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Here we take a look at Germany's World Cup squad and the other things it will be handy to know about the Group F challengers. Germany's World Cup squad - the 23 names Leroy Sane was left out of Germany's final World Cup squad - here are those who did make it: 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), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Sebastian Rudy (Bayern Munich), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal). Forwards: Mario Gomez (VfB Stuttgart), Thomas Mueller (Bayern Munich), Timo Werner (RB Leipzig). Germany's World Cup 2018 fixtures Mexico: Sunday, June 17 at 4pm Sweden: Saturday, June 23 at 7pm South Korea: Wednesday, June 27 at 3pm Germany's World Cup record World Cup record: Germany How do you think Germany should line up? Pick your XI here: Pick your Germany XI for World Cup 2018 here What odds are Germany to win the World Cup? 9/2 The kits See where Germany's shirts ends up in our ranking of all 64 World Cup shirts below: World Cup kits ranked Who's the coach? Joachim Low, who has “issued a sex ban” to his players for the duration the World Cup. Excellent coach, noted touchline nose-picker. The question everyone wants to know before #POR#GER is - will Joachim Löw pick his nose and eat it again? #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/5kTO3ELtMa— 90min (@90min_Football) June 16, 2014 What are his and Germany's tactics and likely formation? JJ Bull explains how Neuer or Trapp will be key if Germany are to retain the World Cup. Who's the star? Quality throughout, but the intelligent, metronomic and stylish Toni Kroos of Real Madrid is perhaps the most vital cog. Best thing about them Serial winners: they are the champions, and holders of the Confederations Cup as well. Went unbeaten in 2017. Worst thing about them Other than having to face them on penalties? Talismanic goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is only just on the way back from a serious foot injury. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more You may recognise… The familiar sight of men with bad hair celebrating uproariously? Or perhaps an even more effective Mesut Ozil? Cameramen will be picking out… The sad face of Mario Götze, who scored the winner in the Final against Argentina four years ago, but is not even in the squad this time. Only 25. Fans' favourite chant “Deutschland vor, noch ein Tor”. Translates as “Germans attack, score one more goal.” On-field prediction Strongly fancied to get to der businessende yet again. Off-field prediction Hopefully having a lovely jolly time and nobody mentioning the War. Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Germany World Cup 2018 squad list and team guide
Here we take a look at Germany's World Cup squad and the other things it will be handy to know about the Group F challengers. Germany's World Cup squad - the 23 names Leroy Sane was left out of Germany's final World Cup squad - here are those who did make it: 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), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Sebastian Rudy (Bayern Munich), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal). Forwards: Mario Gomez (VfB Stuttgart), Thomas Mueller (Bayern Munich), Timo Werner (RB Leipzig). Germany's World Cup 2018 fixtures Mexico: Sunday, June 17 at 4pm Sweden: Saturday, June 23 at 7pm South Korea: Wednesday, June 27 at 3pm Germany's World Cup record World Cup record: Germany How do you think Germany should line up? Pick your XI here: Pick your Germany XI for World Cup 2018 here What odds are Germany to win the World Cup? 9/2 The kits See where Germany's shirts ends up in our ranking of all 64 World Cup shirts below: World Cup kits ranked Who's the coach? Joachim Low, who has “issued a sex ban” to his players for the duration the World Cup. Excellent coach, noted touchline nose-picker. The question everyone wants to know before #POR#GER is - will Joachim Löw pick his nose and eat it again? #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/5kTO3ELtMa— 90min (@90min_Football) June 16, 2014 What are his and Germany's tactics and likely formation? JJ Bull explains how Neuer or Trapp will be key if Germany are to retain the World Cup. Who's the star? Quality throughout, but the intelligent, metronomic and stylish Toni Kroos of Real Madrid is perhaps the most vital cog. Best thing about them Serial winners: they are the champions, and holders of the Confederations Cup as well. Went unbeaten in 2017. Worst thing about them Other than having to face them on penalties? Talismanic goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is only just on the way back from a serious foot injury. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more You may recognise… The familiar sight of men with bad hair celebrating uproariously? Or perhaps an even more effective Mesut Ozil? Cameramen will be picking out… The sad face of Mario Götze, who scored the winner in the Final against Argentina four years ago, but is not even in the squad this time. Only 25. Fans' favourite chant “Deutschland vor, noch ein Tor”. Translates as “Germans attack, score one more goal.” On-field prediction Strongly fancied to get to der businessende yet again. Off-field prediction Hopefully having a lovely jolly time and nobody mentioning the War. Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
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
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
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
Here we take a look at Germany's World Cup squad and the other things it will be handy to know about the Group F challengers. Germany's World Cup squad - the 23 names Leroy Sane was left out of Germany's final World Cup squad - here are those who did make it: 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), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Sebastian Rudy (Bayern Munich), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal). Forwards: Mario Gomez (VfB Stuttgart), Thomas Mueller (Bayern Munich), Timo Werner (RB Leipzig). Das ist der finale Kader für die #WM2018 ���� ⚽#DieMannschaft#ZSMMNpic.twitter.com/tvaIKLiEuz— Die Mannschaft (@DFB_Team) June 4, 2018 Who do they play and when? Mexico: Sunday, June 17 at 4pm Sweden: Saturday, June 23 at 7pm South Korea: Wednesday, June 27 at 3pm What odds are Germany to win the World Cup? 9/2 Who's the coach? Joachim Low, who has “issued a sex ban” to his players for the duration the World Cup. Excellent coach, noted touchline nose-picker. The question everyone wants to know before #POR#GER is - will Joachim Löw pick his nose and eat it again? #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/5kTO3ELtMa— 90min (@90min_Football) June 16, 2014 Who's the star? Quality throughout, but the intelligent, metronomic and stylish Toni Kroos of Real Madrid is perhaps the most vital cog. Joachim Loew has a squad full of quality, making Germany the favourites for this summer's tournament Credit: Getty Images Best thing about them Serial winners: they are the champions, and holders of the Confederations Cup as well. Went unbeaten in 2017. Worst thing about them Other than having to face them on penalties? Talismanic goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is only just on the way back from a serious foot injury. You may recognise… The familiar sight of men with bad hair celebrating uproariously? Or perhaps an even more effective Mesut Ozil? Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more Cameramen will be picking out… The sad face of Mario Götze, who scored the winner in the Final against Argentina four years ago, but is not even in the squad this time. Only 25. Fans' favourite chant “Deutschland vor, noch ein Tor”. Translates as “Germans attack, score one more goal.” On-field prediction Strongly fancied to get to der businessende yet again. Off-field prediction Hopefully having a lovely jolly time and nobody mentioning the War. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Germany World Cup 2018 squad and team guide
Here we take a look at Germany's World Cup squad and the other things it will be handy to know about the Group F challengers. Germany's World Cup squad - the 23 names Leroy Sane was left out of Germany's final World Cup squad - here are those who did make it: 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), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Sebastian Rudy (Bayern Munich), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal). Forwards: Mario Gomez (VfB Stuttgart), Thomas Mueller (Bayern Munich), Timo Werner (RB Leipzig). Das ist der finale Kader für die #WM2018 ���� ⚽#DieMannschaft#ZSMMNpic.twitter.com/tvaIKLiEuz— Die Mannschaft (@DFB_Team) June 4, 2018 Who do they play and when? Mexico: Sunday, June 17 at 4pm Sweden: Saturday, June 23 at 7pm South Korea: Wednesday, June 27 at 3pm What odds are Germany to win the World Cup? 9/2 Who's the coach? Joachim Low, who has “issued a sex ban” to his players for the duration the World Cup. Excellent coach, noted touchline nose-picker. The question everyone wants to know before #POR#GER is - will Joachim Löw pick his nose and eat it again? #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/5kTO3ELtMa— 90min (@90min_Football) June 16, 2014 Who's the star? Quality throughout, but the intelligent, metronomic and stylish Toni Kroos of Real Madrid is perhaps the most vital cog. Joachim Loew has a squad full of quality, making Germany the favourites for this summer's tournament Credit: Getty Images Best thing about them Serial winners: they are the champions, and holders of the Confederations Cup as well. Went unbeaten in 2017. Worst thing about them Other than having to face them on penalties? Talismanic goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is only just on the way back from a serious foot injury. You may recognise… The familiar sight of men with bad hair celebrating uproariously? Or perhaps an even more effective Mesut Ozil? Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more Cameramen will be picking out… The sad face of Mario Götze, who scored the winner in the Final against Argentina four years ago, but is not even in the squad this time. Only 25. Fans' favourite chant “Deutschland vor, noch ein Tor”. Translates as “Germans attack, score one more goal.” On-field prediction Strongly fancied to get to der businessende yet again. Off-field prediction Hopefully having a lovely jolly time and nobody mentioning the War. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
FILE - In this Friday, March 9, 2018 file photo, Mainz's Abdou Diallo, bottom, and Schalke's Weston McKennie challenge for the ball during a German first division Bundesliga soccer match between FSV Mainz 05 and FC Schalke 04 in Mainz, Germany. Weston McKennie at age 19 put himself in position to play for the U.S. at this year's World Cup, only for the Americans to miss soccer's showcase for the first time since 1986. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)
McKennie, at 19, joins Pulisic as German league regular
FILE - In this Friday, March 9, 2018 file photo, Mainz's Abdou Diallo, bottom, and Schalke's Weston McKennie challenge for the ball during a German first division Bundesliga soccer match between FSV Mainz 05 and FC Schalke 04 in Mainz, Germany. Weston McKennie at age 19 put himself in position to play for the U.S. at this year's World Cup, only for the Americans to miss soccer's showcase for the first time since 1986. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)
Norbert Elgert was one of the first coaches of Germany captain and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer at Schalke 04. (AFP Photo/Ryland JAMES)
Norbert Elgert was one of the first coaches of Germany captain and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer at Schalke 04. (AFP Photo/Ryland JAMES)
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 25/05/2018.- Fans watch the German Darts Masters at the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 25 May 2018. About 20000 spectators have set a new darts attendance world record in the arena of Bundesliga soccer club Schalke 04 in Gelsenkirchen breaking the old record from 1939, when more than 14000 fans came to a tournament in London, Britain. (Londres, Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EPA-EFE/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 25/05/2018.- Fans watch the German Darts Masters at the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 25 May 2018. About 20000 spectators have set a new darts attendance world record in the arena of Bundesliga soccer club Schalke 04 in Gelsenkirchen breaking the old record from 1939, when more than 14000 fans came to a tournament in London, Britain. (Londres, Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EPA-EFE/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 25/05/2018.- Fans watch the German Darts Masters at the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 25 May 2018. About 20000 spectators have set a new darts attendance world record in the arena of Bundesliga soccer club Schalke 04 in Gelsenkirchen breaking the old record from 1939, when more than 14000 fans came to a tournament in London, Britain. (Londres, Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EPA-EFE/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 25/05/2018.- Fans watch the German Darts Masters at the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 25 May 2018. About 20000 spectators have set a new darts attendance world record in the arena of Bundesliga soccer club Schalke 04 in Gelsenkirchen breaking the old record from 1939, when more than 14000 fans came to a tournament in London, Britain. (Londres, Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 25/05/2018.- Fans watch the German Darts Masters at the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 25 May 2018. About 20000 spectators have set a new darts attendance world record in the arena of Bundesliga soccer club Schalke 04 in Gelsenkirchen breaking the old record from 1939, when more than 14000 fans came to a tournament in London, Britain. (Londres, Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 25/05/2018.- Fans watch the German Darts Masters at the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 25 May 2018. About 20000 spectators have set a new darts attendance world record in the arena of Bundesliga soccer club Schalke 04 in Gelsenkirchen breaking the old record from 1939, when more than 14000 fans came to a tournament in London, Britain. (Londres, Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 25/05/2018.- Fans watch the German Darts Masters at the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 25 May 2018. About 20000 spectators have set a new darts attendance world record in the arena of Bundesliga soccer club Schalke 04 in Gelsenkirchen breaking the old record from 1939, when more than 14000 fans came to a tournament in London, Britain.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 25/05/2018.- Fans watch the German Darts Masters at the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 25 May 2018. About 20000 spectators have set a new darts attendance world record in the arena of Bundesliga soccer club Schalke 04 in Gelsenkirchen breaking the old record from 1939, when more than 14000 fans came to a tournament in London, Britain.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 25/05/2018.- Fans watch the German Darts Masters at the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 25 May 2018. About 20000 spectators have set a new darts attendance world record in the arena of Bundesliga soccer club Schalke 04 in Gelsenkirchen breaking the old record from 1939, when more than 14000 fans came to a tournament in London, Britain.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 25/05/2018.- Fans watch the German Darts Masters at the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 25 May 2018. About 20000 spectators have set a new darts attendance world record in the arena of Bundesliga soccer club Schalke 04 in Gelsenkirchen breaking the old record from 1939, when more than 14000 fans came to a tournament in London, Britain.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 25/05/2018.- Fans watch the German Darts Masters at the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 25 May 2018. About 20000 spectators have set a new darts attendance world record in the arena of Bundesliga soccer club Schalke 04 in Gelsenkirchen breaking the old record from 1939, when more than 14000 fans came to a tournament in London, Britain.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 25/05/2018.- Fans watch the German Darts Masters at the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 25 May 2018. About 20000 spectators have set a new darts attendance world record in the arena of Bundesliga soccer club Schalke 04 in Gelsenkirchen breaking the old record from 1939, when more than 14000 fans came to a tournament in London, Britain.
On Saturday, the Ghana international played his first competitive match since January 17, 2017
Schalke 04's Baba Rahman returns to action after 16 months out
On Saturday, the Ghana international played his first competitive match since January 17, 2017
On Saturday, the Ghana international played his first competitive match since January 17, 2017
Schalke 04's Baba Rahman returns to action after 16 months out
On Saturday, the Ghana international played his first competitive match since January 17, 2017
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 12/05/2018.- Schalke's Weston McKennie uses a camera after the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 12 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 12/05/2018.- Schalke's Weston McKennie uses a camera after the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 12 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 12/05/2018.- Schalke's Weston McKennie uses a camera after the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 12 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 12/05/2018.- Schalke players Franco di Santo (L) and Thilo Kehrer (R) use a camera after the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 12 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 12/05/2018.- Schalke players Franco di Santo (L) and Thilo Kehrer (R) use a camera after the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 12 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 12/05/2018.- Schalke players Franco di Santo (L) and Thilo Kehrer (R) use a camera after the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 12 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 12/05/2018.- Schalke players Franco di Santo (L) and Thilo Kehrer (R) use a camera after the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 12 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 12/05/2018.- Schalke players Franco di Santo (L) and Thilo Kehrer (R) use a camera after the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 12 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 12/05/2018.- Schalke players Franco di Santo (L) and Thilo Kehrer (R) use a camera after the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 12 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 12/05/2018.- Schalke players celebrate with a banner reading 'German Vice Champion' after the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 12 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 12/05/2018.- Schalke players celebrate with a banner reading 'German Vice Champion' after the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 12 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 12/05/2018.- Schalke players celebrate with a banner reading 'German Vice Champion' after the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 12 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 12/05/2018.- Schalke players celebrate with a banner reading 'German Vice Champion' after the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 12 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 12/05/2018.- Schalke players celebrate with a banner reading 'German Vice Champion' after the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 12 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 12/05/2018.- Schalke players celebrate with a banner reading 'German Vice Champion' after the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 12 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 12/05/2018.- Schalke fans display a banner reading 'German Vice Champion S04' after the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 12 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 12/05/2018.- Schalke fans display a banner reading 'German Vice Champion S04' after the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 12 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 12/05/2018.- Schalke fans display a banner reading 'German Vice Champion S04' after the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 12 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 12/05/2018.- Schalke players celebrate after the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 12 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 12/05/2018.- Schalke players celebrate after the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 12 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 12/05/2018.- Schalke players celebrate after the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 12 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 12/05/2018.- Schalke's Leon Goretzka (up) celebrates with his teammates after the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 12 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 12/05/2018.- Schalke's Leon Goretzka (up) celebrates with his teammates after the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 12 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 12/05/2018.- Schalke's Leon Goretzka (up) celebrates with his teammates after the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 12 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 12/05/2018.- Schalke's Leon Goretzka (R) celebrates with fans after the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 12 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 12/05/2018.- Schalke's Leon Goretzka (R) celebrates with fans after the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 12 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 12/05/2018.- Schalke's Leon Goretzka (R) celebrates with fans after the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 12 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 12/05/2018.- Schalke's Leon Goretzka (R) celebrates with fans after the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 12 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 12/05/2018.- Schalke's Leon Goretzka (R) celebrates with fans after the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 12 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 12/05/2018.- Schalke's Leon Goretzka (R) celebrates with fans after the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 12 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 12/05/2018.- Schalke's Leon Goretzka (up) celebrates with his teammates after the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 12 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 12/05/2018.- Schalke's Leon Goretzka (up) celebrates with his teammates after the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 12 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 12/05/2018.- Schalke's Leon Goretzka (up) celebrates with his teammates after the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 12 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 12/05/2018.- Schalke's Leon Goretzka (up) celebrates with his teammates after the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 12 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 12/05/2018.- Schalke's Leon Goretzka (up) celebrates with his teammates after the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 12 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 12/05/2018.- Schalke's Leon Goretzka (up) celebrates with his teammates after the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 12 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 12/05/2018.- Schalke's Leon Goretzka (up) celebrates with his teammates after the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 12 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 12/05/2018.- Schalke's Leon Goretzka (up) celebrates with his teammates after the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 12 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 12/05/2018.- Schalke's Leon Goretzka (up) celebrates with his teammates after the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 12 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 12/05/2018.- Schalke's Leon Goretzka (up) celebrates with his teammates after the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 12 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 12/05/2018.- Schalke's Leon Goretzka (up) celebrates with his teammates after the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 12 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 12/05/2018.- Schalke's Leon Goretzka (up) celebrates with his teammates after the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 12 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 12/05/2018.- Schalke fans cheer for their team during the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 12 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 12/05/2018.- Schalke fans cheer for their team during the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 12 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 12/05/2018.- Schalke fans cheer for their team during the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 12 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 12/05/2018.- Schalke's Leon Goretzka (C) receives a farewell gift from Schalke's sports director Christian Heidel (R) before the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 12 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 12/05/2018.- Schalke's Leon Goretzka (C) receives a farewell gift from Schalke's sports director Christian Heidel (R) before the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 12 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 12/05/2018.- Schalke's Leon Goretzka (C) receives a farewell gift from Schalke's sports director Christian Heidel (R) before the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 12 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 12/05/2018.- Schalke's Leon Goretzka before the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 12 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 12/05/2018.- Schalke's Leon Goretzka before the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 12 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 12/05/2018.- Schalke's Leon Goretzka before the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 12 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 12/05/2018.- Frankfurt's head coach Niko Kovac reacts during the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 12 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 12/05/2018.- Frankfurt's head coach Niko Kovac reacts during the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 12 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 12/05/2018.- Frankfurt's head coach Niko Kovac reacts during the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 12 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 12/05/2018.- Schalke's sports director Christian Heidel attends the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 12 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 12/05/2018.- Schalke's sports director Christian Heidel attends the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 12 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 12/05/2018.- Schalke's sports director Christian Heidel attends the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 12 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 12/05/2018.- Schalke's sports director Christian Heidel attends the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 12 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 12/05/2018.- Schalke's sports director Christian Heidel attends the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 12 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 12/05/2018.- Schalke's sports director Christian Heidel attends the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 12 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 12/05/2018.- Frankfurt's head coach Niko Kovac reacts during the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 12 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 12/05/2018.- Frankfurt's head coach Niko Kovac reacts during the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 12 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 12/05/2018.- Frankfurt's head coach Niko Kovac reacts during the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 12 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 12/05/2018.- Frankfurt's head coach Niko Kovac reacts during the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 12 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 12/05/2018.- Frankfurt's head coach Niko Kovac reacts during the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 12 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 12/05/2018.- Frankfurt's head coach Niko Kovac reacts during the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 12 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 12/05/2018.- Schalke's Amine Harit (L) in action against Frankfurt's Mascarell (R) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 12 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 12/05/2018.- Schalke's Amine Harit (L) in action against Frankfurt's Mascarell (R) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 12 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 12/05/2018.- Schalke's Amine Harit (L) in action against Frankfurt's Mascarell (R) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 12 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 12/05/2018.- Frankfurt's Carlos Salcedo reacts during the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 12 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 12/05/2018.- Frankfurt's Carlos Salcedo reacts during the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 12 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 12/05/2018.- Frankfurt's Carlos Salcedo reacts during the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 12 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 12/05/2018.- Frankfurt's head coach Niko Kovac reacts during the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 12 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 12/05/2018.- Frankfurt's head coach Niko Kovac reacts during the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 12 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 12/05/2018.- Frankfurt's head coach Niko Kovac reacts during the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 12 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 12/05/2018.- Frankfurt's head coach Niko Kovac reacts during the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 12 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 12/05/2018.- Frankfurt's head coach Niko Kovac reacts during the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 12 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 12/05/2018.- Frankfurt's head coach Niko Kovac reacts during the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 12 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Gelsenkirchen (Germany), 12/05/2018.- Schalke's Daniel Caligiuri (L) in action against Frankfurt's Mascarell (R) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 12 May 2018. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidelines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.
Gelsenki