Mesut Ozil isn't the only big name in L'Equipe's worst XI of the World Cup

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The dust is finally beginning to settle on what was undoubtedly one of the most memorable World Cups of all time.

A total of 169 goals were scored, which is just two shy of the joint record of 1998 and 2014, of which a bizarre amount were from set-pieces.

France's superiority from those was one of the main reasons why they emerged as champions, securing a 4-2 victory over Croatia on Sunday.

The tournament also saw the emergence of Kylian Mbappe on the world stage, scoring four times, and becoming the first teenager since Pele to find the net in the final as a teenager.

Several other players, like Jordan Pickford, Philippe Coutinho, Diego Godin and Antoine Griezmann impressed, but it's not all about who performed well in Russia.

As FIFA unveiled their official team of the tournament, which featured a surprise name or two, French paper L'Equipe have released their worst rated team.

One of the biggest stories to come out of the World Cup was Germany failing to make the knockout stages for the first time since 1938, and the holders finished bottom of their group.

It's no surprise, therefore, to see some of their men feature in the line-up, with Mesut Ozil taking centre stage for the wrong reasons.

He's been criticised immensely by fans in Germany, for both his off and on the field performance, and he is joined by some other big names.

Korea Republic v Germany: Group F - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

L'Equipe's Worst XI of the World Cup

Goalkeeper - Willy Caballero (Argentina)

Defenders - Lukasz Piszczek (Poland), Edson Alvarez (México), Oscar Duarte (Costa Rica), Maciej Rybus (Poland)

Argentina v Croatia: Group D - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

Midfielders - Jacek Góralski (Poland), Sami Khedira and Mesut Özil (Germany)

Forwards - Thomas Müller (Germany), Pione Sisto (Denmark), Kelechi Iheanacho (Nigeria)

Korea Republic v Germany: Group F - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

Poland were major disappointments in Russia too, losing their first two games to Senegal and Colombia, meaning they were knocked out before matchday three.

It's a little surprising that Robert Lewandowski didn't make the list too, as he failed to make any impact for them.

Willy Caballero is an obvious choice for his disastrous error that gifted Ante Rebic and Croatia a goal in their 3-0 defeat to the eventual finalists.


Muller, Khedira and Ozil can really have no complaints too, given their past performances and ability.

Unfortunately, you get the feeling that some of these players' last contributions to a World Cup will have been to be named amongst the worst performers in Russia.

Poland Football
Edson Alvarez
Croatia Football
Oscar Duarte
Maciej Rybus
Jacek Goralski
Thomas Muller
Kelechi Iheanacho
Willy Caballero
Sami Khedira
Mesut Özil
Germany Football
Lukasz Piszczek

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