Russia will host this summer’s World Cup and fans will be eagerly anticipating an exciting month of international football. Here are ten players who could light up the competition…
Rumours have linked the Brazilian with a move to Manchester United and the Chelsea man will want to make a positive impact for his country this summer. Making amends for that 7-1 thrashing on home soil four years ago is vital and Willian can help Tite’s side to compete for a sixth Jules Rimet Trophy.
Dybala was an outcast under Jorge Sampaoli six months ago but he is now all but assured of a place in the squad.
The Juventus star has been in supreme form in 2017/18, notching 26 goals in 47 appearances. Alongside the likes of Lionel Messi and Gonzalo Higuain, he can prove his worth on the big stage.
The Manchester City man was sensational this season; England fans will be expecting more of the same this summer. Sterling has the ability to carry this Three Lions side to the latter stages of the competition and Harry Kane may be the main beneficiary from his extensive skill-set.
Germany were ruthless at the 2014 World Cup and Muller’s goals were key to their success. As of May 21st, Joachim Loew’s men are 5/1 with William Hill to retain the trophy and plenty of punters will fancy Muller to challenge for the Golden Boot too. Bayern Munich supporters will be hoping that he finds his best form.
A leading Ballon d’Or contender, Salah has been breaking records left, right and centre for most of this campaign. With 46 goals in 54 games during 2017/18, he can be Egypt’s shining light and he may head into the tournament with a Champions League winners’ medal to his name.
The Belgium winger was instrumental for Chelsea this season, leading the Blues to major honours for the second successive year.
Linked with Spanish giants Real Madrid, Hazard may leave Stamford Bridge for La Liga – a big effort at the World Cup will help his standing with the Santiago Bernabeu crowd.
One of Portugal’s most influential players during their successful Euro 2016 campaign, Nani has matured into a consistent talent. He isn’t necessarily a world beater but he can show glimpses of world-class quality on his day. The limelight will be on Cristiano Ronaldo but that should suit the Portugal star.
France have been well backed for World Cup glory – Les Bleus will be quietly confident of going all the way in Russia. Head coach Didier Deschamps is under pressure but Kylian Mbappe can take France to the next level. A second World Cup crown beckons if the Paris Saint-Germain forward emulates his recent form.
Spain will need Aspas to be at his brilliant best; the Celta Vigo forward has been sensational in 2017/18. If he can step up and shine, Spain stand a good chance of reaching the latter stages – that’s how influential he is to their style of play. He could be set for a big move following a successful World Cup.
Uruguay fans will be hoping that Cavani and Luis Suarez can lead the country to World Cup glory this summer but the title may be out of reach.
That won’t stop the PSG striker from making an impact on the big stage though; he is heading into this summer’s tournament as one of the most dangerous strikers on the planet.