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‘Great shout’: Ryan Sessegnon and Matt Doherty put 24-year-old Tottenham target in their best World Cup XI
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‘Great shout’: Ryan Sessegnon and Matt Doherty put 24-year-old Tottenham target in their best World Cup XI

Plenty of Tottenham Hotspur’s biggest stars are getting ready for the World Cup in Qatar right now.

However, Ryan Sessegnon and Matt Doherty will be watching the matches from home along with some of their teammates.

The pair were asked to name their best World Cup XI without including any of their teammates.

It’s a tough task with plenty of world class stars to choose from, but the team they put together is extraordinary.

They include a front three of Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, while Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne also makes the cut.

Sessegnon and Doherty then pick PSG full-back and Tottenham target Achraf Hakimi at right-back.

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The 24-year-old is one of the world’s most exciting right-backs, and clearly has two fans in Sessegnon and Doherty.

A report from The Athletic suggested that Spurs boss Antonio Conte really wanted to sign Hakimi in the summer.

However, a deal was impossible to negotiate in the summer, and the Moroccan ended up staying in Paris.

Spurs did sign a right-back in youngster Djed Spence, although he’s yet to be given a chance under Conte.

Hakimi is a completely different level to the young wing-back, and would be another genuinely world-class player in the squad.

Sessegnon and Doherty pick Hakimi in World Cup XI

The pair had used up plenty of the biggest nations with their selections already before reaching the right-back position.

The Irishman said: “OK, right back. Hakimi?” to which Sessegnon replies, “Great shout. It’s a very attacking team.”

Hakimi has had a brilliant career despite being just 24 years old.

Having started out at Real Madrid, he’s already played for Borussia Dortmund, Inter Milan and now PSG.

He only needs to make the move to the Premier League to complete the set of playing in all of Europe’s top five leagues.

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Antonio Conte may be hoping he can convince Hakimi to make the move to north London in the future.

He’s already got a fan in Emerson Royal, who has previously watched clips of Hakimi to try and improve.

Sessegnon and Doherty picking Hakimi shows he’s well respected within the game as well.

He could end up taking the Irishman’s place in the squad if Conte finally does get his man.

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