work out the total estimated transfer value of each member of every 23-man squad in the tournament. This is different to adding up actual transfer fees, but a more accurate way of measuring current worth. For example, Messi has been at Barcelona for his entire career so would count as having no value if you did it that way. Starting XIs change each game, and so a team's value will vary from game to game, but these overall team totals will give you a good estimate for how expensive each team is. So, who do you think has the priciest team in the world? Read on to find out. 32. Panama: Total value £7.4 million With a total value of £7.4 million across their 23 players, Panama are the least valuable team in the World Cup. Panama’s best player is the midfielder Aníbal Godoy. He plays for the San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer and is worth an estimated £700,000. Their forward Blas Pérez ranks as the tournament’s joint-third cheapest player. Panama squad value 31. Saudi Arabia: £16.6m You could be forgiven for not having heard of many Saudi Arabia’s 23. All but three of them play their club football in the Saudi Pro League with 16 of them coming from just two clubs: Al-Ahli and Al-Hilal. Their star man - in transfer value terms - is Yasir Al-Shahrani, a winger who plies his trade for Leganés in La Liga. He is valued at the princely sum of £1.3m. While they may be minnows in this list, Saudi Arabia are, at least consistent. They have one of the lowest variations in value across their squad meaning theirs is one with a high level of equality. Saudi Arabia squad value 30. Peru: £33m Peru have been heralded as a potential surprise in this year’s World Cup, but one look at their market value would say otherwise. The South American team ranks 30th in the tournament, at just £33m, with their top man André Carrillo contributing £5.3m of this. You may recognise Carrillo: he played for Watford in the last season, on loan from Benfica. Peru squad value 29. Costa Rica: £36.1m Keylor Navas during England's recent friendly with Costa Rica Credit: Alex Livesey/ Getty Images Europe As Costa Rica proved in 2014, you don’t have to have a squad full of high value superstars to perform well in World Cups. Ranked in a similarly lowly position this year, they’ll be hoping to repeat the trick. Real Madrid keeper Keylor Navas is the Ticos most valuable man, with an estimated worth of £15.8m in today’s transfer market. They also feature serial Arsenal loanee Joel Campbell who could make his £2.6m price tag look like a steal. Costa Rica squad value 28. Iran: £41.9m 2018 will mark Iran’s first consecutive World Cup appearance, after they left the 2014 tournament in the group stage. This time round, the team’s total worth tallies up to an estimated £41.9m. Their most valuable player, attacking midfielder Alireza Jahanbakhsh, plays his domestic football for the Dutch club of AZ Alkmaar. He has an estimated transfer value of £10.6m. Iran squad value 27. Australia: £43.6m Huddersfield’s Aaron Mooy is the jewel in the Aussie crown with the midfielder accounting for about a fifth of their total squad value at £8.8m. Brighton keeper Mathew Ryan comes a close second with a value of £7m but no other player surpasses the £5m mark. Australia squad value 26. Tunisia: £51.8m Tunisia will be England’s first opponent as they face each other in the Volgograd Arena on Monday. On paper, there should be no comparison: The Tunisian team totals up a value of £51.8m - some £717.3m less than England’s total value. Midfielder Ellyes Skhiri is the team’s star player, valued at an estimated £8.8m. Tunisia squad values 25. Japan: £64.6m Shinji Kagawa is Japan's MVP Credit: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters Former Manchester United man Shinji Kagawa is Japan’s most expensive talent with a modest value of £11.4m. Aside from the Dortmund attacking midfielder Premier League players Maya Yoshida and Shinji Okazaki make up Japan’s other high-ticket stars. Admittedly, at this point in proceedings “high-ticket” has a different definition than it will later on in this list. Some players - who we’ll meet later on - are individually worth twice the value of Japan’s whole squad. Japan squad value 24. Iceland: £66.9m Everton midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson is Iceland’s star man, and is estimated to be worth £26.4m. He makes up almost 40 per cent of the total Icelandic squad’s worth of £66.9m. The island minnows might seem like they can be easily dismissed as a mediocre one-man band, but England’s Euro 2016 team may say otherwise. While Iceland ranks 24 for the overall team’s worth, they rank 19th for the value of their most-valued player. Iceland squad value 23. South Korea: £74.8m South Korea have faded from the global footballing consciousness since they jointly hosted the 2002 World Cup with Japan. The majority of their 2018 squad play in either Japan or Korea but they do have a standout player in the former of Tottenham’s Heung-min Son. Valued at £44m he accounts for nearly 60 per cent of his country’s total squad value, the second highest proportion for any player in any team. South Korea squad value 22. Sweden: £105.4m Victor Lindelof is valued at £22m Credit: Robbie Jay Barratt/Getty Images North America Here we are: the first team to break £100m. At an estimated squad value of £105.4m, Sweden rank 22nd in the tournament based on squad value. Their most valued player, Manchester United defender Victor Lindelöf, is valued at £22m - over a fifth of the total squad value. Sweden squad value 21. Morocco: £113.9m What are Morocco doing so high up this list I hear you ask? Well, even at this stage all it takes is a couple of big fish to propel you up the rankings, and Morocco can boast three players worth £20m or more in the spine of their side. Midfielders Hakim Ziyech (Ajax) and Amine Harit (Schalke 04) both come in at £22m while Juventus’ Medhi Benatia is worth £20m. Morocco squad value 20. Nigeria: £118.7m Nigeria put up a spirited game against England in their 2-1 defeat at Wembley last weekend, and they’ve earned praise for their exciting green-and-white striped kit. However, they’re a distinctly mid-table team when it comes to squad value, weighing in at an estimated £118.7m. Perhaps surprisingly for English fans, Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi ranks only fifth in the team for transfer value. He is one of five players in the team who are valued over £10m. Wilfred Ndidi claims the top-spot in the team, valued at £22m. Nigeria squad value 19. Mexico: £129.9m Chicharito celebrates with Hirving Lozano Credit: Ian Walton/ Getty Images Europe Mexico can boast an evenly distributed squad of respectable value. There are no huge names in the mix but PSV winger Hirving Lozano could well have the sort of tournament that will send his worth rocketing upwards. He is currently valued at £22m by Transfermarkt, Mexico’s most expensive player. Mexico squad value 18. Russia: £142.4m It’s fair to say that, ranked 70th in the world by FIFA, hosts Russia would struggle to find a place in the World Cup if it wasn’t taking place there. But with a total squad value estimated at £142.4m, Russia’s team is the 18th most expensive in the World Cup. This figure is relatively evenly distributed across the squad, which has five players worth over £10m. Aleksandr Golovin tops the list as Russia’s most valuable player, worth an estimated £15.8m. Russia squad value 17. Egypt: £173.6m Mohamed Salah is Egypt's main man Credit: Patrick Smith/FIFA There’s one stand-out player in Egypt’s team and that man is Mohammed Salah. Valued at £132m (the joint-third highest for any player) he is responsible for more than three-quarters of the worth of the entire squad. Mohamed Elneny is a distant second at £8.8m. Egypt squad value 16. Switzerland: £191.9m With a total value of £191.9m, the Swiss are in the top half of the squads. While eight of their players are estimated to be worth over £10m, Granit Xhaka tops the list, worth £35.2m. Arsenal fans will be well aware of this midfielder, with Xhaka accumulating 70 caps for the North London club. Switzerland squad value 15. Colombia: £221.1m Given their performance at Brazil 2014 it is somewhat surprising that Colombia don't feature higher on this list. This is because they have - in cricketing parlance - quite a long tail. Though they have two or three big names in the squad they also have 13 players who are valued at less than five million pounds. Propelled to fame by his performance in Brazil, James Rodríguez is Colombia's most valuable player. His transfer worth is estimated at £61.6m while Tottenham's Davinson Sanchez is their second most valuable player at £35.2m. Colombia squad value 14. Denmark: £228.2m Tottenham's Christian Eriksen Credit: Marc Atkins/Offside Christian Eriksen’s £70.4m price tag goes a long way to explain Denmark’s large squad value. Indeed, Denmark’s prospective performance in the tournament will depend a lot on the Tottenham midfielder. The Danish team totals a squad value of £228.2m, with Christian Eriksen and Andreas Christensen collectively contributing almost half of this. Denmark squad value 13. Serbia: £235.4m The Serbian squad has the honour of featuring one of the most talked about men in world football at the moment in the form of Lazio's Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. A target for several big Premier League outfits, if you believe the rumours, the midfielder has a transfer value of £79.2m. Milinkovic-Savic's value is supplemented nicely by that of Nemanja Matic (£35.2m), Dusan Tadic (£13.2m) and Luka Milivojevic (£13.2m). Serbia squad value 12. Poland: £241.6m The Polish team clocks in at a total value of £241.6m, with eight players each contributing more than £10m. The Polish captain Robert Lewandowski is estimated to have a market value of £79.2m - a third of the total squad’s value. The country will need a good performance from the Bayern Munich striker in order to progress from a group that also contains Senegal and Colombia. Poland squad value 11. Senegal: £261.6m Senegal's Sadio Mane Credit: Darko Bandic/AP Also vying for one of the top two positions in Group H, Senegal’s squad value beats that of Poland. Liverpool's Sadio Mané takes up 23.5 per cent of the total, at £61.6m but has able support from Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly (£52.8m) and Monaco's Keita Baldé (£26.4m). Senegal squad value 10. Croatia: £316.8m Croatia are the tenth most expensive team in the 2018 World Cup, with a squad valued at an estimated £316.8m. The squad is both well-balanced and strong. Ivan Rakitic, Croatia’s most expensive player, has an estimated value of £44m - or 13.9 per cent of the total. 11 other players have a value of over £10m, six of which top £20m. Croatia squad value 9. Uruguay: £327.8m Uruguay are one of the true dark horses in this competition and it's easy to see why, given the depth of talent that they have at their disposal. In Luis Suárez (£61.6m) and Edison Cavani (£52.8m) they have two genuinely top bracket goalscorers while at the back they can rely on Athletico Madrid's centre back pairing of José Giménez (£39.6m) and Diego Godin (£30.8m). An impressive team spine is completed in midfield by potential Arsenal signing Lucas Torreira (£26.4m) and Inter Milan's Matías Vecino (£18.5m). Uruguay squad values 8. Portugal: £408.8m Portugal’s star player needs no introduction. Cristiano Ronaldo is worth an estimated £88m and shoulders a solid fifth of the total squad value of Portugal. Aside from their captain, Portugal also draws on the likes of Bernardo Silva, Gonçalo Guedes and Gelson Martins to reach a total squad value of £408.8m. Portugal squad value 7. Argentina: £612.5m Lionel Messi is the joint most valuable player at the World Cup Credit: FIFA/ Michael Regan Despite a recent run of poor form, 2014 finalists Argentina will still fancy their chances in Russia if they can get their glittering forward line firing. They have the seventh highest-value team in the tournament, at an estimate of £612.5m. Their emblematic captain Lionel Messi makes up a quarter of this total, valued at a whopping £158.4m, while Paolo Dybala (£96.8m), Sergio Agüero (£70.4m) and Gonzalo Higuaín (£52.8m) make up the rest of the attacking threat in this top-heavy squad. Argentina squad value 6. Belgium: £663.5m Kevin De Bruyne had a great season with Manchester City Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images Europe With only six players in the Belgian side having an estimated transfer value of less than £10m, their overall value totals £663.5m. The formidable team will face England in the Kaliningrad Stadium on June 28 in what could be a crunch match to decide who tops Group G. The squad’s most expensive players are Kevin De Bruyne (£132m), Eden Hazard (£96.8m) and Romelu Lukaku (£79.2m). Belgium squad value 5. England: £769.1m England's captain is their MVP Credit: James Baylis/Getty Images Europe The madness of the Premier League’s spending power generally ensures that English players fetch a premium in the transfer market. This has probably inflated England’s worth here, but let’s savour the Three Lions’ presence within the world’s elite while we can. Harry Kane is England’s highest valued man, with a price tag of £132m, one of only six players at the World Cup whose value extends into nine figures. Dele Alli (£88m) is the second most valuable member of the squad while Raheem Sterling (£79.2m) is in third. England’s least valuable player - Ashley Young (£6.2m) - is the most expensive least valuable player for any nation. England squad value 4. Germany: £777m Real Madrid's Toni Kroos Credit: Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images Europe The current World Cup holders have one of the most equally distributed teams in the tournament, with their top-valued player Toni Kroos only consisting 9.1 per cent of the total squad value. The squad’s value is estimated to be £777m, which makes it the fourth most valuable in the tournament. Alongside Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos (valued at £70.4m), Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen (£52.8m) and Bayern Munich defender Mats Hummels (£52.8m) also rank as the joint-favourite’s best-valued players. Germany squad value 3. Brazil: £863.3m Neymar will be looking to outplay Messi in Russia Credit: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters Despite having the joint most expensive at the tournament in Neymar (£158.4m), Brazil’s squad is far more evenly balanced than Argentina’s. Their ten most valuable players include two goalkeepers in Alisson and Ederson, two defenders in Marcelo and Marquinhos and Casemiro, a defensive midfielder, as well as five highly rated attacking players. Brazil squad value 2. Spain: £906.4m Despite their attacking options Barca's Sergio Busquets is Spain's MVP Credit: Jose Jordan/ AFP Spain is one of two teams in the World Cup valued over £900m - or one billion euros. They come in second place in the squad value rankings, clinched by France by a mere £44m. Another favourite of the World Cup, Spain has the most equally distributed team in Russia. The team’s most expensive player, Sergio Busquets, is valued at £70.4 - or just 7.8 per cent of the overall team’s £906.4m value. The winners of the 2010 World Cup can also boast the likes of Real Madrid midfielders Isco and Marco Asensio (each £66m), as well as Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea (£61.6m). Spain squad value 1. France: £950.4m France emerge as fairly comfortable winners in these rankings with a total transfer market value less than £50m shy of £1bn. Les Bleus’ array of young talent is formidable. Ten of their squad are valued at in excess of £40m with PSG’s Kylian Mbappé topping the list at £105.6m. Antoine Griezmann (£88m), Paul Pogba (£79.2m) and Ousmane Dembélé (£70.4m) are all also individually worth more than the entire squads of Panama, Saudi Arabia and Peru combined. France squad value How the World Cup’s most valuable squads compare
Squad value is a good proxy for the quality of a team, so we've ranked all 32 World Cup countries based on their player's worth in the transfer market to see if it gives any clear indications about who could triumph at Russia 2018. We've used data from Transfermarkt to work out the total estimated transfer value of each member of every 23-man squad in the tournament. This is different to adding up actual transfer fees, but a more accurate way of measuring current worth. For example, Messi has been at Barcelona for his entire career so would count as having no value if you did it that way. Starting XIs change each game, and so a team's value will vary from game to game, but these overall team totals will give you a good estimate for how expensive each team is. So, who do you think has the priciest team in the world? Read on to find out. 32. Panama: Total value £7.4 million With a total value of £7.4 million across their 23 players, Panama are the least valuable team in the World Cup. Panama’s best player is the midfielder Aníbal Godoy. He plays for the San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer and is worth an estimated £700,000. Their forward Blas Pérez ranks as the tournament’s joint-third cheapest player. Panama squad value 31. Saudi Arabia: £16.6m You could be forgiven for not having heard of many Saudi Arabia’s 23. All but three of them play their club football in the Saudi Pro League with 16 of them coming from just two clubs: Al-Ahli and Al-Hilal. Their star man - in transfer value terms - is Yasir Al-Shahrani, a winger who plies his trade for Leganés in La Liga. He is valued at the princely sum of £1.3m. While they may be minnows in this list, Saudi Arabia are, at least consistent. They have one of the lowest variations in value across their squad meaning theirs is one with a high level of equality. Saudi Arabia squad value 30. Peru: £33m Peru have been heralded as a potential surprise in this year’s World Cup, but one look at their market value would say otherwise. The South American team ranks 30th in the tournament, at just £33m, with their top man André Carrillo contributing £5.3m of this. You may recognise Carrillo: he played for Watford in the last season, on loan from Benfica. Peru squad value 29. Costa Rica: £36.1m Keylor Navas during England's recent friendly with Costa Rica Credit: Alex Livesey/ Getty Images Europe As Costa Rica proved in 2014, you don’t have to have a squad full of high value superstars to perform well in World Cups. Ranked in a similarly lowly position this year, they’ll be hoping to repeat the trick. Real Madrid keeper Keylor Navas is the Ticos most valuable man, with an estimated worth of £15.8m in today’s transfer market. They also feature serial Arsenal loanee Joel Campbell who could make his £2.6m price tag look like a steal. Costa Rica squad value 28. Iran: £41.9m 2018 will mark Iran’s first consecutive World Cup appearance, after they left the 2014 tournament in the group stage. This time round, the team’s total worth tallies up to an estimated £41.9m. Their most valuable player, attacking midfielder Alireza Jahanbakhsh, plays his domestic football for the Dutch club of AZ Alkmaar. He has an estimated transfer value of £10.6m. Iran squad value 27. Australia: £43.6m Huddersfield’s Aaron Mooy is the jewel in the Aussie crown with the midfielder accounting for about a fifth of their total squad value at £8.8m. Brighton keeper Mathew Ryan comes a close second with a value of £7m but no other player surpasses the £5m mark. Australia squad value 26. Tunisia: £51.8m Tunisia will be England’s first opponent as they face each other in the Volgograd Arena on Monday. On paper, there should be no comparison: The Tunisian team totals up a value of £51.8m - some £717.3m less than England’s total value. Midfielder Ellyes Skhiri is the team’s star player, valued at an estimated £8.8m. Tunisia squad values 25. Japan: £64.6m Shinji Kagawa is Japan's MVP Credit: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters Former Manchester United man Shinji Kagawa is Japan’s most expensive talent with a modest value of £11.4m. Aside from the Dortmund attacking midfielder Premier League players Maya Yoshida and Shinji Okazaki make up Japan’s other high-ticket stars. Admittedly, at this point in proceedings “high-ticket” has a different definition than it will later on in this list. Some players - who we’ll meet later on - are individually worth twice the value of Japan’s whole squad. Japan squad value 24. Iceland: £66.9m Everton midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson is Iceland’s star man, and is estimated to be worth £26.4m. He makes up almost 40 per cent of the total Icelandic squad’s worth of £66.9m. The island minnows might seem like they can be easily dismissed as a mediocre one-man band, but England’s Euro 2016 team may say otherwise. While Iceland ranks 24 for the overall team’s worth, they rank 19th for the value of their most-valued player. Iceland squad value 23. South Korea: £74.8m South Korea have faded from the global footballing consciousness since they jointly hosted the 2002 World Cup with Japan. The majority of their 2018 squad play in either Japan or Korea but they do have a standout player in the former of Tottenham’s Heung-min Son. Valued at £44m he accounts for nearly 60 per cent of his country’s total squad value, the second highest proportion for any player in any team. South Korea squad value 22. Sweden: £105.4m Victor Lindelof is valued at £22m Credit: Robbie Jay Barratt/Getty Images North America Here we are: the first team to break £100m. At an estimated squad value of £105.4m, Sweden rank 22nd in the tournament based on squad value. Their most valued player, Manchester United defender Victor Lindelöf, is valued at £22m - over a fifth of the total squad value. Sweden squad value 21. Morocco: £113.9m What are Morocco doing so high up this list I hear you ask? Well, even at this stage all it takes is a couple of big fish to propel you up the rankings, and Morocco can boast three players worth £20m or more in the spine of their side. Midfielders Hakim Ziyech (Ajax) and Amine Harit (Schalke 04) both come in at £22m while Juventus’ Medhi Benatia is worth £20m. Morocco squad value 20. Nigeria: £118.7m Nigeria put up a spirited game against England in their 2-1 defeat at Wembley last weekend, and they’ve earned praise for their exciting green-and-white striped kit. However, they’re a distinctly mid-table team when it comes to squad value, weighing in at an estimated £118.7m. Perhaps surprisingly for English fans, Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi ranks only fifth in the team for transfer value. He is one of five players in the team who are valued over £10m. Wilfred Ndidi claims the top-spot in the team, valued at £22m. Nigeria squad value 19. Mexico: £129.9m Chicharito celebrates with Hirving Lozano Credit: Ian Walton/ Getty Images Europe Mexico can boast an evenly distributed squad of respectable value. There are no huge names in the mix but PSV winger Hirving Lozano could well have the sort of tournament that will send his worth rocketing upwards. He is currently valued at £22m by Transfermarkt, Mexico’s most expensive player. Mexico squad value 18. Russia: £142.4m It’s fair to say that, ranked 70th in the world by FIFA, hosts Russia would struggle to find a place in the World Cup if it wasn’t taking place there. But with a total squad value estimated at £142.4m, Russia’s team is the 18th most expensive in the World Cup. This figure is relatively evenly distributed across the squad, which has five players worth over £10m. Aleksandr Golovin tops the list as Russia’s most valuable player, worth an estimated £15.8m. Russia squad value 17. Egypt: £173.6m Mohamed Salah is Egypt's main man Credit: Patrick Smith/FIFA There’s one stand-out player in Egypt’s team and that man is Mohammed Salah. Valued at £132m (the joint-third highest for any player) he is responsible for more than three-quarters of the worth of the entire squad. Mohamed Elneny is a distant second at £8.8m. Egypt squad value 16. Switzerland: £191.9m With a total value of £191.9m, the Swiss are in the top half of the squads. While eight of their players are estimated to be worth over £10m, Granit Xhaka tops the list, worth £35.2m. Arsenal fans will be well aware of this midfielder, with Xhaka accumulating 70 caps for the North London club. Switzerland squad value 15. Colombia: £221.1m Given their performance at Brazil 2014 it is somewhat surprising that Colombia don't feature higher on this list. This is because they have - in cricketing parlance - quite a long tail. Though they have two or three big names in the squad they also have 13 players who are valued at less than five million pounds. Propelled to fame by his performance in Brazil, James Rodríguez is Colombia's most valuable player. His transfer worth is estimated at £61.6m while Tottenham's Davinson Sanchez is their second most valuable player at £35.2m. Colombia squad value 14. Denmark: £228.2m Tottenham's Christian Eriksen Credit: Marc Atkins/Offside Christian Eriksen’s £70.4m price tag goes a long way to explain Denmark’s large squad value. Indeed, Denmark’s prospective performance in the tournament will depend a lot on the Tottenham midfielder. The Danish team totals a squad value of £228.2m, with Christian Eriksen and Andreas Christensen collectively contributing almost half of this. Denmark squad value 13. Serbia: £235.4m The Serbian squad has the honour of featuring one of the most talked about men in world football at the moment in the form of Lazio's Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. A target for several big Premier League outfits, if you believe the rumours, the midfielder has a transfer value of £79.2m. Milinkovic-Savic's value is supplemented nicely by that of Nemanja Matic (£35.2m), Dusan Tadic (£13.2m) and Luka Milivojevic (£13.2m). Serbia squad value 12. Poland: £241.6m The Polish team clocks in at a total value of £241.6m, with eight players each contributing more than £10m. The Polish captain Robert Lewandowski is estimated to have a market value of £79.2m - a third of the total squad’s value. The country will need a good performance from the Bayern Munich striker in order to progress from a group that also contains Senegal and Colombia. Poland squad value 11. Senegal: £261.6m Senegal's Sadio Mane Credit: Darko Bandic/AP Also vying for one of the top two positions in Group H, Senegal’s squad value beats that of Poland. Liverpool's Sadio Mané takes up 23.5 per cent of the total, at £61.6m but has able support from Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly (£52.8m) and Monaco's Keita Baldé (£26.4m). Senegal squad value 10. Croatia: £316.8m Croatia are the tenth most expensive team in the 2018 World Cup, with a squad valued at an estimated £316.8m. The squad is both well-balanced and strong. Ivan Rakitic, Croatia’s most expensive player, has an estimated value of £44m - or 13.9 per cent of the total. 11 other players have a value of over £10m, six of which top £20m. Croatia squad value 9. Uruguay: £327.8m Uruguay are one of the true dark horses in this competition and it's easy to see why, given the depth of talent that they have at their disposal. In Luis Suárez (£61.6m) and Edison Cavani (£52.8m) they have two genuinely top bracket goalscorers while at the back they can rely on Athletico Madrid's centre back pairing of José Giménez (£39.6m) and Diego Godin (£30.8m). An impressive team spine is completed in midfield by potential Arsenal signing Lucas Torreira (£26.4m) and Inter Milan's Matías Vecino (£18.5m). Uruguay squad values 8. Portugal: £408.8m Portugal’s star player needs no introduction. Cristiano Ronaldo is worth an estimated £88m and shoulders a solid fifth of the total squad value of Portugal. Aside from their captain, Portugal also draws on the likes of Bernardo Silva, Gonçalo Guedes and Gelson Martins to reach a total squad value of £408.8m. Portugal squad value 7. Argentina: £612.5m Lionel Messi is the joint most valuable player at the World Cup Credit: FIFA/ Michael Regan Despite a recent run of poor form, 2014 finalists Argentina will still fancy their chances in Russia if they can get their glittering forward line firing. They have the seventh highest-value team in the tournament, at an estimate of £612.5m. Their emblematic captain Lionel Messi makes up a quarter of this total, valued at a whopping £158.4m, while Paolo Dybala (£96.8m), Sergio Agüero (£70.4m) and Gonzalo Higuaín (£52.8m) make up the rest of the attacking threat in this top-heavy squad. Argentina squad value 6. Belgium: £663.5m Kevin De Bruyne had a great season with Manchester City Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images Europe With only six players in the Belgian side having an estimated transfer value of less than £10m, their overall value totals £663.5m. The formidable team will face England in the Kaliningrad Stadium on June 28 in what could be a crunch match to decide who tops Group G. The squad’s most expensive players are Kevin De Bruyne (£132m), Eden Hazard (£96.8m) and Romelu Lukaku (£79.2m). Belgium squad value 5. England: £769.1m England's captain is their MVP Credit: James Baylis/Getty Images Europe The madness of the Premier League’s spending power generally ensures that English players fetch a premium in the transfer market. This has probably inflated England’s worth here, but let’s savour the Three Lions’ presence within the world’s elite while we can. Harry Kane is England’s highest valued man, with a price tag of £132m, one of only six players at the World Cup whose value extends into nine figures. Dele Alli (£88m) is the second most valuable member of the squad while Raheem Sterling (£79.2m) is in third. England’s least valuable player - Ashley Young (£6.2m) - is the most expensive least valuable player for any nation. England squad value 4. Germany: £777m Real Madrid's Toni Kroos Credit: Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images Europe The current World Cup holders have one of the most equally distributed teams in the tournament, with their top-valued player Toni Kroos only consisting 9.1 per cent of the total squad value. The squad’s value is estimated to be £777m, which makes it the fourth most valuable in the tournament. Alongside Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos (valued at £70.4m), Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen (£52.8m) and Bayern Munich defender Mats Hummels (£52.8m) also rank as the joint-favourite’s best-valued players. Germany squad value 3. Brazil: £863.3m Neymar will be looking to outplay Messi in Russia Credit: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters Despite having the joint most expensive at the tournament in Neymar (£158.4m), Brazil’s squad is far more evenly balanced than Argentina’s. Their ten most valuable players include two goalkeepers in Alisson and Ederson, two defenders in Marcelo and Marquinhos and Casemiro, a defensive midfielder, as well as five highly rated attacking players. Brazil squad value 2. Spain: £906.4m Despite their attacking options Barca's Sergio Busquets is Spain's MVP Credit: Jose Jordan/ AFP Spain is one of two teams in the World Cup valued over £900m - or one billion euros. They come in second place in the squad value rankings, clinched by France by a mere £44m. Another favourite of the World Cup, Spain has the most equally distributed team in Russia. The team’s most expensive player, Sergio Busquets, is valued at £70.4 - or just 7.8 per cent of the overall team’s £906.4m value. The winners of the 2010 World Cup can also boast the likes of Real Madrid midfielders Isco and Marco Asensio (each £66m), as well as Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea (£61.6m). Spain squad value 1. France: £950.4m France emerge as fairly comfortable winners in these rankings with a total transfer market value less than £50m shy of £1bn. Les Bleus’ array of young talent is formidable. Ten of their squad are valued at in excess of £40m with PSG’s Kylian Mbappé topping the list at £105.6m. Antoine Griezmann (£88m), Paul Pogba (£79.2m) and Ousmane Dembélé (£70.4m) are all also individually worth more than the entire squads of Panama, Saudi Arabia and Peru combined. France squad value How the World Cup’s most valuable squads compare
Which country has the most expensive squad at World Cup 2018?
Squad value is a good proxy for the quality of a team, so we've ranked all 32 World Cup countries based on their player's worth in the transfer market to see if it gives any clear indications about who could triumph at Russia 2018. We've used data from Transfermarkt to work out the total estimated transfer value of each member of every 23-man squad in the tournament. This is different to adding up actual transfer fees, but a more accurate way of measuring current worth. For example, Messi has been at Barcelona for his entire career so would count as having no value if you did it that way. Starting XIs change each game, and so a team's value will vary from game to game, but these overall team totals will give you a good estimate for how expensive each team is. So, who do you think has the priciest team in the world? Read on to find out. 32. Panama: Total value £7.4 million With a total value of £7.4 million across their 23 players, Panama are the least valuable team in the World Cup. Panama’s best player is the midfielder Aníbal Godoy. He plays for the San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer and is worth an estimated £700,000. Their forward Blas Pérez ranks as the tournament’s joint-third cheapest player. Panama squad value 31. Saudi Arabia: £16.6m You could be forgiven for not having heard of many Saudi Arabia’s 23. All but three of them play their club football in the Saudi Pro League with 16 of them coming from just two clubs: Al-Ahli and Al-Hilal. Their star man - in transfer value terms - is Yasir Al-Shahrani, a winger who plies his trade for Leganés in La Liga. He is valued at the princely sum of £1.3m. While they may be minnows in this list, Saudi Arabia are, at least consistent. They have one of the lowest variations in value across their squad meaning theirs is one with a high level of equality. Saudi Arabia squad value 30. Peru: £33m Peru have been heralded as a potential surprise in this year’s World Cup, but one look at their market value would say otherwise. The South American team ranks 30th in the tournament, at just £33m, with their top man André Carrillo contributing £5.3m of this. You may recognise Carrillo: he played for Watford in the last season, on loan from Benfica. Peru squad value 29. Costa Rica: £36.1m Keylor Navas during England's recent friendly with Costa Rica Credit: Alex Livesey/ Getty Images Europe As Costa Rica proved in 2014, you don’t have to have a squad full of high value superstars to perform well in World Cups. Ranked in a similarly lowly position this year, they’ll be hoping to repeat the trick. Real Madrid keeper Keylor Navas is the Ticos most valuable man, with an estimated worth of £15.8m in today’s transfer market. They also feature serial Arsenal loanee Joel Campbell who could make his £2.6m price tag look like a steal. Costa Rica squad value 28. Iran: £41.9m 2018 will mark Iran’s first consecutive World Cup appearance, after they left the 2014 tournament in the group stage. This time round, the team’s total worth tallies up to an estimated £41.9m. Their most valuable player, attacking midfielder Alireza Jahanbakhsh, plays his domestic football for the Dutch club of AZ Alkmaar. He has an estimated transfer value of £10.6m. Iran squad value 27. Australia: £43.6m Huddersfield’s Aaron Mooy is the jewel in the Aussie crown with the midfielder accounting for about a fifth of their total squad value at £8.8m. Brighton keeper Mathew Ryan comes a close second with a value of £7m but no other player surpasses the £5m mark. Australia squad value 26. Tunisia: £51.8m Tunisia will be England’s first opponent as they face each other in the Volgograd Arena on Monday. On paper, there should be no comparison: The Tunisian team totals up a value of £51.8m - some £717.3m less than England’s total value. Midfielder Ellyes Skhiri is the team’s star player, valued at an estimated £8.8m. Tunisia squad values 25. Japan: £64.6m Shinji Kagawa is Japan's MVP Credit: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters Former Manchester United man Shinji Kagawa is Japan’s most expensive talent with a modest value of £11.4m. Aside from the Dortmund attacking midfielder Premier League players Maya Yoshida and Shinji Okazaki make up Japan’s other high-ticket stars. Admittedly, at this point in proceedings “high-ticket” has a different definition than it will later on in this list. Some players - who we’ll meet later on - are individually worth twice the value of Japan’s whole squad. Japan squad value 24. Iceland: £66.9m Everton midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson is Iceland’s star man, and is estimated to be worth £26.4m. He makes up almost 40 per cent of the total Icelandic squad’s worth of £66.9m. The island minnows might seem like they can be easily dismissed as a mediocre one-man band, but England’s Euro 2016 team may say otherwise. While Iceland ranks 24 for the overall team’s worth, they rank 19th for the value of their most-valued player. Iceland squad value 23. South Korea: £74.8m South Korea have faded from the global footballing consciousness since they jointly hosted the 2002 World Cup with Japan. The majority of their 2018 squad play in either Japan or Korea but they do have a standout player in the former of Tottenham’s Heung-min Son. Valued at £44m he accounts for nearly 60 per cent of his country’s total squad value, the second highest proportion for any player in any team. South Korea squad value 22. Sweden: £105.4m Victor Lindelof is valued at £22m Credit: Robbie Jay Barratt/Getty Images North America Here we are: the first team to break £100m. At an estimated squad value of £105.4m, Sweden rank 22nd in the tournament based on squad value. Their most valued player, Manchester United defender Victor Lindelöf, is valued at £22m - over a fifth of the total squad value. Sweden squad value 21. Morocco: £113.9m What are Morocco doing so high up this list I hear you ask? Well, even at this stage all it takes is a couple of big fish to propel you up the rankings, and Morocco can boast three players worth £20m or more in the spine of their side. Midfielders Hakim Ziyech (Ajax) and Amine Harit (Schalke 04) both come in at £22m while Juventus’ Medhi Benatia is worth £20m. Morocco squad value 20. Nigeria: £118.7m Nigeria put up a spirited game against England in their 2-1 defeat at Wembley last weekend, and they’ve earned praise for their exciting green-and-white striped kit. However, they’re a distinctly mid-table team when it comes to squad value, weighing in at an estimated £118.7m. Perhaps surprisingly for English fans, Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi ranks only fifth in the team for transfer value. He is one of five players in the team who are valued over £10m. Wilfred Ndidi claims the top-spot in the team, valued at £22m. Nigeria squad value 19. Mexico: £129.9m Chicharito celebrates with Hirving Lozano Credit: Ian Walton/ Getty Images Europe Mexico can boast an evenly distributed squad of respectable value. There are no huge names in the mix but PSV winger Hirving Lozano could well have the sort of tournament that will send his worth rocketing upwards. He is currently valued at £22m by Transfermarkt, Mexico’s most expensive player. Mexico squad value 18. Russia: £142.4m It’s fair to say that, ranked 70th in the world by FIFA, hosts Russia would struggle to find a place in the World Cup if it wasn’t taking place there. But with a total squad value estimated at £142.4m, Russia’s team is the 18th most expensive in the World Cup. This figure is relatively evenly distributed across the squad, which has five players worth over £10m. Aleksandr Golovin tops the list as Russia’s most valuable player, worth an estimated £15.8m. Russia squad value 17. Egypt: £173.6m Mohamed Salah is Egypt's main man Credit: Patrick Smith/FIFA There’s one stand-out player in Egypt’s team and that man is Mohammed Salah. Valued at £132m (the joint-third highest for any player) he is responsible for more than three-quarters of the worth of the entire squad. Mohamed Elneny is a distant second at £8.8m. Egypt squad value 16. Switzerland: £191.9m With a total value of £191.9m, the Swiss are in the top half of the squads. While eight of their players are estimated to be worth over £10m, Granit Xhaka tops the list, worth £35.2m. Arsenal fans will be well aware of this midfielder, with Xhaka accumulating 70 caps for the North London club. Switzerland squad value 15. Colombia: £221.1m Given their performance at Brazil 2014 it is somewhat surprising that Colombia don't feature higher on this list. This is because they have - in cricketing parlance - quite a long tail. Though they have two or three big names in the squad they also have 13 players who are valued at less than five million pounds. Propelled to fame by his performance in Brazil, James Rodríguez is Colombia's most valuable player. His transfer worth is estimated at £61.6m while Tottenham's Davinson Sanchez is their second most valuable player at £35.2m. Colombia squad value 14. Denmark: £228.2m Tottenham's Christian Eriksen Credit: Marc Atkins/Offside Christian Eriksen’s £70.4m price tag goes a long way to explain Denmark’s large squad value. Indeed, Denmark’s prospective performance in the tournament will depend a lot on the Tottenham midfielder. The Danish team totals a squad value of £228.2m, with Christian Eriksen and Andreas Christensen collectively contributing almost half of this. Denmark squad value 13. Serbia: £235.4m The Serbian squad has the honour of featuring one of the most talked about men in world football at the moment in the form of Lazio's Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. A target for several big Premier League outfits, if you believe the rumours, the midfielder has a transfer value of £79.2m. Milinkovic-Savic's value is supplemented nicely by that of Nemanja Matic (£35.2m), Dusan Tadic (£13.2m) and Luka Milivojevic (£13.2m). Serbia squad value 12. Poland: £241.6m The Polish team clocks in at a total value of £241.6m, with eight players each contributing more than £10m. The Polish captain Robert Lewandowski is estimated to have a market value of £79.2m - a third of the total squad’s value. The country will need a good performance from the Bayern Munich striker in order to progress from a group that also contains Senegal and Colombia. Poland squad value 11. Senegal: £261.6m Senegal's Sadio Mane Credit: Darko Bandic/AP Also vying for one of the top two positions in Group H, Senegal’s squad value beats that of Poland. Liverpool's Sadio Mané takes up 23.5 per cent of the total, at £61.6m but has able support from Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly (£52.8m) and Monaco's Keita Baldé (£26.4m). Senegal squad value 10. Croatia: £316.8m Croatia are the tenth most expensive team in the 2018 World Cup, with a squad valued at an estimated £316.8m. The squad is both well-balanced and strong. Ivan Rakitic, Croatia’s most expensive player, has an estimated value of £44m - or 13.9 per cent of the total. 11 other players have a value of over £10m, six of which top £20m. Croatia squad value 9. Uruguay: £327.8m Uruguay are one of the true dark horses in this competition and it's easy to see why, given the depth of talent that they have at their disposal. In Luis Suárez (£61.6m) and Edison Cavani (£52.8m) they have two genuinely top bracket goalscorers while at the back they can rely on Athletico Madrid's centre back pairing of José Giménez (£39.6m) and Diego Godin (£30.8m). An impressive team spine is completed in midfield by potential Arsenal signing Lucas Torreira (£26.4m) and Inter Milan's Matías Vecino (£18.5m). Uruguay squad values 8. Portugal: £408.8m Portugal’s star player needs no introduction. Cristiano Ronaldo is worth an estimated £88m and shoulders a solid fifth of the total squad value of Portugal. Aside from their captain, Portugal also draws on the likes of Bernardo Silva, Gonçalo Guedes and Gelson Martins to reach a total squad value of £408.8m. Portugal squad value 7. Argentina: £612.5m Lionel Messi is the joint most valuable player at the World Cup Credit: FIFA/ Michael Regan Despite a recent run of poor form, 2014 finalists Argentina will still fancy their chances in Russia if they can get their glittering forward line firing. They have the seventh highest-value team in the tournament, at an estimate of £612.5m. Their emblematic captain Lionel Messi makes up a quarter of this total, valued at a whopping £158.4m, while Paolo Dybala (£96.8m), Sergio Agüero (£70.4m) and Gonzalo Higuaín (£52.8m) make up the rest of the attacking threat in this top-heavy squad. Argentina squad value 6. Belgium: £663.5m Kevin De Bruyne had a great season with Manchester City Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images Europe With only six players in the Belgian side having an estimated transfer value of less than £10m, their overall value totals £663.5m. The formidable team will face England in the Kaliningrad Stadium on June 28 in what could be a crunch match to decide who tops Group G. The squad’s most expensive players are Kevin De Bruyne (£132m), Eden Hazard (£96.8m) and Romelu Lukaku (£79.2m). Belgium squad value 5. England: £769.1m England's captain is their MVP Credit: James Baylis/Getty Images Europe The madness of the Premier League’s spending power generally ensures that English players fetch a premium in the transfer market. This has probably inflated England’s worth here, but let’s savour the Three Lions’ presence within the world’s elite while we can. Harry Kane is England’s highest valued man, with a price tag of £132m, one of only six players at the World Cup whose value extends into nine figures. Dele Alli (£88m) is the second most valuable member of the squad while Raheem Sterling (£79.2m) is in third. England’s least valuable player - Ashley Young (£6.2m) - is the most expensive least valuable player for any nation. England squad value 4. Germany: £777m Real Madrid's Toni Kroos Credit: Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images Europe The current World Cup holders have one of the most equally distributed teams in the tournament, with their top-valued player Toni Kroos only consisting 9.1 per cent of the total squad value. The squad’s value is estimated to be £777m, which makes it the fourth most valuable in the tournament. Alongside Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos (valued at £70.4m), Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen (£52.8m) and Bayern Munich defender Mats Hummels (£52.8m) also rank as the joint-favourite’s best-valued players. Germany squad value 3. Brazil: £863.3m Neymar will be looking to outplay Messi in Russia Credit: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters Despite having the joint most expensive at the tournament in Neymar (£158.4m), Brazil’s squad is far more evenly balanced than Argentina’s. Their ten most valuable players include two goalkeepers in Alisson and Ederson, two defenders in Marcelo and Marquinhos and Casemiro, a defensive midfielder, as well as five highly rated attacking players. Brazil squad value 2. Spain: £906.4m Despite their attacking options Barca's Sergio Busquets is Spain's MVP Credit: Jose Jordan/ AFP Spain is one of two teams in the World Cup valued over £900m - or one billion euros. They come in second place in the squad value rankings, clinched by France by a mere £44m. Another favourite of the World Cup, Spain has the most equally distributed team in Russia. The team’s most expensive player, Sergio Busquets, is valued at £70.4 - or just 7.8 per cent of the overall team’s £906.4m value. The winners of the 2010 World Cup can also boast the likes of Real Madrid midfielders Isco and Marco Asensio (each £66m), as well as Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea (£61.6m). Spain squad value 1. France: £950.4m France emerge as fairly comfortable winners in these rankings with a total transfer market value less than £50m shy of £1bn. Les Bleus’ array of young talent is formidable. Ten of their squad are valued at in excess of £40m with PSG’s Kylian Mbappé topping the list at £105.6m. Antoine Griezmann (£88m), Paul Pogba (£79.2m) and Ousmane Dembélé (£70.4m) are all also individually worth more than the entire squads of Panama, Saudi Arabia and Peru combined. France squad value How the World Cup’s most valuable squads compare
Squad value is a good proxy for the quality of a team, so we've ranked all 32 World Cup countries based on their player's worth in the transfer market to see if it gives any clear indications about who could triumph at Russia 2018. We've used data from Transfermarkt to work out the total estimated transfer value of each member of every 23-man squad in the tournament. This is different to adding up actual transfer fees, but a more accurate way of measuring current worth. For example, Messi has been at Barcelona for his entire career so would count as having no value if you did it that way. Starting XIs change each game, and so a team's value will vary from game to game, but these overall team totals will give you a good estimate for how expensive each team is. So, who do you think has the priciest team in the world? Read on to find out. 32. Panama: Total value £7.4 million With a total value of £7.4 million across their 23 players, Panama are the least valuable team in the World Cup. Panama’s best player is the midfielder Aníbal Godoy. He plays for the San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer and is worth an estimated £700,000. Their forward Blas Pérez ranks as the tournament’s joint-third cheapest player. Panama squad value 31. Saudi Arabia: £16.6m You could be forgiven for not having heard of many Saudi Arabia’s 23. All but three of them play their club football in the Saudi Pro League with 16 of them coming from just two clubs: Al-Ahli and Al-Hilal. Their star man - in transfer value terms - is Yasir Al-Shahrani, a winger who plies his trade for Leganés in La Liga. He is valued at the princely sum of £1.3m. While they may be minnows in this list, Saudi Arabia are, at least consistent. They have one of the lowest variations in value across their squad meaning theirs is one with a high level of equality. Saudi Arabia squad value 30. Peru: £33m Peru have been heralded as a potential surprise in this year’s World Cup, but one look at their market value would say otherwise. The South American team ranks 30th in the tournament, at just £33m, with their top man André Carrillo contributing £5.3m of this. You may recognise Carrillo: he played for Watford in the last season, on loan from Benfica. Peru squad value 29. Costa Rica: £36.1m Keylor Navas during England's recent friendly with Costa Rica Credit: Alex Livesey/ Getty Images Europe As Costa Rica proved in 2014, you don’t have to have a squad full of high value superstars to perform well in World Cups. Ranked in a similarly lowly position this year, they’ll be hoping to repeat the trick. Real Madrid keeper Keylor Navas is the Ticos most valuable man, with an estimated worth of £15.8m in today’s transfer market. They also feature serial Arsenal loanee Joel Campbell who could make his £2.6m price tag look like a steal. Costa Rica squad value 28. Iran: £41.9m 2018 will mark Iran’s first consecutive World Cup appearance, after they left the 2014 tournament in the group stage. This time round, the team’s total worth tallies up to an estimated £41.9m. Their most valuable player, attacking midfielder Alireza Jahanbakhsh, plays his domestic football for the Dutch club of AZ Alkmaar. He has an estimated transfer value of £10.6m. Iran squad value 27. Australia: £43.6m Huddersfield’s Aaron Mooy is the jewel in the Aussie crown with the midfielder accounting for about a fifth of their total squad value at £8.8m. Brighton keeper Mathew Ryan comes a close second with a value of £7m but no other player surpasses the £5m mark. Australia squad value 26. Tunisia: £51.8m Tunisia will be England’s first opponent as they face each other in the Volgograd Arena on Monday. On paper, there should be no comparison: The Tunisian team totals up a value of £51.8m - some £717.3m less than England’s total value. Midfielder Ellyes Skhiri is the team’s star player, valued at an estimated £8.8m. Tunisia squad values 25. Japan: £64.6m Shinji Kagawa is Japan's MVP Credit: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters Former Manchester United man Shinji Kagawa is Japan’s most expensive talent with a modest value of £11.4m. Aside from the Dortmund attacking midfielder Premier League players Maya Yoshida and Shinji Okazaki make up Japan’s other high-ticket stars. Admittedly, at this point in proceedings “high-ticket” has a different definition than it will later on in this list. Some players - who we’ll meet later on - are individually worth twice the value of Japan’s whole squad. Japan squad value 24. Iceland: £66.9m Everton midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson is Iceland’s star man, and is estimated to be worth £26.4m. He makes up almost 40 per cent of the total Icelandic squad’s worth of £66.9m. The island minnows might seem like they can be easily dismissed as a mediocre one-man band, but England’s Euro 2016 team may say otherwise. While Iceland ranks 24 for the overall team’s worth, they rank 19th for the value of their most-valued player. Iceland squad value 23. South Korea: £74.8m South Korea have faded from the global footballing consciousness since they jointly hosted the 2002 World Cup with Japan. The majority of their 2018 squad play in either Japan or Korea but they do have a standout player in the former of Tottenham’s Heung-min Son. Valued at £44m he accounts for nearly 60 per cent of his country’s total squad value, the second highest proportion for any player in any team. South Korea squad value 22. Sweden: £105.4m Victor Lindelof is valued at £22m Credit: Robbie Jay Barratt/Getty Images North America Here we are: the first team to break £100m. At an estimated squad value of £105.4m, Sweden rank 22nd in the tournament based on squad value. Their most valued player, Manchester United defender Victor Lindelöf, is valued at £22m - over a fifth of the total squad value. Sweden squad value 21. Morocco: £113.9m What are Morocco doing so high up this list I hear you ask? Well, even at this stage all it takes is a couple of big fish to propel you up the rankings, and Morocco can boast three players worth £20m or more in the spine of their side. Midfielders Hakim Ziyech (Ajax) and Amine Harit (Schalke 04) both come in at £22m while Juventus’ Medhi Benatia is worth £20m. Morocco squad value 20. Nigeria: £118.7m Nigeria put up a spirited game against England in their 2-1 defeat at Wembley last weekend, and they’ve earned praise for their exciting green-and-white striped kit. However, they’re a distinctly mid-table team when it comes to squad value, weighing in at an estimated £118.7m. Perhaps surprisingly for English fans, Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi ranks only fifth in the team for transfer value. He is one of five players in the team who are valued over £10m. Wilfred Ndidi claims the top-spot in the team, valued at £22m. Nigeria squad value 19. Mexico: £129.9m Chicharito celebrates with Hirving Lozano Credit: Ian Walton/ Getty Images Europe Mexico can boast an evenly distributed squad of respectable value. There are no huge names in the mix but PSV winger Hirving Lozano could well have the sort of tournament that will send his worth rocketing upwards. He is currently valued at £22m by Transfermarkt, Mexico’s most expensive player. Mexico squad value 18. Russia: £142.4m It’s fair to say that, ranked 70th in the world by FIFA, hosts Russia would struggle to find a place in the World Cup if it wasn’t taking place there. But with a total squad value estimated at £142.4m, Russia’s team is the 18th most expensive in the World Cup. This figure is relatively evenly distributed across the squad, which has five players worth over £10m. Aleksandr Golovin tops the list as Russia’s most valuable player, worth an estimated £15.8m. Russia squad value 17. Egypt: £173.6m Mohamed Salah is Egypt's main man Credit: Patrick Smith/FIFA There’s one stand-out player in Egypt’s team and that man is Mohammed Salah. Valued at £132m (the joint-third highest for any player) he is responsible for more than three-quarters of the worth of the entire squad. Mohamed Elneny is a distant second at £8.8m. Egypt squad value 16. Switzerland: £191.9m With a total value of £191.9m, the Swiss are in the top half of the squads. While eight of their players are estimated to be worth over £10m, Granit Xhaka tops the list, worth £35.2m. Arsenal fans will be well aware of this midfielder, with Xhaka accumulating 70 caps for the North London club. Switzerland squad value 15. Colombia: £221.1m Given their performance at Brazil 2014 it is somewhat surprising that Colombia don't feature higher on this list. This is because they have - in cricketing parlance - quite a long tail. Though they have two or three big names in the squad they also have 13 players who are valued at less than five million pounds. Propelled to fame by his performance in Brazil, James Rodríguez is Colombia's most valuable player. His transfer worth is estimated at £61.6m while Tottenham's Davinson Sanchez is their second most valuable player at £35.2m. Colombia squad value 14. Denmark: £228.2m Tottenham's Christian Eriksen Credit: Marc Atkins/Offside Christian Eriksen’s £70.4m price tag goes a long way to explain Denmark’s large squad value. Indeed, Denmark’s prospective performance in the tournament will depend a lot on the Tottenham midfielder. The Danish team totals a squad value of £228.2m, with Christian Eriksen and Andreas Christensen collectively contributing almost half of this. Denmark squad value 13. Serbia: £235.4m The Serbian squad has the honour of featuring one of the most talked about men in world football at the moment in the form of Lazio's Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. A target for several big Premier League outfits, if you believe the rumours, the midfielder has a transfer value of £79.2m. Milinkovic-Savic's value is supplemented nicely by that of Nemanja Matic (£35.2m), Dusan Tadic (£13.2m) and Luka Milivojevic (£13.2m). Serbia squad value 12. Poland: £241.6m The Polish team clocks in at a total value of £241.6m, with eight players each contributing more than £10m. The Polish captain Robert Lewandowski is estimated to have a market value of £79.2m - a third of the total squad’s value. The country will need a good performance from the Bayern Munich striker in order to progress from a group that also contains Senegal and Colombia. Poland squad value 11. Senegal: £261.6m Senegal's Sadio Mane Credit: Darko Bandic/AP Also vying for one of the top two positions in Group H, Senegal’s squad value beats that of Poland. Liverpool's Sadio Mané takes up 23.5 per cent of the total, at £61.6m but has able support from Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly (£52.8m) and Monaco's Keita Baldé (£26.4m). Senegal squad value 10. Croatia: £316.8m Croatia are the tenth most expensive team in the 2018 World Cup, with a squad valued at an estimated £316.8m. The squad is both well-balanced and strong. Ivan Rakitic, Croatia’s most expensive player, has an estimated value of £44m - or 13.9 per cent of the total. 11 other players have a value of over £10m, six of which top £20m. Croatia squad value 9. Uruguay: £327.8m Uruguay are one of the true dark horses in this competition and it's easy to see why, given the depth of talent that they have at their disposal. In Luis Suárez (£61.6m) and Edison Cavani (£52.8m) they have two genuinely top bracket goalscorers while at the back they can rely on Athletico Madrid's centre back pairing of José Giménez (£39.6m) and Diego Godin (£30.8m). An impressive team spine is completed in midfield by potential Arsenal signing Lucas Torreira (£26.4m) and Inter Milan's Matías Vecino (£18.5m). Uruguay squad values 8. Portugal: £408.8m Portugal’s star player needs no introduction. Cristiano Ronaldo is worth an estimated £88m and shoulders a solid fifth of the total squad value of Portugal. Aside from their captain, Portugal also draws on the likes of Bernardo Silva, Gonçalo Guedes and Gelson Martins to reach a total squad value of £408.8m. Portugal squad value 7. Argentina: £612.5m Lionel Messi is the joint most valuable player at the World Cup Credit: FIFA/ Michael Regan Despite a recent run of poor form, 2014 finalists Argentina will still fancy their chances in Russia if they can get their glittering forward line firing. They have the seventh highest-value team in the tournament, at an estimate of £612.5m. Their emblematic captain Lionel Messi makes up a quarter of this total, valued at a whopping £158.4m, while Paolo Dybala (£96.8m), Sergio Agüero (£70.4m) and Gonzalo Higuaín (£52.8m) make up the rest of the attacking threat in this top-heavy squad. Argentina squad value 6. Belgium: £663.5m Kevin De Bruyne had a great season with Manchester City Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images Europe With only six players in the Belgian side having an estimated transfer value of less than £10m, their overall value totals £663.5m. The formidable team will face England in the Kaliningrad Stadium on June 28 in what could be a crunch match to decide who tops Group G. The squad’s most expensive players are Kevin De Bruyne (£132m), Eden Hazard (£96.8m) and Romelu Lukaku (£79.2m). Belgium squad value 5. England: £769.1m England's captain is their MVP Credit: James Baylis/Getty Images Europe The madness of the Premier League’s spending power generally ensures that English players fetch a premium in the transfer market. This has probably inflated England’s worth here, but let’s savour the Three Lions’ presence within the world’s elite while we can. Harry Kane is England’s highest valued man, with a price tag of £132m, one of only six players at the World Cup whose value extends into nine figures. Dele Alli (£88m) is the second most valuable member of the squad while Raheem Sterling (£79.2m) is in third. England’s least valuable player - Ashley Young (£6.2m) - is the most expensive least valuable player for any nation. England squad value 4. Germany: £777m Real Madrid's Toni Kroos Credit: Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images Europe The current World Cup holders have one of the most equally distributed teams in the tournament, with their top-valued player Toni Kroos only consisting 9.1 per cent of the total squad value. The squad’s value is estimated to be £777m, which makes it the fourth most valuable in the tournament. Alongside Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos (valued at £70.4m), Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen (£52.8m) and Bayern Munich defender Mats Hummels (£52.8m) also rank as the joint-favourite’s best-valued players. Germany squad value 3. Brazil: £863.3m Neymar will be looking to outplay Messi in Russia Credit: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters Despite having the joint most expensive at the tournament in Neymar (£158.4m), Brazil’s squad is far more evenly balanced than Argentina’s. Their ten most valuable players include two goalkeepers in Alisson and Ederson, two defenders in Marcelo and Marquinhos and Casemiro, a defensive midfielder, as well as five highly rated attacking players. Brazil squad value 2. Spain: £906.4m Despite their attacking options Barca's Sergio Busquets is Spain's MVP Credit: Jose Jordan/ AFP Spain is one of two teams in the World Cup valued over £900m - or one billion euros. They come in second place in the squad value rankings, clinched by France by a mere £44m. Another favourite of the World Cup, Spain has the most equally distributed team in Russia. The team’s most expensive player, Sergio Busquets, is valued at £70.4 - or just 7.8 per cent of the overall team’s £906.4m value. The winners of the 2010 World Cup can also boast the likes of Real Madrid midfielders Isco and Marco Asensio (each £66m), as well as Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea (£61.6m). Spain squad value 1. France: £950.4m France emerge as fairly comfortable winners in these rankings with a total transfer market value less than £50m shy of £1bn. Les Bleus’ array of young talent is formidable. Ten of their squad are valued at in excess of £40m with PSG’s Kylian Mbappé topping the list at £105.6m. Antoine Griezmann (£88m), Paul Pogba (£79.2m) and Ousmane Dembélé (£70.4m) are all also individually worth more than the entire squads of Panama, Saudi Arabia and Peru combined. France squad value How the World Cup’s most valuable squads compare
Which country has the most expensive squad at World Cup 2018?
Squad value is a good proxy for the quality of a team, so we've ranked all 32 World Cup countries based on their player's worth in the transfer market to see if it gives any clear indications about who could triumph at Russia 2018. We've used data from Transfermarkt to work out the total estimated transfer value of each member of every 23-man squad in the tournament. This is different to adding up actual transfer fees, but a more accurate way of measuring current worth. For example, Messi has been at Barcelona for his entire career so would count as having no value if you did it that way. Starting XIs change each game, and so a team's value will vary from game to game, but these overall team totals will give you a good estimate for how expensive each team is. So, who do you think has the priciest team in the world? Read on to find out. 32. Panama: Total value £7.4 million With a total value of £7.4 million across their 23 players, Panama are the least valuable team in the World Cup. Panama’s best player is the midfielder Aníbal Godoy. He plays for the San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer and is worth an estimated £700,000. Their forward Blas Pérez ranks as the tournament’s joint-third cheapest player. Panama squad value 31. Saudi Arabia: £16.6m You could be forgiven for not having heard of many Saudi Arabia’s 23. All but three of them play their club football in the Saudi Pro League with 16 of them coming from just two clubs: Al-Ahli and Al-Hilal. Their star man - in transfer value terms - is Yasir Al-Shahrani, a winger who plies his trade for Leganés in La Liga. He is valued at the princely sum of £1.3m. While they may be minnows in this list, Saudi Arabia are, at least consistent. They have one of the lowest variations in value across their squad meaning theirs is one with a high level of equality. Saudi Arabia squad value 30. Peru: £33m Peru have been heralded as a potential surprise in this year’s World Cup, but one look at their market value would say otherwise. The South American team ranks 30th in the tournament, at just £33m, with their top man André Carrillo contributing £5.3m of this. You may recognise Carrillo: he played for Watford in the last season, on loan from Benfica. Peru squad value 29. Costa Rica: £36.1m Keylor Navas during England's recent friendly with Costa Rica Credit: Alex Livesey/ Getty Images Europe As Costa Rica proved in 2014, you don’t have to have a squad full of high value superstars to perform well in World Cups. Ranked in a similarly lowly position this year, they’ll be hoping to repeat the trick. Real Madrid keeper Keylor Navas is the Ticos most valuable man, with an estimated worth of £15.8m in today’s transfer market. They also feature serial Arsenal loanee Joel Campbell who could make his £2.6m price tag look like a steal. Costa Rica squad value 28. Iran: £41.9m 2018 will mark Iran’s first consecutive World Cup appearance, after they left the 2014 tournament in the group stage. This time round, the team’s total worth tallies up to an estimated £41.9m. Their most valuable player, attacking midfielder Alireza Jahanbakhsh, plays his domestic football for the Dutch club of AZ Alkmaar. He has an estimated transfer value of £10.6m. Iran squad value 27. Australia: £43.6m Huddersfield’s Aaron Mooy is the jewel in the Aussie crown with the midfielder accounting for about a fifth of their total squad value at £8.8m. Brighton keeper Mathew Ryan comes a close second with a value of £7m but no other player surpasses the £5m mark. Australia squad value 26. Tunisia: £51.8m Tunisia will be England’s first opponent as they face each other in the Volgograd Arena on Monday. On paper, there should be no comparison: The Tunisian team totals up a value of £51.8m - some £717.3m less than England’s total value. Midfielder Ellyes Skhiri is the team’s star player, valued at an estimated £8.8m. Tunisia squad values 25. Japan: £64.6m Shinji Kagawa is Japan's MVP Credit: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters Former Manchester United man Shinji Kagawa is Japan’s most expensive talent with a modest value of £11.4m. Aside from the Dortmund attacking midfielder Premier League players Maya Yoshida and Shinji Okazaki make up Japan’s other high-ticket stars. Admittedly, at this point in proceedings “high-ticket” has a different definition than it will later on in this list. Some players - who we’ll meet later on - are individually worth twice the value of Japan’s whole squad. Japan squad value 24. Iceland: £66.9m Everton midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson is Iceland’s star man, and is estimated to be worth £26.4m. He makes up almost 40 per cent of the total Icelandic squad’s worth of £66.9m. The island minnows might seem like they can be easily dismissed as a mediocre one-man band, but England’s Euro 2016 team may say otherwise. While Iceland ranks 24 for the overall team’s worth, they rank 19th for the value of their most-valued player. Iceland squad value 23. South Korea: £74.8m South Korea have faded from the global footballing consciousness since they jointly hosted the 2002 World Cup with Japan. The majority of their 2018 squad play in either Japan or Korea but they do have a standout player in the former of Tottenham’s Heung-min Son. Valued at £44m he accounts for nearly 60 per cent of his country’s total squad value, the second highest proportion for any player in any team. South Korea squad value 22. Sweden: £105.4m Victor Lindelof is valued at £22m Credit: Robbie Jay Barratt/Getty Images North America Here we are: the first team to break £100m. At an estimated squad value of £105.4m, Sweden rank 22nd in the tournament based on squad value. Their most valued player, Manchester United defender Victor Lindelöf, is valued at £22m - over a fifth of the total squad value. Sweden squad value 21. Morocco: £113.9m What are Morocco doing so high up this list I hear you ask? Well, even at this stage all it takes is a couple of big fish to propel you up the rankings, and Morocco can boast three players worth £20m or more in the spine of their side. Midfielders Hakim Ziyech (Ajax) and Amine Harit (Schalke 04) both come in at £22m while Juventus’ Medhi Benatia is worth £20m. Morocco squad value 20. Nigeria: £118.7m Nigeria put up a spirited game against England in their 2-1 defeat at Wembley last weekend, and they’ve earned praise for their exciting green-and-white striped kit. However, they’re a distinctly mid-table team when it comes to squad value, weighing in at an estimated £118.7m. Perhaps surprisingly for English fans, Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi ranks only fifth in the team for transfer value. He is one of five players in the team who are valued over £10m. Wilfred Ndidi claims the top-spot in the team, valued at £22m. Nigeria squad value 19. Mexico: £129.9m Chicharito celebrates with Hirving Lozano Credit: Ian Walton/ Getty Images Europe Mexico can boast an evenly distributed squad of respectable value. There are no huge names in the mix but PSV winger Hirving Lozano could well have the sort of tournament that will send his worth rocketing upwards. He is currently valued at £22m by Transfermarkt, Mexico’s most expensive player. Mexico squad value 18. Russia: £142.4m It’s fair to say that, ranked 70th in the world by FIFA, hosts Russia would struggle to find a place in the World Cup if it wasn’t taking place there. But with a total squad value estimated at £142.4m, Russia’s team is the 18th most expensive in the World Cup. This figure is relatively evenly distributed across the squad, which has five players worth over £10m. Aleksandr Golovin tops the list as Russia’s most valuable player, worth an estimated £15.8m. Russia squad value 17. Egypt: £173.6m Mohamed Salah is Egypt's main man Credit: Patrick Smith/FIFA There’s one stand-out player in Egypt’s team and that man is Mohammed Salah. Valued at £132m (the joint-third highest for any player) he is responsible for more than three-quarters of the worth of the entire squad. Mohamed Elneny is a distant second at £8.8m. Egypt squad value 16. Switzerland: £191.9m With a total value of £191.9m, the Swiss are in the top half of the squads. While eight of their players are estimated to be worth over £10m, Granit Xhaka tops the list, worth £35.2m. Arsenal fans will be well aware of this midfielder, with Xhaka accumulating 70 caps for the North London club. Switzerland squad value 15. Colombia: £221.1m Given their performance at Brazil 2014 it is somewhat surprising that Colombia don't feature higher on this list. This is because they have - in cricketing parlance - quite a long tail. Though they have two or three big names in the squad they also have 13 players who are valued at less than five million pounds. Propelled to fame by his performance in Brazil, James Rodríguez is Colombia's most valuable player. His transfer worth is estimated at £61.6m while Tottenham's Davinson Sanchez is their second most valuable player at £35.2m. Colombia squad value 14. Denmark: £228.2m Tottenham's Christian Eriksen Credit: Marc Atkins/Offside Christian Eriksen’s £70.4m price tag goes a long way to explain Denmark’s large squad value. Indeed, Denmark’s prospective performance in the tournament will depend a lot on the Tottenham midfielder. The Danish team totals a squad value of £228.2m, with Christian Eriksen and Andreas Christensen collectively contributing almost half of this. Denmark squad value 13. Serbia: £235.4m The Serbian squad has the honour of featuring one of the most talked about men in world football at the moment in the form of Lazio's Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. A target for several big Premier League outfits, if you believe the rumours, the midfielder has a transfer value of £79.2m. Milinkovic-Savic's value is supplemented nicely by that of Nemanja Matic (£35.2m), Dusan Tadic (£13.2m) and Luka Milivojevic (£13.2m). Serbia squad value 12. Poland: £241.6m The Polish team clocks in at a total value of £241.6m, with eight players each contributing more than £10m. The Polish captain Robert Lewandowski is estimated to have a market value of £79.2m - a third of the total squad’s value. The country will need a good performance from the Bayern Munich striker in order to progress from a group that also contains Senegal and Colombia. Poland squad value 11. Senegal: £261.6m Senegal's Sadio Mane Credit: Darko Bandic/AP Also vying for one of the top two positions in Group H, Senegal’s squad value beats that of Poland. Liverpool's Sadio Mané takes up 23.5 per cent of the total, at £61.6m but has able support from Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly (£52.8m) and Monaco's Keita Baldé (£26.4m). Senegal squad value 10. Croatia: £316.8m Croatia are the tenth most expensive team in the 2018 World Cup, with a squad valued at an estimated £316.8m. The squad is both well-balanced and strong. Ivan Rakitic, Croatia’s most expensive player, has an estimated value of £44m - or 13.9 per cent of the total. 11 other players have a value of over £10m, six of which top £20m. Croatia squad value 9. Uruguay: £327.8m Uruguay are one of the true dark horses in this competition and it's easy to see why, given the depth of talent that they have at their disposal. In Luis Suárez (£61.6m) and Edison Cavani (£52.8m) they have two genuinely top bracket goalscorers while at the back they can rely on Athletico Madrid's centre back pairing of José Giménez (£39.6m) and Diego Godin (£30.8m). An impressive team spine is completed in midfield by potential Arsenal signing Lucas Torreira (£26.4m) and Inter Milan's Matías Vecino (£18.5m). Uruguay squad values 8. Portugal: £408.8m Portugal’s star player needs no introduction. Cristiano Ronaldo is worth an estimated £88m and shoulders a solid fifth of the total squad value of Portugal. Aside from their captain, Portugal also draws on the likes of Bernardo Silva, Gonçalo Guedes and Gelson Martins to reach a total squad value of £408.8m. Portugal squad value 7. Argentina: £612.5m Lionel Messi is the joint most valuable player at the World Cup Credit: FIFA/ Michael Regan Despite a recent run of poor form, 2014 finalists Argentina will still fancy their chances in Russia if they can get their glittering forward line firing. They have the seventh highest-value team in the tournament, at an estimate of £612.5m. Their emblematic captain Lionel Messi makes up a quarter of this total, valued at a whopping £158.4m, while Paolo Dybala (£96.8m), Sergio Agüero (£70.4m) and Gonzalo Higuaín (£52.8m) make up the rest of the attacking threat in this top-heavy squad. Argentina squad value 6. Belgium: £663.5m Kevin De Bruyne had a great season with Manchester City Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images Europe With only six players in the Belgian side having an estimated transfer value of less than £10m, their overall value totals £663.5m. The formidable team will face England in the Kaliningrad Stadium on June 28 in what could be a crunch match to decide who tops Group G. The squad’s most expensive players are Kevin De Bruyne (£132m), Eden Hazard (£96.8m) and Romelu Lukaku (£79.2m). Belgium squad value 5. England: £769.1m England's captain is their MVP Credit: James Baylis/Getty Images Europe The madness of the Premier League’s spending power generally ensures that English players fetch a premium in the transfer market. This has probably inflated England’s worth here, but let’s savour the Three Lions’ presence within the world’s elite while we can. Harry Kane is England’s highest valued man, with a price tag of £132m, one of only six players at the World Cup whose value extends into nine figures. Dele Alli (£88m) is the second most valuable member of the squad while Raheem Sterling (£79.2m) is in third. England’s least valuable player - Ashley Young (£6.2m) - is the most expensive least valuable player for any nation. England squad value 4. Germany: £777m Real Madrid's Toni Kroos Credit: Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images Europe The current World Cup holders have one of the most equally distributed teams in the tournament, with their top-valued player Toni Kroos only consisting 9.1 per cent of the total squad value. The squad’s value is estimated to be £777m, which makes it the fourth most valuable in the tournament. Alongside Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos (valued at £70.4m), Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen (£52.8m) and Bayern Munich defender Mats Hummels (£52.8m) also rank as the joint-favourite’s best-valued players. Germany squad value 3. Brazil: £863.3m Neymar will be looking to outplay Messi in Russia Credit: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters Despite having the joint most expensive at the tournament in Neymar (£158.4m), Brazil’s squad is far more evenly balanced than Argentina’s. Their ten most valuable players include two goalkeepers in Alisson and Ederson, two defenders in Marcelo and Marquinhos and Casemiro, a defensive midfielder, as well as five highly rated attacking players. Brazil squad value 2. Spain: £906.4m Despite their attacking options Barca's Sergio Busquets is Spain's MVP Credit: Jose Jordan/ AFP Spain is one of two teams in the World Cup valued over £900m - or one billion euros. They come in second place in the squad value rankings, clinched by France by a mere £44m. Another favourite of the World Cup, Spain has the most equally distributed team in Russia. The team’s most expensive player, Sergio Busquets, is valued at £70.4 - or just 7.8 per cent of the overall team’s £906.4m value. The winners of the 2010 World Cup can also boast the likes of Real Madrid midfielders Isco and Marco Asensio (each £66m), as well as Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea (£61.6m). Spain squad value 1. France: £950.4m France emerge as fairly comfortable winners in these rankings with a total transfer market value less than £50m shy of £1bn. Les Bleus’ array of young talent is formidable. Ten of their squad are valued at in excess of £40m with PSG’s Kylian Mbappé topping the list at £105.6m. Antoine Griezmann (£88m), Paul Pogba (£79.2m) and Ousmane Dembélé (£70.4m) are all also individually worth more than the entire squads of Panama, Saudi Arabia and Peru combined. France squad value How the World Cup’s most valuable squads compare
Squad value is a good proxy for the quality of a team, so we've ranked all 32 World Cup countries based on their player's worth in the transfer market to see if it gives any clear indications about who could triumph at Russia 2018. We've used data from Transfermarkt to work out the total estimated transfer value of each member of every 23-man squad in the tournament. This is different to adding up actual transfer fees, but a more accurate way of measuring current worth. For example, Messi has been at Barcelona for his entire career so would count as having no value if you did it that way. Starting XIs change each game, and so a team's value will vary from game to game, but these overall team totals will give you a good estimate for how expensive each team is. So, who do you think has the priciest team in the world? Read on to find out. 32. Panama: Total value £7.4 million With a total value of £7.4 million across their 23 players, Panama are the least valuable team in the World Cup. Panama’s best player is the midfielder Aníbal Godoy. He plays for the San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer and is worth an estimated £700,000. Their forward Blas Pérez ranks as the tournament’s joint-third cheapest player. Panama squad value 31. Saudi Arabia: £16.6m You could be forgiven for not having heard of many Saudi Arabia’s 23. All but three of them play their club football in the Saudi Pro League with 16 of them coming from just two clubs: Al-Ahli and Al-Hilal. Their star man - in transfer value terms - is Yasir Al-Shahrani, a winger who plies his trade for Leganés in La Liga. He is valued at the princely sum of £1.3m. While they may be minnows in this list, Saudi Arabia are, at least consistent. They have one of the lowest variations in value across their squad meaning theirs is one with a high level of equality. Saudi Arabia squad value 30. Peru: £33m Peru have been heralded as a potential surprise in this year’s World Cup, but one look at their market value would say otherwise. The South American team ranks 30th in the tournament, at just £33m, with their top man André Carrillo contributing £5.3m of this. You may recognise Carrillo: he played for Watford in the last season, on loan from Benfica. Peru squad value 29. Costa Rica: £36.1m Keylor Navas during England's recent friendly with Costa Rica Credit: Alex Livesey/ Getty Images Europe As Costa Rica proved in 2014, you don’t have to have a squad full of high value superstars to perform well in World Cups. Ranked in a similarly lowly position this year, they’ll be hoping to repeat the trick. Real Madrid keeper Keylor Navas is the Ticos most valuable man, with an estimated worth of £15.8m in today’s transfer market. They also feature serial Arsenal loanee Joel Campbell who could make his £2.6m price tag look like a steal. Costa Rica squad value 28. Iran: £41.9m 2018 will mark Iran’s first consecutive World Cup appearance, after they left the 2014 tournament in the group stage. This time round, the team’s total worth tallies up to an estimated £41.9m. Their most valuable player, attacking midfielder Alireza Jahanbakhsh, plays his domestic football for the Dutch club of AZ Alkmaar. He has an estimated transfer value of £10.6m. Iran squad value 27. Australia: £43.6m Huddersfield’s Aaron Mooy is the jewel in the Aussie crown with the midfielder accounting for about a fifth of their total squad value at £8.8m. Brighton keeper Mathew Ryan comes a close second with a value of £7m but no other player surpasses the £5m mark. Australia squad value 26. Tunisia: £51.8m Tunisia will be England’s first opponent as they face each other in the Volgograd Arena on Monday. On paper, there should be no comparison: The Tunisian team totals up a value of £51.8m - some £717.3m less than England’s total value. Midfielder Ellyes Skhiri is the team’s star player, valued at an estimated £8.8m. Tunisia squad values 25. Japan: £64.6m Shinji Kagawa is Japan's MVP Credit: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters Former Manchester United man Shinji Kagawa is Japan’s most expensive talent with a modest value of £11.4m. Aside from the Dortmund attacking midfielder Premier League players Maya Yoshida and Shinji Okazaki make up Japan’s other high-ticket stars. Admittedly, at this point in proceedings “high-ticket” has a different definition than it will later on in this list. Some players - who we’ll meet later on - are individually worth twice the value of Japan’s whole squad. Japan squad value 24. Iceland: £66.9m Everton midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson is Iceland’s star man, and is estimated to be worth £26.4m. He makes up almost 40 per cent of the total Icelandic squad’s worth of £66.9m. The island minnows might seem like they can be easily dismissed as a mediocre one-man band, but England’s Euro 2016 team may say otherwise. While Iceland ranks 24 for the overall team’s worth, they rank 19th for the value of their most-valued player. Iceland squad value 23. South Korea: £74.8m South Korea have faded from the global footballing consciousness since they jointly hosted the 2002 World Cup with Japan. The majority of their 2018 squad play in either Japan or Korea but they do have a standout player in the former of Tottenham’s Heung-min Son. Valued at £44m he accounts for nearly 60 per cent of his country’s total squad value, the second highest proportion for any player in any team. South Korea squad value 22. Sweden: £105.4m Victor Lindelof is valued at £22m Credit: Robbie Jay Barratt/Getty Images North America Here we are: the first team to break £100m. At an estimated squad value of £105.4m, Sweden rank 22nd in the tournament based on squad value. Their most valued player, Manchester United defender Victor Lindelöf, is valued at £22m - over a fifth of the total squad value. Sweden squad value 21. Morocco: £113.9m What are Morocco doing so high up this list I hear you ask? Well, even at this stage all it takes is a couple of big fish to propel you up the rankings, and Morocco can boast three players worth £20m or more in the spine of their side. Midfielders Hakim Ziyech (Ajax) and Amine Harit (Schalke 04) both come in at £22m while Juventus’ Medhi Benatia is worth £20m. Morocco squad value 20. Nigeria: £118.7m Nigeria put up a spirited game against England in their 2-1 defeat at Wembley last weekend, and they’ve earned praise for their exciting green-and-white striped kit. However, they’re a distinctly mid-table team when it comes to squad value, weighing in at an estimated £118.7m. Perhaps surprisingly for English fans, Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi ranks only fifth in the team for transfer value. He is one of five players in the team who are valued over £10m. Wilfred Ndidi claims the top-spot in the team, valued at £22m. Nigeria squad value 19. Mexico: £129.9m Chicharito celebrates with Hirving Lozano Credit: Ian Walton/ Getty Images Europe Mexico can boast an evenly distributed squad of respectable value. There are no huge names in the mix but PSV winger Hirving Lozano could well have the sort of tournament that will send his worth rocketing upwards. He is currently valued at £22m by Transfermarkt, Mexico’s most expensive player. Mexico squad value 18. Russia: £142.4m It’s fair to say that, ranked 70th in the world by FIFA, hosts Russia would struggle to find a place in the World Cup if it wasn’t taking place there. But with a total squad value estimated at £142.4m, Russia’s team is the 18th most expensive in the World Cup. This figure is relatively evenly distributed across the squad, which has five players worth over £10m. Aleksandr Golovin tops the list as Russia’s most valuable player, worth an estimated £15.8m. Russia squad value 17. Egypt: £173.6m Mohamed Salah is Egypt's main man Credit: Patrick Smith/FIFA There’s one stand-out player in Egypt’s team and that man is Mohammed Salah. Valued at £132m (the joint-third highest for any player) he is responsible for more than three-quarters of the worth of the entire squad. Mohamed Elneny is a distant second at £8.8m. Egypt squad value 16. Switzerland: £191.9m With a total value of £191.9m, the Swiss are in the top half of the squads. While eight of their players are estimated to be worth over £10m, Granit Xhaka tops the list, worth £35.2m. Arsenal fans will be well aware of this midfielder, with Xhaka accumulating 70 caps for the North London club. Switzerland squad value 15. Colombia: £221.1m Given their performance at Brazil 2014 it is somewhat surprising that Colombia don't feature higher on this list. This is because they have - in cricketing parlance - quite a long tail. Though they have two or three big names in the squad they also have 13 players who are valued at less than five million pounds. Propelled to fame by his performance in Brazil, James Rodríguez is Colombia's most valuable player. His transfer worth is estimated at £61.6m while Tottenham's Davinson Sanchez is their second most valuable player at £35.2m. Colombia squad value 14. Denmark: £228.2m Tottenham's Christian Eriksen Credit: Marc Atkins/Offside Christian Eriksen’s £70.4m price tag goes a long way to explain Denmark’s large squad value. Indeed, Denmark’s prospective performance in the tournament will depend a lot on the Tottenham midfielder. The Danish team totals a squad value of £228.2m, with Christian Eriksen and Andreas Christensen collectively contributing almost half of this. Denmark squad value 13. Serbia: £235.4m The Serbian squad has the honour of featuring one of the most talked about men in world football at the moment in the form of Lazio's Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. A target for several big Premier League outfits, if you believe the rumours, the midfielder has a transfer value of £79.2m. Milinkovic-Savic's value is supplemented nicely by that of Nemanja Matic (£35.2m), Dusan Tadic (£13.2m) and Luka Milivojevic (£13.2m). Serbia squad value 12. Poland: £241.6m The Polish team clocks in at a total value of £241.6m, with eight players each contributing more than £10m. The Polish captain Robert Lewandowski is estimated to have a market value of £79.2m - a third of the total squad’s value. The country will need a good performance from the Bayern Munich striker in order to progress from a group that also contains Senegal and Colombia. Poland squad value 11. Senegal: £261.6m Senegal's Sadio Mane Credit: Darko Bandic/AP Also vying for one of the top two positions in Group H, Senegal’s squad value beats that of Poland. Liverpool's Sadio Mané takes up 23.5 per cent of the total, at £61.6m but has able support from Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly (£52.8m) and Monaco's Keita Baldé (£26.4m). Senegal squad value 10. Croatia: £316.8m Croatia are the tenth most expensive team in the 2018 World Cup, with a squad valued at an estimated £316.8m. The squad is both well-balanced and strong. Ivan Rakitic, Croatia’s most expensive player, has an estimated value of £44m - or 13.9 per cent of the total. 11 other players have a value of over £10m, six of which top £20m. Croatia squad value 9. Uruguay: £327.8m Uruguay are one of the true dark horses in this competition and it's easy to see why, given the depth of talent that they have at their disposal. In Luis Suárez (£61.6m) and Edison Cavani (£52.8m) they have two genuinely top bracket goalscorers while at the back they can rely on Athletico Madrid's centre back pairing of José Giménez (£39.6m) and Diego Godin (£30.8m). An impressive team spine is completed in midfield by potential Arsenal signing Lucas Torreira (£26.4m) and Inter Milan's Matías Vecino (£18.5m). Uruguay squad values 8. Portugal: £408.8m Portugal’s star player needs no introduction. Cristiano Ronaldo is worth an estimated £88m and shoulders a solid fifth of the total squad value of Portugal. Aside from their captain, Portugal also draws on the likes of Bernardo Silva, Gonçalo Guedes and Gelson Martins to reach a total squad value of £408.8m. Portugal squad value 7. Argentina: £612.5m Lionel Messi is the joint most valuable player at the World Cup Credit: FIFA/ Michael Regan Despite a recent run of poor form, 2014 finalists Argentina will still fancy their chances in Russia if they can get their glittering forward line firing. They have the seventh highest-value team in the tournament, at an estimate of £612.5m. Their emblematic captain Lionel Messi makes up a quarter of this total, valued at a whopping £158.4m, while Paolo Dybala (£96.8m), Sergio Agüero (£70.4m) and Gonzalo Higuaín (£52.8m) make up the rest of the attacking threat in this top-heavy squad. Argentina squad value 6. Belgium: £663.5m Kevin De Bruyne had a great season with Manchester City Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images Europe With only six players in the Belgian side having an estimated transfer value of less than £10m, their overall value totals £663.5m. The formidable team will face England in the Kaliningrad Stadium on June 28 in what could be a crunch match to decide who tops Group G. The squad’s most expensive players are Kevin De Bruyne (£132m), Eden Hazard (£96.8m) and Romelu Lukaku (£79.2m). Belgium squad value 5. England: £769.1m England's captain is their MVP Credit: James Baylis/Getty Images Europe The madness of the Premier League’s spending power generally ensures that English players fetch a premium in the transfer market. This has probably inflated England’s worth here, but let’s savour the Three Lions’ presence within the world’s elite while we can. Harry Kane is England’s highest valued man, with a price tag of £132m, one of only six players at the World Cup whose value extends into nine figures. Dele Alli (£88m) is the second most valuable member of the squad while Raheem Sterling (£79.2m) is in third. England’s least valuable player - Ashley Young (£6.2m) - is the most expensive least valuable player for any nation. England squad value 4. Germany: £777m Real Madrid's Toni Kroos Credit: Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images Europe The current World Cup holders have one of the most equally distributed teams in the tournament, with their top-valued player Toni Kroos only consisting 9.1 per cent of the total squad value. The squad’s value is estimated to be £777m, which makes it the fourth most valuable in the tournament. Alongside Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos (valued at £70.4m), Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen (£52.8m) and Bayern Munich defender Mats Hummels (£52.8m) also rank as the joint-favourite’s best-valued players. Germany squad value 3. Brazil: £863.3m Neymar will be looking to outplay Messi in Russia Credit: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters Despite having the joint most expensive at the tournament in Neymar (£158.4m), Brazil’s squad is far more evenly balanced than Argentina’s. Their ten most valuable players include two goalkeepers in Alisson and Ederson, two defenders in Marcelo and Marquinhos and Casemiro, a defensive midfielder, as well as five highly rated attacking players. Brazil squad value 2. Spain: £906.4m Despite their attacking options Barca's Sergio Busquets is Spain's MVP Credit: Jose Jordan/ AFP Spain is one of two teams in the World Cup valued over £900m - or one billion euros. They come in second place in the squad value rankings, clinched by France by a mere £44m. Another favourite of the World Cup, Spain has the most equally distributed team in Russia. The team’s most expensive player, Sergio Busquets, is valued at £70.4 - or just 7.8 per cent of the overall team’s £906.4m value. The winners of the 2010 World Cup can also boast the likes of Real Madrid midfielders Isco and Marco Asensio (each £66m), as well as Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea (£61.6m). Spain squad value 1. France: £950.4m France emerge as fairly comfortable winners in these rankings with a total transfer market value less than £50m shy of £1bn. Les Bleus’ array of young talent is formidable. Ten of their squad are valued at in excess of £40m with PSG’s Kylian Mbappé topping the list at £105.6m. Antoine Griezmann (£88m), Paul Pogba (£79.2m) and Ousmane Dembélé (£70.4m) are all also individually worth more than the entire squads of Panama, Saudi Arabia and Peru combined. France squad value How the World Cup’s most valuable squads compare
Which country has the most expensive squad at World Cup 2018?
Squad value is a good proxy for the quality of a team, so we've ranked all 32 World Cup countries based on their player's worth in the transfer market to see if it gives any clear indications about who could triumph at Russia 2018. We've used data from Transfermarkt to work out the total estimated transfer value of each member of every 23-man squad in the tournament. This is different to adding up actual transfer fees, but a more accurate way of measuring current worth. For example, Messi has been at Barcelona for his entire career so would count as having no value if you did it that way. Starting XIs change each game, and so a team's value will vary from game to game, but these overall team totals will give you a good estimate for how expensive each team is. So, who do you think has the priciest team in the world? Read on to find out. 32. Panama: Total value £7.4 million With a total value of £7.4 million across their 23 players, Panama are the least valuable team in the World Cup. Panama’s best player is the midfielder Aníbal Godoy. He plays for the San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer and is worth an estimated £700,000. Their forward Blas Pérez ranks as the tournament’s joint-third cheapest player. Panama squad value 31. Saudi Arabia: £16.6m You could be forgiven for not having heard of many Saudi Arabia’s 23. All but three of them play their club football in the Saudi Pro League with 16 of them coming from just two clubs: Al-Ahli and Al-Hilal. Their star man - in transfer value terms - is Yasir Al-Shahrani, a winger who plies his trade for Leganés in La Liga. He is valued at the princely sum of £1.3m. While they may be minnows in this list, Saudi Arabia are, at least consistent. They have one of the lowest variations in value across their squad meaning theirs is one with a high level of equality. Saudi Arabia squad value 30. Peru: £33m Peru have been heralded as a potential surprise in this year’s World Cup, but one look at their market value would say otherwise. The South American team ranks 30th in the tournament, at just £33m, with their top man André Carrillo contributing £5.3m of this. You may recognise Carrillo: he played for Watford in the last season, on loan from Benfica. Peru squad value 29. Costa Rica: £36.1m Keylor Navas during England's recent friendly with Costa Rica Credit: Alex Livesey/ Getty Images Europe As Costa Rica proved in 2014, you don’t have to have a squad full of high value superstars to perform well in World Cups. Ranked in a similarly lowly position this year, they’ll be hoping to repeat the trick. Real Madrid keeper Keylor Navas is the Ticos most valuable man, with an estimated worth of £15.8m in today’s transfer market. They also feature serial Arsenal loanee Joel Campbell who could make his £2.6m price tag look like a steal. Costa Rica squad value 28. Iran: £41.9m 2018 will mark Iran’s first consecutive World Cup appearance, after they left the 2014 tournament in the group stage. This time round, the team’s total worth tallies up to an estimated £41.9m. Their most valuable player, attacking midfielder Alireza Jahanbakhsh, plays his domestic football for the Dutch club of AZ Alkmaar. He has an estimated transfer value of £10.6m. Iran squad value 27. Australia: £43.6m Huddersfield’s Aaron Mooy is the jewel in the Aussie crown with the midfielder accounting for about a fifth of their total squad value at £8.8m. Brighton keeper Mathew Ryan comes a close second with a value of £7m but no other player surpasses the £5m mark. Australia squad value 26. Tunisia: £51.8m Tunisia will be England’s first opponent as they face each other in the Volgograd Arena on Monday. On paper, there should be no comparison: The Tunisian team totals up a value of £51.8m - some £717.3m less than England’s total value. Midfielder Ellyes Skhiri is the team’s star player, valued at an estimated £8.8m. Tunisia squad values 25. Japan: £64.6m Shinji Kagawa is Japan's MVP Credit: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters Former Manchester United man Shinji Kagawa is Japan’s most expensive talent with a modest value of £11.4m. Aside from the Dortmund attacking midfielder Premier League players Maya Yoshida and Shinji Okazaki make up Japan’s other high-ticket stars. Admittedly, at this point in proceedings “high-ticket” has a different definition than it will later on in this list. Some players - who we’ll meet later on - are individually worth twice the value of Japan’s whole squad. Japan squad value 24. Iceland: £66.9m Everton midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson is Iceland’s star man, and is estimated to be worth £26.4m. He makes up almost 40 per cent of the total Icelandic squad’s worth of £66.9m. The island minnows might seem like they can be easily dismissed as a mediocre one-man band, but England’s Euro 2016 team may say otherwise. While Iceland ranks 24 for the overall team’s worth, they rank 19th for the value of their most-valued player. Iceland squad value 23. South Korea: £74.8m South Korea have faded from the global footballing consciousness since they jointly hosted the 2002 World Cup with Japan. The majority of their 2018 squad play in either Japan or Korea but they do have a standout player in the former of Tottenham’s Heung-min Son. Valued at £44m he accounts for nearly 60 per cent of his country’s total squad value, the second highest proportion for any player in any team. South Korea squad value 22. Sweden: £105.4m Victor Lindelof is valued at £22m Credit: Robbie Jay Barratt/Getty Images North America Here we are: the first team to break £100m. At an estimated squad value of £105.4m, Sweden rank 22nd in the tournament based on squad value. Their most valued player, Manchester United defender Victor Lindelöf, is valued at £22m - over a fifth of the total squad value. Sweden squad value 21. Morocco: £113.9m What are Morocco doing so high up this list I hear you ask? Well, even at this stage all it takes is a couple of big fish to propel you up the rankings, and Morocco can boast three players worth £20m or more in the spine of their side. Midfielders Hakim Ziyech (Ajax) and Amine Harit (Schalke 04) both come in at £22m while Juventus’ Medhi Benatia is worth £20m. Morocco squad value 20. Nigeria: £118.7m Nigeria put up a spirited game against England in their 2-1 defeat at Wembley last weekend, and they’ve earned praise for their exciting green-and-white striped kit. However, they’re a distinctly mid-table team when it comes to squad value, weighing in at an estimated £118.7m. Perhaps surprisingly for English fans, Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi ranks only fifth in the team for transfer value. He is one of five players in the team who are valued over £10m. Wilfred Ndidi claims the top-spot in the team, valued at £22m. Nigeria squad value 19. Mexico: £129.9m Chicharito celebrates with Hirving Lozano Credit: Ian Walton/ Getty Images Europe Mexico can boast an evenly distributed squad of respectable value. There are no huge names in the mix but PSV winger Hirving Lozano could well have the sort of tournament that will send his worth rocketing upwards. He is currently valued at £22m by Transfermarkt, Mexico’s most expensive player. Mexico squad value 18. Russia: £142.4m It’s fair to say that, ranked 70th in the world by FIFA, hosts Russia would struggle to find a place in the World Cup if it wasn’t taking place there. But with a total squad value estimated at £142.4m, Russia’s team is the 18th most expensive in the World Cup. This figure is relatively evenly distributed across the squad, which has five players worth over £10m. Aleksandr Golovin tops the list as Russia’s most valuable player, worth an estimated £15.8m. Russia squad value 17. Egypt: £173.6m Mohamed Salah is Egypt's main man Credit: Patrick Smith/FIFA There’s one stand-out player in Egypt’s team and that man is Mohammed Salah. Valued at £132m (the joint-third highest for any player) he is responsible for more than three-quarters of the worth of the entire squad. Mohamed Elneny is a distant second at £8.8m. Egypt squad value 16. Switzerland: £191.9m With a total value of £191.9m, the Swiss are in the top half of the squads. While eight of their players are estimated to be worth over £10m, Granit Xhaka tops the list, worth £35.2m. Arsenal fans will be well aware of this midfielder, with Xhaka accumulating 70 caps for the North London club. Switzerland squad value 15. Colombia: £221.1m Given their performance at Brazil 2014 it is somewhat surprising that Colombia don't feature higher on this list. This is because they have - in cricketing parlance - quite a long tail. Though they have two or three big names in the squad they also have 13 players who are valued at less than five million pounds. Propelled to fame by his performance in Brazil, James Rodríguez is Colombia's most valuable player. His transfer worth is estimated at £61.6m while Tottenham's Davinson Sanchez is their second most valuable player at £35.2m. Colombia squad value 14. Denmark: £228.2m Tottenham's Christian Eriksen Credit: Marc Atkins/Offside Christian Eriksen’s £70.4m price tag goes a long way to explain Denmark’s large squad value. Indeed, Denmark’s prospective performance in the tournament will depend a lot on the Tottenham midfielder. The Danish team totals a squad value of £228.2m, with Christian Eriksen and Andreas Christensen collectively contributing almost half of this. Denmark squad value 13. Serbia: £235.4m The Serbian squad has the honour of featuring one of the most talked about men in world football at the moment in the form of Lazio's Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. A target for several big Premier League outfits, if you believe the rumours, the midfielder has a transfer value of £79.2m. Milinkovic-Savic's value is supplemented nicely by that of Nemanja Matic (£35.2m), Dusan Tadic (£13.2m) and Luka Milivojevic (£13.2m). Serbia squad value 12. Poland: £241.6m The Polish team clocks in at a total value of £241.6m, with eight players each contributing more than £10m. The Polish captain Robert Lewandowski is estimated to have a market value of £79.2m - a third of the total squad’s value. The country will need a good performance from the Bayern Munich striker in order to progress from a group that also contains Senegal and Colombia. Poland squad value 11. Senegal: £261.6m Senegal's Sadio Mane Credit: Darko Bandic/AP Also vying for one of the top two positions in Group H, Senegal’s squad value beats that of Poland. Liverpool's Sadio Mané takes up 23.5 per cent of the total, at £61.6m but has able support from Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly (£52.8m) and Monaco's Keita Baldé (£26.4m). Senegal squad value 10. Croatia: £316.8m Croatia are the tenth most expensive team in the 2018 World Cup, with a squad valued at an estimated £316.8m. The squad is both well-balanced and strong. Ivan Rakitic, Croatia’s most expensive player, has an estimated value of £44m - or 13.9 per cent of the total. 11 other players have a value of over £10m, six of which top £20m. Croatia squad value 9. Uruguay: £327.8m Uruguay are one of the true dark horses in this competition and it's easy to see why, given the depth of talent that they have at their disposal. In Luis Suárez (£61.6m) and Edison Cavani (£52.8m) they have two genuinely top bracket goalscorers while at the back they can rely on Athletico Madrid's centre back pairing of José Giménez (£39.6m) and Diego Godin (£30.8m). An impressive team spine is completed in midfield by potential Arsenal signing Lucas Torreira (£26.4m) and Inter Milan's Matías Vecino (£18.5m). Uruguay squad values 8. Portugal: £408.8m Portugal’s star player needs no introduction. Cristiano Ronaldo is worth an estimated £88m and shoulders a solid fifth of the total squad value of Portugal. Aside from their captain, Portugal also draws on the likes of Bernardo Silva, Gonçalo Guedes and Gelson Martins to reach a total squad value of £408.8m. Portugal squad value 7. Argentina: £612.5m Lionel Messi is the joint most valuable player at the World Cup Credit: FIFA/ Michael Regan Despite a recent run of poor form, 2014 finalists Argentina will still fancy their chances in Russia if they can get their glittering forward line firing. They have the seventh highest-value team in the tournament, at an estimate of £612.5m. Their emblematic captain Lionel Messi makes up a quarter of this total, valued at a whopping £158.4m, while Paolo Dybala (£96.8m), Sergio Agüero (£70.4m) and Gonzalo Higuaín (£52.8m) make up the rest of the attacking threat in this top-heavy squad. Argentina squad value 6. Belgium: £663.5m Kevin De Bruyne had a great season with Manchester City Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images Europe With only six players in the Belgian side having an estimated transfer value of less than £10m, their overall value totals £663.5m. The formidable team will face England in the Kaliningrad Stadium on June 28 in what could be a crunch match to decide who tops Group G. The squad’s most expensive players are Kevin De Bruyne (£132m), Eden Hazard (£96.8m) and Romelu Lukaku (£79.2m). Belgium squad value 5. England: £769.1m England's captain is their MVP Credit: James Baylis/Getty Images Europe The madness of the Premier League’s spending power generally ensures that English players fetch a premium in the transfer market. This has probably inflated England’s worth here, but let’s savour the Three Lions’ presence within the world’s elite while we can. Harry Kane is England’s highest valued man, with a price tag of £132m, one of only six players at the World Cup whose value extends into nine figures. Dele Alli (£88m) is the second most valuable member of the squad while Raheem Sterling (£79.2m) is in third. England’s least valuable player - Ashley Young (£6.2m) - is the most expensive least valuable player for any nation. England squad value 4. Germany: £777m Real Madrid's Toni Kroos Credit: Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images Europe The current World Cup holders have one of the most equally distributed teams in the tournament, with their top-valued player Toni Kroos only consisting 9.1 per cent of the total squad value. The squad’s value is estimated to be £777m, which makes it the fourth most valuable in the tournament. Alongside Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos (valued at £70.4m), Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen (£52.8m) and Bayern Munich defender Mats Hummels (£52.8m) also rank as the joint-favourite’s best-valued players. Germany squad value 3. Brazil: £863.3m Neymar will be looking to outplay Messi in Russia Credit: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters Despite having the joint most expensive at the tournament in Neymar (£158.4m), Brazil’s squad is far more evenly balanced than Argentina’s. Their ten most valuable players include two goalkeepers in Alisson and Ederson, two defenders in Marcelo and Marquinhos and Casemiro, a defensive midfielder, as well as five highly rated attacking players. Brazil squad value 2. Spain: £906.4m Despite their attacking options Barca's Sergio Busquets is Spain's MVP Credit: Jose Jordan/ AFP Spain is one of two teams in the World Cup valued over £900m - or one billion euros. They come in second place in the squad value rankings, clinched by France by a mere £44m. Another favourite of the World Cup, Spain has the most equally distributed team in Russia. The team’s most expensive player, Sergio Busquets, is valued at £70.4 - or just 7.8 per cent of the overall team’s £906.4m value. The winners of the 2010 World Cup can also boast the likes of Real Madrid midfielders Isco and Marco Asensio (each £66m), as well as Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea (£61.6m). Spain squad value 1. France: £950.4m France emerge as fairly comfortable winners in these rankings with a total transfer market value less than £50m shy of £1bn. Les Bleus’ array of young talent is formidable. Ten of their squad are valued at in excess of £40m with PSG’s Kylian Mbappé topping the list at £105.6m. Antoine Griezmann (£88m), Paul Pogba (£79.2m) and Ousmane Dembélé (£70.4m) are all also individually worth more than the entire squads of Panama, Saudi Arabia and Peru combined. France squad value How the World Cup’s most valuable squads compare
Marek Jankulovski intraprende la carriera da dirigente: l'ex Napoli, Udinese e Milan è il nuovo direttore sportivo del Banik Ostrava.
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Marek Jankulovski intraprende la carriera da dirigente: l'ex Napoli, Udinese e Milan è il nuovo direttore sportivo del Banik Ostrava.
All 32 teams at the 2018 World Cup have named their 23-man squads - and you can see the names of all 736 players here. Some, like England and Brazil, named their final line-ups in good time, while others waited until the June 4 deadline. Those who do not make the cut are placed on standby in case they are needed to replace any injured players. Replacements can be made at any point until 24 hours before each team's first World Cup game. Here is what we know so far about each squad so far, while you can find more detail about each side below: Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more Group A Russia 23-man final squad: Goalkeepers: Igor Akinfeev (CSKA Moscow), Vladimir Gabulov (Brugge), Andrei Lunyov (Zenit St. Petersburg). Defenders: Mario Fernandes (CSKA Moscow), Vladimir Granat (Rubin Kazan), Sergei Ignashevich (CSKA Moscow), Fyodor Kudryashov (Rubin Kazan), Ilya Kutepov (Spartak Moscow), Andrei Semyonov (Akhmat Grozny), Igor Smolnikov (Zenit St. Petersburg). Midfielders: Denis Cheryshev (Villarreal), Alan Dzagoev (CSKA Moscow), Yuri Gazinsky (FC Krasnodar), Alexander Golovin (CSKA Moscow), Daler Kuzyaev (Zenit St. Petersburg), Anton Miranchuk (Lokomotiv Moscow), Alexander Samedov (Spartak Moscow), Alexander Yerokhin (Zenit St. Petersburg), Yuri Zhirkov (Zenit St. Petersburg), Roman Zobnin (Spartak Moscow). Forwards: Artyom Dzyuba (Arsenal Tula), Alexei Miranchuk (Lokomotiv Moscow), Fyodor Smolov (FC Krasnodar). Egypt 23-man final squad: Goalkeepers: Sherif Ekramy (Al Ahly), Essam El Hadary (Al Taawoun), Mohamed El Shennawy (Al Ahly) Defenders: Mohamed Abdel-Shafi (Al Fateh), Ayman Ashraf (Al Ahly), Ahmed Elmohamady (Aston Villa), Ahmed Fathi (Al Ahly), Omar Gaber (Los Angeles FC), Ali Gabr (Zamalek), Mahmoud Hamdy (Zamalek), Ahmed Hegazi (West Bromwich Albion), Saad Samir (Al Ahly) Midfielders: Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal), Abdallah El Said (Al Ahly Jeddah), Tarek Hamed (Zamalek), Mahmoud Kahraba (Al Ittihad Jeddah), Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic), Shikabala (Al Raed), Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke City), Mahmoud Hassan (Kasimpasa), Amr Warda (Atromitos) Forwards: Marwan Mohsen (Al Ahly), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) Saudi Arabia 23-man final squad Goalkeepers: Mohammed Al Owais (Al Ahli), Yasser Al Mosailem (Al Ahli), Abdullah Al Mayouf (Al Hilal) Defenders: Mansoor Al Harbi (Al Ahli), Yasser Al Shahrani (Al Hilal) Mohammed Al Breik (Al Hilal), Motaz Hawsawi (Al Ahli), Osama Hawsawi (Al Hilal), Omar Hawsawi (Al Nassr), Ali Al Bulaihi (Al Hilal) Midfielders: Abdullah Al Khaibari (Al Shabab), Abdulmalek Al Khaibri (Al Hilal), Abdullah Otayf (Al Hilal), Taiseer Al Jassim (Al Ahli), Houssain Al Mogahwi (Al Ahli), Salman Al Faraj, Mohamed Kanno (both Al Hilal), Hattan Bahebri (Al Shabab), Salem Al Dawsari (Al Hilal), Yahya Al Shehri (Al Nassr), Fahad Al Muwallad (Al Ittihad) Forwards: Mohammad Al Sahlawi (Al Nassr), Muhannad Assiri (Al Ahli) Uruguay 23-man squad: Goalkeepers: Fernando Muslera, Martin Silva, Martin Campana. Defenders: Diego Godin, Sebastian Coates, Jose Maria Gimenez, Maximiliano Pereira, Gaston Silva, Martin Caceres, Guillermo Varela. Midfielders: Nahitan Nandez, Lucas Torreira, Matias Vecino, Rodrigo Bentancur, Carlos Sanchez, Giorgian De Arrascaeta, Cristian Rodriguez, Gaston Ramirez. Strikers: Cristhian Stuani, Maximiliano Gomez, Edinson Cavani, Luis Suarez. World Cup predictor Group B Iran 23-man final squad: Alireza Beiranvand, Rashid Mazaheri, Amir Abedzadeh; Ramin Rezaeian, Mohammad Reza Khanzadeh, Morteza Pouraliganji, Pejman Montazeri, Seyed Majid Hosseini, Milad Mohammadi, Roozbeh Cheshmi; Saeid Ezatolahi, Masoud Shojaei, Saman Ghoddos, Mahdi Torabi, Ashkan Dejagah, Omid Ebrahimi, Ehsan Hajsafi, Vahid Amiri; Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard, Mehdi Taremi, Sardar Azmoun, Reza Ghoochannejhad Morocco 23-man final squad: Goalkeepers: Mounir Mohamedi (Numancia), Yassine Bounou (Girona), Ahmad Reda Tagnaouti (Ittihad Tanger) Defenders: Mehdi Benatia (Juventus), Romain Saiss (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Manuel Da Costa (Basaksehir), Nabil Dirar (Fenerbahce), Achraf Hakimi (Real Madrid), Hamza Mendyl (Lille) Midfielders: Mbark Boussoufa (Al Jazira), Karim El Ahmadi (Feyenoord), Youssef Ait Bennasser (Caen), Sofyan Amrabat (Feyenoord), Younes Belhanda (Galatasaray), Faycal Fajr (Getafe), Amine Harit (Schalke) Forwards: Khalid Boutaib (Malatyaspor), Aziz Bouhaddouz (St. Pauli), Ayoub El Kaabi (Renaissance Berkane), Nordin Amrabat (Leganes), Mehdi Carcela (Standard Liege), Hakim Ziyech (Ajax), Youssef En Nesyri (Malaga) Portugal 23-man final squad: Anthony Lopes, Beto, Rui Patricio, Bruno Alves, Cedric Soares, Jose Fonte, Mario Rui, Pepe, Raphael Guerreiro, Ricardo Pereira, Ruben Dias, Adrien Silva, Bruno Fernandes, Joao Mario, Joao Moutinho, Manuel Fernandes, William Carvalho, Andre Silva, Bernardo Silva, Cristiano Ronaldo, Gelson Martins, Goncalo Guedes, Ricardo Quaresma Spain 23-man final squad: David de Gea, Pepe Reina, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Jordi Alba, Nacho Monreal, Alvaro Odriozola, Nacho Fernandez, Dani Carvajal, Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos, Cesar Azpilicueta, Sergio Busquets, Isco, Thiago Alcantara, David Silva, Andres Iniesta, Saul Niguez, Koke, Marco Asensio, Iago Aspas, Diego Costa, Rodrigo Moreno, Lucas Vazquez. Group C Australia 23-man squad: Goalkeepers: Mat Ryan, Danny Vukovic, Brad Jones. Defenders: Trent Sainsbury, Milos Degenek, Matt Jurman, Mark Milligan, Josh Risdon, Aziz Behich, James Meredith. Midfielders: Mile Jedinak (captain), Aaron Mooy, Massimo Luongo, Jackson Irvine, Tomi Rogic, Dimitri Petratos, Mathew Leckie, Daniel Arzani. Forwards: Tim Cahill, Tomi Juric, Andrew Nabbout, Jamie Maclaren, Robbie Kruse. Denmark 23-man squad: Goalkeepers: Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester), Jonas Lossl (Huddersfield), Frederik Ronow (Brondby) Defenders: Andreas Christensen (Chelsea), Simon Kjaer (Sevilla), Mathias Jorgensen (Huddersfield), Jannik Vestergaard (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Henrik Dalsgaard (Brentford), Jens Stryger (Udinese), Jonas Knudsen (Ipswich) Midfielders: Christian Eriksen (Tottenham), Lasse Schone (Ajax), Lukas Lerager (Bordeaux), Michael Krohn-Dehli (Deportivo La Coruna), William Kvist (FC Copenhagen), Thomas Delaney (Werder Bremen) Forwards: Andreas Cornelius (Atalanta), Kasper Dolberg (Ajax), Martin Braithwaite (Bordeaux), Nicolai Jorgensen (Feyenoord), Pione Sisto (Celta Vigo), Viktor Fischer (FC Copenhagen), Yussuf Poulsen (RB Leipzig) World Cup 2018 stadiums France 23-man final squad: Goalkeepers:Hugo Lloris, Steve Mandanda, Alphonse Areola. Defenders: Djibril Sidibe, Benjamin Pavard, Adil Rami, Raphael Varane, Samuel Umtiti, Presnel Kimpembe, Benjamin Mendy, Lucas Hernandez. Midfielders: Paul Pogba, Blaise Matuidi, Corentin Tolisso, N'Golo Kante, Steven Nzonzi. Forwards: Kylian Mbappe, Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembele, Florian Thauvin, Thomas Lemar, Nabil Fekir. Peru 23-man final squad: Goalkeepers: Pedro Gallese (Veracruz), Carlos Caceda (Deportivo Municipal), Jose Carvallo (UTC). Defenders: Aldo Corzo (Universitario), Luis Advincula (Lobos Buap), Christian Ramos (Veracruz), Miguel Araujo (Alianza Lima), Alberto Rodriguez (Atletico Junior), Anderson Santamaria (Puebla), Miguel Trauco (Flamengo), Nilson Loyola (Melgar). Midfielders: Renato Tapia (Feyenoord), Pedro Aquino (Lobos Buap), Yoshimar Yotun (Orlando City), Paolo Hurtado (Vitoria Guimaraes), Christian Cueva (Sao Paulo), Edison Flores (Aalborg), Andy Polo (Portland Timbers), Wilder Cartagena (Veracruz). Forwards: Andre Carrillo (Watford), Raul Ruidiaz (Morelia), Jefferson Farfan (Lokomotiv Moscow), Paolo Guerrero (Flamengo) Group D Argentina 23-man final squad: Sergio Romero, Willy Caballero, Franco Armania, Gabriel Mercardo, Cristian Ansaldi, Nicolas Otamendi, Federico Fazio, Marcos Rojo, Nicolas Tagliafico, Marcos Acuna, Javier Mascherano, Eduardo Salvio, Lucas Biglia, Giovani Lo Celso, Ever Banega, Manuel Lanzini, Maximiliano Meza, Angel Di Maria, Cristian Pavon, Lionel Messi, Paulo Dybala, Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero. Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more Croatia 23-man final squad: Goalkeepers: Danijel Subasic (Monaco), Lovre Kalinic (Gent), Dominik Livakovic (Dinamo Zagreb) Defenders: Vedran Corluka (Lokomotiv Moscow), Domagoj Vida (Besiktas), Ivan Strinic (Sampdoria), Dejan Lovren (Liverpool), Sime Vrsaljko (Atletico Madrid), Josip Pivaric (Dynamo Kiev), Tin Jedvaj (Bayer Leverkusen), Duje Caleta-Car (Red Bull Salzburg) Midfielders: Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona), Mateo Kovacic (Real Madrid), Milan Badelj (Fiorentina), Marcelo Brozovic (Inter Milan), Filip Bradaric (Rijeka) Forwards: Mario Mandzukic (Juventus), Ivan Perisic (Inter Milan), Nikola Kalinic (AC Milan), Andrej Kramaric (Hoffenheim), Marko Pjaca (Schalke), Ante Rebic (Eintracht Frankfurt) Iceland 23-man final squad: Hannes Thor Halldorsson, Runar Alex Runarsson, Frederik Schram; Kari Arnason, Ari Freyr Skulason, Birkir Mar Saevarsson, Sverrir Ingi Ingason, Hordur Magnusson, Holmar Orn Eyjolfsson, Ragnar Sigurdsson; Johann Berg Gudmundsson, Birkir Bjarnason, Arnor Ingvi Traustason, Emil Hallfredsson, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Olafur Ingi Skulason, Rurik Gislason, Samuel Fridjonsson, Aron Gunnarsson; Alfred Finnbogason, Bjorn Bergmann Sigurdarson, Jon Dadi Bodvarsson, Albert Gudmundsson Nigeria 23-man final squad Goalkeepers: Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Enyimba), Francis Uzoho (Deportivo La Coruna), Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United). Defenders: Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor), Tyronne Ebuehi (Den Haag), Elderson Echiejile (Brugge), Bryan Idowu (Amkar Perm), Chidozie Awaziem (Nantes), William Ekong (Bursaspor), Leon Balogun (Brighton), Kenneth Omeruo (Kasimpasa). Midfielders: John Obi Mikel (Tianjin TEDA), Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor), Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester), Oghenekaro Etebo (Las Palmas), John Ogu (Hapoel Be'er Sheva), Joel Obi (Torino). Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Leicester), Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester), Victor Moses (Chelsea), Odion Ighalo (Changchun Yatai), Alex Iwobi (Arsenal), Simeon Nwankwo (Crotone) Group E Brazil 23-man final squad: Alisson, Ederson, Cassio; Danilo, Fagner, Marcelo, Filipe Luis, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Miranda, Pedro Geromel; Casemiro, Fernandinho, Paulinho, Fred, Renato Augusto, Philippe Coutinho, Willian, Douglas Costa; Neymar, Taison, Gabriel Jesus, Roberto Firmino Costa Rica 23-man final squad: Keylor Navas, Patrick Pemberton, Leonel Moreira, Cristian Gamboa, Ian Smith, Ronald Matarrita, Bryan Oviedo, Oscar Duarte, Giancarlo Gonzalez, Francisco Calvo, Kendall Waston, Johnny Acosta, David Guzman, Yeltsin Tejeda, Celso Borges, Randall Azofeifa, Rodney Wallace, Bryan Ruiz, Daniel Colindres, Christian Bolanos, Johan Venegas, Joel Campbell, Marco Urena. Switzerland 23-man final squad Goalkeepers: Roman Buerki (Borussia Dortmund), Yvon Mvogo (Leipzig), Yann Sommer (Borussia Moenchengladbach) Defenders: Manuel Akanji (Borussia Dortmund), Johan Djourou (Antalyaspor), Nico Elvedi (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Michael Lang (Basel), Stephan Lichtsteiner (Juventus), Jacques-Francois Moubandje (Toulouse), Ricardo Rodriguez (AC Milan), Fabian Schaer (Deportivo La Coruna) Midfielders: Valon Behrami (Udinese), Blerim Dzemaili (Bologna), Gelson Fernandes (Eintracht Frankfurt), Remo Freuler (Atalanta), Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke), Granit Xhaka (Arsenal), Denis Zakaria (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Steven Zuber (Hoffenheim) Forwards: Josip Drmic (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Breel Embolo (Schalke), Mario Gavranovic (Dinamo Zagreb), Haris Seferovic (Benfica) Serbia 23-man squad Goalkeepers: Vladimir Stojkovic (Partizan Belgrade), Predrag Rajkovic (Maccabi Tel Aviv), Marko Dmitrovic (Eibar). Defenders:Aleksandar Kolarov (AS Roma), Branislav Ivanovic (Zenit St. Petersburg), Dusko Tosic (Guangzhou R&F), Antonio Rukavina (Villarreal), Milos Veljkovic (Werder Bremen), Milan Rodic (Red Star Belgrade), Uros Spajic (Krasnodar), Nikola Milenkovic (Fiorentina). Midfielders: Nemanja Matic (Manchester United), Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace), Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (Lazio), Marko Grujic (Liverpool), Adem Ljajic (Torino), Dusan Tadic (Southampton), Filip Kostic (Hamburg SV), Andrija Zivkovic (Benfica), Nemanja Radonjic (Red Star Belgrade). Strikers: Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle United), Aleksandar Prijovic (PAOK Salonika), Luka Jovic (Benfica). Group F Germany 23-man final squad Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona), Kevin Trapp (Paris St Germain). Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Matthias Ginter (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Jonas Hector (Cologne), Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Marvin Plattenhardt (Hertha Berlin), Antonio Ruediger (Chelsea), Niklas Suele (Bayern Munich). Midfielders: Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), Julian Draxler (Paris St Germain), Leon Goretzka (Schalke 04), Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City), Sami Khedira (Juventus), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Thomas Mueller (Bayern Munich), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Sebastian Rudy (Bayern Munich), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal). Mexico 23-man final squad Goalkeepers: Guillermo Ochoa (Standard), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca), Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul) Defenders: Carlos Salcedo (Eintracht Frankfurt), Diego Reyes (Porto), Hector Moreno (Real Sociedad), Hugo Ayala (Tigres), Edson Alvarez (Club America), Jesus Gallardo (Pumas), Miguel Layun (Sevilla) Midfielders:Rafa Marquez (Atlas), Hector Herrera (Porto), Jonathan dos Santos (LA Galaxy), Andres Guardado (Real Betis), Marco Fabian (Eintracht Frankfurt), Giovani Dos Santos (LA Galaxy) Forwards: Javier Hernandez (West Ham United), Raul Jimenez (Benfica), Oribe Peralta (Club America), Jesus Corona (Porto), Carlos Vela (LAFC), Javier Aquino (Tigres), Hirving Lozano (PSV) South Korea 23-man final squad Goalkeepers: Kim Seung-gyu (Vissel Kobe, Japan), Kim Jin-hyeon (Cerezo Osaka, Japan), Cho Hyun-woo (Daegu FC) Defenders: Kim Young-gwon (Guangzhou Evergrande, China), Jang Hyun-soo (FC Tokyo, Japan), Jung Seung-hyun (Sagan Tosu, Japan), Yun Yong-sun (Seongnam FC), Oh Ban-suk (Jeju United), Kim Min-woo (Sangju Sangmu), Park Joo-ho (Ulsan Hyundai), Hong Chul (Sangju Sangmu), Go Yo-han (FC Seoul), Lee Yong (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors) Midfielders: Ki Sung-yueng (Swansea City, England), Jung Woo-young (Vissel Kobe, Japan), Ju Se-jong (Asan Mugunghwa FC), Koo Ja-cheol (FC Augsburg, Germany), Lee Jae-sung (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors), Lee Seung-woo (Hellas Verona, Italy), Moon Seon-min (Incheon United). Forwards: Kim Shin-wook (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors), Son Heung-min (Tottenham, England), Hwang Hee-chan (FC Red Bull Salzburg, Austria) Sweden 23-man final squad: Robin Olsen, Karl-Johan Johnsson, Kristoffer Nordfeldt, Mikael Lustig, Victor Lindelof, Andreas Granqvist, Martin Olsson, Ludwig Augustinsson, Filip Helander, Emil Krafth, Pontus Jansson, Sebastian Larsson, Albin Ekdal, Emil Forsberg, Gustav Svensson, Oscar Hiljemark, Viktor Claesson, Marcus Rohden, Jimmy Durmaz, Marcus Berg, John Guidetti, Ola Toivonen, Isaac Kiese Thelin Group G Belgium 24-man squad* *Roberto Martinez said that World Cup rules allowed the final squad to be named 24 hours before they kick off their campaign Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool), Koen Casteels (VfL Wolfsburg). Defenders: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham), Thomas Meunier (Paris Saint-Germain), Thomas Vermaelen (Barcelona), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham), Dedryck Boyata (Celtic), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City). Midfielders: Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United), Axel Witsel (Tianjin Quanjian), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Nacer Chadli (West Bromwich Albion), Leander Dendoncker (Anderlecht), Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Youri Tielemans (Monaco), Mousa Dembele (Tottenham Hotspur). Forwards: Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea/Dortmund), Yannick Carrasco (Dalian Yifang), Adnan Januzaj (Real Sociedad), Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United), Dries Mertens (Napoli). England 23-man final squad: Jack Butland, Nick Pope, Jordan Pickford; Fabian Delph, Danny Rose, Eric Dier, Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Harry Maguire, John Stones, Phil Jones, Gary Cahill; Jordan Henderson, Jesse Lingard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Ashley Young, Dele Alli, Raheem Sterling; Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy, Marcus Rashford, Danny Welbeck Panama 23-man final squad: Goalkeepers: Jaime Penedo (Dinamo Bucharest), Jose Calderon (Chorrillo FC), Alex Rodriguez (San Francisco FC). Defenders: Michael Murillo (New York Red Bulls), Harold Cummings (San Jose Earthquakes), Fidel Escobar (New York Red Bulls), Roman Torres (Seattle Sounders FC), Adolfo Machado (Houston Dynamo), Eric Davis (DAC Dunajska Streda), Luis Ovalle (CD Olimpia), Felipe Baloy (CSD Municipal). Midfielders: Gabriel Gomez (Atletico Bucaramanga), Edgar Barcenas (Cafetaleros de Tapachula), Armando Cooper (Club Universidad de Chile), Valentin Pimentel (Plaza Amador), Alberto Quintero (Universitario Lima), Anibal Godoy (San Jose Earthquakes), Jose Luis Rodriguez (KAA Gent). Forwards: Blas Perez (CSD Municipal), Gabriel Torres (CD Huachipato), Ismael Diaz (Deportivo La Coruña), Abdiel Arroyo (LD Alajuelense), Luis Tejada (Sport Boys). Tunisia 23-man final squad: Goalkeepers: Farouk Ben Mustapha (Al Shabab, Saudi Arabia), Moez Hassen (Chateauroux, France), Aymen Mathlouthi (Al Baten, Saudi Arabia) Defenders: Rami Bedoui (Etoile du Sahel), Yohan Benalouane (Leicester City, England), Syam Ben Youssef (Kasimpasa, Turkey), Dylan Bronn (Gent, Belgium), Oussama Haddadi (Dijon, France), Ali Maaloul (Al Ahly, Egypt), Yassine Meriah (CS Sfaxien), Hamdi Nagguez (Zamalek, Egypt) Midfielders: Anice Badri (Esperance), Mohamed Amine Ben Amor (Al Ahli Riyadh, Saudi Arabia), Ghaylene Chaalali (Esperance), Ahmed Khalil (Club Africain), Saifeddine Khaoui (Troyes, France), Ferjani Sassi (Al Nasr, Saudi Arabia), Ellyes Skhiri (Montpellier, France), Naim Sliti (Dijon, France), Bassem Srarfi (Nice, France) Forwards: Fakhreddine Ben Youssef (Al Ittifaq, Saudi Arabia), Saber Khalifa (Club Africain), Wahbi Khazri (Rennes, France) Group H Colombia 23-man final squad: Goalkeepers: David Ospina (Arsenal), Camilo Vargas (AC Deportivo Cali), Jose Fernando Cuadrado (CD Once Caldas). Defenders: Cristian Zapata (AC Milan), Oscar Murillo (CF Pachuca), Santiago Arias (PSV Eindhoven), Yerry Mina (Barcelona), Johan Mojica (Girona FC), Frank Fabra (CA Boca Juniors), Davinson Sanchez (Tottenham Hotspur). Midfielders: Wilmar Barrios (CA Boca Juniors), Carlos Sanchez (RCD Espanyol), Abel Aguilar (AC Deportivo Cali), James Rodriguez (Bayern Munich), Juan Guillermo Cuadrado (Juventus), Mateus Uribe (Club America), Jefferson Lerma (Levante), Juan Fernando Quintero (CA River Plate). Forwards: Carlos Bacca (Villarreal), Radamel Falcao Garcia (Monaco), Luis Muriel (Sevilla), Miguel Borja (SE Palmeiras), Jose Izquierdo (Brighton & Hove Albion). Japan 23-man squad: Goalkeepers: Eiji Kawashima (Metz), Masaaki Higashiguchi (Gamba Osaka), Kosuke Nakamura (Kashiwa Reysol). Defenders: Yuto Nagatomo (Galatasaray), Tomoaki Makino (Urawa Reds), Wataru Endo (Urawa Reds), Maya Yoshida (Southampton), Hiroki Sakai (Marseille), Gotoku Sakai (Hamburg), Gen Shoji (Kashima Antlers), Naomichi Ueda (Kashima Antlers). Midfielders: Makoto Hasebe (Eintracht Frankfurt), Keisuke Honda (Pachuca), Takashi Inui (Eibar), Shinji Kagawa (Dortmund), Hotaru Yamaguchi (Cerezo Osaka), Genki Haraguchi (Fortuna Dusseldorf), Takashi Usami (Fortuna Dusseldorf), Gaku Shibasaki (Getafe), Ryota Oshima (Kawasaki Frontale). Forwards: Shinji Okazaki (Leicester), Yuya Osako (Werder Bremen), Yoshinori Muto (Mainz). World Cup 2018 venues Poland 23-man final squad Goalkeepers:Bartosz Bialkowski (Ipswich Town), Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea), Wojciech Szczesny (Juventus). Defenders: Jan Bednarek (Southampton), Bartosz Bereszynski (Sampdoria), Thiago Cionek (SPAL), Kamil Glik (AS Monaco), Artur Jedrzejczyk (Legia Warszawa), Michal Pazdan (Legia Warszawa), Lukasz Piszczek (Borussia Dortmund). Midfielders: Jakub Blaszczykowski (VfL Wolfsburg), Jacek Goralski (Ludogorets Razgrad), Kamil Grosicki (Hull City), Grzegorz Krychowiak (West Bromwich Albion), Rafal Kurzawa (Gornik Zabrze), Karol Linetty (Sampdoria), Slawomir Peszko (Lechia Gdansk), Maciej Rybus (Lokomotiv Moscow), Piotr Zielinski (Napoli). Forwards: Dawid Kownacki (Sampdoria), Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), Arkadiusz Milik (Napoli), Lukasz Teodorczyk (Anderlecht) Senegal 23-man final squad: Abdoulaye Diallo, Khadim Ndiaye, Alfred Gomis, Lamine Gassama, Moussa Wague, Saliou Ciss, Youssouf Sabaly, Kalidou Kalidou, Salif Sane, Cheikhou Kouyate, Kara Mbodji, Idrisa Gana Gueye, Cheikh Ndoye, Alfred Ndiaye, Pape Alioune Ndiaye, Moussa Sow, Moussa Konate, Diafra Sakho, Sadio Mane, Ismaila Sarr, Mame Biram Diouf, Mbaye Niang, Diao Keita Balde World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
World Cup 2018 squad lists and team guides - latest news and updates
All 32 teams at the 2018 World Cup have named their 23-man squads - and you can see the names of all 736 players here. Some, like England and Brazil, named their final line-ups in good time, while others waited until the June 4 deadline. Those who do not make the cut are placed on standby in case they are needed to replace any injured players. Replacements can be made at any point until 24 hours before each team's first World Cup game. Here is what we know so far about each squad so far, while you can find more detail about each side below: Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more Group A Russia 23-man final squad: Goalkeepers: Igor Akinfeev (CSKA Moscow), Vladimir Gabulov (Brugge), Andrei Lunyov (Zenit St. Petersburg). Defenders: Mario Fernandes (CSKA Moscow), Vladimir Granat (Rubin Kazan), Sergei Ignashevich (CSKA Moscow), Fyodor Kudryashov (Rubin Kazan), Ilya Kutepov (Spartak Moscow), Andrei Semyonov (Akhmat Grozny), Igor Smolnikov (Zenit St. Petersburg). Midfielders: Denis Cheryshev (Villarreal), Alan Dzagoev (CSKA Moscow), Yuri Gazinsky (FC Krasnodar), Alexander Golovin (CSKA Moscow), Daler Kuzyaev (Zenit St. Petersburg), Anton Miranchuk (Lokomotiv Moscow), Alexander Samedov (Spartak Moscow), Alexander Yerokhin (Zenit St. Petersburg), Yuri Zhirkov (Zenit St. Petersburg), Roman Zobnin (Spartak Moscow). Forwards: Artyom Dzyuba (Arsenal Tula), Alexei Miranchuk (Lokomotiv Moscow), Fyodor Smolov (FC Krasnodar). Egypt 23-man final squad: Goalkeepers: Sherif Ekramy (Al Ahly), Essam El Hadary (Al Taawoun), Mohamed El Shennawy (Al Ahly) Defenders: Mohamed Abdel-Shafi (Al Fateh), Ayman Ashraf (Al Ahly), Ahmed Elmohamady (Aston Villa), Ahmed Fathi (Al Ahly), Omar Gaber (Los Angeles FC), Ali Gabr (Zamalek), Mahmoud Hamdy (Zamalek), Ahmed Hegazi (West Bromwich Albion), Saad Samir (Al Ahly) Midfielders: Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal), Abdallah El Said (Al Ahly Jeddah), Tarek Hamed (Zamalek), Mahmoud Kahraba (Al Ittihad Jeddah), Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic), Shikabala (Al Raed), Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke City), Mahmoud Hassan (Kasimpasa), Amr Warda (Atromitos) Forwards: Marwan Mohsen (Al Ahly), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) Saudi Arabia 23-man final squad Goalkeepers: Mohammed Al Owais (Al Ahli), Yasser Al Mosailem (Al Ahli), Abdullah Al Mayouf (Al Hilal) Defenders: Mansoor Al Harbi (Al Ahli), Yasser Al Shahrani (Al Hilal) Mohammed Al Breik (Al Hilal), Motaz Hawsawi (Al Ahli), Osama Hawsawi (Al Hilal), Omar Hawsawi (Al Nassr), Ali Al Bulaihi (Al Hilal) Midfielders: Abdullah Al Khaibari (Al Shabab), Abdulmalek Al Khaibri (Al Hilal), Abdullah Otayf (Al Hilal), Taiseer Al Jassim (Al Ahli), Houssain Al Mogahwi (Al Ahli), Salman Al Faraj, Mohamed Kanno (both Al Hilal), Hattan Bahebri (Al Shabab), Salem Al Dawsari (Al Hilal), Yahya Al Shehri (Al Nassr), Fahad Al Muwallad (Al Ittihad) Forwards: Mohammad Al Sahlawi (Al Nassr), Muhannad Assiri (Al Ahli) Uruguay 23-man squad: Goalkeepers: Fernando Muslera, Martin Silva, Martin Campana. Defenders: Diego Godin, Sebastian Coates, Jose Maria Gimenez, Maximiliano Pereira, Gaston Silva, Martin Caceres, Guillermo Varela. Midfielders: Nahitan Nandez, Lucas Torreira, Matias Vecino, Rodrigo Bentancur, Carlos Sanchez, Giorgian De Arrascaeta, Cristian Rodriguez, Gaston Ramirez. Strikers: Cristhian Stuani, Maximiliano Gomez, Edinson Cavani, Luis Suarez. World Cup predictor Group B Iran 23-man final squad: Alireza Beiranvand, Rashid Mazaheri, Amir Abedzadeh; Ramin Rezaeian, Mohammad Reza Khanzadeh, Morteza Pouraliganji, Pejman Montazeri, Seyed Majid Hosseini, Milad Mohammadi, Roozbeh Cheshmi; Saeid Ezatolahi, Masoud Shojaei, Saman Ghoddos, Mahdi Torabi, Ashkan Dejagah, Omid Ebrahimi, Ehsan Hajsafi, Vahid Amiri; Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard, Mehdi Taremi, Sardar Azmoun, Reza Ghoochannejhad Morocco 23-man final squad: Goalkeepers: Mounir Mohamedi (Numancia), Yassine Bounou (Girona), Ahmad Reda Tagnaouti (Ittihad Tanger) Defenders: Mehdi Benatia (Juventus), Romain Saiss (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Manuel Da Costa (Basaksehir), Nabil Dirar (Fenerbahce), Achraf Hakimi (Real Madrid), Hamza Mendyl (Lille) Midfielders: Mbark Boussoufa (Al Jazira), Karim El Ahmadi (Feyenoord), Youssef Ait Bennasser (Caen), Sofyan Amrabat (Feyenoord), Younes Belhanda (Galatasaray), Faycal Fajr (Getafe), Amine Harit (Schalke) Forwards: Khalid Boutaib (Malatyaspor), Aziz Bouhaddouz (St. Pauli), Ayoub El Kaabi (Renaissance Berkane), Nordin Amrabat (Leganes), Mehdi Carcela (Standard Liege), Hakim Ziyech (Ajax), Youssef En Nesyri (Malaga) Portugal 23-man final squad: Anthony Lopes, Beto, Rui Patricio, Bruno Alves, Cedric Soares, Jose Fonte, Mario Rui, Pepe, Raphael Guerreiro, Ricardo Pereira, Ruben Dias, Adrien Silva, Bruno Fernandes, Joao Mario, Joao Moutinho, Manuel Fernandes, William Carvalho, Andre Silva, Bernardo Silva, Cristiano Ronaldo, Gelson Martins, Goncalo Guedes, Ricardo Quaresma Spain 23-man final squad: David de Gea, Pepe Reina, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Jordi Alba, Nacho Monreal, Alvaro Odriozola, Nacho Fernandez, Dani Carvajal, Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos, Cesar Azpilicueta, Sergio Busquets, Isco, Thiago Alcantara, David Silva, Andres Iniesta, Saul Niguez, Koke, Marco Asensio, Iago Aspas, Diego Costa, Rodrigo Moreno, Lucas Vazquez. Group C Australia 23-man squad: Goalkeepers: Mat Ryan, Danny Vukovic, Brad Jones. Defenders: Trent Sainsbury, Milos Degenek, Matt Jurman, Mark Milligan, Josh Risdon, Aziz Behich, James Meredith. Midfielders: Mile Jedinak (captain), Aaron Mooy, Massimo Luongo, Jackson Irvine, Tomi Rogic, Dimitri Petratos, Mathew Leckie, Daniel Arzani. Forwards: Tim Cahill, Tomi Juric, Andrew Nabbout, Jamie Maclaren, Robbie Kruse. Denmark 23-man squad: Goalkeepers: Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester), Jonas Lossl (Huddersfield), Frederik Ronow (Brondby) Defenders: Andreas Christensen (Chelsea), Simon Kjaer (Sevilla), Mathias Jorgensen (Huddersfield), Jannik Vestergaard (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Henrik Dalsgaard (Brentford), Jens Stryger (Udinese), Jonas Knudsen (Ipswich) Midfielders: Christian Eriksen (Tottenham), Lasse Schone (Ajax), Lukas Lerager (Bordeaux), Michael Krohn-Dehli (Deportivo La Coruna), William Kvist (FC Copenhagen), Thomas Delaney (Werder Bremen) Forwards: Andreas Cornelius (Atalanta), Kasper Dolberg (Ajax), Martin Braithwaite (Bordeaux), Nicolai Jorgensen (Feyenoord), Pione Sisto (Celta Vigo), Viktor Fischer (FC Copenhagen), Yussuf Poulsen (RB Leipzig) World Cup 2018 stadiums France 23-man final squad: Goalkeepers:Hugo Lloris, Steve Mandanda, Alphonse Areola. Defenders: Djibril Sidibe, Benjamin Pavard, Adil Rami, Raphael Varane, Samuel Umtiti, Presnel Kimpembe, Benjamin Mendy, Lucas Hernandez. Midfielders: Paul Pogba, Blaise Matuidi, Corentin Tolisso, N'Golo Kante, Steven Nzonzi. Forwards: Kylian Mbappe, Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembele, Florian Thauvin, Thomas Lemar, Nabil Fekir. Peru 23-man final squad: Goalkeepers: Pedro Gallese (Veracruz), Carlos Caceda (Deportivo Municipal), Jose Carvallo (UTC). Defenders: Aldo Corzo (Universitario), Luis Advincula (Lobos Buap), Christian Ramos (Veracruz), Miguel Araujo (Alianza Lima), Alberto Rodriguez (Atletico Junior), Anderson Santamaria (Puebla), Miguel Trauco (Flamengo), Nilson Loyola (Melgar). Midfielders: Renato Tapia (Feyenoord), Pedro Aquino (Lobos Buap), Yoshimar Yotun (Orlando City), Paolo Hurtado (Vitoria Guimaraes), Christian Cueva (Sao Paulo), Edison Flores (Aalborg), Andy Polo (Portland Timbers), Wilder Cartagena (Veracruz). Forwards: Andre Carrillo (Watford), Raul Ruidiaz (Morelia), Jefferson Farfan (Lokomotiv Moscow), Paolo Guerrero (Flamengo) Group D Argentina 23-man final squad: Sergio Romero, Willy Caballero, Franco Armania, Gabriel Mercardo, Cristian Ansaldi, Nicolas Otamendi, Federico Fazio, Marcos Rojo, Nicolas Tagliafico, Marcos Acuna, Javier Mascherano, Eduardo Salvio, Lucas Biglia, Giovani Lo Celso, Ever Banega, Manuel Lanzini, Maximiliano Meza, Angel Di Maria, Cristian Pavon, Lionel Messi, Paulo Dybala, Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero. Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more Croatia 23-man final squad: Goalkeepers: Danijel Subasic (Monaco), Lovre Kalinic (Gent), Dominik Livakovic (Dinamo Zagreb) Defenders: Vedran Corluka (Lokomotiv Moscow), Domagoj Vida (Besiktas), Ivan Strinic (Sampdoria), Dejan Lovren (Liverpool), Sime Vrsaljko (Atletico Madrid), Josip Pivaric (Dynamo Kiev), Tin Jedvaj (Bayer Leverkusen), Duje Caleta-Car (Red Bull Salzburg) Midfielders: Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona), Mateo Kovacic (Real Madrid), Milan Badelj (Fiorentina), Marcelo Brozovic (Inter Milan), Filip Bradaric (Rijeka) Forwards: Mario Mandzukic (Juventus), Ivan Perisic (Inter Milan), Nikola Kalinic (AC Milan), Andrej Kramaric (Hoffenheim), Marko Pjaca (Schalke), Ante Rebic (Eintracht Frankfurt) Iceland 23-man final squad: Hannes Thor Halldorsson, Runar Alex Runarsson, Frederik Schram; Kari Arnason, Ari Freyr Skulason, Birkir Mar Saevarsson, Sverrir Ingi Ingason, Hordur Magnusson, Holmar Orn Eyjolfsson, Ragnar Sigurdsson; Johann Berg Gudmundsson, Birkir Bjarnason, Arnor Ingvi Traustason, Emil Hallfredsson, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Olafur Ingi Skulason, Rurik Gislason, Samuel Fridjonsson, Aron Gunnarsson; Alfred Finnbogason, Bjorn Bergmann Sigurdarson, Jon Dadi Bodvarsson, Albert Gudmundsson Nigeria 23-man final squad Goalkeepers: Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Enyimba), Francis Uzoho (Deportivo La Coruna), Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United). Defenders: Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor), Tyronne Ebuehi (Den Haag), Elderson Echiejile (Brugge), Bryan Idowu (Amkar Perm), Chidozie Awaziem (Nantes), William Ekong (Bursaspor), Leon Balogun (Brighton), Kenneth Omeruo (Kasimpasa). Midfielders: John Obi Mikel (Tianjin TEDA), Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor), Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester), Oghenekaro Etebo (Las Palmas), John Ogu (Hapoel Be'er Sheva), Joel Obi (Torino). Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Leicester), Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester), Victor Moses (Chelsea), Odion Ighalo (Changchun Yatai), Alex Iwobi (Arsenal), Simeon Nwankwo (Crotone) Group E Brazil 23-man final squad: Alisson, Ederson, Cassio; Danilo, Fagner, Marcelo, Filipe Luis, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Miranda, Pedro Geromel; Casemiro, Fernandinho, Paulinho, Fred, Renato Augusto, Philippe Coutinho, Willian, Douglas Costa; Neymar, Taison, Gabriel Jesus, Roberto Firmino Costa Rica 23-man final squad: Keylor Navas, Patrick Pemberton, Leonel Moreira, Cristian Gamboa, Ian Smith, Ronald Matarrita, Bryan Oviedo, Oscar Duarte, Giancarlo Gonzalez, Francisco Calvo, Kendall Waston, Johnny Acosta, David Guzman, Yeltsin Tejeda, Celso Borges, Randall Azofeifa, Rodney Wallace, Bryan Ruiz, Daniel Colindres, Christian Bolanos, Johan Venegas, Joel Campbell, Marco Urena. Switzerland 23-man final squad Goalkeepers: Roman Buerki (Borussia Dortmund), Yvon Mvogo (Leipzig), Yann Sommer (Borussia Moenchengladbach) Defenders: Manuel Akanji (Borussia Dortmund), Johan Djourou (Antalyaspor), Nico Elvedi (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Michael Lang (Basel), Stephan Lichtsteiner (Juventus), Jacques-Francois Moubandje (Toulouse), Ricardo Rodriguez (AC Milan), Fabian Schaer (Deportivo La Coruna) Midfielders: Valon Behrami (Udinese), Blerim Dzemaili (Bologna), Gelson Fernandes (Eintracht Frankfurt), Remo Freuler (Atalanta), Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke), Granit Xhaka (Arsenal), Denis Zakaria (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Steven Zuber (Hoffenheim) Forwards: Josip Drmic (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Breel Embolo (Schalke), Mario Gavranovic (Dinamo Zagreb), Haris Seferovic (Benfica) Serbia 23-man squad Goalkeepers: Vladimir Stojkovic (Partizan Belgrade), Predrag Rajkovic (Maccabi Tel Aviv), Marko Dmitrovic (Eibar). Defenders:Aleksandar Kolarov (AS Roma), Branislav Ivanovic (Zenit St. Petersburg), Dusko Tosic (Guangzhou R&F), Antonio Rukavina (Villarreal), Milos Veljkovic (Werder Bremen), Milan Rodic (Red Star Belgrade), Uros Spajic (Krasnodar), Nikola Milenkovic (Fiorentina). Midfielders: Nemanja Matic (Manchester United), Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace), Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (Lazio), Marko Grujic (Liverpool), Adem Ljajic (Torino), Dusan Tadic (Southampton), Filip Kostic (Hamburg SV), Andrija Zivkovic (Benfica), Nemanja Radonjic (Red Star Belgrade). Strikers: Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle United), Aleksandar Prijovic (PAOK Salonika), Luka Jovic (Benfica). Group F Germany 23-man final squad Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona), Kevin Trapp (Paris St Germain). Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Matthias Ginter (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Jonas Hector (Cologne), Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Marvin Plattenhardt (Hertha Berlin), Antonio Ruediger (Chelsea), Niklas Suele (Bayern Munich). Midfielders: Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), Julian Draxler (Paris St Germain), Leon Goretzka (Schalke 04), Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City), Sami Khedira (Juventus), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Thomas Mueller (Bayern Munich), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Sebastian Rudy (Bayern Munich), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal). Mexico 23-man final squad Goalkeepers: Guillermo Ochoa (Standard), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca), Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul) Defenders: Carlos Salcedo (Eintracht Frankfurt), Diego Reyes (Porto), Hector Moreno (Real Sociedad), Hugo Ayala (Tigres), Edson Alvarez (Club America), Jesus Gallardo (Pumas), Miguel Layun (Sevilla) Midfielders:Rafa Marquez (Atlas), Hector Herrera (Porto), Jonathan dos Santos (LA Galaxy), Andres Guardado (Real Betis), Marco Fabian (Eintracht Frankfurt), Giovani Dos Santos (LA Galaxy) Forwards: Javier Hernandez (West Ham United), Raul Jimenez (Benfica), Oribe Peralta (Club America), Jesus Corona (Porto), Carlos Vela (LAFC), Javier Aquino (Tigres), Hirving Lozano (PSV) South Korea 23-man final squad Goalkeepers: Kim Seung-gyu (Vissel Kobe, Japan), Kim Jin-hyeon (Cerezo Osaka, Japan), Cho Hyun-woo (Daegu FC) Defenders: Kim Young-gwon (Guangzhou Evergrande, China), Jang Hyun-soo (FC Tokyo, Japan), Jung Seung-hyun (Sagan Tosu, Japan), Yun Yong-sun (Seongnam FC), Oh Ban-suk (Jeju United), Kim Min-woo (Sangju Sangmu), Park Joo-ho (Ulsan Hyundai), Hong Chul (Sangju Sangmu), Go Yo-han (FC Seoul), Lee Yong (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors) Midfielders: Ki Sung-yueng (Swansea City, England), Jung Woo-young (Vissel Kobe, Japan), Ju Se-jong (Asan Mugunghwa FC), Koo Ja-cheol (FC Augsburg, Germany), Lee Jae-sung (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors), Lee Seung-woo (Hellas Verona, Italy), Moon Seon-min (Incheon United). Forwards: Kim Shin-wook (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors), Son Heung-min (Tottenham, England), Hwang Hee-chan (FC Red Bull Salzburg, Austria) Sweden 23-man final squad: Robin Olsen, Karl-Johan Johnsson, Kristoffer Nordfeldt, Mikael Lustig, Victor Lindelof, Andreas Granqvist, Martin Olsson, Ludwig Augustinsson, Filip Helander, Emil Krafth, Pontus Jansson, Sebastian Larsson, Albin Ekdal, Emil Forsberg, Gustav Svensson, Oscar Hiljemark, Viktor Claesson, Marcus Rohden, Jimmy Durmaz, Marcus Berg, John Guidetti, Ola Toivonen, Isaac Kiese Thelin Group G Belgium 24-man squad* *Roberto Martinez said that World Cup rules allowed the final squad to be named 24 hours before they kick off their campaign Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool), Koen Casteels (VfL Wolfsburg). Defenders: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham), Thomas Meunier (Paris Saint-Germain), Thomas Vermaelen (Barcelona), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham), Dedryck Boyata (Celtic), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City). Midfielders: Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United), Axel Witsel (Tianjin Quanjian), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Nacer Chadli (West Bromwich Albion), Leander Dendoncker (Anderlecht), Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Youri Tielemans (Monaco), Mousa Dembele (Tottenham Hotspur). Forwards: Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea/Dortmund), Yannick Carrasco (Dalian Yifang), Adnan Januzaj (Real Sociedad), Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United), Dries Mertens (Napoli). England 23-man final squad: Jack Butland, Nick Pope, Jordan Pickford; Fabian Delph, Danny Rose, Eric Dier, Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Harry Maguire, John Stones, Phil Jones, Gary Cahill; Jordan Henderson, Jesse Lingard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Ashley Young, Dele Alli, Raheem Sterling; Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy, Marcus Rashford, Danny Welbeck Panama 23-man final squad: Goalkeepers: Jaime Penedo (Dinamo Bucharest), Jose Calderon (Chorrillo FC), Alex Rodriguez (San Francisco FC). Defenders: Michael Murillo (New York Red Bulls), Harold Cummings (San Jose Earthquakes), Fidel Escobar (New York Red Bulls), Roman Torres (Seattle Sounders FC), Adolfo Machado (Houston Dynamo), Eric Davis (DAC Dunajska Streda), Luis Ovalle (CD Olimpia), Felipe Baloy (CSD Municipal). Midfielders: Gabriel Gomez (Atletico Bucaramanga), Edgar Barcenas (Cafetaleros de Tapachula), Armando Cooper (Club Universidad de Chile), Valentin Pimentel (Plaza Amador), Alberto Quintero (Universitario Lima), Anibal Godoy (San Jose Earthquakes), Jose Luis Rodriguez (KAA Gent). Forwards: Blas Perez (CSD Municipal), Gabriel Torres (CD Huachipato), Ismael Diaz (Deportivo La Coruña), Abdiel Arroyo (LD Alajuelense), Luis Tejada (Sport Boys). Tunisia 23-man final squad: Goalkeepers: Farouk Ben Mustapha (Al Shabab, Saudi Arabia), Moez Hassen (Chateauroux, France), Aymen Mathlouthi (Al Baten, Saudi Arabia) Defenders: Rami Bedoui (Etoile du Sahel), Yohan Benalouane (Leicester City, England), Syam Ben Youssef (Kasimpasa, Turkey), Dylan Bronn (Gent, Belgium), Oussama Haddadi (Dijon, France), Ali Maaloul (Al Ahly, Egypt), Yassine Meriah (CS Sfaxien), Hamdi Nagguez (Zamalek, Egypt) Midfielders: Anice Badri (Esperance), Mohamed Amine Ben Amor (Al Ahli Riyadh, Saudi Arabia), Ghaylene Chaalali (Esperance), Ahmed Khalil (Club Africain), Saifeddine Khaoui (Troyes, France), Ferjani Sassi (Al Nasr, Saudi Arabia), Ellyes Skhiri (Montpellier, France), Naim Sliti (Dijon, France), Bassem Srarfi (Nice, France) Forwards: Fakhreddine Ben Youssef (Al Ittifaq, Saudi Arabia), Saber Khalifa (Club Africain), Wahbi Khazri (Rennes, France) Group H Colombia 23-man final squad: Goalkeepers: David Ospina (Arsenal), Camilo Vargas (AC Deportivo Cali), Jose Fernando Cuadrado (CD Once Caldas). Defenders: Cristian Zapata (AC Milan), Oscar Murillo (CF Pachuca), Santiago Arias (PSV Eindhoven), Yerry Mina (Barcelona), Johan Mojica (Girona FC), Frank Fabra (CA Boca Juniors), Davinson Sanchez (Tottenham Hotspur). Midfielders: Wilmar Barrios (CA Boca Juniors), Carlos Sanchez (RCD Espanyol), Abel Aguilar (AC Deportivo Cali), James Rodriguez (Bayern Munich), Juan Guillermo Cuadrado (Juventus), Mateus Uribe (Club America), Jefferson Lerma (Levante), Juan Fernando Quintero (CA River Plate). Forwards: Carlos Bacca (Villarreal), Radamel Falcao Garcia (Monaco), Luis Muriel (Sevilla), Miguel Borja (SE Palmeiras), Jose Izquierdo (Brighton & Hove Albion). Japan 23-man squad: Goalkeepers: Eiji Kawashima (Metz), Masaaki Higashiguchi (Gamba Osaka), Kosuke Nakamura (Kashiwa Reysol). Defenders: Yuto Nagatomo (Galatasaray), Tomoaki Makino (Urawa Reds), Wataru Endo (Urawa Reds), Maya Yoshida (Southampton), Hiroki Sakai (Marseille), Gotoku Sakai (Hamburg), Gen Shoji (Kashima Antlers), Naomichi Ueda (Kashima Antlers). Midfielders: Makoto Hasebe (Eintracht Frankfurt), Keisuke Honda (Pachuca), Takashi Inui (Eibar), Shinji Kagawa (Dortmund), Hotaru Yamaguchi (Cerezo Osaka), Genki Haraguchi (Fortuna Dusseldorf), Takashi Usami (Fortuna Dusseldorf), Gaku Shibasaki (Getafe), Ryota Oshima (Kawasaki Frontale). Forwards: Shinji Okazaki (Leicester), Yuya Osako (Werder Bremen), Yoshinori Muto (Mainz). World Cup 2018 venues Poland 23-man final squad Goalkeepers:Bartosz Bialkowski (Ipswich Town), Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea), Wojciech Szczesny (Juventus). Defenders: Jan Bednarek (Southampton), Bartosz Bereszynski (Sampdoria), Thiago Cionek (SPAL), Kamil Glik (AS Monaco), Artur Jedrzejczyk (Legia Warszawa), Michal Pazdan (Legia Warszawa), Lukasz Piszczek (Borussia Dortmund). Midfielders: Jakub Blaszczykowski (VfL Wolfsburg), Jacek Goralski (Ludogorets Razgrad), Kamil Grosicki (Hull City), Grzegorz Krychowiak (West Bromwich Albion), Rafal Kurzawa (Gornik Zabrze), Karol Linetty (Sampdoria), Slawomir Peszko (Lechia Gdansk), Maciej Rybus (Lokomotiv Moscow), Piotr Zielinski (Napoli). Forwards: Dawid Kownacki (Sampdoria), Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), Arkadiusz Milik (Napoli), Lukasz Teodorczyk (Anderlecht) Senegal 23-man final squad: Abdoulaye Diallo, Khadim Ndiaye, Alfred Gomis, Lamine Gassama, Moussa Wague, Saliou Ciss, Youssouf Sabaly, Kalidou Kalidou, Salif Sane, Cheikhou Kouyate, Kara Mbodji, Idrisa Gana Gueye, Cheikh Ndoye, Alfred Ndiaye, Pape Alioune Ndiaye, Moussa Sow, Moussa Konate, Diafra Sakho, Sadio Mane, Ismaila Sarr, Mame Biram Diouf, Mbaye Niang, Diao Keita Balde World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Risolti gli ultimi intoppi per il trasferimento di Simone Verdi al Napoli: la firma arriva tra lunedì e martedì, 25 milioni al Bologna, 5 al Milan.
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Risolti gli ultimi intoppi per il trasferimento di Simone Verdi al Napoli: la firma arriva tra lunedì e martedì, 25 milioni al Bologna, 5 al Milan.
England GK: Tom Heaton (Burnley FC) LB: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton FC) CB: Chris Smalling (Manchester United FC) CB: James Tarkowski (Burnley FC) RB: Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool FC) LM: Adam Lallana (Liverpool FC) CM: Jack Wilshere (Arsenal FC) CM: Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United FC) RM: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool FC) ST: Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool FC) ST: Jemain Defoe (Bournemouth FC) Gareth Southgate made some bold decisions when choosing his squad for the 2018 World Cup. Leaving out former number 1 goalkeeper Joe Hart and fan favourites Jack Wilshere and Adam Lallana were among some of his most controversial picks. Jonjo Shelvey has had a great second half of the season for Newcastle United, leaving him hopeful of selection. One breakthrough star this year has been Burnley's James Tarkowski, a pivotal player at the back in his team's 7th place finish. Ryan Bertrand is unfortunate to not earn a place on the plane, possibly a result of being a consistent player in a disappointing Southampton side. Injury has been a massive blow for Tom Heaton, Adam Lallana, Nathaniel Clyne, Daniel Sturridge meaning game time was sparse and a place in the squad was unlikely. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain looked certain to go to Russia until a knee injury picked up in the champions league semi final first leg against Roma, at Anfield. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's world cup dreams were dashed in the champions league semi final tie against Roma after he picked up a knee injury Credit: Jan Kruger - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images/UEFA Germany GK: Bernd Leno (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) LB: Marcel Schmelzer (Borussia Dortmund) CB: Jonathon Tah (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) CB: Benedikt Howedes (Schalke 04/Juventus F.C.) RB: Benjamin Henrichs (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) LM: Leroy Sane (Manchester City FC) CM: Emre Can (Liverpool FC) CM: Mario Gotze (Borussia Dortmund) RM: Karim Bellarabi (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) ST: Sandro Wagner (FC Bayern Munich) ST: Nils Peterson (SC Freiburg) Germany and Joachim Löw have an abundance of talent to choose from, however, the choice to leave out Manchester City star Leroy Sane is possibly the most controversial selection decision of all of the World Cup squads. Sane has been a crucial part of Pep Guardiola's record breaking title winning side, with 10 goals and 15 assists in 27 league appearances. Bayer Leverkusen pair Jonathon Tah and Bernd Leno have been impressive this season in the Bundesliga, however this proved to be not enough due to Germany's great depth of talent in their positions. Mario Gotze and Nils Peterson, were also hopeful of making it to Russia, but Joachim Löw believed they were not needed. Mario Goetze scored the goal that won the 2014 world cup for Germany, but there was no place for him, in this year's squad Credit: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images/Getty Images France GK: Stéphane Ruffier (AS Saint-Étienne) LB: Layvin Kurzawa (Paris Saint-Germain F.C.) CB: Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal FC) CB: Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City FC) RB: Sébastien Corchia (Sevilla FC ) LM: Anthony Martial (Manchester United FC) CM: Adrien Rabiot (Paris Saint-Germain F.C.) CM: Steven N'Zonzi (Sevilla FC) RM: Dimitri Payet (Olympique de Marseille) ST: Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal FC) ST: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid C.F.) Long term France manager, Didier Deschamps has had possibly the biggest abundance of players to choose from since getting the job in 2012. Unfortunately for him, that means many difficult decisions had to be made in order to whittle his squad down to just 23. Laurent Koscielny was likely to have been picked, before getting injured in the Europa League semi final. Luckily for France, centre back is not a position where they are short staffed, explaining the exclusion of Aymeric Laporte. Adrien Rabiot had a good season for Paris Saint-Germain, only to be picked for the standby list, leading him to withdraw from selection completely. The signing of Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United really put an end to Anthony Martial's season, finding himself on the subs bench and out of contention for the France squad. Striker Alexandre Lacazette hit impressive form for Arsenal towards the end of the season, but it was too little, too late to make the French squad. Home-based players | World Cup 2018 squads Spain GK: Sergio Asenjo (Villareal CF) LB: Marcos Alonso (Chelsea FC) CB: Javi Martinez (FC Bayern Munich) CB: Marc Bartra (Real Betis) RB: Hector Bellerin (Arsenal FC) LM: Pedro (Chelsea FC) CM: Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea FC) CM: Daniel Parejo (Valencia CF) RM: José Callejón (S.S.C. Napoli) AM: Juan Mata (Manchester United FC) ST: Alvaro Morata (Chelsea FC) After a disappointing World Cup in 2014 and an only slightly less awful Euro's in 2016, Spain should be looking to get back their previous form in this summer's competition. They certainly have the depth in most positions, with players such as Marcos Alonso, Cesc Fabregas and Juan Mata missing out. Hector Bellerin has had a disappointing campaign, but would have still been hopeful of securing a space on the plane. Alvaro Morata's season was more than disappointing after his big money move to Chelsea last summer, leaving him unable to compete with Diego Costa and Rodrigo for a place. Of Chelsea's Spanish contingent, only Cesar Azpilicueta made the final 23. Cesc Fabregas (right), Alvaro Morata (centre right), Marcos Alonso (centre left) and Pedro (left) were not selected Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge/Reuters Brazil GK: Neto (Valencia CF) LB: Alex Sandro (Juventus F.C.) CB: David Luiz (Chelsea FC) CB: Naldo (Schalke 04) RB: Dani Alves (Paris Saint-Germain F.C.) LM: Malcom (FC Girondins de Bordeaux) CM: Luiz Gustavo (Olympique de Marseille) CM: Fabinho (Liverpool FC) CM: Allan (S.S.C. Napoli) RM: Lucas Moura (Tottenham Hotspur FC) ST: Jonas Oliveira (S.L. Benfica) Brazil will be aiming to make people forget about their disappointing 2014 World Cup, when they crashed out with a 7-1 loss to Germany. One player they may regret not taking is Alex Sandro, the Juventus left back, who is considered one of the best in the world in his position. David Luiz looked likely to earn a place in the squad until he fell out with Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, and as a result was benched for the rest of the season. Comfortably top goalscorer in Portugal, Jonas Oliveira would have thought his chances of going to the World Cup were pretty good. However it wasn't meant to be, possibly due to the standard of opposition he plays against for his club, but most likely due to the competition in his position, with Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino fighting it out to lead the line for Brazil. Other notable absentees include Dani Alves, a regular in most recent Brazil squads, as well as Malcom and Allan, who both showed great form for their respective clubs. World Cup whatsapp promo Other notable mentions: Joe Hart (Manchester City FC/West Ham FC & England), Radja Naingolan (AS Roma & Belgium), Mauco Icardi (Inter Milan & Argentina), Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace FC & Belgium), Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur FC & Argentina), Ander Herrera (Manchester United FC & Spain), Shkodran Mutafi (Arsenal FC & Germany), Kingsley Coman (FC Bayern Munich & France) World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage
World Cup 2018 absentees: An XI of each of the top sides
England GK: Tom Heaton (Burnley FC) LB: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton FC) CB: Chris Smalling (Manchester United FC) CB: James Tarkowski (Burnley FC) RB: Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool FC) LM: Adam Lallana (Liverpool FC) CM: Jack Wilshere (Arsenal FC) CM: Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United FC) RM: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool FC) ST: Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool FC) ST: Jemain Defoe (Bournemouth FC) Gareth Southgate made some bold decisions when choosing his squad for the 2018 World Cup. Leaving out former number 1 goalkeeper Joe Hart and fan favourites Jack Wilshere and Adam Lallana were among some of his most controversial picks. Jonjo Shelvey has had a great second half of the season for Newcastle United, leaving him hopeful of selection. One breakthrough star this year has been Burnley's James Tarkowski, a pivotal player at the back in his team's 7th place finish. Ryan Bertrand is unfortunate to not earn a place on the plane, possibly a result of being a consistent player in a disappointing Southampton side. Injury has been a massive blow for Tom Heaton, Adam Lallana, Nathaniel Clyne, Daniel Sturridge meaning game time was sparse and a place in the squad was unlikely. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain looked certain to go to Russia until a knee injury picked up in the champions league semi final first leg against Roma, at Anfield. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's world cup dreams were dashed in the champions league semi final tie against Roma after he picked up a knee injury Credit: Jan Kruger - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images/UEFA Germany GK: Bernd Leno (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) LB: Marcel Schmelzer (Borussia Dortmund) CB: Jonathon Tah (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) CB: Benedikt Howedes (Schalke 04/Juventus F.C.) RB: Benjamin Henrichs (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) LM: Leroy Sane (Manchester City FC) CM: Emre Can (Liverpool FC) CM: Mario Gotze (Borussia Dortmund) RM: Karim Bellarabi (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) ST: Sandro Wagner (FC Bayern Munich) ST: Nils Peterson (SC Freiburg) Germany and Joachim Löw have an abundance of talent to choose from, however, the choice to leave out Manchester City star Leroy Sane is possibly the most controversial selection decision of all of the World Cup squads. Sane has been a crucial part of Pep Guardiola's record breaking title winning side, with 10 goals and 15 assists in 27 league appearances. Bayer Leverkusen pair Jonathon Tah and Bernd Leno have been impressive this season in the Bundesliga, however this proved to be not enough due to Germany's great depth of talent in their positions. Mario Gotze and Nils Peterson, were also hopeful of making it to Russia, but Joachim Löw believed they were not needed. Mario Goetze scored the goal that won the 2014 world cup for Germany, but there was no place for him, in this year's squad Credit: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images/Getty Images France GK: Stéphane Ruffier (AS Saint-Étienne) LB: Layvin Kurzawa (Paris Saint-Germain F.C.) CB: Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal FC) CB: Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City FC) RB: Sébastien Corchia (Sevilla FC ) LM: Anthony Martial (Manchester United FC) CM: Adrien Rabiot (Paris Saint-Germain F.C.) CM: Steven N'Zonzi (Sevilla FC) RM: Dimitri Payet (Olympique de Marseille) ST: Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal FC) ST: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid C.F.) Long term France manager, Didier Deschamps has had possibly the biggest abundance of players to choose from since getting the job in 2012. Unfortunately for him, that means many difficult decisions had to be made in order to whittle his squad down to just 23. Laurent Koscielny was likely to have been picked, before getting injured in the Europa League semi final. Luckily for France, centre back is not a position where they are short staffed, explaining the exclusion of Aymeric Laporte. Adrien Rabiot had a good season for Paris Saint-Germain, only to be picked for the standby list, leading him to withdraw from selection completely. The signing of Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United really put an end to Anthony Martial's season, finding himself on the subs bench and out of contention for the France squad. Striker Alexandre Lacazette hit impressive form for Arsenal towards the end of the season, but it was too little, too late to make the French squad. Home-based players | World Cup 2018 squads Spain GK: Sergio Asenjo (Villareal CF) LB: Marcos Alonso (Chelsea FC) CB: Javi Martinez (FC Bayern Munich) CB: Marc Bartra (Real Betis) RB: Hector Bellerin (Arsenal FC) LM: Pedro (Chelsea FC) CM: Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea FC) CM: Daniel Parejo (Valencia CF) RM: José Callejón (S.S.C. Napoli) AM: Juan Mata (Manchester United FC) ST: Alvaro Morata (Chelsea FC) After a disappointing World Cup in 2014 and an only slightly less awful Euro's in 2016, Spain should be looking to get back their previous form in this summer's competition. They certainly have the depth in most positions, with players such as Marcos Alonso, Cesc Fabregas and Juan Mata missing out. Hector Bellerin has had a disappointing campaign, but would have still been hopeful of securing a space on the plane. Alvaro Morata's season was more than disappointing after his big money move to Chelsea last summer, leaving him unable to compete with Diego Costa and Rodrigo for a place. Of Chelsea's Spanish contingent, only Cesar Azpilicueta made the final 23. Cesc Fabregas (right), Alvaro Morata (centre right), Marcos Alonso (centre left) and Pedro (left) were not selected Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge/Reuters Brazil GK: Neto (Valencia CF) LB: Alex Sandro (Juventus F.C.) CB: David Luiz (Chelsea FC) CB: Naldo (Schalke 04) RB: Dani Alves (Paris Saint-Germain F.C.) LM: Malcom (FC Girondins de Bordeaux) CM: Luiz Gustavo (Olympique de Marseille) CM: Fabinho (Liverpool FC) CM: Allan (S.S.C. Napoli) RM: Lucas Moura (Tottenham Hotspur FC) ST: Jonas Oliveira (S.L. Benfica) Brazil will be aiming to make people forget about their disappointing 2014 World Cup, when they crashed out with a 7-1 loss to Germany. One player they may regret not taking is Alex Sandro, the Juventus left back, who is considered one of the best in the world in his position. David Luiz looked likely to earn a place in the squad until he fell out with Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, and as a result was benched for the rest of the season. Comfortably top goalscorer in Portugal, Jonas Oliveira would have thought his chances of going to the World Cup were pretty good. However it wasn't meant to be, possibly due to the standard of opposition he plays against for his club, but most likely due to the competition in his position, with Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino fighting it out to lead the line for Brazil. Other notable absentees include Dani Alves, a regular in most recent Brazil squads, as well as Malcom and Allan, who both showed great form for their respective clubs. World Cup whatsapp promo Other notable mentions: Joe Hart (Manchester City FC/West Ham FC & England), Radja Naingolan (AS Roma & Belgium), Mauco Icardi (Inter Milan & Argentina), Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace FC & Belgium), Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur FC & Argentina), Ander Herrera (Manchester United FC & Spain), Shkodran Mutafi (Arsenal FC & Germany), Kingsley Coman (FC Bayern Munich & France) World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage
England GK: Tom Heaton (Burnley FC) LB: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton FC) CB: Chris Smalling (Manchester United FC) CB: James Tarkowski (Burnley FC) RB: Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool FC) LM: Adam Lallana (Liverpool FC) CM: Jack Wilshere (Arsenal FC) CM: Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United FC) RM: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool FC) ST: Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool FC) ST: Jemain Defoe (Bournemouth FC) Gareth Southgate made some bold decisions when choosing his squad for the 2018 World Cup. Leaving out former number 1 goalkeeper Joe Hart and fan favourites Jack Wilshere and Adam Lallana were among some of his most controversial picks. Jonjo Shelvey has had a great second half of the season for Newcastle United, leaving him hopeful of selection. One breakthrough star this year has been Burnley's James Tarkowski, a pivotal player at the back in his team's 7th place finish. Ryan Bertrand is unfortunate to not earn a place on the plane, possibly a result of being a consistent player in a disappointing Southampton side. Injury has been a massive blow for Tom Heaton, Adam Lallana, Nathaniel Clyne, Daniel Sturridge meaning game time was sparse and a place in the squad was unlikely. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain looked certain to go to Russia until a knee injury picked up in the champions league semi final first leg against Roma, at Anfield. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's world cup dreams were dashed in the champions league semi final tie against Roma after he picked up a knee injury Credit: Jan Kruger - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images/UEFA Germany GK: Bernd Leno (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) LB: Marcel Schmelzer (Borussia Dortmund) CB: Jonathon Tah (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) CB: Benedikt Howedes (Schalke 04/Juventus F.C.) RB: Benjamin Henrichs (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) LM: Leroy Sane (Manchester City FC) CM: Emre Can (Liverpool FC) CM: Mario Gotze (Borussia Dortmund) RM: Karim Bellarabi (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) ST: Sandro Wagner (FC Bayern Munich) ST: Nils Peterson (SC Freiburg) Germany and Joachim Löw have an abundance of talent to choose from, however, the choice to leave out Manchester City star Leroy Sane is possibly the most controversial selection decision of all of the World Cup squads. Sane has been a crucial part of Pep Guardiola's record breaking title winning side, with 10 goals and 15 assists in 27 league appearances. Bayer Leverkusen pair Jonathon Tah and Bernd Leno have been impressive this season in the Bundesliga, however this proved to be not enough due to Germany's great depth of talent in their positions. Mario Gotze and Nils Peterson, were also hopeful of making it to Russia, but Joachim Löw believed they were not needed. Mario Goetze scored the goal that won the 2014 world cup for Germany, but there was no place for him, in this year's squad Credit: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images/Getty Images France GK: Stéphane Ruffier (AS Saint-Étienne) LB: Layvin Kurzawa (Paris Saint-Germain F.C.) CB: Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal FC) CB: Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City FC) RB: Sébastien Corchia (Sevilla FC ) LM: Anthony Martial (Manchester United FC) CM: Adrien Rabiot (Paris Saint-Germain F.C.) CM: Steven N'Zonzi (Sevilla FC) RM: Dimitri Payet (Olympique de Marseille) ST: Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal FC) ST: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid C.F.) Long term France manager, Didier Deschamps has had possibly the biggest abundance of players to choose from since getting the job in 2012. Unfortunately for him, that means many difficult decisions had to be made in order to whittle his squad down to just 23. Laurent Koscielny was likely to have been picked, before getting injured in the Europa League semi final. Luckily for France, centre back is not a position where they are short staffed, explaining the exclusion of Aymeric Laporte. Adrien Rabiot had a good season for Paris Saint-Germain, only to be picked for the standby list, leading him to withdraw from selection completely. The signing of Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United really put an end to Anthony Martial's season, finding himself on the subs bench and out of contention for the France squad. Striker Alexandre Lacazette hit impressive form for Arsenal towards the end of the season, but it was too little, too late to make the French squad. Home-based players | World Cup 2018 squads Spain GK: Sergio Asenjo (Villareal CF) LB: Marcos Alonso (Chelsea FC) CB: Javi Martinez (FC Bayern Munich) CB: Marc Bartra (Real Betis) RB: Hector Bellerin (Arsenal FC) LM: Pedro (Chelsea FC) CM: Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea FC) CM: Daniel Parejo (Valencia CF) RM: José Callejón (S.S.C. Napoli) AM: Juan Mata (Manchester United FC) ST: Alvaro Morata (Chelsea FC) After a disappointing World Cup in 2014 and an only slightly less awful Euro's in 2016, Spain should be looking to get back their previous form in this summer's competition. They certainly have the depth in most positions, with players such as Marcos Alonso, Cesc Fabregas and Juan Mata missing out. Hector Bellerin has had a disappointing campaign, but would have still been hopeful of securing a space on the plane. Alvaro Morata's season was more than disappointing after his big money move to Chelsea last summer, leaving him unable to compete with Diego Costa and Rodrigo for a place. Of Chelsea's Spanish contingent, only Cesar Azpilicueta made the final 23. Cesc Fabregas (right), Alvaro Morata (centre right), Marcos Alonso (centre left) and Pedro (left) were not selected Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge/Reuters Brazil GK: Neto (Valencia CF) LB: Alex Sandro (Juventus F.C.) CB: David Luiz (Chelsea FC) CB: Naldo (Schalke 04) RB: Dani Alves (Paris Saint-Germain F.C.) LM: Malcom (FC Girondins de Bordeaux) CM: Luiz Gustavo (Olympique de Marseille) CM: Fabinho (Liverpool FC) CM: Allan (S.S.C. Napoli) RM: Lucas Moura (Tottenham Hotspur FC) ST: Jonas Oliveira (S.L. Benfica) Brazil will be aiming to make people forget about their disappointing 2014 World Cup, when they crashed out with a 7-1 loss to Germany. One player they may regret not taking is Alex Sandro, the Juventus left back, who is considered one of the best in the world in his position. David Luiz looked likely to earn a place in the squad until he fell out with Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, and as a result was benched for the rest of the season. Comfortably top goalscorer in Portugal, Jonas Oliveira would have thought his chances of going to the World Cup were pretty good. However it wasn't meant to be, possibly due to the standard of opposition he plays against for his club, but most likely due to the competition in his position, with Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino fighting it out to lead the line for Brazil. Other notable absentees include Dani Alves, a regular in most recent Brazil squads, as well as Malcom and Allan, who both showed great form for their respective clubs. World Cup whatsapp promo Other notable mentions: Joe Hart (Manchester City FC/West Ham FC & England), Radja Naingolan (AS Roma & Belgium), Mauco Icardi (Inter Milan & Argentina), Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace FC & Belgium), Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur FC & Argentina), Ander Herrera (Manchester United FC & Spain), Shkodran Mutafi (Arsenal FC & Germany), Kingsley Coman (FC Bayern Munich & France) World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage
World Cup 2018 absentees: An XI of each of the top sides
England GK: Tom Heaton (Burnley FC) LB: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton FC) CB: Chris Smalling (Manchester United FC) CB: James Tarkowski (Burnley FC) RB: Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool FC) LM: Adam Lallana (Liverpool FC) CM: Jack Wilshere (Arsenal FC) CM: Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United FC) RM: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool FC) ST: Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool FC) ST: Jemain Defoe (Bournemouth FC) Gareth Southgate made some bold decisions when choosing his squad for the 2018 World Cup. Leaving out former number 1 goalkeeper Joe Hart and fan favourites Jack Wilshere and Adam Lallana were among some of his most controversial picks. Jonjo Shelvey has had a great second half of the season for Newcastle United, leaving him hopeful of selection. One breakthrough star this year has been Burnley's James Tarkowski, a pivotal player at the back in his team's 7th place finish. Ryan Bertrand is unfortunate to not earn a place on the plane, possibly a result of being a consistent player in a disappointing Southampton side. Injury has been a massive blow for Tom Heaton, Adam Lallana, Nathaniel Clyne, Daniel Sturridge meaning game time was sparse and a place in the squad was unlikely. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain looked certain to go to Russia until a knee injury picked up in the champions league semi final first leg against Roma, at Anfield. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's world cup dreams were dashed in the champions league semi final tie against Roma after he picked up a knee injury Credit: Jan Kruger - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images/UEFA Germany GK: Bernd Leno (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) LB: Marcel Schmelzer (Borussia Dortmund) CB: Jonathon Tah (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) CB: Benedikt Howedes (Schalke 04/Juventus F.C.) RB: Benjamin Henrichs (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) LM: Leroy Sane (Manchester City FC) CM: Emre Can (Liverpool FC) CM: Mario Gotze (Borussia Dortmund) RM: Karim Bellarabi (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) ST: Sandro Wagner (FC Bayern Munich) ST: Nils Peterson (SC Freiburg) Germany and Joachim Löw have an abundance of talent to choose from, however, the choice to leave out Manchester City star Leroy Sane is possibly the most controversial selection decision of all of the World Cup squads. Sane has been a crucial part of Pep Guardiola's record breaking title winning side, with 10 goals and 15 assists in 27 league appearances. Bayer Leverkusen pair Jonathon Tah and Bernd Leno have been impressive this season in the Bundesliga, however this proved to be not enough due to Germany's great depth of talent in their positions. Mario Gotze and Nils Peterson, were also hopeful of making it to Russia, but Joachim Löw believed they were not needed. Mario Goetze scored the goal that won the 2014 world cup for Germany, but there was no place for him, in this year's squad Credit: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images/Getty Images France GK: Stéphane Ruffier (AS Saint-Étienne) LB: Layvin Kurzawa (Paris Saint-Germain F.C.) CB: Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal FC) CB: Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City FC) RB: Sébastien Corchia (Sevilla FC ) LM: Anthony Martial (Manchester United FC) CM: Adrien Rabiot (Paris Saint-Germain F.C.) CM: Steven N'Zonzi (Sevilla FC) RM: Dimitri Payet (Olympique de Marseille) ST: Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal FC) ST: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid C.F.) Long term France manager, Didier Deschamps has had possibly the biggest abundance of players to choose from since getting the job in 2012. Unfortunately for him, that means many difficult decisions had to be made in order to whittle his squad down to just 23. Laurent Koscielny was likely to have been picked, before getting injured in the Europa League semi final. Luckily for France, centre back is not a position where they are short staffed, explaining the exclusion of Aymeric Laporte. Adrien Rabiot had a good season for Paris Saint-Germain, only to be picked for the standby list, leading him to withdraw from selection completely. The signing of Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United really put an end to Anthony Martial's season, finding himself on the subs bench and out of contention for the France squad. Striker Alexandre Lacazette hit impressive form for Arsenal towards the end of the season, but it was too little, too late to make the French squad. Home-based players | World Cup 2018 squads Spain GK: Sergio Asenjo (Villareal CF) LB: Marcos Alonso (Chelsea FC) CB: Javi Martinez (FC Bayern Munich) CB: Marc Bartra (Real Betis) RB: Hector Bellerin (Arsenal FC) LM: Pedro (Chelsea FC) CM: Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea FC) CM: Daniel Parejo (Valencia CF) RM: José Callejón (S.S.C. Napoli) AM: Juan Mata (Manchester United FC) ST: Alvaro Morata (Chelsea FC) After a disappointing World Cup in 2014 and an only slightly less awful Euro's in 2016, Spain should be looking to get back their previous form in this summer's competition. They certainly have the depth in most positions, with players such as Marcos Alonso, Cesc Fabregas and Juan Mata missing out. Hector Bellerin has had a disappointing campaign, but would have still been hopeful of securing a space on the plane. Alvaro Morata's season was more than disappointing after his big money move to Chelsea last summer, leaving him unable to compete with Diego Costa and Rodrigo for a place. Of Chelsea's Spanish contingent, only Cesar Azpilicueta made the final 23. Cesc Fabregas (right), Alvaro Morata (centre right), Marcos Alonso (centre left) and Pedro (left) were not selected Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge/Reuters Brazil GK: Neto (Valencia CF) LB: Alex Sandro (Juventus F.C.) CB: David Luiz (Chelsea FC) CB: Naldo (Schalke 04) RB: Dani Alves (Paris Saint-Germain F.C.) LM: Malcom (FC Girondins de Bordeaux) CM: Luiz Gustavo (Olympique de Marseille) CM: Fabinho (Liverpool FC) CM: Allan (S.S.C. Napoli) RM: Lucas Moura (Tottenham Hotspur FC) ST: Jonas Oliveira (S.L. Benfica) Brazil will be aiming to make people forget about their disappointing 2014 World Cup, when they crashed out with a 7-1 loss to Germany. One player they may regret not taking is Alex Sandro, the Juventus left back, who is considered one of the best in the world in his position. David Luiz looked likely to earn a place in the squad until he fell out with Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, and as a result was benched for the rest of the season. Comfortably top goalscorer in Portugal, Jonas Oliveira would have thought his chances of going to the World Cup were pretty good. However it wasn't meant to be, possibly due to the standard of opposition he plays against for his club, but most likely due to the competition in his position, with Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino fighting it out to lead the line for Brazil. Other notable absentees include Dani Alves, a regular in most recent Brazil squads, as well as Malcom and Allan, who both showed great form for their respective clubs. World Cup whatsapp promo Other notable mentions: Joe Hart (Manchester City FC/West Ham FC & England), Radja Naingolan (AS Roma & Belgium), Mauco Icardi (Inter Milan & Argentina), Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace FC & Belgium), Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur FC & Argentina), Ander Herrera (Manchester United FC & Spain), Shkodran Mutafi (Arsenal FC & Germany), Kingsley Coman (FC Bayern Munich & France) World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage
England GK: Tom Heaton (Burnley FC) LB: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton FC) CB: Chris Smalling (Manchester United FC) CB: James Tarkowski (Burnley FC) RB: Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool FC) LM: Adam Lallana (Liverpool FC) CM: Jack Wilshere (Arsenal FC) CM: Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United FC) RM: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool FC) ST: Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool FC) ST: Jemain Defoe (Bournemouth FC) Gareth Southgate made some bold decisions when choosing his squad for the 2018 World Cup. Leaving out former number 1 goalkeeper Joe Hart and fan favourites Jack Wilshere and Adam Lallana were among some of his most controversial picks. Jonjo Shelvey has had a great second half of the season for Newcastle United, leaving him hopeful of selection. One breakthrough star this year has been Burnley's James Tarkowski, a pivotal player at the back in his team's 7th place finish. Ryan Bertrand is unfortunate to not earn a place on the plane, possibly a result of being a consistent player in a disappointing Southampton side. Injury has been a massive blow for Tom Heaton, Adam Lallana, Nathaniel Clyne, Daniel Sturridge meaning game time was sparse and a place in the squad was unlikely. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain looked certain to go to Russia until a knee injury picked up in the champions league semi final first leg against Roma, at Anfield. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's world cup dreams were dashed in the champions league semi final tie against Roma after he picked up a knee injury Credit: Jan Kruger - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images/UEFA Germany GK: Bernd Leno (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) LB: Marcel Schmelzer (Borussia Dortmund) CB: Jonathon Tah (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) CB: Benedikt Howedes (Schalke 04/Juventus F.C.) RB: Benjamin Henrichs (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) LM: Leroy Sane (Manchester City FC) CM: Emre Can (Liverpool FC) CM: Mario Gotze (Borussia Dortmund) RM: Karim Bellarabi (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) ST: Sandro Wagner (FC Bayern Munich) ST: Nils Peterson (SC Freiburg) Germany and Joachim Löw have an abundance of talent to choose from, however, the choice to leave out Manchester City star Leroy Sane is possibly the most controversial selection decision of all of the World Cup squads. Sane has been a crucial part of Pep Guardiola's record breaking title winning side, with 10 goals and 15 assists in 27 league appearances. Bayer Leverkusen pair Jonathon Tah and Bernd Leno have been impressive this season in the Bundesliga, however this proved to be not enough due to Germany's great depth of talent in their positions. Mario Gotze and Nils Peterson, were also hopeful of making it to Russia, but Joachim Löw believed they were not needed. Mario Goetze scored the goal that won the 2014 world cup for Germany, but there was no place for him, in this year's squad Credit: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images/Getty Images France GK: Stéphane Ruffier (AS Saint-Étienne) LB: Layvin Kurzawa (Paris Saint-Germain F.C.) CB: Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal FC) CB: Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City FC) RB: Sébastien Corchia (Sevilla FC ) LM: Anthony Martial (Manchester United FC) CM: Adrien Rabiot (Paris Saint-Germain F.C.) CM: Steven N'Zonzi (Sevilla FC) RM: Dimitri Payet (Olympique de Marseille) ST: Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal FC) ST: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid C.F.) Long term France manager, Didier Deschamps has had possibly the biggest abundance of players to choose from since getting the job in 2012. Unfortunately for him, that means many difficult decisions had to be made in order to whittle his squad down to just 23. Laurent Koscielny was likely to have been picked, before getting injured in the Europa League semi final. Luckily for France, centre back is not a position where they are short staffed, explaining the exclusion of Aymeric Laporte. Adrien Rabiot had a good season for Paris Saint-Germain, only to be picked for the standby list, leading him to withdraw from selection completely. The signing of Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United really put an end to Anthony Martial's season, finding himself on the subs bench and out of contention for the France squad. Striker Alexandre Lacazette hit impressive form for Arsenal towards the end of the season, but it was too little, too late to make the French squad. Home-based players | World Cup 2018 squads Spain GK: Sergio Asenjo (Villareal CF) LB: Marcos Alonso (Chelsea FC) CB: Javi Martinez (FC Bayern Munich) CB: Marc Bartra (Real Betis) RB: Hector Bellerin (Arsenal FC) LM: Pedro (Chelsea FC) CM: Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea FC) CM: Daniel Parejo (Valencia CF) RM: José Callejón (S.S.C. Napoli) AM: Juan Mata (Manchester United FC) ST: Alvaro Morata (Chelsea FC) After a disappointing World Cup in 2014 and an only slightly less awful Euro's in 2016, Spain should be looking to get back their previous form in this summer's competition. They certainly have the depth in most positions, with players such as Marcos Alonso, Cesc Fabregas and Juan Mata missing out. Hector Bellerin has had a disappointing campaign, but would have still been hopeful of securing a space on the plane. Alvaro Morata's season was more than disappointing after his big money move to Chelsea last summer, leaving him unable to compete with Diego Costa and Rodrigo for a place. Of Chelsea's Spanish contingent, only Cesar Azpilicueta made the final 23. Cesc Fabregas (right), Alvaro Morata (centre right), Marcos Alonso (centre left) and Pedro (left) were not selected Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge/Reuters Brazil GK: Neto (Valencia CF) LB: Alex Sandro (Juventus F.C.) CB: David Luiz (Chelsea FC) CB: Naldo (Schalke 04) RB: Dani Alves (Paris Saint-Germain F.C.) LM: Malcom (FC Girondins de Bordeaux) CM: Luiz Gustavo (Olympique de Marseille) CM: Fabinho (Liverpool FC) CM: Allan (S.S.C. Napoli) RM: Lucas Moura (Tottenham Hotspur FC) ST: Jonas Oliveira (S.L. Benfica) Brazil will be aiming to make people forget about their disappointing 2014 World Cup, when they crashed out with a 7-1 loss to Germany. One player they may regret not taking is Alex Sandro, the Juventus left back, who is considered one of the best in the world in his position. David Luiz looked likely to earn a place in the squad until he fell out with Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, and as a result was benched for the rest of the season. Comfortably top goalscorer in Portugal, Jonas Oliveira would have thought his chances of going to the World Cup were pretty good. However it wasn't meant to be, possibly due to the standard of opposition he plays against for his club, but most likely due to the competition in his position, with Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino fighting it out to lead the line for Brazil. Other notable absentees include Dani Alves, a regular in most recent Brazil squads, as well as Malcom and Allan, who both showed great form for their respective clubs. World Cup whatsapp promo Other notable mentions: Joe Hart (Manchester City FC/West Ham FC & England), Radja Naingolan (AS Roma & Belgium), Mauco Icardi (Inter Milan & Argentina), Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace FC & Belgium), Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur FC & Argentina), Ander Herrera (Manchester United FC & Spain), Shkodran Mutafi (Arsenal FC & Germany), Kingsley Coman (FC Bayern Munich & France) World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage
World Cup 2018 absentees: An XI of each of the top sides
England GK: Tom Heaton (Burnley FC) LB: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton FC) CB: Chris Smalling (Manchester United FC) CB: James Tarkowski (Burnley FC) RB: Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool FC) LM: Adam Lallana (Liverpool FC) CM: Jack Wilshere (Arsenal FC) CM: Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United FC) RM: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool FC) ST: Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool FC) ST: Jemain Defoe (Bournemouth FC) Gareth Southgate made some bold decisions when choosing his squad for the 2018 World Cup. Leaving out former number 1 goalkeeper Joe Hart and fan favourites Jack Wilshere and Adam Lallana were among some of his most controversial picks. Jonjo Shelvey has had a great second half of the season for Newcastle United, leaving him hopeful of selection. One breakthrough star this year has been Burnley's James Tarkowski, a pivotal player at the back in his team's 7th place finish. Ryan Bertrand is unfortunate to not earn a place on the plane, possibly a result of being a consistent player in a disappointing Southampton side. Injury has been a massive blow for Tom Heaton, Adam Lallana, Nathaniel Clyne, Daniel Sturridge meaning game time was sparse and a place in the squad was unlikely. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain looked certain to go to Russia until a knee injury picked up in the champions league semi final first leg against Roma, at Anfield. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's world cup dreams were dashed in the champions league semi final tie against Roma after he picked up a knee injury Credit: Jan Kruger - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images/UEFA Germany GK: Bernd Leno (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) LB: Marcel Schmelzer (Borussia Dortmund) CB: Jonathon Tah (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) CB: Benedikt Howedes (Schalke 04/Juventus F.C.) RB: Benjamin Henrichs (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) LM: Leroy Sane (Manchester City FC) CM: Emre Can (Liverpool FC) CM: Mario Gotze (Borussia Dortmund) RM: Karim Bellarabi (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) ST: Sandro Wagner (FC Bayern Munich) ST: Nils Peterson (SC Freiburg) Germany and Joachim Löw have an abundance of talent to choose from, however, the choice to leave out Manchester City star Leroy Sane is possibly the most controversial selection decision of all of the World Cup squads. Sane has been a crucial part of Pep Guardiola's record breaking title winning side, with 10 goals and 15 assists in 27 league appearances. Bayer Leverkusen pair Jonathon Tah and Bernd Leno have been impressive this season in the Bundesliga, however this proved to be not enough due to Germany's great depth of talent in their positions. Mario Gotze and Nils Peterson, were also hopeful of making it to Russia, but Joachim Löw believed they were not needed. Mario Goetze scored the goal that won the 2014 world cup for Germany, but there was no place for him, in this year's squad Credit: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images/Getty Images France GK: Stéphane Ruffier (AS Saint-Étienne) LB: Layvin Kurzawa (Paris Saint-Germain F.C.) CB: Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal FC) CB: Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City FC) RB: Sébastien Corchia (Sevilla FC ) LM: Anthony Martial (Manchester United FC) CM: Adrien Rabiot (Paris Saint-Germain F.C.) CM: Steven N'Zonzi (Sevilla FC) RM: Dimitri Payet (Olympique de Marseille) ST: Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal FC) ST: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid C.F.) Long term France manager, Didier Deschamps has had possibly the biggest abundance of players to choose from since getting the job in 2012. Unfortunately for him, that means many difficult decisions had to be made in order to whittle his squad down to just 23. Laurent Koscielny was likely to have been picked, before getting injured in the Europa League semi final. Luckily for France, centre back is not a position where they are short staffed, explaining the exclusion of Aymeric Laporte. Adrien Rabiot had a good season for Paris Saint-Germain, only to be picked for the standby list, leading him to withdraw from selection completely. The signing of Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United really put an end to Anthony Martial's season, finding himself on the subs bench and out of contention for the France squad. Striker Alexandre Lacazette hit impressive form for Arsenal towards the end of the season, but it was too little, too late to make the French squad. Home-based players | World Cup 2018 squads Spain GK: Sergio Asenjo (Villareal CF) LB: Marcos Alonso (Chelsea FC) CB: Javi Martinez (FC Bayern Munich) CB: Marc Bartra (Real Betis) RB: Hector Bellerin (Arsenal FC) LM: Pedro (Chelsea FC) CM: Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea FC) CM: Daniel Parejo (Valencia CF) RM: José Callejón (S.S.C. Napoli) AM: Juan Mata (Manchester United FC) ST: Alvaro Morata (Chelsea FC) After a disappointing World Cup in 2014 and an only slightly less awful Euro's in 2016, Spain should be looking to get back their previous form in this summer's competition. They certainly have the depth in most positions, with players such as Marcos Alonso, Cesc Fabregas and Juan Mata missing out. Hector Bellerin has had a disappointing campaign, but would have still been hopeful of securing a space on the plane. Alvaro Morata's season was more than disappointing after his big money move to Chelsea last summer, leaving him unable to compete with Diego Costa and Rodrigo for a place. Of Chelsea's Spanish contingent, only Cesar Azpilicueta made the final 23. Cesc Fabregas (right), Alvaro Morata (centre right), Marcos Alonso (centre left) and Pedro (left) were not selected Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge/Reuters Brazil GK: Neto (Valencia CF) LB: Alex Sandro (Juventus F.C.) CB: David Luiz (Chelsea FC) CB: Naldo (Schalke 04) RB: Dani Alves (Paris Saint-Germain F.C.) LM: Malcom (FC Girondins de Bordeaux) CM: Luiz Gustavo (Olympique de Marseille) CM: Fabinho (Liverpool FC) CM: Allan (S.S.C. Napoli) RM: Lucas Moura (Tottenham Hotspur FC) ST: Jonas Oliveira (S.L. Benfica) Brazil will be aiming to make people forget about their disappointing 2014 World Cup, when they crashed out with a 7-1 loss to Germany. One player they may regret not taking is Alex Sandro, the Juventus left back, who is considered one of the best in the world in his position. David Luiz looked likely to earn a place in the squad until he fell out with Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, and as a result was benched for the rest of the season. Comfortably top goalscorer in Portugal, Jonas Oliveira would have thought his chances of going to the World Cup were pretty good. However it wasn't meant to be, possibly due to the standard of opposition he plays against for his club, but most likely due to the competition in his position, with Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino fighting it out to lead the line for Brazil. Other notable absentees include Dani Alves, a regular in most recent Brazil squads, as well as Malcom and Allan, who both showed great form for their respective clubs. World Cup whatsapp promo Other notable mentions: Joe Hart (Manchester City FC/West Ham FC & England), Radja Naingolan (AS Roma & Belgium), Mauco Icardi (Inter Milan & Argentina), Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace FC & Belgium), Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur FC & Argentina), Ander Herrera (Manchester United FC & Spain), Shkodran Mutafi (Arsenal FC & Germany), Kingsley Coman (FC Bayern Munich & France) World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage
England GK: Tom Heaton (Burnley FC) LB: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton FC) CB: Chris Smalling (Manchester United FC) CB: James Tarkowski (Burnley FC) RB: Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool FC) LM: Adam Lallana (Liverpool FC) CM: Jack Wilshere (Arsenal FC) CM: Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United FC) RM: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool FC) ST: Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool FC) ST: Jemain Defoe (Bournemouth FC) Gareth Southgate made some bold decisions when choosing his squad for the 2018 World Cup. Leaving out former number 1 goalkeeper Joe Hart and fan favourites Jack Wilshere and Adam Lallana were among some of his most controversial picks. Jonjo Shelvey has had a great second half of the season for Newcastle United, leaving him hopeful of selection. One breakthrough star this year has been Burnley's James Tarkowski, a pivotal player at the back in his team's 7th place finish. Ryan Bertrand is unfortunate to not earn a place on the plane, possibly a result of being a consistent player in a disappointing Southampton side. Injury has been a massive blow for Tom Heaton, Adam Lallana, Nathaniel Clyne, Daniel Sturridge meaning game time was sparse and a place in the squad was unlikely. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain looked certain to go to Russia until a knee injury picked up in the champions league semi final first leg against Roma, at Anfield. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's world cup dreams were dashed in the champions league semi final tie against Roma after he picked up a knee injury Credit: Jan Kruger - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images/UEFA Germany GK: Bernd Leno (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) LB: Marcel Schmelzer (Borussia Dortmund) CB: Jonathon Tah (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) CB: Benedikt Howedes (Schalke 04/Juventus F.C.) RB: Benjamin Henrichs (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) LM: Leroy Sane (Manchester City FC) CM: Emre Can (Liverpool FC) CM: Mario Gotze (Borussia Dortmund) RM: Karim Bellarabi (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) ST: Sandro Wagner (FC Bayern Munich) ST: Nils Peterson (SC Freiburg) Germany and Joachim Löw have an abundance of talent to choose from, however, the choice to leave out Manchester City star Leroy Sane is possibly the most controversial selection decision of all of the World Cup squads. Sane has been a crucial part of Pep Guardiola's record breaking title winning side, with 10 goals and 15 assists in 27 league appearances. Bayer Leverkusen pair Jonathon Tah and Bernd Leno have been impressive this season in the Bundesliga, however this proved to be not enough due to Germany's great depth of talent in their positions. Mario Gotze and Nils Peterson, were also hopeful of making it to Russia, but Joachim Löw believed they were not needed. Mario Goetze scored the goal that won the 2014 world cup for Germany, but there was no place for him, in this year's squad Credit: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images/Getty Images France GK: Stéphane Ruffier (AS Saint-Étienne) LB: Layvin Kurzawa (Paris Saint-Germain F.C.) CB: Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal FC) CB: Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City FC) RB: Sébastien Corchia (Sevilla FC ) LM: Anthony Martial (Manchester United FC) CM: Adrien Rabiot (Paris Saint-Germain F.C.) CM: Steven N'Zonzi (Sevilla FC) RM: Dimitri Payet (Olympique de Marseille) ST: Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal FC) ST: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid C.F.) Long term France manager, Didier Deschamps has had possibly the biggest abundance of players to choose from since getting the job in 2012. Unfortunately for him, that means many difficult decisions had to be made in order to whittle his squad down to just 23. Laurent Koscielny was likely to have been picked, before getting injured in the Europa League semi final. Luckily for France, centre back is not a position where they are short staffed, explaining the exclusion of Aymeric Laporte. Adrien Rabiot had a good season for Paris Saint-Germain, only to be picked for the standby list, leading him to withdraw from selection completely. The signing of Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United really put an end to Anthony Martial's season, finding himself on the subs bench and out of contention for the France squad. Striker Alexandre Lacazette hit impressive form for Arsenal towards the end of the season, but it was too little, too late to make the French squad. Home-based players | World Cup 2018 squads Spain GK: Sergio Asenjo (Villareal CF) LB: Marcos Alonso (Chelsea FC) CB: Javi Martinez (FC Bayern Munich) CB: Marc Bartra (Real Betis) RB: Hector Bellerin (Arsenal FC) LM: Pedro (Chelsea FC) CM: Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea FC) CM: Daniel Parejo (Valencia CF) RM: José Callejón (S.S.C. Napoli) AM: Juan Mata (Manchester United FC) ST: Alvaro Morata (Chelsea FC) After a disappointing World Cup in 2014 and an only slightly less awful Euro's in 2016, Spain should be looking to get back their previous form in this summer's competition. They certainly have the depth in most positions, with players such as Marcos Alonso, Cesc Fabregas and Juan Mata missing out. Hector Bellerin has had a disappointing campaign, but would have still been hopeful of securing a space on the plane. Alvaro Morata's season was more than disappointing after his big money move to Chelsea last summer, leaving him unable to compete with Diego Costa and Rodrigo for a place. Of Chelsea's Spanish contingent, only Cesar Azpilicueta made the final 23. Cesc Fabregas (right), Alvaro Morata (centre right), Marcos Alonso (centre left) and Pedro (left) were not selected Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge/Reuters Brazil GK: Neto (Valencia CF) LB: Alex Sandro (Juventus F.C.) CB: David Luiz (Chelsea FC) CB: Naldo (Schalke 04) RB: Dani Alves (Paris Saint-Germain F.C.) LM: Malcom (FC Girondins de Bordeaux) CM: Luiz Gustavo (Olympique de Marseille) CM: Fabinho (Liverpool FC) CM: Allan (S.S.C. Napoli) RM: Lucas Moura (Tottenham Hotspur FC) ST: Jonas Oliveira (S.L. Benfica) Brazil will be aiming to make people forget about their disappointing 2014 World Cup, when they crashed out with a 7-1 loss to Germany. One player they may regret not taking is Alex Sandro, the Juventus left back, who is considered one of the best in the world in his position. David Luiz looked likely to earn a place in the squad until he fell out with Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, and as a result was benched for the rest of the season. Comfortably top goalscorer in Portugal, Jonas Oliveira would have thought his chances of going to the World Cup were pretty good. However it wasn't meant to be, possibly due to the standard of opposition he plays against for his club, but most likely due to the competition in his position, with Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino fighting it out to lead the line for Brazil. Other notable absentees include Dani Alves, a regular in most recent Brazil squads, as well as Malcom and Allan, who both showed great form for their respective clubs. World Cup whatsapp promo Other notable mentions: Joe Hart (Manchester City FC/West Ham FC & England), Radja Naingolan (AS Roma & Belgium), Mauco Icardi (Inter Milan & Argentina), Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace FC & Belgium), Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur FC & Argentina), Ander Herrera (Manchester United FC & Spain), Shkodran Mutafi (Arsenal FC & Germany), Kingsley Coman (FC Bayern Munich & France) World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage
World Cup 2018 absentees: An XI of each of the top sides
England GK: Tom Heaton (Burnley FC) LB: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton FC) CB: Chris Smalling (Manchester United FC) CB: James Tarkowski (Burnley FC) RB: Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool FC) LM: Adam Lallana (Liverpool FC) CM: Jack Wilshere (Arsenal FC) CM: Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United FC) RM: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool FC) ST: Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool FC) ST: Jemain Defoe (Bournemouth FC) Gareth Southgate made some bold decisions when choosing his squad for the 2018 World Cup. Leaving out former number 1 goalkeeper Joe Hart and fan favourites Jack Wilshere and Adam Lallana were among some of his most controversial picks. Jonjo Shelvey has had a great second half of the season for Newcastle United, leaving him hopeful of selection. One breakthrough star this year has been Burnley's James Tarkowski, a pivotal player at the back in his team's 7th place finish. Ryan Bertrand is unfortunate to not earn a place on the plane, possibly a result of being a consistent player in a disappointing Southampton side. Injury has been a massive blow for Tom Heaton, Adam Lallana, Nathaniel Clyne, Daniel Sturridge meaning game time was sparse and a place in the squad was unlikely. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain looked certain to go to Russia until a knee injury picked up in the champions league semi final first leg against Roma, at Anfield. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's world cup dreams were dashed in the champions league semi final tie against Roma after he picked up a knee injury Credit: Jan Kruger - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images/UEFA Germany GK: Bernd Leno (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) LB: Marcel Schmelzer (Borussia Dortmund) CB: Jonathon Tah (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) CB: Benedikt Howedes (Schalke 04/Juventus F.C.) RB: Benjamin Henrichs (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) LM: Leroy Sane (Manchester City FC) CM: Emre Can (Liverpool FC) CM: Mario Gotze (Borussia Dortmund) RM: Karim Bellarabi (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) ST: Sandro Wagner (FC Bayern Munich) ST: Nils Peterson (SC Freiburg) Germany and Joachim Löw have an abundance of talent to choose from, however, the choice to leave out Manchester City star Leroy Sane is possibly the most controversial selection decision of all of the World Cup squads. Sane has been a crucial part of Pep Guardiola's record breaking title winning side, with 10 goals and 15 assists in 27 league appearances. Bayer Leverkusen pair Jonathon Tah and Bernd Leno have been impressive this season in the Bundesliga, however this proved to be not enough due to Germany's great depth of talent in their positions. Mario Gotze and Nils Peterson, were also hopeful of making it to Russia, but Joachim Löw believed they were not needed. Mario Goetze scored the goal that won the 2014 world cup for Germany, but there was no place for him, in this year's squad Credit: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images/Getty Images France GK: Stéphane Ruffier (AS Saint-Étienne) LB: Layvin Kurzawa (Paris Saint-Germain F.C.) CB: Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal FC) CB: Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City FC) RB: Sébastien Corchia (Sevilla FC ) LM: Anthony Martial (Manchester United FC) CM: Adrien Rabiot (Paris Saint-Germain F.C.) CM: Steven N'Zonzi (Sevilla FC) RM: Dimitri Payet (Olympique de Marseille) ST: Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal FC) ST: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid C.F.) Long term France manager, Didier Deschamps has had possibly the biggest abundance of players to choose from since getting the job in 2012. Unfortunately for him, that means many difficult decisions had to be made in order to whittle his squad down to just 23. Laurent Koscielny was likely to have been picked, before getting injured in the Europa League semi final. Luckily for France, centre back is not a position where they are short staffed, explaining the exclusion of Aymeric Laporte. Adrien Rabiot had a good season for Paris Saint-Germain, only to be picked for the standby list, leading him to withdraw from selection completely. The signing of Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United really put an end to Anthony Martial's season, finding himself on the subs bench and out of contention for the France squad. Striker Alexandre Lacazette hit impressive form for Arsenal towards the end of the season, but it was too little, too late to make the French squad. Home-based players | World Cup 2018 squads Spain GK: Sergio Asenjo (Villareal CF) LB: Marcos Alonso (Chelsea FC) CB: Javi Martinez (FC Bayern Munich) CB: Marc Bartra (Real Betis) RB: Hector Bellerin (Arsenal FC) LM: Pedro (Chelsea FC) CM: Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea FC) CM: Daniel Parejo (Valencia CF) RM: José Callejón (S.S.C. Napoli) AM: Juan Mata (Manchester United FC) ST: Alvaro Morata (Chelsea FC) After a disappointing World Cup in 2014 and an only slightly less awful Euro's in 2016, Spain should be looking to get back their previous form in this summer's competition. They certainly have the depth in most positions, with players such as Marcos Alonso, Cesc Fabregas and Juan Mata missing out. Hector Bellerin has had a disappointing campaign, but would have still been hopeful of securing a space on the plane. Alvaro Morata's season was more than disappointing after his big money move to Chelsea last summer, leaving him unable to compete with Diego Costa and Rodrigo for a place. Of Chelsea's Spanish contingent, only Cesar Azpilicueta made the final 23. Cesc Fabregas (right), Alvaro Morata (centre right), Marcos Alonso (centre left) and Pedro (left) were not selected Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge/Reuters Brazil GK: Neto (Valencia CF) LB: Alex Sandro (Juventus F.C.) CB: David Luiz (Chelsea FC) CB: Naldo (Schalke 04) RB: Dani Alves (Paris Saint-Germain F.C.) LM: Malcom (FC Girondins de Bordeaux) CM: Luiz Gustavo (Olympique de Marseille) CM: Fabinho (Liverpool FC) CM: Allan (S.S.C. Napoli) RM: Lucas Moura (Tottenham Hotspur FC) ST: Jonas Oliveira (S.L. Benfica) Brazil will be aiming to make people forget about their disappointing 2014 World Cup, when they crashed out with a 7-1 loss to Germany. One player they may regret not taking is Alex Sandro, the Juventus left back, who is considered one of the best in the world in his position. David Luiz looked likely to earn a place in the squad until he fell out with Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, and as a result was benched for the rest of the season. Comfortably top goalscorer in Portugal, Jonas Oliveira would have thought his chances of going to the World Cup were pretty good. However it wasn't meant to be, possibly due to the standard of opposition he plays against for his club, but most likely due to the competition in his position, with Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino fighting it out to lead the line for Brazil. Other notable absentees include Dani Alves, a regular in most recent Brazil squads, as well as Malcom and Allan, who both showed great form for their respective clubs. World Cup whatsapp promo Other notable mentions: Joe Hart (Manchester City FC/West Ham FC & England), Radja Naingolan (AS Roma & Belgium), Mauco Icardi (Inter Milan & Argentina), Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace FC & Belgium), Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur FC & Argentina), Ander Herrera (Manchester United FC & Spain), Shkodran Mutafi (Arsenal FC & Germany), Kingsley Coman (FC Bayern Munich & France) World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage
All 32 teams at the 2018 World Cup have named their 23-man squads - and you can see all of them here. Some, like England and Brazil, named their final line-ups in good time, but there are still several teams that need to submit theirs to Fifa. Those who do not make the cut are placed on standby in case they are needed to replace any injured players. Replacements can be made at any point until 24 hours before each team's first World Cup game. Here is what we know so far about each squad so far, while you can find more detail about each side below: Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more Group A Russia 23-man final squad: Goalkeepers: Igor Akinfeev (CSKA Moscow), Vladimir Gabulov (Brugge), Andrei Lunyov (Zenit St. Petersburg). Defenders: Mario Fernandes (CSKA Moscow), Vladimir Granat (Rubin Kazan), Sergei Ignashevich (CSKA Moscow), Fyodor Kudryashov (Rubin Kazan), Ilya Kutepov (Spartak Moscow), Andrei Semyonov (Akhmat Grozny), Igor Smolnikov (Zenit St. Petersburg). Midfielders: Denis Cheryshev (Villarreal), Alan Dzagoev (CSKA Moscow), Yuri Gazinsky (FC Krasnodar), Alexander Golovin (CSKA Moscow), Daler Kuzyaev (Zenit St. Petersburg), Anton Miranchuk (Lokomotiv Moscow), Alexander Samedov (Spartak Moscow), Alexander Yerokhin (Zenit St. Petersburg), Yuri Zhirkov (Zenit St. Petersburg), Roman Zobnin (Spartak Moscow). Forwards: Artyom Dzyuba (Arsenal Tula), Alexei Miranchuk (Lokomotiv Moscow), Fyodor Smolov (FC Krasnodar). Egypt 23-man final squad: Goalkeepers: Sherif Ekramy (Al Ahly), Essam El Hadary (Al Taawoun), Mohamed El Shennawy (Al Ahly) Defenders: Mohamed Abdel-Shafi (Al Fateh), Ayman Ashraf (Al Ahly), Ahmed Elmohamady (Aston Villa), Ahmed Fathi (Al Ahly), Omar Gaber (Los Angeles FC), Ali Gabr (Zamalek), Mahmoud Hamdy (Zamalek), Ahmed Hegazi (West Bromwich Albion), Saad Samir (Al Ahly) Midfielders: Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal), Abdallah El Said (Al Ahly Jeddah), Tarek Hamed (Zamalek), Mahmoud Kahraba (Al Ittihad Jeddah), Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic), Shikabala (Al Raed), Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke City), Mahmoud Hassan (Kasimpasa), Amr Warda (Atromitos) Forwards: Marwan Mohsen (Al Ahly), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) Saudi Arabia 23-man final squad Goalkeepers: Mohammed Al Owais (Al Ahli), Yasser Al Mosailem (Al Ahli), Abdullah Al Mayouf (Al Hilal) Defenders: Mansoor Al Harbi (Al Ahli), Yasser Al Shahrani (Al Hilal) Mohammed Al Breik (Al Hilal), Motaz Hawsawi (Al Ahli), Osama Hawsawi (Al Hilal), Omar Hawsawi (Al Nassr), Ali Al Bulaihi (Al Hilal) Midfielders: Abdullah Al Khaibari (Al Shabab), Abdulmalek Al Khaibri (Al Hilal), Abdullah Otayf (Al Hilal), Taiseer Al Jassim (Al Ahli), Houssain Al Mogahwi (Al Ahli), Salman Al Faraj, Mohamed Kanno (both Al Hilal), Hattan Bahebri (Al Shabab), Salem Al Dawsari (Al Hilal), Yahya Al Shehri (Al Nassr), Fahad Al Muwallad (Al Ittihad) Forwards: Mohammad Al Sahlawi (Al Nassr), Muhannad Assiri (Al Ahli) Uruguay 23-man squad: Goalkeepers: Fernando Muslera, Martin Silva, Martin Campana. Defenders: Diego Godin, Sebastian Coates, Jose Maria Gimenez, Maximiliano Pereira, Gaston Silva, Martin Caceres, Guillermo Varela. Midfielders: Nahitan Nandez, Lucas Torreira, Matias Vecino, Rodrigo Bentancur, Carlos Sanchez, Giorgian De Arrascaeta, Cristian Rodriguez, Gaston Ramirez. Strikers: Cristhian Stuani, Maximiliano Gomez, Edinson Cavani, Luis Suarez. World Cup predictor Group B Iran 23-man final squad: Alireza Beiranvand, Rashid Mazaheri, Amir Abedzadeh; Ramin Rezaeian, Mohammad Reza Khanzadeh, Morteza Pouraliganji, Pejman Montazeri, Seyed Majid Hosseini, Milad Mohammadi, Roozbeh Cheshmi; Saeid Ezatolahi, Masoud Shojaei, Saman Ghoddos, Mahdi Torabi, Ashkan Dejagah, Omid Ebrahimi, Ehsan Hajsafi, Vahid Amiri; Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard, Mehdi Taremi, Sardar Azmoun, Reza Ghoochannejhad Morocco 23-man final squad: Goalkeepers: Mounir Mohamedi (Numancia), Yassine Bounou (Girona), Ahmad Reda Tagnaouti (Ittihad Tanger) Defenders: Mehdi Benatia (Juventus), Romain Saiss (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Manuel Da Costa (Basaksehir), Nabil Dirar (Fenerbahce), Achraf Hakimi (Real Madrid), Hamza Mendyl (Lille) Midfielders: Mbark Boussoufa (Al Jazira), Karim El Ahmadi (Feyenoord), Youssef Ait Bennasser (Caen), Sofyan Amrabat (Feyenoord), Younes Belhanda (Galatasaray), Faycal Fajr (Getafe), Amine Harit (Schalke) Forwards: Khalid Boutaib (Malatyaspor), Aziz Bouhaddouz (St. Pauli), Ayoub El Kaabi (Renaissance Berkane), Nordin Amrabat (Leganes), Mehdi Carcela (Standard Liege), Hakim Ziyech (Ajax), Youssef En Nesyri (Malaga) Portugal 23-man final squad: Anthony Lopes, Beto, Rui Patricio, Bruno Alves, Cedric Soares, Jose Fonte, Mario Rui, Pepe, Raphael Guerreiro, Ricardo Pereira, Ruben Dias, Adrien Silva, Bruno Fernandes, Joao Mario, Joao Moutinho, Manuel Fernandes, William Carvalho, Andre Silva, Bernardo Silva, Cristiano Ronaldo, Gelson Martins, Goncalo Guedes, Ricardo Quaresma Spain 23-man final squad: David de Gea, Pepe Reina, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Jordi Alba, Nacho Monreal, Alvaro Odriozola, Nacho Fernandez, Dani Carvajal, Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos, Cesar Azpilicueta, Sergio Busquets, Isco, Thiago Alcantara, David Silva, Andres Iniesta, Saul Niguez, Koke, Marco Asensio, Iago Aspas, Diego Costa, Rodrigo Moreno, Lucas Vazquez. Group C Australia 23-man squad: Goalkeepers: Mat Ryan, Danny Vukovic, Brad Jones. Defenders: Trent Sainsbury, Milos Degenek, Matt Jurman, Mark Milligan, Josh Risdon, Aziz Behich, James Meredith. Midfielders: Mile Jedinak (captain), Aaron Mooy, Massimo Luongo, Jackson Irvine, Tomi Rogic, Dimitri Petratos, Mathew Leckie, Daniel Arzani. Forwards: Tim Cahill, Tomi Juric, Andrew Nabbout, Jamie Maclaren, Robbie Kruse. Denmark 23-man squad: Goalkeepers: Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester), Jonas Lossl (Huddersfield), Frederik Ronow (Brondby) Defenders: Andreas Christensen (Chelsea), Simon Kjaer (Sevilla), Mathias Jorgensen (Huddersfield), Jannik Vestergaard (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Henrik Dalsgaard (Brentford), Jens Stryger (Udinese), Jonas Knudsen (Ipswich) Midfielders: Christian Eriksen (Tottenham), Lasse Schone (Ajax), Lukas Lerager (Bordeaux), Michael Krohn-Dehli (Deportivo La Coruna), William Kvist (FC Copenhagen), Thomas Delaney (Werder Bremen) Forwards: Andreas Cornelius (Atalanta), Kasper Dolberg (Ajax), Martin Braithwaite (Bordeaux), Nicolai Jorgensen (Feyenoord), Pione Sisto (Celta Vigo), Viktor Fischer (FC Copenhagen), Yussuf Poulsen (RB Leipzig) World Cup 2018 stadiums France 23-man final squad: Goalkeepers:Hugo Lloris, Steve Mandanda, Alphonse Areola. Defenders: Djibril Sidibe, Benjamin Pavard, Adil Rami, Raphael Varane, Samuel Umtiti, Presnel Kimpembe, Benjamin Mendy, Lucas Hernandez. Midfielders: Paul Pogba, Blaise Matuidi, Corentin Tolisso, N'Golo Kante, Steven Nzonzi. Forwards: Kylian Mbappe, Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembele, Florian Thauvin, Thomas Lemar, Nabil Fekir. Peru 23-man final squad: Goalkeepers: Pedro Gallese (Veracruz), Carlos Caceda (Deportivo Municipal), Jose Carvallo (UTC). Defenders: Aldo Corzo (Universitario), Luis Advincula (Lobos Buap), Christian Ramos (Veracruz), Miguel Araujo (Alianza Lima), Alberto Rodriguez (Atletico Junior), Anderson Santamaria (Puebla), Miguel Trauco (Flamengo), Nilson Loyola (Melgar). Midfielders: Renato Tapia (Feyenoord), Pedro Aquino (Lobos Buap), Yoshimar Yotun (Orlando City), Paolo Hurtado (Vitoria Guimaraes), Christian Cueva (Sao Paulo), Edison Flores (Aalborg), Andy Polo (Portland Timbers), Wilder Cartagena (Veracruz). Forwards: Andre Carrillo (Watford), Raul Ruidiaz (Morelia), Jefferson Farfan (Lokomotiv Moscow), Paolo Guerrero (Flamengo) Group D Argentina 23-man final squad: Sergio Romero, Willy Caballero, Franco Armania, Gabriel Mercardo, Cristian Ansaldi, Nicolas Otamendi, Federico Fazio, Marcos Rojo, Nicolas Tagliafico, Marcos Acuna, Javier Mascherano, Eduardo Salvio, Lucas Biglia, Giovani Lo Celso, Ever Banega, Manuel Lanzini, Maximiliano Meza, Angel Di Maria, Cristian Pavon, Lionel Messi, Paulo Dybala, Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero. Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more Croatia 23-man final squad: Goalkeepers: Danijel Subasic (Monaco), Lovre Kalinic (Gent), Dominik Livakovic (Dinamo Zagreb) Defenders: Vedran Corluka (Lokomotiv Moscow), Domagoj Vida (Besiktas), Ivan Strinic (Sampdoria), Dejan Lovren (Liverpool), Sime Vrsaljko (Atletico Madrid), Josip Pivaric (Dynamo Kiev), Tin Jedvaj (Bayer Leverkusen), Duje Caleta-Car (Red Bull Salzburg) Midfielders: Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona), Mateo Kovacic (Real Madrid), Milan Badelj (Fiorentina), Marcelo Brozovic (Inter Milan), Filip Bradaric (Rijeka) Forwards: Mario Mandzukic (Juventus), Ivan Perisic (Inter Milan), Nikola Kalinic (AC Milan), Andrej Kramaric (Hoffenheim), Marko Pjaca (Schalke), Ante Rebic (Eintracht Frankfurt) Iceland 23-man final squad: Hannes Thor Halldorsson, Runar Alex Runarsson, Frederik Schram; Kari Arnason, Ari Freyr Skulason, Birkir Mar Saevarsson, Sverrir Ingi Ingason, Hordur Magnusson, Holmar Orn Eyjolfsson, Ragnar Sigurdsson; Johann Berg Gudmundsson, Birkir Bjarnason, Arnor Ingvi Traustason, Emil Hallfredsson, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Olafur Ingi Skulason, Rurik Gislason, Samuel Fridjonsson, Aron Gunnarsson; Alfred Finnbogason, Bjorn Bergmann Sigurdarson, Jon Dadi Bodvarsson, Albert Gudmundsson Nigeria 23-man final squad Goalkeepers: Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Enyimba), Francis Uzoho (Deportivo La Coruna), Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United). Defenders: Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor), Tyronne Ebuehi (Den Haag), Elderson Echiejile (Brugge), Bryan Idowu (Amkar Perm), Chidozie Awaziem (Nantes), William Ekong (Bursaspor), Leon Balogun (Brighton), Kenneth Omeruo (Kasimpasa). Midfielders: John Obi Mikel (Tianjin TEDA), Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor), Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester), Oghenekaro Etebo (Las Palmas), John Ogu (Hapoel Be'er Sheva), Joel Obi (Torino). Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Leicester), Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester), Victor Moses (Chelsea), Odion Ighalo (Changchun Yatai), Alex Iwobi (Arsenal), Simeon Nwankwo (Crotone) Group E Brazil 23-man final squad: Alisson, Ederson, Cassio; Danilo, Fagner, Marcelo, Filipe Luis, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Miranda, Pedro Geromel; Casemiro, Fernandinho, Paulinho, Fred, Renato Augusto, Philippe Coutinho, Willian, Douglas Costa; Neymar, Taison, Gabriel Jesus, Roberto Firmino Costa Rica 23-man final squad: Keylor Navas, Patrick Pemberton, Leonel Moreira, Cristian Gamboa, Ian Smith, Ronald Matarrita, Bryan Oviedo, Oscar Duarte, Giancarlo Gonzalez, Francisco Calvo, Kendall Waston, Johnny Acosta, David Guzman, Yeltsin Tejeda, Celso Borges, Randall Azofeifa, Rodney Wallace, Bryan Ruiz, Daniel Colindres, Christian Bolanos, Johan Venegas, Joel Campbell, Marco Urena. Switzerland 23-man final squad Goalkeepers: Roman Buerki (Borussia Dortmund), Yvon Mvogo (Leipzig), Yann Sommer (Borussia Moenchengladbach) Defenders: Manuel Akanji (Borussia Dortmund), Johan Djourou (Antalyaspor), Nico Elvedi (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Michael Lang (Basel), Stephan Lichtsteiner (Juventus), Jacques-Francois Moubandje (Toulouse), Ricardo Rodriguez (AC Milan), Fabian Schaer (Deportivo La Coruna) Midfielders: Valon Behrami (Udinese), Blerim Dzemaili (Bologna), Gelson Fernandes (Eintracht Frankfurt), Remo Freuler (Atalanta), Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke), Granit Xhaka (Arsenal), Denis Zakaria (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Steven Zuber (Hoffenheim) Forwards: Josip Drmic (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Breel Embolo (Schalke), Mario Gavranovic (Dinamo Zagreb), Haris Seferovic (Benfica) Serbia 23-man squad Goalkeepers: Vladimir Stojkovic (Partizan Belgrade), Predrag Rajkovic (Maccabi Tel Aviv), Marko Dmitrovic (Eibar). Defenders:Aleksandar Kolarov (AS Roma), Branislav Ivanovic (Zenit St. Petersburg), Dusko Tosic (Guangzhou R&F), Antonio Rukavina (Villarreal), Milos Veljkovic (Werder Bremen), Milan Rodic (Red Star Belgrade), Uros Spajic (Krasnodar), Nikola Milenkovic (Fiorentina). Midfielders: Nemanja Matic (Manchester United), Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace), Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (Lazio), Marko Grujic (Liverpool), Adem Ljajic (Torino), Dusan Tadic (Southampton), Filip Kostic (Hamburg SV), Andrija Zivkovic (Benfica), Nemanja Radonjic (Red Star Belgrade). Strikers: Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle United), Aleksandar Prijovic (PAOK Salonika), Luka Jovic (Benfica). Group F Germany 23-man final squad Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona), Kevin Trapp (Paris St Germain). Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Matthias Ginter (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Jonas Hector (Cologne), Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Marvin Plattenhardt (Hertha Berlin), Antonio Ruediger (Chelsea), Niklas Suele (Bayern Munich). Midfielders: Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), Julian Draxler (Paris St Germain), Leon Goretzka (Schalke 04), Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City), Sami Khedira (Juventus), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Thomas Mueller (Bayern Munich), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Sebastian Rudy (Bayern Munich), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal). Mexico 23-man final squad Goalkeepers: Guillermo Ochoa (Standard), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca), Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul) Defenders: Carlos Salcedo (Eintracht Frankfurt), Diego Reyes (Porto), Hector Moreno (Real Sociedad), Hugo Ayala (Tigres), Edson Alvarez (Club America), Jesus Gallardo (Pumas), Miguel Layun (Sevilla) Midfielders:Rafa Marquez (Atlas), Hector Herrera (Porto), Jonathan dos Santos (LA Galaxy), Andres Guardado (Real Betis), Marco Fabian (Eintracht Frankfurt), Giovani Dos Santos (LA Galaxy) Forwards: Javier Hernandez (West Ham United), Raul Jimenez (Benfica), Oribe Peralta (Club America), Jesus Corona (Porto), Carlos Vela (LAFC), Javier Aquino (Tigres), Hirving Lozano (PSV) South Korea 23-man final squad Goalkeepers: Kim Seung-gyu (Vissel Kobe, Japan), Kim Jin-hyeon (Cerezo Osaka, Japan), Cho Hyun-woo (Daegu FC) Defenders: Kim Young-gwon (Guangzhou Evergrande, China), Jang Hyun-soo (FC Tokyo, Japan), Jung Seung-hyun (Sagan Tosu, Japan), Yun Yong-sun (Seongnam FC), Oh Ban-suk (Jeju United), Kim Min-woo (Sangju Sangmu), Park Joo-ho (Ulsan Hyundai), Hong Chul (Sangju Sangmu), Go Yo-han (FC Seoul), Lee Yong (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors) Midfielders: Ki Sung-yueng (Swansea City, England), Jung Woo-young (Vissel Kobe, Japan), Ju Se-jong (Asan Mugunghwa FC), Koo Ja-cheol (FC Augsburg, Germany), Lee Jae-sung (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors), Lee Seung-woo (Hellas Verona, Italy), Moon Seon-min (Incheon United). Forwards: Kim Shin-wook (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors), Son Heung-min (Tottenham, England), Hwang Hee-chan (FC Red Bull Salzburg, Austria) Sweden 23-man final squad: Robin Olsen, Karl-Johan Johnsson, Kristoffer Nordfeldt, Mikael Lustig, Victor Lindelof, Andreas Granqvist, Martin Olsson, Ludwig Augustinsson, Filip Helander, Emil Krafth, Pontus Jansson, Sebastian Larsson, Albin Ekdal, Emil Forsberg, Gustav Svensson, Oscar Hiljemark, Viktor Claesson, Marcus Rohden, Jimmy Durmaz, Marcus Berg, John Guidetti, Ola Toivonen, Isaac Kiese Thelin Group G Belgium 24-man squad* *Roberto Martinez said that World Cup rules allowed the final squad to be named 24 hours before they kick off their campaign Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool), Koen Casteels (VfL Wolfsburg). Defenders: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham), Thomas Meunier (Paris Saint-Germain), Thomas Vermaelen (Barcelona), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham), Dedryck Boyata (Celtic), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City). Midfielders: Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United), Axel Witsel (Tianjin Quanjian), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Nacer Chadli (West Bromwich Albion), Leander Dendoncker (Anderlecht), Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Youri Tielemans (Monaco), Mousa Dembele (Tottenham Hotspur). Forwards: Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea/Dortmund), Yannick Carrasco (Dalian Yifang), Adnan Januzaj (Real Sociedad), Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United), Dries Mertens (Napoli). England 23-man final squad: Jack Butland, Nick Pope, Jordan Pickford; Fabian Delph, Danny Rose, Eric Dier, Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Harry Maguire, John Stones, Phil Jones, Gary Cahill; Jordan Henderson, Jesse Lingard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Ashley Young, Dele Alli, Raheem Sterling; Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy, Marcus Rashford, Danny Welbeck Panama 23-man final squad: Goalkeepers: Jaime Penedo (Dinamo Bucharest), Jose Calderon (Chorrillo FC), Alex Rodriguez (San Francisco FC). Defenders: Michael Murillo (New York Red Bulls), Harold Cummings (San Jose Earthquakes), Fidel Escobar (New York Red Bulls), Roman Torres (Seattle Sounders FC), Adolfo Machado (Houston Dynamo), Eric Davis (DAC Dunajska Streda), Luis Ovalle (CD Olimpia), Felipe Baloy (CSD Municipal). Midfielders: Gabriel Gomez (Atletico Bucaramanga), Edgar Barcenas (Cafetaleros de Tapachula), Armando Cooper (Club Universidad de Chile), Valentin Pimentel (Plaza Amador), Alberto Quintero (Universitario Lima), Anibal Godoy (San Jose Earthquakes), Jose Luis Rodriguez (KAA Gent). Forwards: Blas Perez (CSD Municipal), Gabriel Torres (CD Huachipato), Ismael Diaz (Deportivo La Coruña), Abdiel Arroyo (LD Alajuelense), Luis Tejada (Sport Boys). Tunisia 23-man final squad: Goalkeepers: Farouk Ben Mustapha (Al Shabab, Saudi Arabia), Moez Hassen (Chateauroux, France), Aymen Mathlouthi (Al Baten, Saudi Arabia) Defenders: Rami Bedoui (Etoile du Sahel), Yohan Benalouane (Leicester City, England), Syam Ben Youssef (Kasimpasa, Turkey), Dylan Bronn (Gent, Belgium), Oussama Haddadi (Dijon, France), Ali Maaloul (Al Ahly, Egypt), Yassine Meriah (CS Sfaxien), Hamdi Nagguez (Zamalek, Egypt) Midfielders: Anice Badri (Esperance), Mohamed Amine Ben Amor (Al Ahli Riyadh, Saudi Arabia), Ghaylene Chaalali (Esperance), Ahmed Khalil (Club Africain), Saifeddine Khaoui (Troyes, France), Ferjani Sassi (Al Nasr, Saudi Arabia), Ellyes Skhiri (Montpellier, France), Naim Sliti (Dijon, France), Bassem Srarfi (Nice, France) Forwards: Fakhreddine Ben Youssef (Al Ittifaq, Saudi Arabia), Saber Khalifa (Club Africain), Wahbi Khazri (Rennes, France) Group H Colombia 23-man final squad: Goalkeepers: David Ospina (Arsenal), Camilo Vargas (AC Deportivo Cali), Jose Fernando Cuadrado (CD Once Caldas). Defenders: Cristian Zapata (AC Milan), Oscar Murillo (CF Pachuca), Santiago Arias (PSV Eindhoven), Yerry Mina (Barcelona), Johan Mojica (Girona FC), Frank Fabra (CA Boca Juniors), Davinson Sanchez (Tottenham Hotspur). Midfielders: Wilmar Barrios (CA Boca Juniors), Carlos Sanchez (RCD Espanyol), Abel Aguilar (AC Deportivo Cali), James Rodriguez (Bayern Munich), Juan Guillermo Cuadrado (Juventus), Mateus Uribe (Club America), Jefferson Lerma (Levante), Juan Fernando Quintero (CA River Plate). Forwards: Carlos Bacca (Villarreal), Radamel Falcao Garcia (Monaco), Luis Muriel (Sevilla), Miguel Borja (SE Palmeiras), Jose Izquierdo (Brighton & Hove Albion). Japan 23-man squad: Goalkeepers: Eiji Kawashima (Metz), Masaaki Higashiguchi (Gamba Osaka), Kosuke Nakamura (Kashiwa Reysol). Defenders: Yuto Nagatomo (Galatasaray), Tomoaki Makino (Urawa Reds), Wataru Endo (Urawa Reds), Maya Yoshida (Southampton), Hiroki Sakai (Marseille), Gotoku Sakai (Hamburg), Gen Shoji (Kashima Antlers), Naomichi Ueda (Kashima Antlers). Midfielders: Makoto Hasebe (Eintracht Frankfurt), Keisuke Honda (Pachuca), Takashi Inui (Eibar), Shinji Kagawa (Dortmund), Hotaru Yamaguchi (Cerezo Osaka), Genki Haraguchi (Fortuna Dusseldorf), Takashi Usami (Fortuna Dusseldorf), Gaku Shibasaki (Getafe), Ryota Oshima (Kawasaki Frontale). Forwards: Shinji Okazaki (Leicester), Yuya Osako (Werder Bremen), Yoshinori Muto (Mainz). World Cup 2018 venues Poland 23-man final squad Goalkeepers:Bartosz Bialkowski (Ipswich Town), Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea), Wojciech Szczesny (Juventus). Defenders: Jan Bednarek (Southampton), Bartosz Bereszynski (Sampdoria), Thiago Cionek (SPAL), Kamil Glik (AS Monaco), Artur Jedrzejczyk (Legia Warszawa), Michal Pazdan (Legia Warszawa), Lukasz Piszczek (Borussia Dortmund). Midfielders: Jakub Blaszczykowski (VfL Wolfsburg), Jacek Goralski (Ludogorets Razgrad), Kamil Grosicki (Hull City), Grzegorz Krychowiak (West Bromwich Albion), Rafal Kurzawa (Gornik Zabrze), Karol Linetty (Sampdoria), Slawomir Peszko (Lechia Gdansk), Maciej Rybus (Lokomotiv Moscow), Piotr Zielinski (Napoli). Forwards: Dawid Kownacki (Sampdoria), Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), Arkadiusz Milik (Napoli), Lukasz Teodorczyk (Anderlecht) Senegal 23-man final squad: Abdoulaye Diallo, Khadim Ndiaye, Alfred Gomis, Lamine Gassama, Moussa Wague, Saliou Ciss, Youssouf Sabaly, Kalidou Kalidou, Salif Sane, Cheikhou Kouyate, Kara Mbodji, Idrisa Gana Gueye, Cheikh Ndoye, Alfred Ndiaye, Pape Alioune Ndiaye, Moussa Sow, Moussa Konate, Diafra Sakho, Sadio Mane, Ismaila Sarr, Mame Biram Diouf, Mbaye Niang, Diao Keita Balde WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
World Cup 2018 squad guide: Latest news and updates
All 32 teams at the 2018 World Cup have named their 23-man squads - and you can see all of them here. Some, like England and Brazil, named their final line-ups in good time, but there are still several teams that need to submit theirs to Fifa. Those who do not make the cut are placed on standby in case they are needed to replace any injured players. Replacements can be made at any point until 24 hours before each team's first World Cup game. Here is what we know so far about each squad so far, while you can find more detail about each side below: Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more Group A Russia 23-man final squad: Goalkeepers: Igor Akinfeev (CSKA Moscow), Vladimir Gabulov (Brugge), Andrei Lunyov (Zenit St. Petersburg). Defenders: Mario Fernandes (CSKA Moscow), Vladimir Granat (Rubin Kazan), Sergei Ignashevich (CSKA Moscow), Fyodor Kudryashov (Rubin Kazan), Ilya Kutepov (Spartak Moscow), Andrei Semyonov (Akhmat Grozny), Igor Smolnikov (Zenit St. Petersburg). Midfielders: Denis Cheryshev (Villarreal), Alan Dzagoev (CSKA Moscow), Yuri Gazinsky (FC Krasnodar), Alexander Golovin (CSKA Moscow), Daler Kuzyaev (Zenit St. Petersburg), Anton Miranchuk (Lokomotiv Moscow), Alexander Samedov (Spartak Moscow), Alexander Yerokhin (Zenit St. Petersburg), Yuri Zhirkov (Zenit St. Petersburg), Roman Zobnin (Spartak Moscow). Forwards: Artyom Dzyuba (Arsenal Tula), Alexei Miranchuk (Lokomotiv Moscow), Fyodor Smolov (FC Krasnodar). Egypt 23-man final squad: Goalkeepers: Sherif Ekramy (Al Ahly), Essam El Hadary (Al Taawoun), Mohamed El Shennawy (Al Ahly) Defenders: Mohamed Abdel-Shafi (Al Fateh), Ayman Ashraf (Al Ahly), Ahmed Elmohamady (Aston Villa), Ahmed Fathi (Al Ahly), Omar Gaber (Los Angeles FC), Ali Gabr (Zamalek), Mahmoud Hamdy (Zamalek), Ahmed Hegazi (West Bromwich Albion), Saad Samir (Al Ahly) Midfielders: Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal), Abdallah El Said (Al Ahly Jeddah), Tarek Hamed (Zamalek), Mahmoud Kahraba (Al Ittihad Jeddah), Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic), Shikabala (Al Raed), Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke City), Mahmoud Hassan (Kasimpasa), Amr Warda (Atromitos) Forwards: Marwan Mohsen (Al Ahly), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) Saudi Arabia 23-man final squad Goalkeepers: Mohammed Al Owais (Al Ahli), Yasser Al Mosailem (Al Ahli), Abdullah Al Mayouf (Al Hilal) Defenders: Mansoor Al Harbi (Al Ahli), Yasser Al Shahrani (Al Hilal) Mohammed Al Breik (Al Hilal), Motaz Hawsawi (Al Ahli), Osama Hawsawi (Al Hilal), Omar Hawsawi (Al Nassr), Ali Al Bulaihi (Al Hilal) Midfielders: Abdullah Al Khaibari (Al Shabab), Abdulmalek Al Khaibri (Al Hilal), Abdullah Otayf (Al Hilal), Taiseer Al Jassim (Al Ahli), Houssain Al Mogahwi (Al Ahli), Salman Al Faraj, Mohamed Kanno (both Al Hilal), Hattan Bahebri (Al Shabab), Salem Al Dawsari (Al Hilal), Yahya Al Shehri (Al Nassr), Fahad Al Muwallad (Al Ittihad) Forwards: Mohammad Al Sahlawi (Al Nassr), Muhannad Assiri (Al Ahli) Uruguay 23-man squad: Goalkeepers: Fernando Muslera, Martin Silva, Martin Campana. Defenders: Diego Godin, Sebastian Coates, Jose Maria Gimenez, Maximiliano Pereira, Gaston Silva, Martin Caceres, Guillermo Varela. Midfielders: Nahitan Nandez, Lucas Torreira, Matias Vecino, Rodrigo Bentancur, Carlos Sanchez, Giorgian De Arrascaeta, Cristian Rodriguez, Gaston Ramirez. Strikers: Cristhian Stuani, Maximiliano Gomez, Edinson Cavani, Luis Suarez. World Cup predictor Group B Iran 23-man final squad: Alireza Beiranvand, Rashid Mazaheri, Amir Abedzadeh; Ramin Rezaeian, Mohammad Reza Khanzadeh, Morteza Pouraliganji, Pejman Montazeri, Seyed Majid Hosseini, Milad Mohammadi, Roozbeh Cheshmi; Saeid Ezatolahi, Masoud Shojaei, Saman Ghoddos, Mahdi Torabi, Ashkan Dejagah, Omid Ebrahimi, Ehsan Hajsafi, Vahid Amiri; Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard, Mehdi Taremi, Sardar Azmoun, Reza Ghoochannejhad Morocco 23-man final squad: Goalkeepers: Mounir Mohamedi (Numancia), Yassine Bounou (Girona), Ahmad Reda Tagnaouti (Ittihad Tanger) Defenders: Mehdi Benatia (Juventus), Romain Saiss (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Manuel Da Costa (Basaksehir), Nabil Dirar (Fenerbahce), Achraf Hakimi (Real Madrid), Hamza Mendyl (Lille) Midfielders: Mbark Boussoufa (Al Jazira), Karim El Ahmadi (Feyenoord), Youssef Ait Bennasser (Caen), Sofyan Amrabat (Feyenoord), Younes Belhanda (Galatasaray), Faycal Fajr (Getafe), Amine Harit (Schalke) Forwards: Khalid Boutaib (Malatyaspor), Aziz Bouhaddouz (St. Pauli), Ayoub El Kaabi (Renaissance Berkane), Nordin Amrabat (Leganes), Mehdi Carcela (Standard Liege), Hakim Ziyech (Ajax), Youssef En Nesyri (Malaga) Portugal 23-man final squad: Anthony Lopes, Beto, Rui Patricio, Bruno Alves, Cedric Soares, Jose Fonte, Mario Rui, Pepe, Raphael Guerreiro, Ricardo Pereira, Ruben Dias, Adrien Silva, Bruno Fernandes, Joao Mario, Joao Moutinho, Manuel Fernandes, William Carvalho, Andre Silva, Bernardo Silva, Cristiano Ronaldo, Gelson Martins, Goncalo Guedes, Ricardo Quaresma Spain 23-man final squad: David de Gea, Pepe Reina, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Jordi Alba, Nacho Monreal, Alvaro Odriozola, Nacho Fernandez, Dani Carvajal, Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos, Cesar Azpilicueta, Sergio Busquets, Isco, Thiago Alcantara, David Silva, Andres Iniesta, Saul Niguez, Koke, Marco Asensio, Iago Aspas, Diego Costa, Rodrigo Moreno, Lucas Vazquez. Group C Australia 23-man squad: Goalkeepers: Mat Ryan, Danny Vukovic, Brad Jones. Defenders: Trent Sainsbury, Milos Degenek, Matt Jurman, Mark Milligan, Josh Risdon, Aziz Behich, James Meredith. Midfielders: Mile Jedinak (captain), Aaron Mooy, Massimo Luongo, Jackson Irvine, Tomi Rogic, Dimitri Petratos, Mathew Leckie, Daniel Arzani. Forwards: Tim Cahill, Tomi Juric, Andrew Nabbout, Jamie Maclaren, Robbie Kruse. Denmark 23-man squad: Goalkeepers: Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester), Jonas Lossl (Huddersfield), Frederik Ronow (Brondby) Defenders: Andreas Christensen (Chelsea), Simon Kjaer (Sevilla), Mathias Jorgensen (Huddersfield), Jannik Vestergaard (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Henrik Dalsgaard (Brentford), Jens Stryger (Udinese), Jonas Knudsen (Ipswich) Midfielders: Christian Eriksen (Tottenham), Lasse Schone (Ajax), Lukas Lerager (Bordeaux), Michael Krohn-Dehli (Deportivo La Coruna), William Kvist (FC Copenhagen), Thomas Delaney (Werder Bremen) Forwards: Andreas Cornelius (Atalanta), Kasper Dolberg (Ajax), Martin Braithwaite (Bordeaux), Nicolai Jorgensen (Feyenoord), Pione Sisto (Celta Vigo), Viktor Fischer (FC Copenhagen), Yussuf Poulsen (RB Leipzig) World Cup 2018 stadiums France 23-man final squad: Goalkeepers:Hugo Lloris, Steve Mandanda, Alphonse Areola. Defenders: Djibril Sidibe, Benjamin Pavard, Adil Rami, Raphael Varane, Samuel Umtiti, Presnel Kimpembe, Benjamin Mendy, Lucas Hernandez. Midfielders: Paul Pogba, Blaise Matuidi, Corentin Tolisso, N'Golo Kante, Steven Nzonzi. Forwards: Kylian Mbappe, Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembele, Florian Thauvin, Thomas Lemar, Nabil Fekir. Peru 23-man final squad: Goalkeepers: Pedro Gallese (Veracruz), Carlos Caceda (Deportivo Municipal), Jose Carvallo (UTC). Defenders: Aldo Corzo (Universitario), Luis Advincula (Lobos Buap), Christian Ramos (Veracruz), Miguel Araujo (Alianza Lima), Alberto Rodriguez (Atletico Junior), Anderson Santamaria (Puebla), Miguel Trauco (Flamengo), Nilson Loyola (Melgar). Midfielders: Renato Tapia (Feyenoord), Pedro Aquino (Lobos Buap), Yoshimar Yotun (Orlando City), Paolo Hurtado (Vitoria Guimaraes), Christian Cueva (Sao Paulo), Edison Flores (Aalborg), Andy Polo (Portland Timbers), Wilder Cartagena (Veracruz). Forwards: Andre Carrillo (Watford), Raul Ruidiaz (Morelia), Jefferson Farfan (Lokomotiv Moscow), Paolo Guerrero (Flamengo) Group D Argentina 23-man final squad: Sergio Romero, Willy Caballero, Franco Armania, Gabriel Mercardo, Cristian Ansaldi, Nicolas Otamendi, Federico Fazio, Marcos Rojo, Nicolas Tagliafico, Marcos Acuna, Javier Mascherano, Eduardo Salvio, Lucas Biglia, Giovani Lo Celso, Ever Banega, Manuel Lanzini, Maximiliano Meza, Angel Di Maria, Cristian Pavon, Lionel Messi, Paulo Dybala, Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero. Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more Croatia 23-man final squad: Goalkeepers: Danijel Subasic (Monaco), Lovre Kalinic (Gent), Dominik Livakovic (Dinamo Zagreb) Defenders: Vedran Corluka (Lokomotiv Moscow), Domagoj Vida (Besiktas), Ivan Strinic (Sampdoria), Dejan Lovren (Liverpool), Sime Vrsaljko (Atletico Madrid), Josip Pivaric (Dynamo Kiev), Tin Jedvaj (Bayer Leverkusen), Duje Caleta-Car (Red Bull Salzburg) Midfielders: Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona), Mateo Kovacic (Real Madrid), Milan Badelj (Fiorentina), Marcelo Brozovic (Inter Milan), Filip Bradaric (Rijeka) Forwards: Mario Mandzukic (Juventus), Ivan Perisic (Inter Milan), Nikola Kalinic (AC Milan), Andrej Kramaric (Hoffenheim), Marko Pjaca (Schalke), Ante Rebic (Eintracht Frankfurt) Iceland 23-man final squad: Hannes Thor Halldorsson, Runar Alex Runarsson, Frederik Schram; Kari Arnason, Ari Freyr Skulason, Birkir Mar Saevarsson, Sverrir Ingi Ingason, Hordur Magnusson, Holmar Orn Eyjolfsson, Ragnar Sigurdsson; Johann Berg Gudmundsson, Birkir Bjarnason, Arnor Ingvi Traustason, Emil Hallfredsson, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Olafur Ingi Skulason, Rurik Gislason, Samuel Fridjonsson, Aron Gunnarsson; Alfred Finnbogason, Bjorn Bergmann Sigurdarson, Jon Dadi Bodvarsson, Albert Gudmundsson Nigeria 23-man final squad Goalkeepers: Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Enyimba), Francis Uzoho (Deportivo La Coruna), Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United). Defenders: Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor), Tyronne Ebuehi (Den Haag), Elderson Echiejile (Brugge), Bryan Idowu (Amkar Perm), Chidozie Awaziem (Nantes), William Ekong (Bursaspor), Leon Balogun (Brighton), Kenneth Omeruo (Kasimpasa). Midfielders: John Obi Mikel (Tianjin TEDA), Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor), Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester), Oghenekaro Etebo (Las Palmas), John Ogu (Hapoel Be'er Sheva), Joel Obi (Torino). Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Leicester), Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester), Victor Moses (Chelsea), Odion Ighalo (Changchun Yatai), Alex Iwobi (Arsenal), Simeon Nwankwo (Crotone) Group E Brazil 23-man final squad: Alisson, Ederson, Cassio; Danilo, Fagner, Marcelo, Filipe Luis, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Miranda, Pedro Geromel; Casemiro, Fernandinho, Paulinho, Fred, Renato Augusto, Philippe Coutinho, Willian, Douglas Costa; Neymar, Taison, Gabriel Jesus, Roberto Firmino Costa Rica 23-man final squad: Keylor Navas, Patrick Pemberton, Leonel Moreira, Cristian Gamboa, Ian Smith, Ronald Matarrita, Bryan Oviedo, Oscar Duarte, Giancarlo Gonzalez, Francisco Calvo, Kendall Waston, Johnny Acosta, David Guzman, Yeltsin Tejeda, Celso Borges, Randall Azofeifa, Rodney Wallace, Bryan Ruiz, Daniel Colindres, Christian Bolanos, Johan Venegas, Joel Campbell, Marco Urena. Switzerland 23-man final squad Goalkeepers: Roman Buerki (Borussia Dortmund), Yvon Mvogo (Leipzig), Yann Sommer (Borussia Moenchengladbach) Defenders: Manuel Akanji (Borussia Dortmund), Johan Djourou (Antalyaspor), Nico Elvedi (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Michael Lang (Basel), Stephan Lichtsteiner (Juventus), Jacques-Francois Moubandje (Toulouse), Ricardo Rodriguez (AC Milan), Fabian Schaer (Deportivo La Coruna) Midfielders: Valon Behrami (Udinese), Blerim Dzemaili (Bologna), Gelson Fernandes (Eintracht Frankfurt), Remo Freuler (Atalanta), Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke), Granit Xhaka (Arsenal), Denis Zakaria (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Steven Zuber (Hoffenheim) Forwards: Josip Drmic (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Breel Embolo (Schalke), Mario Gavranovic (Dinamo Zagreb), Haris Seferovic (Benfica) Serbia 23-man squad Goalkeepers: Vladimir Stojkovic (Partizan Belgrade), Predrag Rajkovic (Maccabi Tel Aviv), Marko Dmitrovic (Eibar). Defenders:Aleksandar Kolarov (AS Roma), Branislav Ivanovic (Zenit St. Petersburg), Dusko Tosic (Guangzhou R&F), Antonio Rukavina (Villarreal), Milos Veljkovic (Werder Bremen), Milan Rodic (Red Star Belgrade), Uros Spajic (Krasnodar), Nikola Milenkovic (Fiorentina). Midfielders: Nemanja Matic (Manchester United), Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace), Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (Lazio), Marko Grujic (Liverpool), Adem Ljajic (Torino), Dusan Tadic (Southampton), Filip Kostic (Hamburg SV), Andrija Zivkovic (Benfica), Nemanja Radonjic (Red Star Belgrade). Strikers: Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle United), Aleksandar Prijovic (PAOK Salonika), Luka Jovic (Benfica). Group F Germany 23-man final squad Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona), Kevin Trapp (Paris St Germain). Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Matthias Ginter (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Jonas Hector (Cologne), Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Marvin Plattenhardt (Hertha Berlin), Antonio Ruediger (Chelsea), Niklas Suele (Bayern Munich). Midfielders: Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), Julian Draxler (Paris St Germain), Leon Goretzka (Schalke 04), Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City), Sami Khedira (Juventus), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Thomas Mueller (Bayern Munich), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Sebastian Rudy (Bayern Munich), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal). Mexico 23-man final squad Goalkeepers: Guillermo Ochoa (Standard), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca), Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul) Defenders: Carlos Salcedo (Eintracht Frankfurt), Diego Reyes (Porto), Hector Moreno (Real Sociedad), Hugo Ayala (Tigres), Edson Alvarez (Club America), Jesus Gallardo (Pumas), Miguel Layun (Sevilla) Midfielders:Rafa Marquez (Atlas), Hector Herrera (Porto), Jonathan dos Santos (LA Galaxy), Andres Guardado (Real Betis), Marco Fabian (Eintracht Frankfurt), Giovani Dos Santos (LA Galaxy) Forwards: Javier Hernandez (West Ham United), Raul Jimenez (Benfica), Oribe Peralta (Club America), Jesus Corona (Porto), Carlos Vela (LAFC), Javier Aquino (Tigres), Hirving Lozano (PSV) South Korea 23-man final squad Goalkeepers: Kim Seung-gyu (Vissel Kobe, Japan), Kim Jin-hyeon (Cerezo Osaka, Japan), Cho Hyun-woo (Daegu FC) Defenders: Kim Young-gwon (Guangzhou Evergrande, China), Jang Hyun-soo (FC Tokyo, Japan), Jung Seung-hyun (Sagan Tosu, Japan), Yun Yong-sun (Seongnam FC), Oh Ban-suk (Jeju United), Kim Min-woo (Sangju Sangmu), Park Joo-ho (Ulsan Hyundai), Hong Chul (Sangju Sangmu), Go Yo-han (FC Seoul), Lee Yong (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors) Midfielders: Ki Sung-yueng (Swansea City, England), Jung Woo-young (Vissel Kobe, Japan), Ju Se-jong (Asan Mugunghwa FC), Koo Ja-cheol (FC Augsburg, Germany), Lee Jae-sung (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors), Lee Seung-woo (Hellas Verona, Italy), Moon Seon-min (Incheon United). Forwards: Kim Shin-wook (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors), Son Heung-min (Tottenham, England), Hwang Hee-chan (FC Red Bull Salzburg, Austria) Sweden 23-man final squad: Robin Olsen, Karl-Johan Johnsson, Kristoffer Nordfeldt, Mikael Lustig, Victor Lindelof, Andreas Granqvist, Martin Olsson, Ludwig Augustinsson, Filip Helander, Emil Krafth, Pontus Jansson, Sebastian Larsson, Albin Ekdal, Emil Forsberg, Gustav Svensson, Oscar Hiljemark, Viktor Claesson, Marcus Rohden, Jimmy Durmaz, Marcus Berg, John Guidetti, Ola Toivonen, Isaac Kiese Thelin Group G Belgium 24-man squad* *Roberto Martinez said that World Cup rules allowed the final squad to be named 24 hours before they kick off their campaign Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool), Koen Casteels (VfL Wolfsburg). Defenders: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham), Thomas Meunier (Paris Saint-Germain), Thomas Vermaelen (Barcelona), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham), Dedryck Boyata (Celtic), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City). Midfielders: Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United), Axel Witsel (Tianjin Quanjian), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Nacer Chadli (West Bromwich Albion), Leander Dendoncker (Anderlecht), Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Youri Tielemans (Monaco), Mousa Dembele (Tottenham Hotspur). Forwards: Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea/Dortmund), Yannick Carrasco (Dalian Yifang), Adnan Januzaj (Real Sociedad), Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United), Dries Mertens (Napoli). England 23-man final squad: Jack Butland, Nick Pope, Jordan Pickford; Fabian Delph, Danny Rose, Eric Dier, Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Harry Maguire, John Stones, Phil Jones, Gary Cahill; Jordan Henderson, Jesse Lingard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Ashley Young, Dele Alli, Raheem Sterling; Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy, Marcus Rashford, Danny Welbeck Panama 23-man final squad: Goalkeepers: Jaime Penedo (Dinamo Bucharest), Jose Calderon (Chorrillo FC), Alex Rodriguez (San Francisco FC). Defenders: Michael Murillo (New York Red Bulls), Harold Cummings (San Jose Earthquakes), Fidel Escobar (New York Red Bulls), Roman Torres (Seattle Sounders FC), Adolfo Machado (Houston Dynamo), Eric Davis (DAC Dunajska Streda), Luis Ovalle (CD Olimpia), Felipe Baloy (CSD Municipal). Midfielders: Gabriel Gomez (Atletico Bucaramanga), Edgar Barcenas (Cafetaleros de Tapachula), Armando Cooper (Club Universidad de Chile), Valentin Pimentel (Plaza Amador), Alberto Quintero (Universitario Lima), Anibal Godoy (San Jose Earthquakes), Jose Luis Rodriguez (KAA Gent). Forwards: Blas Perez (CSD Municipal), Gabriel Torres (CD Huachipato), Ismael Diaz (Deportivo La Coruña), Abdiel Arroyo (LD Alajuelense), Luis Tejada (Sport Boys). Tunisia 23-man final squad: Goalkeepers: Farouk Ben Mustapha (Al Shabab, Saudi Arabia), Moez Hassen (Chateauroux, France), Aymen Mathlouthi (Al Baten, Saudi Arabia) Defenders: Rami Bedoui (Etoile du Sahel), Yohan Benalouane (Leicester City, England), Syam Ben Youssef (Kasimpasa, Turkey), Dylan Bronn (Gent, Belgium), Oussama Haddadi (Dijon, France), Ali Maaloul (Al Ahly, Egypt), Yassine Meriah (CS Sfaxien), Hamdi Nagguez (Zamalek, Egypt) Midfielders: Anice Badri (Esperance), Mohamed Amine Ben Amor (Al Ahli Riyadh, Saudi Arabia), Ghaylene Chaalali (Esperance), Ahmed Khalil (Club Africain), Saifeddine Khaoui (Troyes, France), Ferjani Sassi (Al Nasr, Saudi Arabia), Ellyes Skhiri (Montpellier, France), Naim Sliti (Dijon, France), Bassem Srarfi (Nice, France) Forwards: Fakhreddine Ben Youssef (Al Ittifaq, Saudi Arabia), Saber Khalifa (Club Africain), Wahbi Khazri (Rennes, France) Group H Colombia 23-man final squad: Goalkeepers: David Ospina (Arsenal), Camilo Vargas (AC Deportivo Cali), Jose Fernando Cuadrado (CD Once Caldas). Defenders: Cristian Zapata (AC Milan), Oscar Murillo (CF Pachuca), Santiago Arias (PSV Eindhoven), Yerry Mina (Barcelona), Johan Mojica (Girona FC), Frank Fabra (CA Boca Juniors), Davinson Sanchez (Tottenham Hotspur). Midfielders: Wilmar Barrios (CA Boca Juniors), Carlos Sanchez (RCD Espanyol), Abel Aguilar (AC Deportivo Cali), James Rodriguez (Bayern Munich), Juan Guillermo Cuadrado (Juventus), Mateus Uribe (Club America), Jefferson Lerma (Levante), Juan Fernando Quintero (CA River Plate). Forwards: Carlos Bacca (Villarreal), Radamel Falcao Garcia (Monaco), Luis Muriel (Sevilla), Miguel Borja (SE Palmeiras), Jose Izquierdo (Brighton & Hove Albion). Japan 23-man squad: Goalkeepers: Eiji Kawashima (Metz), Masaaki Higashiguchi (Gamba Osaka), Kosuke Nakamura (Kashiwa Reysol). Defenders: Yuto Nagatomo (Galatasaray), Tomoaki Makino (Urawa Reds), Wataru Endo (Urawa Reds), Maya Yoshida (Southampton), Hiroki Sakai (Marseille), Gotoku Sakai (Hamburg), Gen Shoji (Kashima Antlers), Naomichi Ueda (Kashima Antlers). Midfielders: Makoto Hasebe (Eintracht Frankfurt), Keisuke Honda (Pachuca), Takashi Inui (Eibar), Shinji Kagawa (Dortmund), Hotaru Yamaguchi (Cerezo Osaka), Genki Haraguchi (Fortuna Dusseldorf), Takashi Usami (Fortuna Dusseldorf), Gaku Shibasaki (Getafe), Ryota Oshima (Kawasaki Frontale). Forwards: Shinji Okazaki (Leicester), Yuya Osako (Werder Bremen), Yoshinori Muto (Mainz). World Cup 2018 venues Poland 23-man final squad Goalkeepers:Bartosz Bialkowski (Ipswich Town), Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea), Wojciech Szczesny (Juventus). Defenders: Jan Bednarek (Southampton), Bartosz Bereszynski (Sampdoria), Thiago Cionek (SPAL), Kamil Glik (AS Monaco), Artur Jedrzejczyk (Legia Warszawa), Michal Pazdan (Legia Warszawa), Lukasz Piszczek (Borussia Dortmund). Midfielders: Jakub Blaszczykowski (VfL Wolfsburg), Jacek Goralski (Ludogorets Razgrad), Kamil Grosicki (Hull City), Grzegorz Krychowiak (West Bromwich Albion), Rafal Kurzawa (Gornik Zabrze), Karol Linetty (Sampdoria), Slawomir Peszko (Lechia Gdansk), Maciej Rybus (Lokomotiv Moscow), Piotr Zielinski (Napoli). Forwards: Dawid Kownacki (Sampdoria), Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), Arkadiusz Milik (Napoli), Lukasz Teodorczyk (Anderlecht) Senegal 23-man final squad: Abdoulaye Diallo, Khadim Ndiaye, Alfred Gomis, Lamine Gassama, Moussa Wague, Saliou Ciss, Youssouf Sabaly, Kalidou Kalidou, Salif Sane, Cheikhou Kouyate, Kara Mbodji, Idrisa Gana Gueye, Cheikh Ndoye, Alfred Ndiaye, Pape Alioune Ndiaye, Moussa Sow, Moussa Konate, Diafra Sakho, Sadio Mane, Ismaila Sarr, Mame Biram Diouf, Mbaye Niang, Diao Keita Balde WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
<p>Nel 2009 si passò in Cina: Inter-Lazio (2009), Milan-Inter (2011) e Juventus-Napoli (2012) vennero giocate al Bird’s Nest di Pechino, mentre nel 2015 Juventus-Lazio venne disputata a Shanghai. Nel frattempo, la Supercoppa era sbarcata in Qatar: Juventus-Napoli (2014) e Juventus-Milan (2016) sono state infatti giocate a Doha. (Foto Twitter) </p>
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Nel 2009 si passò in Cina: Inter-Lazio (2009), Milan-Inter (2011) e Juventus-Napoli (2012) vennero giocate al Bird’s Nest di Pechino, mentre nel 2015 Juventus-Lazio venne disputata a Shanghai. Nel frattempo, la Supercoppa era sbarcata in Qatar: Juventus-Napoli (2014) e Juventus-Milan (2016) sono state infatti giocate a Doha. (Foto Twitter)

Goleiro que será jogador do Milan a partir de julho fez questão de comentar a importância do treinador em sua vida e para o Napoli
Pepe Reina acredita que o “maníaco” Maurizio Sarri seria uma ótima opção para o Real Madrid
Goleiro que será jogador do Milan a partir de julho fez questão de comentar a importância do treinador em sua vida e para o Napoli
Goleiro que será jogador do Milan a partir de julho fez questão de comentar a importância do treinador em sua vida e para o Napoli
Pepe Reina acredita que o “maníaco” Maurizio Sarri seria uma ótima opção para o Real Madrid
Goleiro que será jogador do Milan a partir de julho fez questão de comentar a importância do treinador em sua vida e para o Napoli
Goleiro que será jogador do Milan a partir de julho fez questão de comentar a importância do treinador em sua vida e para o Napoli
Pepe Reina acredita que o “maníaco” Maurizio Sarri seria uma ótima opção para o Real Madrid
Goleiro que será jogador do Milan a partir de julho fez questão de comentar a importância do treinador em sua vida e para o Napoli
Goleiro que será jogador do Milan a partir de julho fez questão de comentar a importância do treinador em sua vida e para o Napoli
Pepe Reina acredita que o “maníaco” Maurizio Sarri seria uma ótima opção para o Real Madrid
Goleiro que será jogador do Milan a partir de julho fez questão de comentar a importância do treinador em sua vida e para o Napoli
Goleiro que será jogador do Milan a partir de julho fez questão de comentar a importância do treinador em sua vida e para o Napoli
Pepe Reina acredita que o “maníaco” Maurizio Sarri seria uma ótima opção para o Real Madrid
Goleiro que será jogador do Milan a partir de julho fez questão de comentar a importância do treinador em sua vida e para o Napoli
Inter Milan have become the fourth Italian club to show an interest in signing Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Mousa Dembele this summer. Dembele is entering the final 12 months of his contract and admitted the past season may have been his last at Tottenham. Manager Mauricio Pochettino is prepared to listen to offers for 30-year-old Dembele, despite describing him as one of the best players he has ever worked with. Dembele’s superb Champions League display in Turin against Juventus attracted interest from the Serie A champions and they have since been joined by AC Milan, Napoli and, most lately, Inter Milan. It is also thought Dembele has lucrative options in China, which leaves the former Fulham man with a big decision - move or stay put. The 50 best players in the Premier League 2017/18 Tottenham would rather sell Dembele to a Chinese club, as Juve, Napoli and Inter Milan have qualified for next season’s Champions League and could face Pochettino’s side. And chairman Daniel Levy is not prepared to allow the Belgium international to leave for a knock-down fee, despite his injury record. Levy is still thought to value Dembele at over £20 million, with the player understood to be seeking wages in excess of £100,000 a week. Premier League club-by-club review Dembele joined Tottenham from Fulham in 2012 for £15m and has gone on to make over 200 appearances for the club. Regardless of whether or not Dembele leaves this summer, Tottenham are in the market for a new central midfielder to eventually replace him.
Inter Milan join hunt for Mousa Dembele as Serie A clubs battle to sign Tottenham midfielder
Inter Milan have become the fourth Italian club to show an interest in signing Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Mousa Dembele this summer. Dembele is entering the final 12 months of his contract and admitted the past season may have been his last at Tottenham. Manager Mauricio Pochettino is prepared to listen to offers for 30-year-old Dembele, despite describing him as one of the best players he has ever worked with. Dembele’s superb Champions League display in Turin against Juventus attracted interest from the Serie A champions and they have since been joined by AC Milan, Napoli and, most lately, Inter Milan. It is also thought Dembele has lucrative options in China, which leaves the former Fulham man with a big decision - move or stay put. The 50 best players in the Premier League 2017/18 Tottenham would rather sell Dembele to a Chinese club, as Juve, Napoli and Inter Milan have qualified for next season’s Champions League and could face Pochettino’s side. And chairman Daniel Levy is not prepared to allow the Belgium international to leave for a knock-down fee, despite his injury record. Levy is still thought to value Dembele at over £20 million, with the player understood to be seeking wages in excess of £100,000 a week. Premier League club-by-club review Dembele joined Tottenham from Fulham in 2012 for £15m and has gone on to make over 200 appearances for the club. Regardless of whether or not Dembele leaves this summer, Tottenham are in the market for a new central midfielder to eventually replace him.
Il gol segnato nell’amichevole vinta dall’Italia di Mancini contro l’Arabia Saudita ha presentato un Balotelli in buona forma e pronto a rientrare in Italia, come ha dichiarato il suo procuratore Mino Raiola, pensando a Roma e Napoli che accoglierebbero Super Mario a braccia aperte. E Raiola ha parlato anche del portiere Donnarumma, che potrebbe restare al Milan “a vita” dopo il no al Liverpool. Nel caso di partenza di Higuain (potrebbe andare in Inghilterra e ritrovare Sarri al Chelsea), c’è chi sogna il ritorno di Morata alla Juventus. Anche se nelle ultime ore è emersa la notizia di un clamoroso scambio Juve-Inter, Icardi pronto ad andare a Torino in cambio di Higuain e 50 milioni.
Calciomercato: si balla sulle punte, da Balotelli a Icardi, da Morata a Higuain
Il gol segnato nell’amichevole vinta dall’Italia di Mancini contro l’Arabia Saudita ha presentato un Balotelli in buona forma e pronto a rientrare in Italia, come ha dichiarato il suo procuratore Mino Raiola, pensando a Roma e Napoli che accoglierebbero Super Mario a braccia aperte. E Raiola ha parlato anche del portiere Donnarumma, che potrebbe restare al Milan “a vita” dopo il no al Liverpool. Nel caso di partenza di Higuain (potrebbe andare in Inghilterra e ritrovare Sarri al Chelsea), c’è chi sogna il ritorno di Morata alla Juventus. Anche se nelle ultime ore è emersa la notizia di un clamoroso scambio Juve-Inter, Icardi pronto ad andare a Torino in cambio di Higuain e 50 milioni.
Il gol segnato nell’amichevole vinta dall’Italia di Mancini contro l’Arabia Saudita ha presentato un Balotelli in buona forma e pronto a rientrare in Italia, come ha dichiarato il suo procuratore Mino Raiola, pensando a Roma e Napoli che accoglierebbero Super Mario a braccia aperte. E Raiola ha parlato anche del portiere Donnarumma, che potrebbe restare al Milan “a vita” dopo il no al Liverpool. Nel caso di partenza di Higuain (potrebbe andare in Inghilterra e ritrovare Sarri al Chelsea), c’è chi sogna il ritorno di Morata alla Juventus. Anche se nelle ultime ore è emersa la notizia di un clamoroso scambio Juve-Inter, Icardi pronto ad andare a Torino in cambio di Higuain e 50 milioni.
Calciomercato: si balla sulle punte, da Balotelli a Icardi, da Morata a Higuain
Il gol segnato nell’amichevole vinta dall’Italia di Mancini contro l’Arabia Saudita ha presentato un Balotelli in buona forma e pronto a rientrare in Italia, come ha dichiarato il suo procuratore Mino Raiola, pensando a Roma e Napoli che accoglierebbero Super Mario a braccia aperte. E Raiola ha parlato anche del portiere Donnarumma, che potrebbe restare al Milan “a vita” dopo il no al Liverpool. Nel caso di partenza di Higuain (potrebbe andare in Inghilterra e ritrovare Sarri al Chelsea), c’è chi sogna il ritorno di Morata alla Juventus. Anche se nelle ultime ore è emersa la notizia di un clamoroso scambio Juve-Inter, Icardi pronto ad andare a Torino in cambio di Higuain e 50 milioni.
Il gol segnato nell’amichevole vinta dall’Italia di Mancini contro l’Arabia Saudita ha presentato un Balotelli in buona forma e pronto a rientrare in Italia, come ha dichiarato il suo procuratore Mino Raiola, pensando a Roma e Napoli che accoglierebbero Super Mario a braccia aperte. E Raiola ha parlato anche del portiere Donnarumma, che potrebbe restare al Milan “a vita” dopo il no al Liverpool. Nel caso di partenza di Higuain (potrebbe andare in Inghilterra e ritrovare Sarri al Chelsea), c’è chi sogna il ritorno di Morata alla Juventus. Anche se nelle ultime ore è emersa la notizia di un clamoroso scambio Juve-Inter, Icardi pronto ad andare a Torino in cambio di Higuain e 50 milioni.
Calciomercato: si balla sulle punte, da Balotelli a Icardi, da Morata a Higuain
Il gol segnato nell’amichevole vinta dall’Italia di Mancini contro l’Arabia Saudita ha presentato un Balotelli in buona forma e pronto a rientrare in Italia, come ha dichiarato il suo procuratore Mino Raiola, pensando a Roma e Napoli che accoglierebbero Super Mario a braccia aperte. E Raiola ha parlato anche del portiere Donnarumma, che potrebbe restare al Milan “a vita” dopo il no al Liverpool. Nel caso di partenza di Higuain (potrebbe andare in Inghilterra e ritrovare Sarri al Chelsea), c’è chi sogna il ritorno di Morata alla Juventus. Anche se nelle ultime ore è emersa la notizia di un clamoroso scambio Juve-Inter, Icardi pronto ad andare a Torino in cambio di Higuain e 50 milioni.
Real Madrid 3 Liverpool 1 (Benzema, Bale (2); Mane) Salah and Karius will haunt Liverpool's broken dreams Paul Hayward: Karius needs protecting from inner demons Did Bale score the greatest Champions League goal ever? Real vs Liverpool, ratings - who shone and who flopped? Ronaldo joins Bale in casting doubt over Real Madrid future By the end of the night it felt that whatever Gareth Bale tried in this Champions League final would find the back of the Liverpool net, and even if what he attempted was not good enough then it would be Loris Karius’ misfortune to help it on its way. This was the fourth Champions League final of Bale’s five years at Real Madrid, but the first in which he upstaged everyone, including Cristiano Ronaldo on the kind of night that is supposed to belong to Ronaldo. The first of the two goals the substitute scored was an overhead kick good enough to win any one of the 13 European Cup finals in which Madrid have now triumphed, and the second was part of the other story of the night that ended so differently. Real Madrid vs Liverpool, player ratings Karius had the kind of night that a goalkeeper will never be able to forget and as he later sobbed in front of the Liverpool end, trying to express his sorrow for two terrible errors you wondered at how long the young German’s career will take to recover. He had thrown a ball against Karim Benzema’s foot for Madrid’s first goal and flapped in the second of Bale’s which was struck from 40 yards by Bale in the firm belief that whatever by that point he did would turn to gold. It would have been hard for Liverpool to win this final with a goalkeeper as lost as Karius was, but it was even harder without Mohamed Salah, their goal machine taken out of the final by a first half entanglement with Madrid’s great cynic-in-chief, Sergio Ramos. Jurgen Klopp stopped short of blaming the Madrid captain for a wrestle that ended with Salah thrust down hard onto his neck and shoulder with the arm that should have broken his fall locked in by Ramos. The Egyptian left the pitch in tears on just half an hour and he seemed to know then what Klopp confirmed later, that the injury was “really serious” and could cost him a place at the World Cup finals. Ramos was not even booked and we will never know if he could have foreseen what would happen but there was no question that he held onto Salah long after the Liverpool man was going down at a precipitous angle, slammed into the pitch. Gareth Bale makes an immediate impact with a stunning overhead kick from 18 yards Credit: REUTERS/Phil Noble In the aftermath, Bale was as outspoken as he has ever been about his Madrid future declaring that he needs to play games and that he will discuss the issue with his agent Jonathan Barnett over the summer. It certainly sounded like the end of Bale and Madrid, given that he has always been unequivocal that he would stay or perhaps it was the ultimate power play that will see Ronaldo leave and the Welshman remain. While Bale was playing poker with his future in Madrid, so Ronaldo was declaring that he too would be leaving the club in the summer. The contract that he was promised by president Florentino Perez after victory in Cardiff last summer has never materialised and afterwards it fell to Zinedine Zidane to try to head off a crisis on this, his greatest night. “Cristiano has to stay, I always say this,” he said. Real Madrid 3 Liverpool 1 | Story of the Champions League final They scarcely had picked up the trophy and this famous Madrid side was already being picked apart but if this was their sign-off then they demonstrated just why winning these finals comes so easy to this team. There were periods when Liverpool were able to change the game to their kind of pace and tempo but there were so few of them, even when Sadio Mane scored a second half equaliser which briefly gave Jurgen Klopp’s team hope before Bale took over. Mane would later hit the post with the score at 2-1 but 66 per cent of the possession of this game belonged to Madrid and the chaos that Klopp likes to inflict on teams just never materialised. He had to bring on Adam Lallana in place of the injured Salah, the Englishman having played just 16 minutes of senior football since the end of March and it showed in his game. Salah injures his shoulder when Ramos challenges him, holds on to his arm then pins him to the ground Credit: GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images The injury to Salah was a grievous blow for Liverpool who had been blown around for periods of the first half, incapable of breaking the rhythms of Madrid’s passing. They had the only attempt on target in the first half from Trent Alexander-Arnold, the first teenager to start a Champions League final since Johan Neeskens for Ajax in 1971, and yet even then Madrid felt in control. Madrid also lost a player to injury before the first half, and Dani Carvajal also departed in tears but if there was one they could afford to lose then it was their right-back. Isco hit the bar within three minutes of the start if the new half, the kind of chance that he should really have scored and it was eventually the Spain international who made way for Bale. Bale tries to console a distraught Karius at the end Credit: PHIL NOBLE/REUTERS Before then came the first goal, Karius with the ball in his hands and Benzema, perhaps slightly more tenaciously than expected, dangling a foot in front of the goalkeeper’s under-arm distribution. Benzema got the full force of it, dribbling off his foot and into the corner of Liverpool’s goal. Those who had looked away expecting the ball to be released, turned back to Karius protesting – protesting what? – and Klopp, a man of so many emotions, unable to express a single one on the touchline. He has known for some time that this young goalkeeper is not the answer to one of the club’s enduring problems and that was ruthlessly punished on this night above all. If anything, once the initial shock had subsided, it liberated Liverpool a little. From James Milner’s cross from the right they won the corner which Dejan Lovren won over the top of Ramos for Mane to squeeze in. Sergio Ramos lifts Real Madrid's 13th European Cup Credit: David Ramos/Getty Images Bale had come on after the hour and within two minutes he had taken his opportunity. It is hard enough to execute an overhead kick in any circumstances and Bale did not have time to fully rotate and extend for his overhead kick. But he caught Marcelo’s cross at the perfect point of the arc and you knew instantly you had seen one of the goals of a lifetime. ���� #CHAMP13NS OF EUROPE!!! pic.twitter.com/NCo9HdYJoZ— Real Madrid C.F.�������� (@realmadriden) May 26, 2018 His second goal of the night was a disaster for Karius, a shot that Bale would later say had “some wobble” on it but should have been saved easily by the Liverpool goalkeeper. By the end of the match the reality had sunk in and Karius slumped to the floor where the tears began to flow. Real Madrid vs Liverpool, Champions League final 2018 12:10AM Record-breaking Real As we wrap up for tonight, here's a round-up of various records and milestones for Real Madrid. With the victory Real became the first team to win three straight titles in the Champions League era. Before the European Cup switched to the Champions League format in 1992, Real won five straight titles (1956-1960), while Dutch club Ajax Amsterdam and German team Bayern Munich both won three successive European Cup trophies in the 1970s. Real's Zinedine Zidane is the first coach to win three straight European Cup titles in any era. The former France playmaker only became Real coach in January, 2016. Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to win five Champions League titles. He won his first with Manchester United in 2008 and has been part of Real's four titles in the past five seasons. Former Real player Francisco 'Paco' Gento holds the record from the pre-Champions League era with six titles. Spanish clubs have won their last seven finals against English clubs (Champions League and Europa League) Liverpool's Juergen Klopp has now lost five straight finals as a coach. German Klopp won his first final - the 2012 German Cup with Borussia Dortmund - but then lost the 2013 Champions League final to Bayern and the 2014 German Cup final to the Bavarians plus the 2015 German Cup final to VFl Wolfsburg. At Liverpool he lost the 2016 League Cup final to Manchester City on penalties and, in the same season, the Europa League showpiece to Sevilla before Saturday's defeat by Real in Kiev. 11:58PM Egyptians rage against Ramos Unsurprisingly, Ramos is not exactly popular in Egypt right now. In Cairo, fans screamed insults at Ramos during a public screening of the final. Egyptians also took to social media to vent their frustration over Salah's injury and blame Ramos for causing it, using Arabic's rich and colourful range of expletives. At cafes in Cairo where tens of thousands watched the game, an eerie silence fell when Salah hit the ground with Ramos. They let out a collective sigh of relief when he returned to the game, but screamed insults at Ramos when he left the game for good. Mo Salah is likely out for the World Cup. Sergio Ramos ruined things for 90 million Egyptians, and 1.7 Billion Muslims.— Khaled Beydoun (@KhaledBeydoun) May 26, 2018 At one cafe in Cairo, many of the 500 people who gathered to watch the game on a giant screen left when Salah exited the match. "Ramos does not play football, it's more like wrestling. Liverpool would have won if Salah continued to play," said Mustafa Mohammed, an 18-year-old university student who wept when the Egyptian winger left the game. 11:38PM Egypt optimistic over Salah Egypt says Mohamed Salah sprained his shoulder ligaments but the team is optimistic he'll play at the World Cup next month. The Egypt team says on Twitter that its doctor is in contact with Liverpool medical staff and there is reason to hope that Salah can play in Egypt's first World Cup campaign for 28 years. Liverpool's Mohamed Salah looks dejected after sustaining an injury Credit: Reuters Salah left the stadium with his arm in a sling after the match. He was forced off in the 30th minute after injuring his shoulder in a hard tackle from Madrid captain Sergio Ramos. Liverpool coach Juergen Klopp didn't appear so hopeful, saying "anything is possible" but that Salah is doubtful for the World Cup. Egypt's first Group A game is on June 15 against Uruguay, before matches against Russia and Saudi Arabia. 11:05PM Loris Karius speaks "My mistakes have lost the team the final. I'm sorry ... sorry to everyone." And a touch of class from Internazionale and Napoli. �� | @LorisKarius a bad night can happen to anyone, other successes are waiting for you in life! A hug from all of us at #FCIM— Inter (@Inter_en) May 26, 2018 Chin up, @LorisKarius. Anyone can have a bad game. A hug from @en_sscnapoli— Official SSC Napoli (@en_sscnapoli) May 26, 2018 10:49PM A hostage to fortune is liberated safe and sound ���� 13 - our lucky number! @adidasfootball#CHAMP13NS#HereToCreatepic.twitter.com/X6LAryJtEt— Real Madrid C.F.�������� (@realmadriden) May 26, 2018 10:44PM A compassionate word of wisdom Feel sorry for Karius but it’s how you bounce back I have been there it’s a dark place to be I hope he comes through it Stay strong Believe in yourself Goalkeepers Union— Neville Southall (@NevilleSouthall) May 26, 2018 10:41PM Zidane speaks "Great emotions, to live this. To win three Champions Leagues with this club, this team is magnificent. [Was Bale's goal better than yours at Hampden?] It was different but Gareth's goal was magnificent. We are going to enjoy what we've achieved [and not worry about next season just yet]. Zidane wins his third Champions League with Real Madrid as manager and fourth overall Credit: AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE "We've had a complicated season but we end it in joy. This is a legendary club, we have won 13 European Cups and I am happy to be part of this history.@ 10:31PM Klopp on Salah The manager thinks his World Cup is now in serious jeopardy. 10:31PM Jurgen Klopp speaks "We started well, we played exactly like we wanted to play then that situation with Ramos and Mo looks really bad and was a shock for the team. "We dropped too deep, couldn't defend the pass of Kroos and Modric. We had to work and run, half-time came in. What can I say about the goals? We scored one, they scored three. Jurgen Klopp receives his runners-up medal Credit: Mike Egerton/PA "What can I say? Loris knows it. Everyone knows it. I really feel for him. Fantastic boy. The second one is because of the first one. It's difficult in a game like this to get the bad thoughts out of your mind. "We were in the game. We tried everything. Everything was great until tonight. You go to a final to win it and when you don't you feel like a failure. It was a proper chance for us tonight but we didn't do it. What more can I say? 10:18PM Luka Modric speaks It's something unbelievable, something historic. Twice was really amazing. This was really historic. We watched a film about basketball last night about the Lakers and Bulls who won four or five in a row. They called them a dynasty. I think you can call us a dynasty now. Every title is special. Every one. The first is the first but the third in a row, is very special. I don't think anyone will repeat it. We need now to enjoy not to think of other things (going for a fourth). 10:09PM A handy path to all our CL final content Real Madrid 3 Liverpool 1 | Story of the Champions League final 10:09PM My Spanish correspondent writes John McEnerney tells us CR7 has just given an interview to Spanish TV with a sour puss on him & dropped a major hint that he’s on his way out of Real! The commentators haven’t stopped talking about it for the last five minutes. Neymar to Real? He did smile after watching Bale's overhead fly in but was remarkably mardy for most of the game and immediately afterwards. 10:07PM Jordan Henderson speaks Disappointing of course. Done well to get back into the game. Mistakes. Madrid were really good. They're a fantastic side and we knew they were going to hurt us. We dominated the first 30-35 minutes and had a few chances. When Mo got injured they started dominating a bit more. We kept in the game, go a goal back. The first one I don't know if it's allowed. He couldn't do anything with the second and [with the third] the ball's got loads of movement on which is always difficult. It's not about one person it's about everybody. We weren't good enough. We have to thank the fans. We have a fantastic squad and a fantastic manager. 9:56PM Champions League final player ratings Real Madrid vs Liverpool, player ratings 9:50PM Gareth Bale speaks Obviously I was very disappointed not to start the game, I thought I deserved it. The best I could do was come on and make an impact – and that’s what I did. It has to be the best goal I’ve ever scored. I'm just happy to get the win. We know what we’ve achieved and how good we’ve been. We let everyone else speak, we know how hungry and determined we are and we showed it again today. “[Shall I ask you my annual question of whether we will ever see you back in the PL?] I need to be playing week-in week-out and that hasn’t happened this season for one reason or another. I have to sit down in the summer and discuss my future with my agent and take it from there.” 9:48PM Gerrard on Karius who went over to the Liverpool fans Liverpool fans are educated, they're forgiving, they'll back you when times are tough and when you're top of the world. I admire him for owning up but he's in for a tough few months. 9:43PM Real Madrid have won their 13th European Cup Jurgen Klopp is on the field, hugging his players. Lovren is weeping as are Milner, Karius and Henderson. Sadly that goalkeeping performance will be talked about forever. And so, for the right reasons, will be Gareth Bale's first goal. 9:40PM Full time Real Madrid have won a hat-trick of Champions Leagues and their 13th European Cup. Karius is distraught and there are a lot of tears from Lovren et al. Madrid players are trying to console Karius. John Aldridge would rub his hair if he was playing for the opposition. 9:38PM 90+2 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool Out come the scarves and the Liverpool fans sing their original hit. A pitch invader runs on to the field as Ronaldo shapes to shoot and is wrestled to the ground. 9:37PM 90 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool We'll have three added minutes which begin with Alexander-Arnold's free-kick from the left that Real Madrid head clear. Here's Karius' second howler: Karius helps Gareth Bale score his second Credit: Sergei Grits/AP 9:34PM 89 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool Is there a way back for Karius? I can't see how there is after the two errors which will be replayed for all eternity. Benzema is replaced by Marco Asensio. 9:32PM 87 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool Liverpool fans crank up YNWA after Bale speeds through the middle, a hat-trick in his sights, when Lovren, who has played very well, halts his progress with another fine sliding tackle. Ronaldo gives Bale an earful for not passing. Top trolling. 9:30PM 85 min Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool It dipped a little but that was a calamitous error from the keeper who shaped to punch it then flapped at his attempted catch and treated it like a bar of wet soap. Awful keeping. Poor lad. Both errors will be indelible stains unfortunately. 9:29PM Goal!! Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool Bale scores - another assist from the hapless Karius, who drops a shot into the goal. 9:28PM 83 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Liverpool are making a substitution. Can replaces the clearly flagging Milner. 9:27PM 81 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Sharp save from Karius after a Bale cross with the outside of his left foot from the right is met sweetly by Benzema and smashed on target with a volley. Liverpool are increasingly open at the back. 9:26PM 79 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Liverpool aren't warming their subs up. There's a sense that they have no gamechangers there. Take a look at this again: Bale puts Real Madrid 2-1 up two minutes after coming on Credit: Christopher Lee - UEFA 9:23PM 76 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Milner crosses twice from the left after bursting beyond Modric but both are blocked. Milner takes the throw-in from the left and Liverpool switch it to Alexander-Arnold whose deep cross is beaten back by Real Madrid. 9:20PM 74 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Marvellous sliding tackle from Robertson as Ronaldo shifts the ball on to his left to almost certainly score from 12 yards after being out through. Ronaldo hesitated a while to shift feet, allowing Robertson to seize his chance that came at the end of a swift Real break following a Liverpool shout for a penalty that wasn't given and rightly so. Firmino's cross hit Casemiro on the elbow from two yards and the ref turned down Liverpool's protestations. 9:18PM 72 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Good sliding tackle from Van Dijk denies Ronaldo. Here's Bale's bicycle kick: Bale puts Real Madrid 2-1 up Credit: David Ramos/Getty Images 9:17PM 70 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Mane now cuts in from the right and shoots with his left, crunching it on to the right post. Liverpool could do with taking Lallana off. He isn't ready for this much football and intensity after such a long lay-off. 9:15PM 69 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Mane exploits Ramos succumbing to cramp to latch on to Robertson's pass. Out comes Navas but Ramos recovers to welly it behind. 9:14PM 68 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Liverpool bounced back within five minutes after Real Madrid's first. They need Milner to rouse them once more. This is the best goal EVER in a final. Period. Insane from Gareth Bale.#UCLfinalpic.twitter.com/RyAIR94p2W— Real Madrid vs Liverpool live on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 26, 2018 9:12PM 66 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool The Liverpool fans were understandably stunned for a moment or too but are beginning to recover. 9:10PM 64 min Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool A left-foot bicycle-kick from 18 yards. He had to get up high to meet the cross and acrobatically scores a goal the equal of Ronaldo's overhead in the group. What a goal! Unstoppable. 9:08PM Goal!! Real Madrid 2-1 Liverpool Bale with what the kids call a banger. What a strike! 9:08PM 62 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool That was Isco's last touch. Gareth Bale replaces him. Here's Liverpool's equaliser: Mane makes it 1-1 with a balletic leaping volley Credit: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images 9:06PM 60 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Gareth Bale is warming up and now taking off his training top. Modric spots Nacho peeling off down the right and plays him in. The full-back crosses, Isco stuns it, eight yards out, turns and shoots. Karius swoops down smartly to push it wide though I think it was missing anywayy. 9:04PM 58 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Here's Real Madrid's opener: Karius makes a gift of a goal to Krim Benzema Credit: AP Photo/Sergei Grits 9:02PM 57 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Jurgen Klopp celebrated with epic aggression, punching the air, gurning magnificently and leaping towards the Liverpool fans. 9:01PM 55 min Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Milner's corner is headed back across the box by Lovren who won it majestically and Mane converted with a kung fu flying volley, his leg raised horizontally to belt it past Navas from five yards. That was a tremendous comeback. 9:00PM Goal!! Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool Sadio Mane! 9:00PM 53 min Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool When not investing in a proper elite keeper costs you, possibly very dear indeed. Liverpool rally with Milner up the left and he bends in a cross towards the far post that is headed out just over Firmino's head at the far post for a corner. 8:57PM Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool A Karius cock-up of epic proportions. He underarmed the ball out and Benzema blocks it, diverting it into an empty net. Karius claims Benzema had a raised foot but he didn't. Liverpool's goalkeeper has cost them a goal. Never a foul in a million years. 8:56PM GOAL!! Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool Benzema scores. 8:55PM 49 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool That chance originated in a fine right-wing cross from Benzema that Liverpool scrambled half clear. 8:54PM 47 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Isco hits the bar with Karius stranded after a mistake from Lallana who diverted Marcelo's pass into Isco's path. Isco had to hook it on the volley over a falling Karius from 15 yards but shinned it on to the crossbar. 8:51PM 46 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool We're off again and Real Madrid, with no urgency, give the ball to Liverpool in the right-back position and the men in red, the fabled Red Men, attack up the left. A cute backheel from Mane is not read by Lallana and Real Madrid usher it behind for a goalkick. 8:49PM Mohamed Salah update And it's dreadful news for Egypt too, because he has a suspected dislocated shoulder. If they need to pin it there's no way he'll be able to play in the World Cup. 8:43PM Two down Jurgen Klopp hugs a distressed Mo Salah Credit: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images Dani Carvajal's Champions League final ends in Injury for the second successive year Credit: Efrem Lukatsky/AP 8:37PM Half time A bright start from Liverpool but losing Mo Salah has burst their bubble for the last 15 minutes. Real Madrid, forced to start slowly, are coming more and more into it. Liverpool and Klopp need to stress the importance of getting the ball up to Firmino who has to station himself further up the pitch to force Real Madrid backwards. 8:34PM 45+2 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Kroos bends the inswinger to the near post where it's headed clear. Liverpool have no one up front to soak up the ball and time so back come Real Madrid with Benzema who whacks a shot from 20 yards that scuds wide of the left post. Karius dives but more for belt and braces than any need. 8:32PM 45+1 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool The first of three added minutes begins with Marcelo pushing high up the left, a run that ends with Alexander-Arnold's patient jockeying and crisp tackle. Corner. 8:31PM 44 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Terrific cross from the left by Benzema arcs over the defenders and dips beyond the back post to meet Nacho's run. The replacement right-back had motored 60 yards to meet it on the volley, but flays it into the side netting. 8:30PM 42 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Real Madrid put the ball in the Liverpool net but Benzema, who knocked it in with a right foot shot into the corner after Ronaldo's header was saved by Karius, was offside. (So was Ronaldo, who should have scored from Isco's sublime chip but he would not have been punished had he converted but he placed it too close to the keeper). 8:27PM 40 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Mane loses the ball and Real fly up the left only for Ronaldo to give the ball away with a wayward pass that should have been an easy one. 8:25PM 38 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool's lines are very tightly organised and compact in defence as Real Madrid try to penetrate. Modric, at last, goes on a dribble down the right and tries to cross but Van Dijk slides in to block the centre out and behind for a corner. Real Madrid send the header beast Ramos up but then take it short and Liverpool snuff it out with dynamic, indeed gegen, pressing. 8:23PM 36 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Carvajal, too, departs in tears. Nacho will replace him. Salah is comforted by Ramos Credit: PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images 8:21PM 35 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Carvajal who was injured in last year's final seems to have done his hamstring - as he did last year - when trying a backheel up the right wing on the overlap. Klopp uses the break to gather his 10 outfield players and talk to them on the rouchline. 8:19PM 33 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Excellent block from Lovren, stopping Benzema's point blank shot. Every Ramos touch is being booed by Liverpool's fans. Was he to blame? Well, he hung on to Salah as he fell but I doubt he could have deliberately fallen on him in such a premeditated way at the moment the point of his shoulder hit the ground. It would have been very difficult to choreograph that but he was gripping on. 8:17PM 32 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Adam Lallana replaces Mo Salah and goes to the left. Sadio Mane moves to the right. Mo Salah has to depart with an injured shoulder Credit: REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach 8:16PM 31 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Salah sits down and in floods of tears says he can't go on and is clutching his left shoulder. What a shame. Lallana is getting stripped to come on. Salah puts his head on Klopp's arm and weeps. Salah departs Credit: BT SPORT 8:14PM 29 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool corner after clever work from Mane down the left forces Carvajal to concede it. Liverpool set up for an inswinger. Navas is given a free-kick for Wijnaldum blocking him off but it wasn't much. 8:12PM 27 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Huge concern for Liverpool as Salah waves on the physio, yelling in pain after falling on his shoulder with Ramos on top of his arm with their arms interlocked. He pins him to the floor. After two minutes, he springs back up after some treatment. 8:11PM 25 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool And Robertson squares it to Firmino back to goal about 15 yards out. His turning circle is quite large because of the pace of the pass but he manages it, swivels and shoots. Ramos blocks it with his shin and the ball rebounds out to Trent Alexander-Arnold pushing high into the box on the right. He strikes his shot crisply and cleanly, larruping it towards goal from 12 yards and Navas pulls off a fine save low to his right, catching it at the second attempt. 8:08PM 23 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Alert defending from Ramos mops up the ball when a ball from Roberston, spun up the left, gives Mane a 50-50 chance of getting in on goal. Back come Liverpool at pace down the left ... 8:07PM 21 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Real Madrid, weathering the storm so far but by the seat of their pants, are keen to deflate the tempo a little though they still look confident on the break. Milner gets a telling off for standing on Carvajal's foot as the right-back tried to get past him. 8:05PM 19 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Salah swings it in with his left and Navas is all over the place, swiping at thin air behind Van Dijk who easily beat him to it but not the ball that loops over him. Lovren chases Ronaldo Credit: REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach 8:03PM 17 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Extraordinary backpass from Carvajal intended for Ramos is so wildly off target that Liverpool nab a cheap corner from the right. 8:02PM 15 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Ronaldo switches wings and is played in down the right by Carvajal's run and Casemiro's fine pass. He accelerates with electric verve and takes the shot on from an angle of about 340 degrees as Van Dijk cannily forces him wide. He absolutely belts his shot and it beats the crossbar by about six inches. He should have crossed, of course. 8:00PM 13 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool soft shoe through the Real Madrid box after Kroos' crude foul on Mane. Firmino can't get the ball from under his feet before Carvajal hacks it clear but the way Liverpool are pressing Real Madrid keeps them on the front foot and Real Madrid uncharacteristically prone to panic. 7:56PM 11 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool The first raid from Marcelo, linking up with Benzema and spurting past Milner down the inside-left channel. He advances to about 25 yards from goal and spears a low shot on the run past the far post. 7:55PM 9 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Varane doesn't clear adequately and back come Liverpool, hooking a cross towards Firmino whose deflected header bounces out to the right of the box where Alexander-Arnold and Salah are lurking and ready to pounce. Navas beats them to the knockdown. Very impressive start from Liverpool. 7:53PM 7 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Lovely work from Firmino who takes a pass 40 yards from goal, turns and laces a lovely pass that provokes panic and a scramble between Navas, Marcelo and Ramos to get it clear. 7:52PM 5 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool free-kick about 21 yards out on the left by the angle of the box after Salah was tripped. Salah takes it but Modric bursts out of the wall to block and leads the charge upfield. Isco catches Alexander-Arnold dawdling and knocks it past him but Karius is alert and sweeps up, 10 yards outside his area. 7:50PM 4 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool move it forward slickly and Salah again wriggles free to play in Wijnaldum with a cute pass and the Dutchman scuds a daisycutter shot at Varane. 7:49PM 3 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Alexander-Arnold has Ronaldo within breathing distance and the latter scoots down the left and works in a cross as Lovren backs off. Liverpool clear but Real Madrid and Cravajal launch it long back in to the box. Isco, offside, tries to connect with a flying scissors kick but Karius beats him to it. 7:47PM 1 min Real Madrid 0-0 Liverpool Liverpool kick off to the strains of Allez x3. Milner knocks it back and Liverpool chip it up the inside-left channel. Varane sweeps round the back to mop up a Salah through ball intended for Mane and Real counter up the left. Lovren puts Ronaldo on his backside and the ball into touch. 7:44PM Ronaldo gives Salah a look An almost perfect Paddington Bear stare in the tunnel from the Real No7 to the Liverpool No11. Andriy Shevchenko brings the trophy out to the side of the pitch Credit: Alexander Hassenstein - UEFA 7:41PM Are you ready? Cue the music: ♫ Die Meister Die Besten Les Grandes Équipes The Champions ♫ 7:30PM Jurgen Klopp speaks It will be very tense. We didn't speak about [a fast start] we always do that. We don't need an early start and 1-0 after two minutes because it won't make them unstable. We need a solid start. Probably their bench could qualify for the final but it's 11 v 11, we are happy to be here. Now let's go out there and play. 7:28PM They're singing that song from Carousel �� Crank that volume up! �� Just listen to that noise when the Reds enter the pitch... ������#UCLfinalpic.twitter.com/k7vm5lwMgz— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 26, 2018 7:25PM Roberto Carlos is in the house Real Madrid, Brazil and Inter gamechanging left-back Roberto Carlos is at the game Credit: AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin As are scores of Liverpool banners. They love a banner, Liverpool, ever since the days of Joey Jones and the Swiss Roll ... Read all about it Credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images 7:11PM Liverpool players Didn't even manage to nab a new suit out of getting here. Very poor player pool etiquette there: Gini Wijnaldum arrives in his tracksuit Credit: Alexander Hassenstein - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images 6:57PM The teams in black and white Real Madrid Keylor Navas; Dani Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Marcelo; Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric; Isco, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema. Substitutes Kiko Casilla, Nacho, Theo Hernandez, Mateo Kovacic, Lucas Vazquez, Gareth Bale, Marco Asensio. Liverpool's dressing room in Kiev Credit: Lukas Schulze - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images Liverpool Loris Karius; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson; Georginio Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson, James Milner; Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane. Substitutes Simon Mignolet, Nathaniel Clyne, Alberto Moreno, Ragnar Kalavan, Emre Can, Adam Lallana, Dominic Solanke. Referee Milorad Mazic (Serbia) 6:47PM Himself has arrived Cristiano Ronaldo arrives at Kiev's Olimpiyskiy Stadium Credit: Lukas Schulze - UEFA He has been a winner in 2008, 2014, 2016 and 2017 and a runner-up in 2009. He has scored 121 Champions League goals, four in finals plus a match-winning shoot-out penalty in 2016. 6:33PM Real Madrid line-up confirmed �� Our starting XI for the final!#APorLa13 | #HalaMadridpic.twitter.com/b0mBY51Iff— Real Madrid C.F.�������� (@realmadriden) May 26, 2018 6:32PM Liverpool line-up confirmed Tonight's #UCLfinal line-up...#WeAreLiverpoolpic.twitter.com/3lkznSLDkH— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 26, 2018 6:31PM Real Madrid likely line-up We think Liverpool's will be as predicted, and so will Real Madrid's with their diamond midfield and Gareth Bale as the £90m impact sub: Real Madrid likely XI Navas, Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo, Casemiro, Modric, Kroos, Isco, Ronaldo, Benzema. They were absolutely terrible at home against Juventus and Bayern Munich for about an hour of each game but got the job done in the first leg. Their performances can be infuriatingly inconsistent, with flaws and flamboyance. But they are winners. 6:19PM Speaking of Alan Kennedy Here's his goal from 1981 Alan Kennedy scores Liverpool's winner in the 1981 final against Real Madrid Credit: DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images Here are his memories of that day, as told to Chris Bascombe: “It’s funny to think back then because even though we were playing Real Madrid, we felt they were in awe of us more than we were them. It wasn’t a great game. Graeme Souness took a kick early on from Uli Stielike and played with injury, and Kenny Dalglish wasn’t fully fit. “The pitch in Paris was also awful, one of the worst we ever played on and it was no place for a final. Even the organisation was shambolic. When we got to the ground Uefa told us we couldn’t wear our kit because we had a sponsors name ['Hitachi’] on it. We had to get out a spare and put sticking tape over the Umbro signs. We’re in the dressing room 20 minutes before kick-off checking each others logo! It was ridiculous, really. Madrid had some dangerous players but the longer the game went on the more we felt we’d win – and then the chance came my way. “Bob Paisley’s advice to me was always to 'get around the outside of them’, and I’d had a couple of efforts before the goal. I always felt I could get a chance, which is a great thing to believe as a left-back. The winning penalty in Rome three years later was a more nerve-racking experience, but you just feel privileged to have played your part in that kind of success.” 6:11PM And it's live! BT Sport has begun its coverage by introducing us to three Champions League-winning captains who make up its studio punditry team: Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Rio Ferdinand. Frank and Rio have Benitez-esque barber shop quartet waistcoats on. Gerrard opts for a less ostentatiously Jacomo look. And BT will delight all of you who are subscription strangers to its prime product with Glenn Hoddle and Steve McManaman in the dual co-commentator role. The past was yours but the future's mine? Credit: REUTERS/Viacheslav Ratynskyi 5:57PM Some unofficial team news from Sky's Chris Kamara If Kamara's deepthroat is accurate, Liverpool will send out the XI we thought would start. Team news hot of the press Liverpool line up is Liverpool: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Milner, Wijnaldum, Mane, Salah, Firmino. Should be a cracker ��— Chris Kamara (@chris_kammy) May 26, 2018 5:52PM Songs to Learn & Sing 5:48PM Good afternoon And welcome to live coverage of the 2018 Champions League final. Real Madrid, the most successful club in Europe, begin their quest for a 13th title at 7.45pm in Kiev while Liverpool, who delayed them getting their seventh for a further 17 years at Parc des Princes in 1981 when Alan Kennedy controlled Ray Kennedy's throw-in, drove through the air and thrashed that unstoppable riser past Agustín, are in pursuit of their sixth. Should Liverpool win today it would move them ahead of Bayern Munich and behind only Real and Milan in the history of this competition. A sixth may mess up the symmetry of those banners that recall victories in Rome (twice), London, Paris and Istanbul which look so striking with one giant trophy in the middle, flanked by two, but you'd have to be a proper Gompertz to worry about the aesthetics of any necessary redesign. Logic makes Real Madrid the favourites to win a third consecutive European Cup and the first to a hat-trick of successive wins. They've got Cristiano Ronaldo, after all, who scored in the final for Manchester United 10 years ago to win his first and has won with Real in 2014, 2016 and 2017, as well as the impeccably elusive Isco, Sergio Ramos (captain, talisman, indomitable aerial predator), menacing marauder Marcelo et al. Liverpool favour flares in Ukraine on Saturday afternoon Credit: VALENTYN OGIRENKO/Reuters But to counter that Liverpool have a front three whose movement is truly mesmerising and in Mo Salah, pushed high up the right, the perfect opponent to stop Marcelo orchestrating play, Andrew Robertson, who is enjoying a sensational debut season, Giorginio Wijnaldum who covers a multitude of sins further back, the smooth and increasingly impressive Virgil van Dijk and James Milner, the team's beating heart. Contrasting styles bestow the promise of a classic - which 1981 decidedly wasn't. We've had some topsy-turvy thrillers and a few good halfs but not a pulsating, knife-edge competitive cracker for the full 90 minutes since perhaps 2002. Stay with us for all the build-up, team news, melodrama and close harmony singing. We'll be smothered in a greetings-card shopful of sick-making inspirational quotes over the next few hours by TV, radio and Twitter as well as Bill and Bob's greatest hits. Let's pre-empt that game with something a bit mpre eloquent from the Liverpool laureate Pete Wylie: Well did you ever hear of hope? Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! A small belief can mean you'll never walk alone. Can the power of six prove greater than 13? Join us as we find out.