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Notoriously harsh critics L’Equipe name England star in team of the World Cup… but only ONE player gets a rating above 7

NOTORIOUSLY harsh football critics, L’Equipe, have named England star Bukayo Saka in the World Cup Team of the Tournament… and only gave one player above a SEVEN.

Arsenal ace Saka was England‘s shining light in their World Cup campaign, scoring three goals in their run to the quarter-finals.

England’s Saka has been named in L’Equipe’s Team of the Tournament
Mbappe (left) was given the highest tournament rating, followed by World Cup winner Messi (left)
l’Equipe’s tournament ratings

But they were dumped out by France in a narrow 2-1 victory.

Argentina won the winter edition of the tournament after defeating World Cup 2018 champions France in the final.

The two sides couldn’t be separated after 120 minutes of football.

The 3-3 draw saw Argentine greats Angel Di Maria and captain Lionel Messi score.

While France legend-in-the-making, Kylian Mbappe, became the second-ever player to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final.

Argentina then held their nerve in the penalty shootout, running out 4-2 winners, collecting their third-ever world title.

And notoriously harsh football critics, L’Equipe, have put together their Team of the Tournament.

But only one player was given above a SEVEN and it wasn’t World Cup-winning captain Messi.


France star Mbappe was given a 7.17 overall score for the Qatar World Cup – the highest in the team.

The 23-year-old scored eight goals, picking up the Golden Boot.

Messi, meanwhile, was given the second highest rating of 6.71 after scoring seven, assisting three, and winning the tournament.

Morocco captain and ex-Wolves ace Romain Saiss came in at third with an overall score of 6.60.

He is joined in defence by Morocco team-mate Achraf Hakimi with a score of 6, Josko Gvardiol on 6.43 and Marcos Acuna picking up a 6.25 rating.

That back four sits in front of goalkeeper of the tournament, Dominik Livakovic, who single-handedly stopped pre-tournament favourites Brazil from marching into the semis.

The Dinamo Zagreb ace was rated at 6.57.

In midfield, World Cup winner Enzo Fernandez was given a 6.40, while Morocco’s Sofyan Amrabat and Croatia icon Luka Modric were given 6.29s.

Saka joined Messi and Mbappe in attack with a 6.50.

L’Equipe’s World Cup final ratings were just as harsh, with Barcelona ace Ousmane Dembele being brutally slammed.

Dembele lasted just 41 minutes as he was subbed off for Randal Kolo Muani with France 2-0 down.

Dembele was totally ineffective with his one-on-ones against Argentina left-back Nicolas Tagliafico.

However, his worst moment came in the 23rd minute as he fouled Di Maria in France’s box to give away a penalty for Messi’s opener.

L’Equipe refused to give him a match rating.

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