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World football: Best defensive lineup

Kompany is a leader on the field (©GettyImages)
Kompany is a leader on the field (©GettyImages).

Back-up defence

Left-back: As back-up I have chosen Leighton Baines (Everton and England)
Strengths: Great link up play, stunning crosser and free-kick taker, good shot.
Weaknesses: Could have more game awareness defensively.

Left centre-back: Vincent Kompany (Manchester City and Belgium)
Strengths: A real leader, strong, quick.
Weaknesses: Aerial battles.

Right centre-back: Thiago Silva (PSG and Brazil)
Strengths: Strong, quick and good reading of the game (interceptions), aerial battles.
Weaknesses: Can lose possession with the odd long ball.

Right-back: Daniel Alves (Barcelona and Brazil)
Strengths: Keeping possession, fast, dribbling ability, long-shots.
Weaknesses: Can be lazy defensively.

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Ashley Cole

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