Defensive midfielders are protectors of the defenders and allow other midfielders and attackers to move forward. They provide mobility to fullbacks and other creative playmakers. They cover the center back positions often to disallow opponent to find space and attack. They help defenders while in the corner, long balls, intercepting and tackling too. Defensive midfielders actually stabilize the midfield and control the game.

For upcoming FIFA world cup 2018 which is going to be held in Russia, there are many versatile defensive midfielders from different countries. They are equally shining for their respective clubs as well as for nation too. The countries like France and Brazil always have many good defensive midfielders. Out of many defensive midfielders who are going to play for their national team in upcoming FIFA world cup, our article mentions only top 11 best among them. It’s really hard to choose best 11 among many versatile players but we hope these players will shine and will be players to be watched as the defensive midfielder for FIFA world cup. So here are our 11 best defensive midfielders:

1. N’Golo Kante






Full name: N’Golo Kante

Date of birth: March 29, 1991

Age: 26

Nation: France

Current club: Chelsea FC

International caps:  20

International goals: 1


2. Casemiro






Full name: Carlos Henrique Casemiro

Date of birth: February 23, 1992

Age: 25

Nation: Brazil

Current club: Real Madrid CF

International caps:  20

International goals: 0


3. Sergio Busquets






Full name: Sergio Busquets Burgos

Date of birth: July 16, 1988

Age: 29

Nation: Spain

Current club: FC Barcelona

International caps:  102

International goals: 2


4. Nemanja Matic






Full name: Nemanja Matic

Date of birth: August 1, 1988

Age: 29

Nation:  Serbia

Current club: Manchester United

International caps:  36

International goals: 2


5. Fernandinho

Full name: Fernandinho Luiz Roza

Date of birth: May 4, 1985

Age: 32

Nation: Brazil

Current club: Manchester City

International caps:  41

International goals: 2


6. Javier Mascherano







Full name: Javier Alejandro Mascherano

Date of birth: June 8, 1984

Age: 33

Nation: Argentina

Current club: FC Barcelona

International caps:  141

International goals: 3


7. Eric Dier






Full name: Eric Jeremy Edgar Dier

Date of birth: January 15, 1994

Age: 23

Nation: England

Current club: Tottenham Hotspur

International caps:  23

International goals: 3


8. Granit Xhaka






Full name: Granit Xhaka

Date of birth: September 27, 1992

Age: 25

Nation: Switzerland

Current club: Arsenal FC

International caps: 57

International goals: 8


9. Sami Khedira






Full name: Sami Khedira

Date of birth: April 4, 1987

Age: 30

Nation: Germany

Current club: Juventus

International caps: 72

International goals: 7


10. Wilfred Ndidi








Full name: Onyinye Wilfred Ndidi

Date of birth: December 16, 1996

Age: 21

Nation: Nigeria

Current club: Leicester City

International caps: 14

International goals: 0


11. Mousa Dembele








Full name: Mousa Dembele

Date of birth: July 16, 1987

Age: 30

Nation: Belgium

Current club: Tottenham Hotspur

International caps:  72

International goals: 5

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