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  • Let me start off by saying that this has undoubtedly been the World Cup of a lifetime. Even though England have bowed out in the early stages, this has been a beautiful tournament for the neutral fans. It has had everything from late goals to underdog stories.

    One of the teams that was expected to be an underdog was Chile. Now Chile have always had a decent team, from the likes of the 1990s with Marcelo Salas and Iván Zamorano, to today with Barcelona winger Alexis Sanchez and Juventus midfield general Arturo Vidal. But even though they had a great squad, they entered this World Cup in perilous circumstances. Two teams in their group were the finalists in 2010 - Spain and the Netherlands.

  • A pyrrhic victory against the fatigued Socceroos aside, Brazil 2014 has been an unqualified disaster for the Spanish national team. Even the most fervent hater of tika-taka could not have expected this; a humiliating 5-1 demolition job by the Dutch in Spain’s opening match - the heaviest reverse ever suffered by the reigning World Champions, which really should have been six, seven or even eight; a demoralising defeat to a classier, cuter and all-round better Chile side; and the ignominy of being the first team dumped out of this summer’s World Cup.

  • The United States took a huge step towards qualifying for the knockout stages with a draw against Portugal. Portugal failed to make the most of their resources, while the US were more adapt at carrying out their gameplan. The injury of Coentrao combined with the suspension of Pepe forced Paulo Bento to change his starting line-up, but the key players like Ronaldo, Nani and Moutinho failed to fulfill their roles to the maximum, which could have easily condemned Portugal to a defeat and crashing out, had the US not shot themselves in the foot with two defensive mistakes.

  • Two surprisingly commanding performances from Costa Rica have left two traditional powerhouses in Uruguay and Italy to fight it out for the second qualifying spot in Group D. Both teams entered the World Cup being labelled as potential contenders by bookmakers, who were intrigued by the explosive offensive potential that each side has, headlined by two strikers with immeasurable ceilings in Luis Suarez and Mario Balotelli.


    When there's a World Cup and you're supporting one team, disappointment is virtually guaranteed, particularly if you’re an England fan. With that in mind, here are five teams that have, or probably will make it out of their groups who you can root for:

    1. Costa Rica

    Everyone loves an underdog, and now that England are dead and buried, why not celebrate by adopting Costa Rica as your second team?

  • Right now, England are mediocre. They are nothing special. A mixture of long-serving under-performing veterans and green, not quite ready for primetime youngsters - a realist couldn’t expect fireworks. A realist couldn’t expect this group to be easy, and it was quickly labelled the group of death to clarify as such. It contained two teams ranked higher than us, and England have no-one to match the ability of Luis Suarez or Andrea Pirlo. Funny thing, though: neither do Costa Rica. Their best players are Joel Campbell, deemed not quite good enough for Arsenal last season whilst Nicklas Bendtner was made to stay against his will, and Bryan Ruiz, a Fulham cast-off who was deemed surplus to requirements in January by a Fulham side that eventually got relegated.

  • With Argentina just about getting out of the blocks at this year's World Cup in Brazil, the spotlight has fallen on the same man it always does - Lionel Messi. The polarising player can cause joy in a single moment, or incredible frustration; which will it be at this World Cup?

    Rewind two or three years ago, and everyone around the globe was fascinated by Messi. His beautiful goals, his silky skills and his delightful dribbles kept people captivated. Plus he seemed like a much better person than his rival Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo seemed arrogant, and it appeared that he cared more about tanning himself with his beautiful girlfriend Irina Shayk. Messi was the one who devoted extra hours to training, and seemed to be a genuinely nice guy. Then the rumour mill started churning.

  • Good goalkeeping performances can be raved about for decades afterwards and can build reputations to beyond the wildest dreams of player in question. Think Gordon Banks, Luis Gabelo Conejo (best keeper Costa Rica will ever see), Vincent Enyeama (seriously, what he did to Argentina in 2010 was ridiculous). And yesterday was one of the great ones of recent history. Released by French Ligue 1 club Ajaccio, Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa produced at least five world-class saves to keep the score at 0-0 against the hosts and favourites of this World Cup.

    But we can’t let this gloss over how ordinary Brazil were.

  • It’s been a strange World Cup so far for France. Strange, that is, in the sense that there has been none of the usual in-fighting, squabbles, tantrums and general mishaps which have plagued their last few World Cups.

    In 2002, as the holders, they lost their opening game to their former colony Senegal. They exited the tournament in the group stage, failing to register a single goal.

    2006 saw France reach the final, but they did so underwhelmingly, qualifying second from their group behind Switzerland and winning both the quarter and semi-finals by a solitary set-piece goal.

    In 2010, they saw striker Nicolas Anelka sent home in disgrace, before a player mutiny threatened to end their participation in the tournament. Several stars were banned from the national team for varying periods, and many questioned whether French football could recover.

  • From every seed planted in the earth a root sprouts. One root is followed by several, and eventually those roots culminate in life above ground. Branches are formed, leaves push their way into existence and the end product is something of beauty. Growth is a process that footballers share with nature, but like any living organism, growth has to stop somewhere. The whole of England is now wondering whether Wayne Rooney’s branches are starting to wilt.

  • Many tipped the Netherlands to crash out of the group, but they are in pole position to go through, while the defeat leaves Spain in a difficult situation.

    The formations

    Spain started in a 4-2-3-1 formation. Diego Costa was fit enough to start as the lone striker, and Azpilicueta started as the left full-back.

    The Netherlands started in a 5-3-2 formation, with Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie as the two strikers. Wesley Sneijder was the third creative player in the side.

  • May 24th, 2014. Estádio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal. The first Champions League Final – the first elite European Cup competition final – ever to be played out between two teams from the same city. El Derbi had reached its finest hour, and whilst most of the world were gunning for Diego Simeone’s plucky upstarts Atleti, hoards of Madridistas were desperate for the exact opposite. The majority of fans can only dream of seeing their club grace the most prestigious tournament in club football; for the sides that do make it, any good performance or run in the Champions League is the pinnacle of their players’ careers. Yet some teams are different. For some sides, getting to the final of the Champions League is not just expected by their support, but demanded. For some, winning the Champions League is all that matters. For one team in particular, being crowned Champions of Europe once more would top everything. What Real have wanted with a passion bordering on neuroticism for the past decade and beyond is to win the Champions League for an unprecedented tenth time. This is the story of the white half of Madrid’s obsession with La Décima, and how Carlo Ancelotti’s men were the side that finally achieved it.   

  • Goalkeepers: Jung Sung-ryong (Suwon Bluewings), Kim Seung-gyu (Ulsan Hyundai), Lee Bum-young (Busan I'Park);

    Defenders: Hong Jeong-ho (Augsburg), Hwang Seo-ho (Sanfrecce Hiroshima), Kim Chang-soo (Kashiwa Reysol), Kim Young-gwon (Guangzhou Evergrande), Kwak Tae-hwi (Al Hilal), Lee Yong (Ulsan Hyundai), Yun Suk-young (QPR), Park Joo-ho (Mainz);

    Midfielders: Ha Dae-sung (Beijing Guoan), Han Kook-young (Kashiwa Reysol), Ji Dong-won (Augsburg), Ki Sung-yueng (Swansea), Kim Bo-kyung (Cardiff City), Lee Chung-yong (Bolton), Park Jong-woo (Guangzhou R&F), Son Heung-min (Bayer Leverkusen);

    Forwards: Kim Shin-wook (Ulsan Hyundai), Koo Ja-cheol (Mainz), Lee Keun-ho (Sangju Sangmu), Park Chu-young (Arsenal).

  • Goalkeepers: Rais Mbolhi (CSKA Sofia), Cedric Si Mohamed (CS Constantine), Mohamed Lamine Zemmamouche (USM Alger);
    Defenders: Essaid Belkalem (Watford, on loan from Granada), Madjid Bougherra (Lekhwya Club), Liassine Cadamuro (Mallorca), Faouzi Ghoualm (Napoli), Rafik Halliche (Academica Coimbra), Aissa Mandi (Stade Reims), Carl Medjani (Valenciennes), Djamel Mesbah (Livorno), Mehdi Mostefa (AC Ajaccio);
    Midfielders: Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham), Yasine Brahimi (Granada), Medhi Lacen (Getafe), Saphir Taider (Internazionale), Hassan Yebda (Udinese);
    Forwards: Abdelmoumene Djabou (Club Africain), Sofiane Feghouli (Valencia), Nabil Ghilas (Porto), Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City), Islam Slimani (Sporting Lisbon), Hilal Soudani (Dinamo Zagreb).

  • Goalkeepers: Igor Akinfeev (CSKA Moscow), Yury Lodygin (Zenit St. Petersburg), Sergey Ryzhikov (Rubin Kazan);

    Defenders: Vasili Berezutskiy (CSKA Moscow), Vladimir Granat (Dynamo Moscow), Andrey Eshchenko (Anzhi Makhachkala), Sergey Ignashevich (CSKA Moscow), Alexey Kozlov (Dynamo Moscow), Dmitry Kombarov (Spartak Moscow), Andrey Semenov (Terek Grozny), Georgi Schennikov (CSKA Moscow);

    Midfielders: Denis Glushakov (Spartak Moscow), Igor Denisov (Dynamo Moscow), Alan Dzagoev (CSKA Moscow), Yury Zhirkov (Dynamo Moscow), Alexey Ionov (Dynamo Moscow), Alexander Samedov (Lokomotiv Moscow), Victor Faizulin (Zenit St Petersburg), Oleg Shatov (Zenit St. Petersburg), Pavel Mogilevets (Zenit St. Petersburg);

    Forwards: Maxim Kanunnikov (Amkar Perm), Alexander Kerzhakov (Zenit St Petersburg), Alexander Kokorin (Dynamo Moscow).

  • Squad List:

    Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool), Sammy Bossut (Zulte-Waregem);

    Defenders: Toby Alderweireld (Atletico Madrid), Anthony Vanden Borre (Anderlecht), Daniel Van Buyten (Bayern Munich), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur), Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal), Nicolas Lombaerts (Zenit Saint Petersburg), Laurent Ciman (Standard Liège);

    Midfielders: Axel Witsel (Zenit Saint Petersburg), Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United), Steven Defour (Porto), Moussa Dembélé, Nacer Chadli (both Tottenham Hotspur), Kevin De Bruyne (Wolfsburg);

    Forwards: Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea), Divock Origi (Lille), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Kevin Mirallas (Everton), Dries Mertens (Napoli), Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United)

  • Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake);

    Defenders: DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke), Timmy Chandler (Nuremberg), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders);

    Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Jermaine Jones (Besiktas), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City);

    Forwards: Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders), Aron Johansson (AZ Alkmaar), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes).

  • Goalkeepers: Fatau Dauda (Orlando Pirates), Adam Kwarasey (Stromsgodset), Stephen Adams (Aduana Stars);

    Defenders: Samuel Inkoom (Platanias), Daniel Opare (Standard Liege), Harrison Afful (Esperance), John Boye (Rennes), Jonathan Mensah (Evian), Rashid Sumalia (Mamelodi Sundowns);

    Midfielders: Michael Essien (AC Milan), Sulley Muntari (AC Milan), Rabiu Mohammed (Kuban Krasnodar), Kwadwo Asamoah (Juventus), Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu (Udinese), Afriyie Acquah (Parma), Christian Atsu (Vitesse), Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough), Andre Ayew (Marseille), Mubarak Wakaso (Rubin Kazan);

    Forwards: Asamoah Gyan (Al Ain), Kevin-Prince Boateng (Schalke 04), Abdul Majeed Waris (Valenciennes), Jordan Ayew (Sochaux).

  • Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Roman Weidenfeller (Borussia Dortmund), Ron-Robert Zieler (Hannover);

    Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Erik Durm (Borussia Dortmund), Kevin Grosskreutz (Borussia Dortmund), Benedikt Howedes (Schalke), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich), Per Mertesacker (Arsenal);

    Midfielders: Julian Draxler (Schalke), Matthias Ginter (Freiburg), Mario Gotze (Bayern Munich), Christoph Kramer (Borussia Monchengladbach), Sami Khedira (Real Madrid), Toni Kroos (Bayern Munich), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Andre Schurrle (Chelsea), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich);

    Forwards: Miroslav Klose (Lazio), Lukas Podolski (Arsenal).

  • Goalkeepers: Beto (Sevilla), Eduardo (Braga), Rui Patricio (Sporting);

    Defenders: Andre Almeida (Benfica), Bruno Alves (Fenerbahce), Fabio Coentreo (Real Madrid), Joao Pereira (Valencia), Neto (Zenit), Pepe (Real Madrid), Ricardo Costa (Valencia);

    Midfielders: Joao Moutinho (Monaco), Miguel Veloso (Dinamo Kiev), Raul Meireles (Fenerbahce), Ruben Amorim (Benfica), William Carvalho (Sporting);

    Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Eder (SC Braga), Helder Postiga (Lazio), Hugo Almeida (Besiktas), Nani (Manchester United), Rafa (Braga), Varela (FC Porto), Vieirinha (Wolfsburg).

  • Goalkeepers: Vincent Enyeama (Lille), Austin Ejide (Hapoel Be'er Sheva), Chigozie Agbim (Gombe United);

    Defenders: Elderson Echiejile (Monaco), Efe Ambrose (Celtic), Godfrey Oboabona (Rizespor), Azubuike Egwuekwe (Warri Wolves), Kenneth Omeruo (Middlesbrough), Juwon Oshaniwa (Ashdod), Joseph Yobo (Fenerbahce), Kunle Odunlami (Sunshine Stars);

    Midfielders: Jon Mikel Obi (Chelsea), Ramon Azeez (Almeria), Ogenyi Onazi (Lazio), Reuben Gabriel (Waasland-Beveren), Michael Babatunde (Volyn Lutsk);

    Forwards: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow), Shola Ameobi (released), Emmanuel Emenike (Fenerbahce), Michael Uchebo (Cercle Brugge), Peter Odemwingie (Stoke), Victor Moses (Chelsea), Uche Nwofor (Heerenveen).

  • Goalkeepers: Daniel Davari (Eintracht Braunschweig), Alireza Haghighi (Sporting Covilha, on loan from Rubin Kazan), Rahman Ahmadi (Sepahan);

    Defenders: Hossein Mahini (Persepolis), Steven Beitashour (Vancouver Whitecaps), Pejman Montazeri (Umm Salal), Jalal Hosseini (Persepolis), Amir-Hossein Sadeghi (Esteghlal), Ahmad Alenemeh (Naft), Hashem Beikzadeh (Esteghlal), Mehrdad Pouladi (Persepolis);

    Midfielders: Javad Nekounam (Kuwait SC), Andranik Teymourian (Esteghlal), Reza Haghighi (Persepolis), Ghasem Haddadifar (Zob Ahan), Bakhtiar Rahmani (Foolad), Ehsan Hajsafi (Sepahan);

    Forwards: Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham), Masoud Shojaei (Las Palmas), Alireza Jahanbakhsh (NEC Nijmegen), Reza Ghoochannejhad (Charlton), Karim Ansarifard (Tractor Saz, on loan from Persepolis), Khosro Heydari (Esteghlal).

  • The Squad

    Goalkeepers: Asmir Begović (Stoke City), Asmir Avdukić (Borac Banja Luka), Jasmin Fejzić (VfR Aalen);
    Defenders: Emir Spahić (Bayer Leverkusen), Sead Kolašinac (Schalke 04), Ermin Bičakčić (Hoffenheim), Ognjen Vranješ (Elazığspor), Toni Šunjić (FC Zorya Luhansk), Avdija Vršajević (HNK Hajduk Split), Mensur Mujdža (SC Freiburg);
    Midfielders: Zvjezdan Misimović (Guizhou Renhe), Haris Medunjanin (Gaziantepspor), Miralem Pjanić (AS Roma), Sejad Salihović (Hoffenheim), Senad Lulić (Lazio), Izet Hajrović (Galatasaray), Senijad Ibričić (Kayseri Erciyesspor), Tino-Sven Sušić (HNK Hajduk Split), Muhamed Bešić (Ferencvárosi TC), Anel Hadžić (SK Sturm Graz);
    Strikers: Edin Džeko (Manchester City), Vedad Ibišević (VfB Stuttgart), Edin Višća (Istanbul BB).

  • Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero (Sampdoria), Mariano Andujar (Catania), Agustin Orion (Boca Juniors);

    Defenders: Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City), Federico Fernandez (Napoli), Ezequiel Garay (Benfica), Marcos Rojo (Sporting Lisbon), Hugo Campagnaro (Inter Milan), Martin Demichelis (Manchester City), Jose Basanta (Monterrey);

    Midfielders: Javier Mascherano (Barcelona), Fernando Gago (Boca Juniors), Lucas Biglia (Lazio), Ricardo Alvarez (Inter Milan), Augusto Fernandez (Celta Vigo), Angel di Maria (Real Madrid), Maxi Rodriguez (Newell’s Old Boys), Enzo Perez (Benfica);

    Forwards: Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Gonzalo Higuain (Napoli), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Rodrigo Palacio (Inter Milan), Ezequiel Lavezzi (Paris St. Germain).

  • Having finally come down from the elation of signing Diego Costa and picked myself up from the heartbreak of losing club legend Frank Lampard, I feel I can finally discuss what could prove to be one of the most important signings in Chelsea’s recent history - that of Cesc Fabregas.

    The Spanish midfielder looks sets for a move to Stamford Bridge having spent just three years with Barcelona, the team he supported as a youngster, quashing rumours that he was going back to former club Arsenal. It has since transpired, however, that the reason behind the sudden switch of likely destination from North London red to West London blue was due in no small part to Gunners' boss Arsene Wenger not wanting to put his hand in his metaphorical pocket. Arsenal had, and still have, a £25million buy-back clause in Fabregas' contract following his 2011 sale, an option Le Professeur quickly dismissed.

  • Goalkeepers: Noel Valladares (Olimpia), Donis Escober (Olimpia), Luis Lopez (Real Espana);

    Defenders: Brayan Beckeles (Olimpia), Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic), Juan Carlos Garcia (Wigan), Maynor Figueroa (Hull), Victor Bernardez (San Jose Earthquakes), Osman Chavez (Qingdao Jonoon), Juan Pablo Montes (Motagua);

    Midfielders: Luis Garrido (Olimpia), Roger Espinoza (Wigan), Jorge Claros (Motagua), Wilson Palacios (Stoke), Oscar Boniek Garcia (Houston Dynamo), Andy Najar (Anderlecht), Mario Martinez (Real Espana), Marvin Chavez (Colorado Rapids);

    Forwards: Jerry Bengtson (New England Revolution), Jerry Palacios (Alajuelense), Carlo Costly (Real Espana), Rony Martinez (Real Sociedad).

    N.B. Only 22 men listed due to an injury to defender Arnold Peralta (Rangers) which has ruled him out of the tournament.

  • Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Stéphane Ruffier (Monaco), Mickaël Landreau (Bastia);

    Defenders: Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle United), Lucas Digne (PSG) Patrice Evra (Manchester United), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Eliaquim Mangala (Porto), Bacary Sagna (Arsenal), Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool), Raphaël Varane (Real Madrid);

    Midfielders: Yohan Cabaye (PSG), Clément Grenier (Lyon), Blaise Matuidi (PSG), Rio Mavuba (Lille), Paul Pogba (Juventus), Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle), Mathieu Valbuena (Marseille);

    Forwards: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Olivier Giroud (Arsenal), Antoine Griezmann (Real Sociedad), Loïc Rémy (Newcastle), Franck Ribéry (Bayern Munich).

  • Goalkeepers: Alexander Dominguez (Liga de Quito), Maximo Banguera (Barcelona), Adrian Bone (El Nacional);

    Defenders: Gabriel Achilier (Emelec), Walter Ayovi (Pachuca), Oscar Bagui (Emelec), Frickson Erazo (Flamengo), Jorge Guagua (Emelec), Juan Carlos Paredes (Barcelona);

    Midfielders: Segundo Castillo (Al Hilal), Carlos Gruezo (Stuttgart), Renato Ibarra (Vitesse Arnhem), Fidel Martinez (Tijuana), Edison Mendez (Santa Fe), Christian Noboa (Dynamo Moscow), Luis Saritama (Barcelona), Antonio Valencia (Manchester United);

    Forwards: Jaime Ayovi (Tijuana), Felipe Caicedo (Al-Jazira), Jefferson Montero (Morelia), Joao Rojas (Cruz Azul), Enner Valencia (Pachuca), Michael Arroyo (Atlante).

  • Goalkeepers: Diego Benaglio (Wolfsburg), Roman Buerki (Grasshopper), Yann Sommer (Basel);

    Defenders: Johan Djourou (Hamburg), Michael Lang (Grasshopper), Stephan Lichtsteiner (Juventus), Ricardo Rodriguez (Wolfsburg), Fabian Schaer (Basel), Philippe Senderos (Valencia), Steve von Bergen (Young Boys), Reto Ziegler (Sassuolo);

    Midfielders: Tranquillo Barnetta (Eintracht Frankfurt), Valon Behrami (Napoli), Blerim Dzemaili (Napoli), Gelson Fernandes (Freiburg), Gokhan Inler (Napoli), Xherdan Shaqiri (Bayern Munich), Valentin Stocker (Basel);

    Forwards: Josip Drmic (Nuremberg), Mario Gavranovic (Zurich), Admir Mehmedi (Freiburg), Haris Seferovic (Real Sociedad), Granit Xhaka (Borussia Monchengladbach).

  • When your television screen is invaded by images of celebrity footballers, weighed down by a thick layer of hair gel, encased in an artificial bronze glow, and swimming in enough money to pave our roads, it becomes easy to forget that not all professional footballers seek the high life. For most, football is a love enriched by the joy and pride of wearing your chosen colours, not by the pondering of which Lamborghini to buy next. The tragedy lies in the game’s showbiz, which camouflages the honest work of many, dressing football up to be something it isn’t and smiting its reputation with tales of luxury and arrogance. One man who doesn’t go in for all that is Rickie Lee Lambert, a man worthy of applause for helping to keep the game’s fundamentals fully intact.

  • Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Mattia Perin (Genoa), Salvatore Sirigu (Paris Saint Germain), Antonio Mirante (Parma);
     Ignazio Abate (Milan), Andrea Barzagli (Juventus), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Matteo Darmian (Torino), Mattia De Sciglio (Milan), Christian Maggio (Napoli), Gabriel Paletta (Parma), Manuel Pasqual (Fiorentina), Andrea Ranocchia (Inter);
     Alberto Aquilani (Fiorentina), Antonio Candreva (Lazio), Daniele De Rossi (Roma), Claudio Marchisio (Juventus), Riccardo Montolivo (Milan), Thiago Motta (Paris Saint Germain), Marco Parolo (Parma), Andrea Pirlo (Juventus), Romulo (Verona), Marco Verratti (Paris Saint Germain);
     Mario Balotelli (Milan), Antonio Cassano (Parma), Alessio Cerci (Torino), Mattia Destro (Roma), Ciro Immobile (Torino), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli), Giuseppe Rossi (Fiorentina)

  • Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Manchester City), Ben Foster (West Brom), Fraser Forster (Celtic);

    Defenders: Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), Leghton Baines (Everton), Luke Shaw (Southampton);

    Midfielders: Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), James Milner (Manchester City), Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Adam Lallana (Southampton), Ross Barkley (Everton);

    Forwards: Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Danny Welbeck (Manchester United), Rickie Lambert (Southampton).



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