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Young players to watch out for at the FIFA World Cup

By Daily News & Analysis
Sunday, May 25, 2014

Update: 5:36PM The announcement of the World Cup squad has been the talking point for quite some time.

It has been full of surprises as many big names have been left out, whereas on the other hand, inclusion of young footballers has also surprised many. 

With the younger generation of the football world are about to take the world by storm with their immense talent. 

Here are some of the players to watch of for during the FIFA World Cup 2014 who have to be the world's greatest:

1) Ross Barkley: The 20-year old midfielder has been impressive for Everton this season. 

Barkley has scored 7 goals in 34 matches for the Merseyside team. His contributions have been instrumental for Everton as he has put forward many man of the match performances. Ross Barkley scored an amazing solo goal as he dribbled from inside his own half to score the opener in the match against Newcastle, which Everton won 3-0. 

Barkley has also scored an amazing long range goal against Manchester City, which proved his potential to be one of the best. 

He has been praised by many pundits including Alan Hansen who said that Ross Barkley has absolutely everything. 

Gary Lineker stated that he is a star in the making and he is prodigious talent. Club manager Roberto Martnez described Barkley as a mix of Paul Gascoigne and Michael Ballack. 

On 18 April 2014, he was named as one of the six players on the shortlist for the PFA Young Player of the Year award. He has the potential to help England win their second FIFA World Cup.

2) Paul Pogba: The young French international spent most of his time on the bench for Manchester United, under the management of Sir Alex Ferguson. 

Getting frustrated because of lack of playing time, Pogba joined Juventus and went on to become a sensational young talent for the Italian champions. Pogba's 40-yard volley against Udinese was one of the best goals of 2012/13 season. 

His performances have been instrumental for Juventus, as Pogba won consecutive Italian Serie A titles (2013 & 2014).

3) Raheem Sterling: The 19-year old's blistering pace and quick feet on the pitch has impressed many. He played a vital role in Liverpool's title challenge as the young Brit scored 9 goals and made 5 assists. 

His impressive performances also earned him a spot on the list for the PFA Young Player of the Year award. 

With Theo Walcott missing in the squad, Raheem Sterling might provide the pace needed for the English side required in counter attack.

4) Thibaut Courtois: The 22-old Chelsea player on loan to Atletico Madrid for the past three seasons has been a key player for Diego Simeone.

 His performance in the La Liga has been impressive as the Belgian has kept 20 clean sheets in 37 league matches, helping the team win their first La Liga for 18 years.

 His performance against Chelsea in the Champions League Semi-final earned him praises from football pundits and is also said to be the world best goal keeper in the near future. 

Courtois has conceded the fewest goals in a substantial amount of matches during the 201314 season. After winning the La Liga, he is now aiming for the Champions League glory, as Atletico face Real Madrid in the finals.

5) Eden Hazard: The Chelsea winger is the best player from this lot. Scoring 14 goals and making 7 assists for the London club, Hazard got his hands on the PFA Young Player of the Year for the 201314 season. 

Hazard's skills and his pace have been a nightmare for defenders. His attacking skills and his passing is an important element in the midfield, which makes him one of the best young players. 

Hazard is expected to replicate his impressive club form for the Belgian team as well.


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