Imagining what a World XI football team in 2022 would look like with Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford and Kylian Mbappe

22 Mar

Jadon Sancho will be trying to lead England to World Cup glory in 2022.

Alongside fellow superstar-n-waiting Marcus Rashford, the 18-year-old could be rubbing shoulders with football’s elite in Qatar where the next generation of superstars will grace football’s biggest stage.

So who else will be hogging the headlines in three years? Here, talkSPORT.com imagines what a ‘World XI’ in 2022 might look like.

Goalkeeper

Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan and Italy)

Age: 20

Gianluigi Donnarumma is a star for Italy and AC Milan

Donnarumma has been Italy’s no.1 since legendary goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon announced his retirement from international football after his country’s failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. At just 20 years old, Donnarumma is expected to become one of the world’s best keepers.

Right-back

Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich and Germany)

Age: 24

Joshua Kimmich is a reliable defender

Kimmich is maturing into a fine full-back and can also operate in midfield. He has filled the void left by former Bayern Munich and Germany captain Philipp Lahm, who retired in 2017. He has recorded an impressive 12 assists so far this season.

Centre-back

Matthijs de Ligt (Ajax and the Netherlands)

Age: 19

Matthijs de Ligt is destined for a big move

Already Ajax captain, De Ligt is tipped to become the world’s most expensive defender when he inevitably completes his big money move. His potential transfer could surpass the £75million Liverpool paid Southampton for Virgil van Dijk. Karim Benzema was kept quiet by De Ligt in Ajax’s 4-1 Champions League win at the Bernabeu.

Centre-back

Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil)

Age: 24

Marquinhos is a perfect successor to Thiago Silva

Marquinhos’ only 2018 World Cup appearance came as a late substitute in a 2-0 win over Mexico in the last-16 stage. But with Miranda and Thiago Silva, both 34, highly unlikely to feature at the next tournament, it opens the door for Marquinhos to star in Qatar. The 24-year-old has become a regular starter for Paris Saint-Germain, playing in defence and midfield. In 2022, he could help end Brazil’s 20-year wait for a World Cup crown.

Left-back

Benjamin Mendy (Manchester City and France)

Age: 24

Benjamin Mendy needs to stay fit

If Mendy can put his injury woes behind him, he could become the world-class left-back he is supposed to be. Knee issues have restricted the Frenchman to just 20 appearances in almost two years. Hopefully, he will star at the 2022 World Cup and get back to his best.

Centre-midfield

Frenkie de Jong (Ajax and the Netherlands)

Age: 21

Frenkie de Jong is a key player for the Netherlands

De Jong’s £65million move to Barcelona will be completed on July 1. He is set to be the heartbeat of the Netherlands’ midfield at the next World Cup. After dominating Luka Modric and Toni Kroos in the Champions League last 16, it’s clear to see why Barcelona spent so much money on him.

Centre-midfield

Rodrigo Bentancur (Juventus and Uruguay)

Age: 21

Rodrigo Bentancur keeps Uruguay’s midfield ticking

Bentancur was one of the surprise performers at the 2018 World Cup. He started all five of Uruguay’s games and kept Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira out of the side. He is learning off top pros such as Miralem Pjanic and Blaise Matuidi at Juventus and is expected to be a regular fixture in their midfield in years to come. He has already made 32 appearances this season.

Centre-midfield

Dele Alli (Tottenham and England)

Age: 22

Dele Alli is a regular for Tottenham and England

Alli scored in England’s quarter-final victory over Sweden last summer and made five appearances in his first World Cup. He is ever-present in Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham team and has shown versatility by playing in attacking and central midfield positions over the years.

Right-wing

Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund and England)

Age: 18

Jadon Sancho was all smiles in England training this week

Moving from Manchester City to Borussia Dortmund has paid off for Sancho, who is playing regular first-team football in the Bundesliga. His eight goals and 12 assists have kept £58million Chelsea signing Christian Pulisic on the bench this season. He is expected to significantly add to his three England caps in the future.

Centre-forward

Marcus Rashford (Manchester United and England)

Age: 21

Marcus Rashford has won 31 caps for England

Often deployed out wide by former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, Rashford has shown he can play through the middle in recent months. He has scored eight goals as a striker during Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s interim reign. A potential strike partnership with captain Harry Kane could be lethal for England.

Left-wing

Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain and France)

Age: 20

Kylian Mbappe kisses the World Cup trophy

Mbappe has won a World Cup with France and scored 55 league goals in 91 appearances. It seems like only a matter of time until he gets his hands on the Ballon d’Or award.

One way a ‘World XI’ in 2022 might look

Fifa The Best Awards: Start time, TV channel, live stream and nominees for tonight’s London ceremony

23 Sep

FIFA’s Best Awards ceremony will crown the best men’s player of the year.

With no Lionel Messi on the final three-man shortlist for the first time in 12 years, it is expected to be one of the most talked about awards shows in the governing body’s history.

Luka Modric will be looking to add the Fifa Men’s Player of the Year award to his World Cup Golden Ball in the summer

What time is the Fifa Best Awards?

The awards ceremony will take place on Monday, September 24.

It will start at 6.30pm.

The show is being held at the Royal Festival Hall in London.

How can I watch the Fifa Best Awards?

The ceremony is being live streamed by Fifa on their YouTube channel.

The streams will also be on their Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Who are the nominees for the Fifa Best Awards?

Men’s Player

  • Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid/Juventus)
  • Luka Modric (Real Madrid)
  • Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

Goalkeeper

  • Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea/Real Madrid)
  • Hugo Lloris (Tottenham)
  • Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City)

Men’s Coach

  • Zlatko Dalic (Croatia)
  • Didier Deschamps (France)
  • Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid)

Women’s Player

  • Ada Hegerberg (Lyon)
  • Dzsenifer Marozsan (Lyon)
  • Marta (Orlando Pride)

Women’s Coach

  • Reynald Pedros (Lyon)
  • Asako Takakura (Japan)
  • Sarina Wiegman (Holland)

Fair Play Award

This award will be announced during the ceremony with no nominees.

Puskas Award (Best goal)

  • Gareth Bale – Real Madrid vs Liverpool
  • Denis Cheryshev – Russia vs Croatia
  • Lazaros Christodoulopoulos – AEK Athens vs Olympiakos
  • Giorgian De Arrascaeta – Cruzeiro vs America Mineiro
  • Riley McGree – Newcastle Jets vs Melbourne City
  • Lionel Messi – Nigeria vs Argentina
  • Benjamin Pavard – France vs Argentina
  • Ricardo Quaresma – Iran vs Portugal
  • Cristiano Ronaldo – Juventus vs Real Madrid
  • Mohamed Salah – Liverpool vs Everton

Fan Award

  • Sebastian Carrera
  • Japan and Senegal fans at the 2018 World Cup
  • Peru fans at the 2018 World Cup

FIFPro World11

  • Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus/Paris Saint-Germain), Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea/Real Madrid), David de Gea (Manchester United), Keylor Navas (Real Madrid), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona)
  • Defenders: Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Dani Alves (Paris Saint-Germain), Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid), Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Dejan Lovren (Liverpool), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Yerry Mina (Barcelona/Everton), Benjamin Pavard (VfB Stuttgart), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham), Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona), Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid), Sime Vrsaljko (Inter Milan/Atletico Madrid), Kyle Walker (Manchester City)
  • Midfielders: Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Casemiro (Real Madrid), Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Andres Iniesta (Vissel Kobe/Barcelona), Isco (Real Madrid), N’Golo Kante (Chelsea), Nemanja Matic (Manchester United), Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona), David Silva (Manchester City), Arturo Vidal (Barcelona/Bayern Munich)
  • Forwards: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint-Germain), Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus/Real Madrid), Paulo Dybala (Juventus), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United), Mario Mandzukic (Juventus), Sadio Mane (Liverpool), Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool), Luis Suarez (Barcelona)

World Cup stars in breach of contracts if they follow Mourinho’s early return orders

31 Jul

World Cup stars face ’emotional blackmail’ from their clubs and are in breach of their contract if they return early from their summer holidays, a senior FIFPro source has claimed.

At least 15 players have begun pre-season training before their recommended return date, with club bosses such as Manchester United’s Jose Mourinho pleading with stars to come back early.

Jose Mourinho has complained about the lack of first-team players available to him in pre-season

PFA rules within Premier League and EFL players’ contracts state they must receive at least five weeks’ break over the course of a year, and are allowed three weeks off consecutively, which is usually afforded to them in the summer.

According to the union, clubs ‘should not unreasonably withhold permission’ for players to take holiday, ‘subject to club commitments and international commitments’.

FIFPro, the world players’ union, told the Times that at least 15 players had returned early after their exploits in Russia, risking injury and fatigue.

A senior FIFPro source claimed clubs were subjecting their players to ’emotional blackmail’ by begging them to return.

United have struggled on their US tour without their 12 absentees

United boss Mourinho called on his players to cut short their summer breaks amid fears he will have to play a second-string lineup for the first few games of the season as returning players get up to full fitness.

England duo Marcus Rashford and Phil Jones are both set to return to United’s Carrington base on Wednesday, just 17 days after playing in the third-place play-off defeat to Belgium.

Mourinho was angry at having to conduct the club’s US tour with 12 players missing and only 35-year-old keeper Lee Grant of his three summer signings currently available.

Fred, a £53m signing from Shakhtar Donetsk, reached the World Cup quarter-finals with Brazil while 19-year-old right-back Diogo Dalot will be out until September with a knee injury.

Red Devils duo Phil Jones and Marcus Rashford will return to training this week
England keeper Nick Pope was injured playing for Burnley less than two weeks after returning from Russia

Mourinho wanted the likes of Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku and Jesse Lingard, who all reached the final weekend of the World Cup, to return early.

But all three are yet to agree to his request and will likely be unavailable for their Premier League opener against Leicester City on August 10.

England keeper Nick Pope played for club Burnley just 12 days after the Belgium defeat and could now miss six months with a dislocated shoulder suffered in the match against Aberdeen.

Although the injury came about in an impact collision that could have happened at any time, the unions remain concerned about further lost playing time from tired players returning too early.