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July 13, 2014, 08:33 AM
An unforgettable World Cup comes to an end after Sunday's eagerly anticipated final between Germany and Argentina.

BBC Sport pundits Alan Shearer, Chris Waddle, Rio Ferdinand and Tim Vickery have got their heads together to work out their team of the tournament.

You can watch the pundits make their picks on Match of the Day's uninterrupted live coverage of the World Cup final on BBC One from 19:00 BST.

Statisticians Opta have also provided their 2014 World Cup XI based on cold, hard data.

So how do the two compare?


Manuel Neuer (Germany), Philipp Lahm (Germany), Giancarlo Gonzalez (Costa Rica), Mats Hummels (Germany), Daley Blind (Netherlands), Javier Mascherano (Argentina), Toni Kroos (Germany), Arjen Robben (Netherlands), Lionel Messi (Argentina), James Rodriguez (Colombia), Thomas Muller (Germany)


The stats XI

Tim Howard (USA), Marcos Rojo (Argentina), Mats Hummels (Germany), Stefan de Vrij (Netherlands), Dani Alves (Brazil), James Rodriguez (Colombia), Xherdan Shaqiri (Switzerland), Toni Kroos (Germany), Juan Cuadrado (Colombia), Thomas Muller (Germany), Karim Benzema (France)


July 13, 2014, 10:24 AM
My top XI:-

1. Goalkeeper: Tim Howard (USA)

2. Defensemen: Hummels-Boateng-Lahm (Germany), Mensah (Ghana).

3. Midfielders: Kroos (Germany), Gustavo (Brazil), James Rodriguez (Colombia).

4. Forwards: Messi (Argentina), Muller (Germany), Robben (Netherlands).