7 National Team That Are Overloaded in One Position

(L to R) Paul Pogba, Lassana Diarra and Eliaquim Mangala of France line up for the national anthem prior to the International Friendly match between England and France at Wembley Stadium...

When a club side inadvertently becomes overloaded in a specific position, say at centre-back, but has very little in the way of firepower up front, it is only natural that they may look to offload their third or fourth choice central defender and strengthen in attacking areas in the transfer market. National teams have no such luxury, however. Within the weird and wonderful world of international football, you have a pool of players that only alters as youngsters break through into the game and others retire.

7 Dirtiest Teams at the 2018 World Cup

Igor Smolnikov of Russia dives in to tackle Diego Laxalt of Uruguay in challenge that leads to his second yellow card during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group A match between Uruguay...

From Pepe to Neymar and Diego Costa, this World Cup has been rife with tactical fouling, crowding of referees and some appalling interpretations of the term ‘defending’. It seemed only right then that we rewarded these notorious underhand tactics with a look at some of the most disagreeable sides in the tournament.

7 Worst Defending World Cup Winners

Neymar Jr of Brazil sees his effotr saved by Keylor Navas of Costa Rica during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at Saint Petersburg Stadium on...

Reigning world champions Germany lost their opening game of the 2018 World Cup to Mexico in a result which shocked millions across the globe, however, the defending champions losing their opening World Cup match is far from unusual.