2022 World Cup Fantasy Football tips: Squad selection, captain picks and deadline today for matchday 1

2022 World Cup Fantasy Football tips: Squad selection, captain picks and deadline today for matchday 1

Fantasy football for the 2022 World Cup is here!

FIFA’s official game has opened up with managers handed $100million to sign a squad of 15 players from the globe’s top stars out in Qatar.

Unlimited transfers are in order until the matchday 1 deadline of 4pm GMT today, so get started picking your team - and here are some tips to get you going...

Harry Kane - England - $11m

The 2018 Golden Boot winner is back to lead the line for England who, whether you are a Gareth Southgate devotee or a Three Lions pessimist, are very well placed to progress past the group. A guaranteed starter and on penalty duties, Kane scores goals.

Christian Eriksen - Denmark - $8m

The Danes are dark horses after fine showings in recent years and Eriksen remains their creator in chief. Eriksen averages a goal involvement every other game for his country since returning from a cardiac arrest.

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(Ritzau Scanpix/AFP via Getty Images)

Diogo Costa - Portugal - $5m

Fernando Santos’ notoriously stodgy Portuguese defence may not be what it once was but it still holds out a good chance of denying Ghana on matchday 1. Costa is the Selecao’s No1 goalkeeper ahead of Wolves’ Jose Sa.

Dusan Vlahovic - Serbia - $8.5m

A record of eight goals and four assists in 16 Serbia games is really not something to be sniffed at. Brazil will be a tough test this week but Vlahovic certainly has the potential to carry his country out of the groups. A solid, cheaper shout in the absence of Karim Benzema.

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(Getty Images)

Kieran Trippier - England - $5m

With Reece James out and Kyle Walker injured, Trippier is a good bet to beat Trent Alexander-Arnold and start at right wing-back for England vs Iran. Set pieces and crosses into the box will arrive aplenty from the Newcastle star.

Lucas Hernandez - France - $5.5m

Didier Deschamps will play four at the back in Qatar but who will be his left-back? Ferland Mendy’s absence suggests a shootout between Lucas Hernandez and his brother Theo. If picked, the Bayen Munich man will be a threat at both ends.