The draw for the 2018 World Cup has been made and England know who they will be facing next summer in Russia. Gareth Southgate’s men have been pitted against Belgium, Tunisia and Panama in Group G.
The Three Lions will have to overcome opposition from three different continents to reach the knockout rounds, but what if things were simpler?
With 14 qualifiers in the finals, Europe have enough talent to field multiple top quality teams. And, if including the 16 South American, North American, Asian and African qualifiers, the rest of the world could put forth an equally strong starting XI.
If these two sides met in a one-off international match entertainment would be guaranteed, but how would they line up?
Europe could field a back four including Manchester City full-back Kyle Walker and Tottenham Hotspur centre-back Toby Alderweireld alongside a couple of Barcelona stars. Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer could sweep up behind them.
In midfield, Sergio Busquets is the obvious choice to hold. His presence could free up Kevin De Bruyne to do the more creative work. Meanwhile, up front Real Madrid hitman Cristiano Ronaldo would be supported by Chelsea winger Eden Hazard.
The rest of the world could call upon an almost all-Brazilian back line featuring Dani Alves and Ederson. In the centre of defence, the gritty Diego Godin could be paired with the classy Kalidou Koulibaly.
To find out more about how the two teams could line up, and who would win, watch the video above.