These guys are unstoppable: 11 best players of World Cup
Bleacher Report's Sam Tigne presents the best players of 2018 World Cup after semi-finals
Kasper Schmeichel - Denmark
Right-Back: Kieran Trippier - England
It will take something special in the final for any right-back to topple Kieran Trippier from the top spot here. England may have lost their semi-final, but he was brilliant again, netting a lovely free-kick and locking down his flank for long periods.
Despite the brilliant showing, Trippier wasn't the best right-back on the pitch. Sime Vrsaljko, suggested to be injured and unlikely to play the game beforehand, dominated the wing for Croatia. He swung in the cross that Ivan Perisic converted and cleared a goal-bound header off the line.
Diego Laxalt - Uruguay
Centre-Backs: Andreas Granqvist - Sweden, Diego Godin - Uruguay
Defensive Midfielders/Central Midfielders: N'Golo Kante - France, Luka Modric - Croatia
Another week, another sublime performance from N'Golo Kante. He gave no quarter, mopped up relentlessly in midfield and even led surges forward at times.
Luka Modric played well, too, but his performance wasn't strong or impactful enough to dislodge Kante at the top. His midfield partner Ivan Rakitic continues to creep up, though, securing a place in the top five.
Attacking Midfielders/Wingers: Kylian Mbappe - France, Eden Hazard - Belgium, Isco - Spain
Hazard was good in the first half of Belgium's semi-final, but he fizzled out in the second, as he seemingly ran out of ideas. Mbappe, meanwhile, was a menace throughout. Initially, he was the key outlet in attack dribbling forward, and he later became a pressure-relief mechanism to close out the game.
Strikers: Romelu Lukaku - Belgium
Romelu Lukaku's incredible showing against Brazil might well be his best ever—considering the stage, the opposition and what he did to them—as his reworked role off the right flank put him in the perfect spot to take advantage of the space Marcelo left.
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