Defensive Midfielders: Luka Modric (Croatia) and John Obi Mikel (Nigeria)
Arguably one of the finest midfielder in the last decade or so has been Real Madrid’s Luka Modric. The midfielder alone makes Croatia a credible threat for the World Cup. Partnering him would be former Chelsea man, John Mikel Obi. Often criticised for taking too many touches during his time at Chelsea, Nigeria have gotten to see a different Mikel. For the Eagles, Mikel is a more attack minded midfielder and is a true leader. He knows how to control the tempo of a match and his experience will be vital for the Eagles in the World Cup as well.