It’s nearly been a week since the World Cup concluded and I’m already having withdrawals. I need to provide some closure to the best World Cup of my lifetime; so I have awarded the Best XI for the tournament. The cream of the crop is pretty clear and those teams with a large amount of success are more represented than those who flamed out early. I wanted to avoid any potential snubs so I can up with reserves as well. So consider those your honorable mention award winners. I opted for a 3-4-3 formation.

Starting XI

Manuel Neuer – GK

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Thiago Silva – D

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Mats Hummels – D

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Phillip Lahm – D

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James Rodriguez – M

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Tony Kroos – M

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Javier Mascherano – M

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Thomas Mueller – M

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Arjen Robben – F

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Neymar – F

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Lionel Messi – F

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Reserves

Tim Howard – GK

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Vincent Kompany – D

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Stefan De Vrij – D

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Giancarlo Gonzalez – M

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Paul Pogba – M

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Wesley Sneijder – M

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Arturo Vidal – M

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Angel DiMaria – F

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Robin Van Persie – F

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Karim Benzema – F

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