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Casillas Picks His 2018 World Cup XI, Snubs Neymar

Iker Casillas Picks His 2018 FIFA World Cup XI, Snubs Neymar

By David Kappel - Jun 06, 2018 12:28 PM @kappilinho

Former Real Madrid and Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas has named his star-studded ultimate dream team for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, but snubbed Brazil superstar Neymar for it.

Click through the gallery above to see Casillas' 2018 World Cup Dream Team.

The 37-year-old, who is on the books of FC Porto, has still not officially retired from Spain duty. He was his country's first-choice goalkeeper at the past four World Cups – in 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014 – but has since been replaced by David de Gea as La Furia Roja's No. 1.

As a consequence, it might not surprise many that he did not pick the Manchester United shot-stopper as the goalkeeper in his 2018 World Cup dream team, and instead opted for Belgium's Thibaut Courtois.

Overall, Casillas named just two of his countrymen – Dani Carvajal and Sergio Ramos – but six of his former Los Blancos teammates were selected. Brazil's Marcelo was his favoured left-back, while Germany's Toni Kroos and Croatia's Luka Modric were selected in midfield, and Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo leads the line of his dream team.

The other players in his 2018 World Cup XI are Brazil centre-back Thiago Silva, Belgium's Eden Hazard in an advanced midfield role and France's Antoine Griezmann, as well as Argentina's Lionel Messi on the wing.

Gallery: 2018 World Cup Kits Revealed, Groups A-D

With so much attacking threat, there was seemingly no space for Brazil's Neymar, who played his first game in three months in the Selecao's 2-0 win over Croatia on Sunday, during which he found the back of the net with a super solo goal.

Note: Casillas' dream team was published by fantasy sports portal RealFevr, as cited by Globo Esporte.

What do you make of Casillas' 2018 World Cup dream team? Which players would make your selection? Let us know in the comments section below.   


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Faysal Joined: 14 Feb 2011
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Faysal Jun 06, 2018 09:47 PM
Every one loves messi
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sikadea Joined: 27 May 2015
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sikadea Jun 06, 2018 02:45 PM
DE GEA, JOSHUA KIMICH, MARCELO, RAMOS, PIQUE,MODRIC, KROOS, INIESTA, NEYMAR, MESSI AND SALAH AND I SNUB RONALDO
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sikadea Joined: 27 May 2015
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sikadea Jun 06, 2018 02:41 PM
WHERE IS PIQUE, SALAH, NEYMAR, INIESTA? IS THAT BECAUSE YOU ARE LOS BLONCOS THAT IS WHY YOU DID NOT NOT INCLUDE BLAUGRANA PLAYERS?
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megabite Jun 06, 2018 02:32 PM
where is mohamed salah in that list or you are another one just like guadiola
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scarbon Jun 06, 2018 01:53 PM
Casillas just say this is the starting line-up u wish for Madrid
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kzorog Jun 06, 2018 01:13 PM
Grieman out neymar in
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Gustin Sirino Jun 06, 2018 01:06 PM
Neymar ahead of Hazard and Kane ahead of Griezman
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Maloh11 Jun 06, 2018 12:32 PM
eish cassillas best line up man indeed

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