13 talkSPORT’s World Cup XI Right-back – Pablo Zabaleta (Argentina) – selected by Colin Murray and friendsManchester City defender Zabaleta has been absolutely superb so far in Brazil, so much so that he sneaks into our team of the tournament ahead of probably the most consistently impressive right-back in world football, Phillipp Lahm. Zabaleta has been a key part of Argentina’s excellent defending in the rounds leading up to the Rio final, as well as offering support in attack. His reading of the game is excellent, helping to keep Arjen Robben relatively quiet in the semi-final. Midfield – Javier Mascherano (Argentina) – selected by Hawksbee and JacobsTenacious Argentine midfielder Mascherano should probably have been made to leave the field after sustaining a nasty head injury in the semi-final, but it is lucky for his nation’s World Cup prospects that he did not. Man of the match against the Netherlands, Mascherano’s last ditch tackle to deny Arjen Robben what would surely have been a winning goal, summed up why a team needs more than just attacking flair to triumph. Centre-back – Mats Hummels (Germany) – selected by Adrian Durham and Darren GoughA star for Borussia Dortmund over the past few season, Hummels has brought his club form to Brazil and been a rock for Germany in their run to the final. He even chipped in with the winning goal against France in the quarter-final. Number 10 role – Lionel Messi (Argentina) – selected by Ray Parlour and Jim ProudfootThe four-time world player of the year went into the tournament with immense pressure to deliver on the biggest stage of all, having disappointed in 2010, and he has certainly been a major part of Argentina’s progress. With four goals in the run to the final, each helping to decide games in favour of his nation, Messi has invited comparisons with Diego Maradona’s influence in Argentina’s 1986 triumph. It’s been one of the greatest World Cups of all-time, with some great games and fantastic individual displays, but who would make the team of the tournament?Our talkSPORT panel is selecting their 2014 World Cup XI, with presenters Alan Brazil, H&J, Colin Murray and friends, Adrian Durham, Darren Gough, Ray Parlour and our World Cup commentator Jim Proudfoot.Tweet your top team and suggestions for players to fill in the gaps @talkSPORT using #allstarsGoalkeeper – Tim Howard (USA) – selected by Colin Murray and friendsThe Everton shot stopper had a phenomenal tournament, particularly in the last 16 game against Belgium, where he made the most saves recorded by any ‘keeper at the World Cup since 1966. Even Barack Obama took time out to congratulate Howard on his heroic performances, as the States escaped a tough group including Germany, Portugal and Ghana, thanks in no small part to their number one’s brilliance between the posts. 13 13 13 13 For your chance to win a Vauxhall Cascada, enter this great competition here: vauxhallfootball.co.uk/england/competition Forward – Thomas Muller (Germany) – selected by Alan BrazilNo player has ever won back-to-back Golden Boots, not even West Germany’s legendary goal scorer Gerd Muller or the World Cup’s all-time leading goal getter, Miroslav Klose, but Thomas Muller could yet achieve that remarkable feat. Five goals in South Africa and another five in Brazil, all at the age of 24, with the final against Argentina still to come. 13 13 13 13 Midfield – Sami Khedira (Germany) – selected by Andy Goldstein’s Sports BarThe Real Madrid star had a tough season in Spain after injuring his anterior cruciate ligament Germany’s friendly with Italy in November but after winning the Champions League on his return he came into the World Cup on good form. Subsequently Khedira has impressed for his nation in victories over Portugal and most notably their 7-1 demolition of Brazil and against Algeria in the last 16 his absence was notable. Attack (right-side) – James Rodriguez (Colombia) – selected by Hawksbee and JacobsGoing into the last two games of the tournament, James Rodriguez remains in pole position for the Golden Boot with six superb strikes. Quite possibly the player of the tournament, too, Rodriguez has confirmed that he is one of the best players on the planet. 13 Left-back – Marcos Rojo (Argentina) – selected by Ray Parlour and Jim ProudfootSporting Libson full-back Rojo has been seriously impressive in Brazil, leading to reports that he could be on the move to the Premier League, with Chelsea and Liverpool both interested. His top speed at the tournament was recorded at 31.8km/h, a seriously impressive stat that outdid even Robben. Rojo even chipped in with a goal against Nigeria in the 3-2 group stage win. 13 13 Manager – Joachim Low (Germany) – selected by Andy Goldstein’s Sports BarThe suave boss of the Nationalmannschaft has led his team tremendously at the World Cup in Brazil. Not afraid to alter a winning starting line-up, Low has reaped the rewards by guiding his men to the World Cup final, after witnessing his side dismantle Brazil 7-1 in the semi-final. Attack (left-side) – Arjen Robben (Netherlands) – selected by Adrian Durham and Darren GoughBayern’s lightning fast forward inspired the Netherlands to the semi-finals, having got their campaign off to a blistering start in the 5-1 thrashing of defending champions Spain. With three goals and one assist, not to mention showing nerves of steel by successfully converting two penalties in successive shootouts. 13 Centre-back – Thiago Silva (Brazil) – selected by Alan BrazilIt was surely no coincidence that, in the absence of their captain, Brazil utterly crumbled in the semi-final against Germany. Silva’s presence alone may not have been enough to prevent a German victory, but it’s doubtful the Selecao would have capitulated quite so spectacularly if the Paris Saint-Germain stopper had been available to lead and organise at the back. Indeed, Silva was crucial to a below par Brazil reaching the last four in the first place, with a series of strong defensive displays and a crucial goal against Colombia in the quarters.