I have been occupying myself watching some mediocre football during the past few weeks and wondering how many of each team I watched would make it in the Chelsea 1st XI. (It is also fun to apply a similar analysis to the United first team where they have a few more spaces available!)
Take Belgium, I think the answer is three: Curtois, Hazard and Kompany, KDB having already proved himself not capable of holding down a regular spot.
Brazil? Willian, Neymar, Thiago Silva?, Oscar, and arguably David Luiz! I do not consider Ramires a starter any more and I hope JM shares my view.
Costa Rica: None.
Netherlands by my reckoning: two, RVP and Robben, I do not think Sneijder would make it among the starters.
Germany is a tough one, Schurrle does not regularly start, Lahm over Dave? What about Hummels at the heart of defence? Muller? I prefer both our keepers over Neuer but that is a personality thing.
USA: None, even the inestimable Tim Howard would be third choice.
Argentina: certainly one but would Higuain make the team now or Lavezzi? What about Di Maria or Zabaletta? I don't think so.
France: None by their showing against Germany but I suspect most would add a "P" to the "Dr" in our "Ogba" collection. Would Benzema push Diego to the bench? I was disappointed by Varane, too light weight for the rigours of the EPL despite his passing ability.
England: One by definition. I do not think Baines would displace Dave from last season's left back spot. Rooney's ship has sailed and Sturridge already showed himself inadequate for our needs and not willing to put his body on the line.
Uruguay: Who is going to say no to the goal scoring prowess of the dentally disabled?
My list is far from complete because the point is to set you all thinking. OK - you have the idea, troll away!