Top 10: Players of Korea/Japan 2002
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10) Sol Campbell
England weren’t particularly great at World Cup 2002 – although if-and-but merchants will point out that had Ronaldinho’s freak goal not somehow soared over David Seaman, only a highly winnable semi against Turkey would have stood between them and a highly winnable final against an average Germany outfit. But the Three Lions' defence was pretty impressive: a sturdy Mills-Campbell-Ferdinand-Cole axis shielded by Nicky Butt, and Sol was their undoubted central cog. A towering, calm presence, he scored his solitary international goal against Sweden in the group stages, and co-ordinated the backline as they conceded just once during the group stages and Round of 16 before meeting Brazil. He rightly made the team of the tournament.