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

10 June 2018 - 00:00 By Thembalethu Zulu
Danny Rose of England poses for a portrait during the official FIFA World Cup 2018 portrait session at on June 13 2018 in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
Danny Rose of England poses for a portrait during the official FIFA World Cup 2018 portrait session at on June 13 2018 in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
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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.

Herve Renard.
Herve Renard.
Image: NEZAR BALOUT/AFP
Joachim Löw.
Joachim Löw.
Image: Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

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.

Manuel Neuer (front).
Manuel Neuer (front).
Image: Daniel ROLAND / AFP

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.

Danny Rose.
Danny Rose.
Image: Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images
Gerard Pique (centre) holding a Mamelodi Sundowns football jersey.
Gerard Pique (centre) holding a Mamelodi Sundowns football jersey.
Image: Twitter/Sundowns
Mats Hummels (centre).
Mats Hummels (centre).
Image: Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images

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.

Corentin Tolisso.
Corentin Tolisso.
Image: Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images
Younes Belhanda.
Younes Belhanda.
Image: VI Images via Getty Images
Fabian Delph talks to the press after an England training session at St Georges Park on May 22 2018 in Burton-upon-Trent, England.
Fabian Delph talks to the press after an England training session at St Georges Park on May 22 2018 in Burton-upon-Trent, England.
Image: Nathan Stirk/Getty Images
Isco (left).
Isco (left).
Image: Giuseppe CACACE / AFP

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.

Cristiano Ronaldo.
Cristiano Ronaldo.
Image: Reuters
Olivier Giroud.
Olivier Giroud.
Image: Shaun Botterill - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images
Paolo Guerrero.
Paolo Guerrero.
Image: Buda Mendes/Getty Images

RESERVES: ALISSON BECKER, YOURI TIELEMANS, ANTOINE GRIEZMANN

Sit tight boys, we see you and we are keen to get you off the bench.

Alisson Becker.
Alisson Becker.
Image: Jean Catuffe/Getty Images
Youri Tielemans.
Youri Tielemans.
Image: David Ramos - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images
Antoine Griezmann of France poses for a potrait at the team hotel during the official FIFA World Cup 2018 portrait session at on June 11 2018 in Moscow, Russia.
Antoine Griezmann of France poses for a potrait at the team hotel during the official FIFA World Cup 2018 portrait session at on June 11 2018 in Moscow, Russia.
Image: Shaun Botterill - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images

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