You may have heard by now that ‘it’s coming home,’ and it’s in part thanks to England’s Harry Maguire and Jordan Pickford, who have barely made a mistake at the World Cup so far.
They were on top form again yesterday against Sweden in the quarter finals, with Maguire heading a goal and Pickford saving many at the other end.
They’ve been given upgrades in FIFA 18’s new World Cup mode, but many would argue they should be rated a lot higher after their heroics.
Harry Maguire and Jordan Pickford are in the MOTM upgrades, but Modric is the best by far
Harry Maguire has been dominant in the air at the World Cup, and showed it off once again with his thunderous goal to open the scoring against Sweden.
He’s now rated 82 overall in the new mode, with 60 pace, 84 defending, 75 passing, and 87 physical. He’s even got 77 dribbling for those enterprising runs into midfield.
The stats to look at are his jumping (76) and heading (85), and it could be argued that these should be even higher. He’s also got great composure on the ball (86), and an amazing 91 on short passing, perfect for playing your way out of trouble at the back.
With fairly low pace though, he won’t be particularly popular in Ultimate Team, which is a shame given he’s been one of England’s heroes so far.
Jordan Pickford has been on good form, and pulled off his best performance with a clean sheet against Sweden. His upgraded card has got good stats pretty much across the board, but he’s just let down by his speed, which keeps his overall being much higher.
He’s rated at 82, with 85 diving, 88 reflexes, 82 handling, 52 speed, 90 kicking, and 83 positioning. He won’t be as popular as the likes of Neuer and De Gea in the Ultimate Team mode, but they’re out of the tournament, and Pickford is still in.
The English boys weren’t the only players to get upgrades though, as Russia and Croatia managed a thriller last night too.
Croatia’s Luka Modric is the highest rated card in the latest batch of Man of the Match upgrades, at 91 overall.
He’ll be a solid central midfielder, thanks to his 78 pace, 94 dribbling, 86 shooting, 78 defending, 92 passing, and 70 physical.
Russia’s Alan Dzagoev rounds out the list with another central midfielder option, although nowhere near as good as Modric, who has four star skills and weak foot.
He’s rated at 84 overall, with 83 pace, 85 dribbling, 84 shooting, 75 defending, 86 passing, and 75 physical.
Author: Nancy Parker
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