The ten players aged twenty or younger who are looking to take the World Cup by storm.
The World Cup has always been a tournament where exciting young talents can make a name for themselves in front of a global audience, with all manner of footballing superstars having made their first big impressions at the tournament. 2014 is likely to be no different, with most countries containing at least one youngster who will be looking to use the World Cup as a stepping stone to greater things. These ten players aged twenty or younger all fit that bracket and will be hoping to shine in front of the watching world.
10) Nabil Bentaleb (Algeria)
Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Nabil Bentaleb had a difficult start to life in senior football, thrown into the team by manager Tim Sherwood despite the presence of more established stars. He showed some promise, however – enough to convince Algerian manager Vahid Halilhodzic to bring the French-born youngster into the fold. With Algeria likely to be doing plenty of defending, Bentaleb may have the chance to showcase his energy and ability to break up play on the biggest stage of all.