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20 most important players heading into the 2018 World Cup

Yardbarker Logo By Zac Wassink of Yardbarker | Slide 1 of 19: Toby Alderweireld’s future with Tottenham remains in doubt ahead of the summer transfer window, but it’s difficult to imagine Belgium head coach Roberto Martinez mimicking Mauricio Pochettino and choosing others ahead of the 29-year-old who may be the best center back in the Premier League when fully fit. The duo of Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen makes for the top defensive pairing at the World Cup assuming Alderweireld’s hamstring is at 100 percent.

Toby Alderweireld

Toby Alderweireld’s future with Tottenham remains in doubt ahead of the summer transfer window, but it’s difficult to imagine Belgium head coach Roberto Martinez mimicking Mauricio Pochettino and choosing others ahead of the 29-year-old who may be the best center back in the Premier League when fully fit. The duo of Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen makes for the top defensive pairing at the World Cup assuming Alderweireld’s hamstring is at 100 percent.

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