On the international stage, the best defenders in the world come together to represent their countries and combine their unique talents.

Throughout world football, we find clubs with very talented defenders. From powerful central-defenders to winger-like fullbacks, it is exciting to watch them excel in their respective leagues. 

When international friendlies or competitions come up, it is a joy to see all the defensive talent come together to form impressive defensive lines.

5. France - Bacary Sagna; Raphaël Varane; Mamadou Sakho; Patrice Evra

Widely considered to be one of the most promising central defensive partnerships of the future, the youth of Varane and Sakho is nicely sheltered by the experience of the Manchester United and Arsenal fullbacks.

Possible cover: Gaël Clichy, Laurent Koscielny, Younès Kaboul, Christophe Jallet, Adil Rami

4. Serbia - Branislav Ivanović; Neven Subotić; Matija Nastasić; Aleksandar Kolarov

Captained from right back by the powerful Ivanović, Serbia has pace and attacking flare down the left flank from Kolorov and youth in the centre through Nastasić. A back-line with very impressive club resumes, the Serbians also bolster a dead ball specialist in Kolarov.

Possible cover: Aleksandar Luković, Antonio Rukavina, Nenad Tomović

3. Spain - Álvaro Arbeloa; Gerard Piqué; Sergio Ramos; Jordi Alba

An entire back-line comprised of “El Classico” participants, the Spanish backline may be one of the more talented of the bunch. The aerial presence of Piqué and Ramos coupled with the speed of Alba make the Spaniards an attacking threat as well.

Possible cover: César Azpilicueta, Nacho Monreal, Raúl Albiol, Carles Puyol

2. Brazil - Dani Alves; David Luiz; Thiago Silva; Marcelo

A very youthful and attacking defensive unit, the Brazilians possess arguably the best central defender in the world in Silva. Luiz has been tipped to thrive among the world elite, while runs down the flanks are plentiful from the energetic full-backs.

Possible cover: Rafael da Silva, Dante, Adriano, Fábio da Silva

1. Belgium - Toby Alderweireld; Vincent Kompany; Thomas Vermaelen; Jan Vertonghen

On set pieces, it is routine for central defenders to come up for headers. In the case of the Belgians, an entire back-line of centre backs can be seen coming up for a corner. The size and strength of Kompany and Vermaelen combined with the tough tackling Vertonghen makes the Belgian back-line the best in international football.

Possible cover: Guillaume Gillet, Daniel Van Buyten, Timmy Simons


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