Soccer World Cup
IN PICTURES | This has to be the sexiest World Cup Fantasy squad
Hundreds of players are heading to Russia for the 2018 Soccer World Cup but here's the cream of the crop when it comes to eye candy
As the 21st edition of the World Cup nears the start, one team that is sure to win, one way or another, is the Fantasy XI.
Not only are these impossibly good-looking specimens, but they also know how to handle their balls. Playing in the unconventional 3-4-3 formation, this team will allow for a number of options across the field, providing great viewing pleasure and dynamism. If it were possible to write in tongues, we would.
Here's the breakdown of this bunch of winners:
MANAGERS: HERVE RENARD, JOACHIM LÖW (ASSISTANT)
These are the poster boys for how to wear a white shirt, a necessary and respectable trait for any self-respecting manager.
Not only will this coaching pair set the sidelines on fire, but both experienced managers have proven that they are men who can roll up their sleeves and get the thirst-trap job done.
GOALKEEPER: MANUEL NEUER
Manu can do a lot with his big, safe hands. He is sure to sweep fans off their feet with his devastating good looks: a real keeper.
DEFENDERS: DANNY ROSE, GERARD PIQUE, MATS HUMMELS
Here we are looking at solid skills and control from the back: players who will keep things tight and right. Versatile in their positioning, all three have proven exciting in different positions. Large, physically strong and with great technique, this is a threesome we're backing to go all the way to a climactic finish.
MIDFIELD: CORENTIN TOLISSO, YOUNES BELHANDA, FABIAN DELPH, ISCO
This is a deep and penetrative midfield that will keep things solid within the belly. Each player shows great initiative and even better thrust going forward. With so much collective talent, they will play the field with great aplomb.
STRIKERS: CRISTIANO RONALDO, OLIVIER GIROUD, PAOLO GUERRERO
These are men who deserve to score over and over again. CR7 is a previous winner of the Ballon d'Ór, five-time winner of the Champions League and all-round hunk.
Giroud has headed some important goals with his aerial prowess. But the real MVP (most valuable player) here is Guerrero, who beat a cocaine-related 14-month ban to be named captain of Peru, who will be competing for the first time in 36 years.
RESERVES: ALISSON BECKER, YOURI TIELEMANS, ANTOINE GRIEZMANN
Sit tight boys, we see you and we are keen to get you off the bench.