FIFA World Cup 2022

Is this the Premier League's ultimate FIFA World Cup XI?

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The FIFA World Cup 2022 reached its climax on Sunday as five Premier League players from Argentina lifted the trophy in Qatar. 

A total of 10 players from the Premier League made it to the final of the tournament, which featured 133 PL stars from 26 different nations.

But which of these PL stars impressed you the most?

We've come up with this multi-national line-up featuring players from six different countries and eight Premier League clubs. How many of them would you pick?

Emiliano Martinez (AVL)

The Aston Villa goalkeeper was Argentina's hero. He played every minute, kept the joint-most clean sheets, won the FIFA Golden Glove award and starred in two penalty shootouts including the final. Tottenham Hotspur's Hugo Lloris was also superb as he so nearly became the first player in history to captain a country to two World Cup final wins. 

Nayef Aguerd (WHU)

The West Ham United defender was a key part of one of the teams of the tournament, with Morocco conceding only one goal in Aguerd's four appearances as they became the first African team to reach the last four of a World Cup.

Cristian Romero (TOT)

Spurs' defender started six of his country's seven matches, contributing to three clean sheets and allowing only five goals conceded in Argentina's run to the final. A shoutout too to his compatriot Lisandro Martinez of Manchester United.

Raphael Varane (MUN)

In a central defence that was regularly changed by Didier Deschamps, the France coach relied on the Man Utd centre-back, who steered his nation to back-to-back World Cup finals. 

Bukayo Saka (ARS)

Aged just 21, the Arsenal and England winger scored three goals in four starts at his first World Cup. Marcus Rashford also deserves a mention, after also being brilliant for the Three Lions.

Hakim Ziyech (CHE)

The Chelsea winger played the second-most minutes at the tournament of any outfield Premier League player, getting a goal and an assist in Morocco's historic run.

Bruno Fernandes (MUN)

Man Utd's Portuguese star ended the tournament with the joint-most assists, setting up three goals in only four appearances. Having also scored two goals, only Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe beat his five overall goal involvements. 

Mateo Kovacic (CHE)

He played the most minutes of any outfield Premier League player at the World Cup, helping Croatia - a country with a population of less than four million - finish third. An honourable mention goes to Casemiro, too, who was superb for Brazil.

Ivan Perisic (TOT)

An assist in the third-place play-off helped Perisic move level with Fernandes on three for the most in the tournament. His goal in the last 16 was the 10th World Cup goal of his career, breaking Davor Suker's Croatian national record.

Alexis Mac Allister (BHA)

What a tournament for Brighton & Hove Albion's 23-year-old. He emerged as a key player for Argentina and produced a wonderful assist in the final. 

Julian Alvarez (MCI)

Manchester City's striker was the third-highest scorer in the tournament, scoring four times for champions Argentina at just 22 years of age.

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