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McDonald’s FIFA World Cup Fantasy tips: defenders for semi-finals in Russia

Including players from England, France and Belgium.

Vincent Kompany is one of the McDonald's FIFA World Cup Fantasy tips for defenders in the semi-finals of Russia 2018's official fantasy football
VALUE? Vincent (Image: Erik Drost)

Make transfers wisely with these McDonald’s FIFA World Cup Fantasy tips for defenders in the semi-finals of Russia 2018’s official fantasy football.

With only four teams left, you may now choose up to six players from each side – so keep this in mind when making your five free transfers.

If you need to make further transfers on top of these you can, although you’ll incur a four-point penalty for each one.

And don’t forget, the losing semi-finalists will play a third-place playoff match so each team still has two games left to play.

With that in mind, recommended picks include players from England, France and Belgium.

John Stones/Kieran Trippier/Ashley Young/Harry Maguire, ENG – 5.9m/5.6m/5.3m/4.9m

Never mind clean sheets – all four of these players have shown at this World Cup that they have the potential to score attacking points.

Each one has either scored or assisted at the tournament, and it’s no accident since England are so dangerous from set pieces.

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Benjamin Pavard, FRA – 4.5m

France and Belgium would do well to keep clean sheets against each other, so it might come down to which defenders could score points going forward.

Pavard joins in attacks effectively from full-back and scored a cracking goal against Argentina, plus he’s the cheapest starting defender remaining.

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Vincent Kompany, BEL – 5.8m

Poses a real goal-scoring threat from set pieces, almost getting on the end of a couple of corners in the win against Brazil.

5.9m team-mate Toby Alderweireld has displayed a similar threat in a Tottenham Hotspur shirt, so he’s also worthy of your consideration.

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Good luck and happy selecting!