With the World Cup now little over a year away, it is a time to look forward to the festival of football that we can only hope awaits in Brazil next summer.
In this case, the focus is on picking a best-in-the-world, 23-man squad from those who are likely to be at the finals next summer.
Focusing on those who will likely be at the finals, of course, means that the likes of Gareth Bale or Zlatan Ibrahimovic are ineligible. Picking a hypothetical squad, meanwhile, requires attention to the balance of players required to tackle a major international tournament.
Thus, over the next few pages, I have attempted to pick a best-in-the-world squad that I would take to a major tournament. Feel free to contribute your 23 player selections in the comments section below.