Minus some obvious additions, such as Messi, Robinho and Rob Green, I have put together a team of players that have impressed me in the World Cup so far. Feel free to disagree.
GK: Diego Benaglio (Switzerland & Wolfsburg)
Very tidy against Spain. Some might have panicked at the sight of Villa, Xavi and Iniesta, but he kept his cool to earn his team a clean sheet.
LB: Fábio Coentrão (Portugal & Benfica)
Against North Korea Mick McCarthy commented that his price had increased by 4 million euro’s. He’s young, a good crosser of the ball and composed in defense, so it’s hard to disagree with him.
RB: Van Der Wiel (Holland & Ajax )/ Maicon (Brazil & Inter Milan)
I couldn’t decide between the two. Maicon is self explanatory but. Der Wiel, a less know player, deserves a mention as he has played will for the Dutch.
CB: Stéphane Grichting (Switzerland & Auxurre)
Switzerland are very assured defensively. Grichting experience has helped yield this.
CB: Antolín Alcaraz (Paraguay & Wigan Athletic)
Scored against Italy from a set piece, which is no mean feat. Wigan might have picked up a good defender here.
RM: Landon Donavon (USA & LA Galaxy)
Quite simply Donavon should be playing for a top European side. A Fantastic goal against Slovenia and a captain’s performance against England have helped cement this claim.
CM: Mehmut Ozil (Germany & Werden Bremen)
Ballack’s shoes are a big fill, but Ozil has proved a worthy understudy. He is a player with glorious vision and with astute passing ability.
LM: Elano (Brazil & Galatasary)
Considered a flop at Manchester City which is strange considering that Elano is a key man for Brazil. He is always a threat running from midfield and his two goals have proved this.
CF: Gonzalo Higuain (Argentina & Real Madrid)
Could Maradona have the last laugh after the World Cup hits its crescendo? Quite possibly because the attacking players he has at his disposal is frightening.
CF: Diego Forlan (Uruguay & Ahletic Madrid)
Uruguay’s key man will be the difference when and if his team qualifies.
CF: Asamoah Gyan (Ghana & Rennes)
Although he has missed some golden opportunities, Gyan is always looking to score. His penalty against Serbia, considering the amount of pressure on his shoulders, was fantastic.