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Andy Murray picks his tennis World Cup XI

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This is no doubt a busy time for Andy Murray, matching his best run at the French Open, but rather than fretting over his run in run in Paris, the Briton has found himself busy conjuring up a fantasy XI for the impending World Cup.

Roland Garros is nearing its conclusion, and soon enough, focus will shift fully onto the summer tournament in Brazil.

While the phrase: 'If I was Roy, I'd do....' begins to where a little thin, the British no.1 has had his own fun take a picking a good team.

The Roland Garros YouTube account approached the semi-finalist for his views on which guys could find their way into Murray's XI.

Fellow last four members Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic make the cut, but big name absentees include Roger Federer, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova.

The Scottish-born star clearly fancies himself as a Kenny Dalglish-type figure. He plays up front as part of 4-3-3 hoping to bang-in the goals like he's been banging-in the serves in Paris this year.

Nadal and Djokovic form a partnership along the left-hand side with the Spaniard slightly more advanced ahead of the defensive Serb who makes the squad in Murray's eyes because: "He's got very good stamina. A good engine to get up and down the wing and he's left-footed as well which is obviously strange."

Its probably not the best time to have three of tennis' traditional 'big four' playing together with so much at stake on-court - Federer's inclusion would probably lead to overload - we don't want any nasty tackles or injuries, and whoever wins on the clay on Sunday will face little celebration time before Wimbledon kicks-off later in June. 

Elsehwhere in the squad, Frenchman Michael Llodra picks up the goalkeeper's jersey in the hope that his net prowess in tennis is a transferable skill to another sport. 

Another French star, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, would be the shoe-in at right-back (if only he was English). Apparently Murray played against the fans' favourite as a right-back who impressed with his pace and power.

Strong duo Jerzy Janowicz and Nenad Zimonjic are the centre-halves expected to win everything in the air.

Amelie Mauresmo is the sole female entrant, and she slots in at right-midfield. The Frenchwomen is one of the candidates to fill Murray's coaching vacancy and the pair could therefore get some vital practice in.

David Ferrer joins compatriot Nadal in midfielder in the holding role.

And finally Marcos Baghdatis joins Murray up-front. However, an eleventh player is yet to found. Murray claimed that Fabio Fognini would be too susceptible to getting sent-off and Sebastien Grosjean hasn't proved his fitness. 

Team in full: Michael Llodra;

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Jerzy Janowicz, Nenad Zimonjić, Novak Djokovic;

Amelie Mauresmo, David Ferrer, Rafael Nadal;

Marcos Baghdatis, Andy Murray, Fabio Fognini/Sebastien Grosjean

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