The history of journalists picking a team of a tournament goes back a long way. The 1958 World Cup in Sweden was no different with a gaggle of journos picking their best 11 from the competition.
Unsurprisingly there are a lot of Brazilians in the starting XI, along with the excellent Raymond Kopa and a few Swedes (they made the final). What’s perhaps startling when you look at the team is that there are five forwards, yet no place is found for Just Fontaine who scored a staggering 13 goals at these finals. What more does a man have to do to make the team?
Despite their being four British teams at the tournament, Harry Gregg of Northern Ireland is the only Brit to make the final XI.