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With vital European World Cup qualifiers taking place this weekend, many of Europe's elite have the chance to prove just how good they really are.

Ahead of this, GMS Academy member, George Mackenzie Smith, has put together what he thinks is the strongest possible team in European football.

This XI doesn't have the luxury of calling upon the likes of Lionel Messi and Thiago Silva, but we still think they could give any team a run for their money.

So take a look at who we've selected and let us know what you think.

Goalkeeper- Manuel Neuer

The German international is a formidable force in the goal for both club and country. He was a key part in the Bayern Munich team that went over 1,000 minutes without conceding, a club record. At the age of 27 he is only going to get better with more experience.

Right -back - Philipp Lahm

The fullback who can play on both flanks is captain of Bayern Munich and the German national side. Having been capped 101 times by Germany he has vast experience as well as genuine quality.

Center Back- Vincent Kompany

The Manchester City skipper is arguably the best centre back in the world right now. He is model of the modern day centre back; he is strong yet has the vision to play the ball out of defence. As well as being deadly from set pieces up the other end of the pitch.

Center Back -Gerard Pique

Pique is a key part of the extremely successful Barcelona and Spain teams. He has the ability to calmly play the ball out from the back whilst having the quick feet to get him out of tricky situations.

Left-back - Jordi Alba

The pacey Spaniard is everything you would want from an attacking full-back. He has the desire to get round the back of defences and get to the by-line. 

Center Midfield - Xavi

Despite his age it would be very hard to leave Xavi out of any team. He controls the game from the centre of the park and is the ideal play maker.  He is the master of the pass and one of the main reasons why Barcelona have the highest pass success rate in Europe (89.9%).

Center Midfield - Bastian Schweinsteiger 

The brilliant Bavarian is at the heart of everything good that Bayern Munich and Germany do. His determination and stamina are outstanding, whether he is playing higher up or more often these days in a holding role he is still highly influential. 24 goals and 32 assists in 98 games for Germany says all you need to know about this class player.

Attacking Midfield - Cristiano Ronaldo

The Portuguese sensation would be the first name on most team sheets these days. The 2008 Ballon d'Or winner has got it all and if it was not for Lionel Messi many would be suggesting that Ronaldo is the greatest player of all time. His goal scoring record speaks for itself with 213 goals in 209 appearances for Real Madrid.

Attacking Midfield - Andres Iniesta

The midfield magician is one of the most technically gifted players in world football right now. He has the ability to unlock a defence in one simple pass.  His clever feet allow him to play deadly one-two's on the edge of the box, making it incredibly hard for a defender to stop. 

Attacking Midfield - Franck Ribery

This was a tough call having to leave out the world's most expensive player, Gareth Bale. However, Ribery has been incredible consistently over the last three seasons.  At the end of last season he was voted best player in Europe by UEFA, this a good recognition of how good the flying French winger has been. 

Forward - Robin van Persie

The Dutchman has been on lethal form for the last two seasons, winning the golden boot in England twice in a row. Despite a slow start to this season due to injury, RVP is still the top finisher in Europe. Although Zlatan Ibrahimovic may disagree I feel it would be impossible not to select him. 

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