Giant-killers Morocco and two other teams DOMINATE L’Equipe’s team of the World Cup… but who is the ONLY England player selected in the French newspaper’s top-rated XI?

Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and three Morocco stars feature in L’Equipe’s team of the World Cup – and there was a surprise English inclusion, too.

The French sports daily have selected Bukayo Saka alongside Messi and Mbappe in the forward line following the Arsenal man’s impressive performances during England’s run to the quarter-finals.

Saka was especially influential against France in the last-eight clash, winning a penalty when Aurelien Tchouameni brought him down following a trademark dribble.

Lionel Messi was an unsurprising inclusion in French newspaper L'Equipe's World Cup best XI

Lionel Messi was an unsurprising inclusion in French newspaper L’Equipe’s World Cup best XI

France forward Kylian Mbappe missed out on the World Cup, despite a hat-trick in the final

France forward Kylian Mbappe missed out on the World Cup, despite a hat-trick in the final

The inclusions of Messi and Mbappe come as little surprise following their outstanding displays in Sunday’s classic final between Argentina and France.

Mbappe scored a hat-trick, the first player to do so in a World Cup final since Geoff Hurst for England in 1966, yet still ended up on the losing side as Argentina won on penalties.

Messi scored twice and also converted a penalty in the shoot-out to fulfil his destiny of winning the World Cup at the age of 35.

He is one of three Argentine players in L’Equipe’s best XI, with Enzo Fernandez picked in the midfield three and Marcos Acuna named at left back.

Three Morocco players were named in L'Equipe's side - including defenders Hakimi and Saiss

Three Morocco players were named in L’Equipe’s side – including defenders Hakimi and Saiss

England's Bukayo Saka impressed L'Equipe enough to win a place in their tournament team

England’s Bukayo Saka impressed L’Equipe enough to win a place in their tournament team

Luka Modric guided Croatia to a third-placed finish at the World Cup and made the selection

Luka Modric guided Croatia to a third-placed finish at the World Cup and made the selection

Morocco thrilled us with their run to the semi-finals that included shock wins over Spain and Portugal and a trio of their players make the team – Achraf Hakimi at right back, Romain Saiss at centre-half and Sofyan Amrabat in midfield.

Croatia also made the last four, losing to Argentina before defeating Morocco on Saturday to take third place, and they have three players in the side

Luka Modric completes the midfield three, while Josko Gvardiol partners Saiss in central defence and Dominik Livakovic is the chosen goalkeeper, despite the FIFA award going to Emi Martinez.

L'Equipe published their World Cup team as the competition came to an end with a classic final

L’Equipe published their World Cup team as the competition came to an end with a classic final

It came as L’Equipe issued a scathing set of player ratings for the final.

French players Olivier Giroud and Ousmane Dembele – both substituted off before half-time with the team trailing 2-0 – were deemed unworthy of a score.

And Mbappe received only 9/10 despite his hat-trick.





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