The next World Cup is four years away, but if the tournament began today, how would the biggest countries line up? Further, what do they need to do between now and kickoff on Nov. 21, 2022?
We asked our writers to look into the future. Click on the flags below to see that nation.
Starting XI if the World Cup began today
Sergio Romero; Renzo Saravia, Juan Foyth, Nicolas Otamendi, Nicolas Tagliafico; Giovani Lo Celso, Leandro Paredes, Exequiel Palacios; Lionel Messi, Paulo Dybala,...
If the World Cup began today -- and the U.S. had qualified -- how would they line up? As Jeff Carlisle writes, there are some obvious choices, as well as others who can stake a claim.
The key words here are, "If the World Cup started today," which explains why some veterans from the last cycle are in this lineup, as well as why some youngsters aren't. To wit, Zack Steffen may yet supplant Brad Guzan as the starting keeper, but Guzan's experience gives him the nod.