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    One of the most striking aspects of this tournament has been the quality of the right backs - not normally the most eye-catching of positions.

    We've seen four excellent players in the semi-finalists: Trippier (who many think has been England's player of the tournament), Pavard, who has been superb throughout, Meunier, who was suspended for the semis and much missed and Vrsljko, who was one of Croatia's best players last night (as he has been all tournament).

    Throw in the Russian Fernandes and the Brazilian Fagner (who was third choice for his country but looked pretty decent) and there's plenty of backs to choose from.

    Am I alone in thinking this or is this a representation of the growing importance of full backs? (if so, why haven't the left backs haven't been quite so impressive?)Or is just a freak?
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      No, I'd agree with that. Trippier, Pavard and Meunier stood out. Not so sure I'd bring Fagner in, Caceres impressed me. I'm not sure I can think of any left backs that have shone at this tournament to the same extent.
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      Pavard is a funny one. He was a calamitous donkey in France's first two games - definitely the weak link. Then he scores a worldy and everyone loves him. True, his game improved after that, but I can't help feeling he is still France's Hercules Heel.
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      One of the most striking aspects of this tournament has been the quality of the right backs - not normally the most eye-catching of positions.

      We've seen four excellent players in the semi-finalists: Trippier (who many think has been England's player of the tournament), Pavard, who has been superb throughout, Meunier, who was suspended for the semis and much missed and Vrsljko, who was one of Croatia's best players last night (as he has been all tournament).

      Throw in the Russian Fernandes and the Brazilian Fagner (who was third choice for his country but looked pretty decent) and there's plenty of backs to choose from.

      Am I alone in thinking this or is this a representation of the growing importance of full backs? (if so, why haven't the left backs haven't been quite so impressive?)Or is just a freak?
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      Pavard is a funny one. He was a calamitous donkey in France's first two games - definitely the weak link. Then he scores a worldy and everyone loves him. True, his game improved after that, but I can't help feeling he is still France's Hercules Heel.
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      Yes Vrsalko, Trippier and Fernandes the best 3 Right Backs

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      No, I'd agree with that. Trippier, Pavard and Meunier stood out. Not so sure I'd bring Fagner in, Caceres impressed me. I'm not sure I can think of any left backs that have shone at this tournament to the same extent.
      Only mentioned Fagner because he was thrown into it after Dani Alves and Danilo were ruled out and people thought he'd be the weak link, but he did OK.
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