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World Cup fantasy football: 7 players you should sign for the last-16 (and beyond)

It's time to get your fantasy football team in order as we reach the knockout rounds of the World Cup

We’ve reached the promise land of the World Cup and fantasy football.

The knockout rounds await, with the last-16 games kicking off at the weekend – with England set to face Colombia on Tuesday.

It’s crunch time, folks.

On we go, lads

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On we go, lads

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It also means it’s time to give your fantasy football team some serious love, transfer out those eliminated players and set your side up for maximum points as we trudge closer to the final.

So get those German’s out of your team and get in this lot instead. 

7 Ivan Rakitic – £3.5m

Pulling those Croatian strings

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Pulling those Croatian strings

We’ve all gone a bit Croatia mad following their three-wins-out-of-three in Group D, with their humiliation of Argentina one of the moments of the tournament so far.

Pulling the strings in their midfield are La Liga favourites Rakitic and Luka Modric, who’ve each been a fine source of fantasy football points so far.

With Croatia set to face Denmark in the last-16, we reckon it might be worth sticking this fella in your team.

6 Antoine Griezmann – £6.5m

He’s just getting warmed up

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He’s just getting warmed up

France’s World Cup squad is teaming with talent.

Unfortunately, we’ve not seen the best of it so far, with the French limping home to top spot in their group.

Now up against a poor-looking Argentina side, they’ll need to muster the very best from their most important players to go further,

And if we remember correctly, it was the heroics of Griezmann in the knockout rounds of Euro 2016 that got France to the final.

5 Diego Godin – £3.5m

Three clean sheets

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Three clean sheets

He’s easily one of the best defenders around, but he’ll need to reach a whole ‘nother level to keep out Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo in the last 16.

It’s something he’s more than used to doing at club level, of course, and we don’t doubt that going far in this tournament won’t phase the veteran centre-back.

4 Philippe Coutinho – £5.0m

Lovin’ it

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Lovin’ it

We really thought this tournament would be all about Neymar, didn’t we?

But quite frankly, he’s not even been the top dog within his own team.

Nope, that accolade goes to Coutinho, who’s currently taking home a haul of 25 points for those of you who have him in your Dream Team.

Brazil have the ability to go all the way to the final and are currently the favourites to win the thing.

And if they do, we reckon the ex-Liverpool man will have a big part to play.

3 John Stones – £3.0m

He’s a popular chap

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He’s a popular chap

First of all, we don’t really expect Stones-ey to score another brace anytime soon.

But the England centre-back is having a good tournament so far and clearly fits into Gareth Southgate’s style of play.

What’s more, if England can overcome the mighty Colombians, then it’ll be all thanks to our defence.

Might be worth a gamble, then, especially with Switzerland or Sweden awaiting in the quarter-finals.

2 Diego Costa – £4.5m

Goals are his currency

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Goals are his currency

There’s a good chance you absolutely f***ing hate Costa, right?

But at the end of the day, he’s a brilliant striker and could be key to Spain’s success at the World Cup.

He’s already notched three goals in Russia so far – including that wonderful individual effort against Portugal – while we fancy him to enjoy himself against Russia’s defence in the last-16.

1 Romelu Lukaku – £4.5m

Golden

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Golden

He’s knocking on the door for the Golden Boot (although he’ll have to beat Harry Kane to the post) while he’s easily one of the best strikers you could have at the World Cup.

Four goals so far and 31 points on Dream Team means he’s gotta make your forward-line, while we’re expecting him to make light work of Japan’s defence in Belgium’s fairly straight-forward last-16 clash.