First XI: World Cup defenders

“Following on from last week’s First XI goalkeepers, we have our selection of the top World Cup defenders. While Europeans – and particularly Italians – dominate the list, it’s worth remembering the contribution of South Americans to the art of defence, with the likes of Chile’s Elias Figueroa and Uruguayan Jose Santamaria missing out on the list but having made their mark on the world stage.” (ESPN)

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