Croatia’s Luka Modric and France’s Kylian Mbappe, right, pose with their individual awards at the end of the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

With the World Cup now over SportsByte looks at the players that had the biggest impact across the tournament and picks the team of the tournament.

Goalkeeper – Jordan Pickford

Jordan Pickford is one of the youngest keepers in this tournament. He has been praised for his fantastic kicking ability and his acrobatic saves arguably keeping England in the World Cup against Colombia.

He also became the youngest English keeper to keep a clean sheet in any World Cup game in history with a two-nil win against Sweden. Also, with a 66.7% save ratio and with 40 passes into the opponent’s half, he surely got the team moving.

Right Back – Kieran Trippier

Trippier could no doubt be the surprise payer of the tournament pulling out fantastic performances. His defensive work has been solid and his set pieces caused trouble throughout, creating a goal and scoring a mesmerizing free kick in the semi-final against Croatia.

Winning 64.6% of his duels and 60 passes in the opponents half, he created a lot of chances for England.

Centre Back – Diego Godin

Ageing Godin, most likely his last world cup, should leave with his head held high. With his last-ditch tackles and outstanding leadership qualities he is no doubt a contender for one of the best centre backs in the world. Winning 50% of his aerial duels, he was the lynchpin in Uruguay’s defence.

Centre Back – Raphael Varane

With his amazing reading of the game and his powerful headers Varane could be said to be one of the best defensive players at the world cup, keeping quiet some of the world’s best attackers with a clearance succession rate of 100% and a pass success rate of 87.4%, he started off France’s attacking play and got them going.

Left Back –  Benjamin Pavard

The French youngster has exceeded expectations, and possibly cemented his place in the starting eleven for a long time to come with his solid defending which included a clearance success rate of 83.3% as well as scoring a sublime volley to knock out Argentina, he looks to have a bright future.

Central Midfield – Luka Modric

Modric has come a long way and is arguably the best central midfielder in the world, he has covered the most distance out of anyone in the World Cup travelling 63 kilometres which is a major reason why they got to the World Cup final.

Central Midfield – Ivan Rakitic

Rakitic and Modric have been an unstoppable midfield duo. The champions league winners certainly worked well together for Croatia. Rakitic, managed to steer home two game winning penalties under immense pressure which helped Croatia progress. This playmaker managed to complete 59.4 passes every 90 minutes

Central Midfield – Kevin De Bruyne

De Bruyne hasn’t ceased to amaze people, continuing a huge year with Manchester City by producing some amazing performances completing 333 passes and creating two goals along the way as Belgium finishing third..

Left Wing – Denis Cheryshev

Cheryshev had a phenomenal tournament with team Russia who undoubtedly performed better than was ever expected, reaching the quarter finals despite being ranked the worst in the tournament. Denis was surely their star man, a contender for best goal and top scorer, scoring four goals. With a 100% long pass completion rate, he helped get Russia on the front foot.

Striker – Harry Kane

The Englishman is making a name for himself winning the Golden Ball for most goals scored (6), he was a major part of England’s run to the semi-finals of the tournament. With a conversion rate of 46%, Kane was prolific in front of goal.

Right Wing – Kylian Mbappe

19-year-old Mbappe became the youngest player to score in a World Cup final since Pele, and was rewarded with the Silver Ball for the young player of the tournament after scoring four times in seven appearances. Mbappe could easily establish himself as one of the world’s best in the next few years.

Words by Jason Storey