There is no way I could have compiled this list without putting Bobby Moore in the back for the Best XI defense. After all, even Franz Beckenbauer admitted that Moore was the “greatest defender to ever play the game.” Moreover, Pele called him the “greatest player I ever played against.” I agree with them, so I have selected Moore for this honor.
Moore captained the 1966 England squad to their first (and only) World Cup title, and in the process he became a legend worldwide. He is best remembered for his heroism during the Final. It was Moore who assisted the English Nats’ first goal after being fouled just outside the box. He wisely popped up right away and put a pass on his mate’s head.
What some people forget is that Moore also shadowed Eusebio during the quarterfinal that year and prevented him from scoring, which was an amazing feat. All in all, his performance during the 1966 tournament was likely the best by a defender ever. Therefore, I would be remiss if I did not place him on this list, and make him my Best XI Captain.
Another thing some people don’t know about Moore is that he actually ended his professional career in 1978 while playing for the Seattle Sounders. Sure, he only played seven games for the team, but it gives me pleasure to know he played a small role in US soccer history. Of course, his World Cup legacy is far greater and why he is on this list.