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World Cup fantasy football: 5 bargain defenders who can steer you to glory

The World Cup and fantasy football are a beautiful combination.

So Dream Team World Cup really is the perfect marriage to make your experience of the tournament this summer even more delicious.

It’s completely free to enter, there’s a £150k prizpot at stake and all your favourite players are available.

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Neymar will hope to lead Brazil to glory

Neymar will hope to lead Brazil to glory


So let’s talk defenders.

Whilst they’re not as showy as your attacking players, your men at the other end are still vital in picking up points.

And in a bid to find room for all of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar all in your line up you’re going to have to scout a few bargains at the back.

Here’s just five you could be looking at…

1 Gary Cahill – England (£2.5m)

Cahill scored against Nigeria

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Cahill scored against Nigeria

Now we don’t want to tempt fate in any way, but Gary Cahill’s goal against Nigeria definitely means England are going to win the bloody thing, right?

Cahill has effectively come from nowhere to force his way into Gareth Southgate’s thoughts and he could prove a real asset.

The Chelsea man looks set to start and is a goalscoring threat in the opposition box too.

2 Jose Gimenez – Uruguay (£2.5m)

Gimenez is an animal

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Gimenez is an animal

Uruguay were handed a favourable group draw with just Egypt, Russia and Saudi Arabia to manoeuvre.

You can’t envisage them conceding that many goals, particularly with the resolute Atletico Madrid duo of Gimenez and Diego Godin marshalling their defence.

Gimenez is the much cheaper option and could certainly be an asset in the group stages.

3 Kalidou Koulibaly – Senegal (£2.5m)

Koulibaly is one of the best around in his position

Koulibaly is one of the best around in his position

Koulibaly is one of the best centre-backs in world football and a mainstay of Napoli’s exciting side.

So can he translate his club form into success with his country for a Senegal team who are genuine dark horses?

Group H is extremely open with Colombia, Poland and Japan also vying for the top two spots but Koulibaly and Senegal are well set.

4 Raphael Guerreiro – Portugal (£2m)

Guerriero and Ronaldo are two of Portugal’s more reliable stars

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Guerriero and Ronaldo are two of Portugal’s more reliable stars

Portugal stunned everyone at Euro 2016 and Guerreiro was a key part of that success with some brilliant displays from left back.

Their defence hasn’t changed at all since two summers ago which means Guerreiro should keep his place despite an injury plagued season at Borussia Dortmund.

Games against Morocco and Iran in Group B should ensure Portugal make it to the last 16 at the very least.

5 Dejan Lovren – Croatia (£2.5m)

Lovren had a brilliant end to the season

Lovren had a brilliant end to the season

Lovren had a season of two halves, with a very suspect first half followed by a brilliant response in the second.

He’s the headline name at the back for Croatia and will be in a good way after largely keeping Cristiano Ronaldo quiet in the Champions League final.

Only eight defenders scored more points than Lovren’s 154 on Dream Team this season.

What new features are there during Dream Team World Cup?

Aside from the introduction of non-UK players, we’ve also got a snazzy new formation to try out.

As well as the traditional 4-4-2 and 4-3-3, Dream Team World Cup will also see 3-4-3 become an option to maximise more attacking players.

Who were the best players at the last World Cup?

Rodriguez was the star man in Brazil

Rodriguez was the star man in Brazil

Remember last time? Germany were great, James Rodriguez was brilliant and England were… let’s not go there.

Brazil hosted a sublime tournament in 2014, jam-packed with entertainment right up until Mario Gotze’s brilliant extra time winner against Argentina in the final.

Colombian hero Rodriguez won the Golden Boot, but who else took the competition by storm?

Here are the top 10 points scorers from the last Dream Team World Cup.

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