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World Cup 2018: Introducing the captains

Shyam Kamal
ANALYST
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Group C

France Portraits - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
After a not-so-convincing season, Lloris will lead an inexperienced squad at the WC

Hugo Lloris - France

The Goalkeeper has close to 100 caps for the national team, and is their most experienced player. It is no surprise that the Tottenham captain has been chosen to lead the team in the WC as well, he has been the first choice captain since 2012.

His latest season with Spurs was mixed, and his last two performances in friendlies had their share of mistakes as well. Irrespective of that, Lloris is still France's best keeper and will have the task of leading an excellent but very young squad.

Mile Jedinak - Australia

With the most caps (76) after veteran Tim Cahill (106), Mile Jedinak has been chosen to lead the Socceroos in Russia and has served as their captain since 2014.

Jedinak burst on to the scene with Crystal Palace a few years back and was named the Asian International footballer of the year in 2014.

In 2016, he moved to Aston Villa and had 25 appearances for the club in their quest to secure promotion back to the final, before losing out to Fulham in the playoffs.

After participating in the 2010 and 2014 World Cups, this will be the midfielder's final chance to play for the national team at this level.

Flamengo v Sao Paulo - Brasileirao Series A 2017
After several appeals, the striker will lead his nation in Russia
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Paulo Guerrero - Peru

One of the few strikers chosen to lead their respective sides, Guerrero's story has been full of twists and turns. Guerrero was initially banned from the WC after it had been found out that he had ingested cocaine, but after several appeals, it was lifted and he is now confirmed to play.

Guerrero is Peru's all-time leading goal scorer and was instrumental in their qualifying campaign as well with 5 goals. He celebrated his comeback with a brace against Saudi Arabia in the friendlies and will be the main source of goals for the team.

Simon Kjaer - Denmark

The 29-year-old center-back has played over 75 games for the national side, and along with Christian Eriksen is their most experienced player at the World Cup. The winner of the 2009 Danish talent of the year, Kjaer has spent his time in several clubs across Europe.

With Lille OSC, he earned a spot on the Ligue 1 Team of the year in the 2013-14 season. and is now playing for Sevilla. He played 20 games for the side this season in La Liga, and was one of their better performers this season.


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