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The World Cup is emerging quickly on the horizon and the team line-ups are starting to look a little clearer.

Obviously the stars of the show are likely to be superstars Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and co.

Then you have the veterans like Stevan Gerrard, Andrea Pirlo and Xavi, for whom Brazil will probably be their swan-song after glorious international careers.

This list focuses on those who maybe sliding a little under the radar, but will nonetheless be looking towards the World Cup as a chance to become a global star. 

Agree, disagree, or if you feel there's anybody else worthy of consideration then feel free to comment below...

Goalkeeper: David De Gea- Spain

Iker Casillas has been Spain's number one for so long, but something is going on with him at Real Madrid.

His lack of game time may well present Manchester United's David De Gea with a chance to keep goal for the defending champions.

Right-back: Mattia De Sciglio- Italy

AC Milan's young defender is making waves in Serie A.

The World Cup could provide the quick full-back with a massive chance to impress the world outside of Italy.

Centre-back: Raphael Varane- France

Broke into the Real Madrid team last year and looks a great prospect, at just 20 he already has two international caps.

Needs to help his side qualify first though, they've found themselves in a bit of a sticky position in qualifying.

Centre-back: Maya Yoshida- Japan

The Southampton man is a regular for his country who have already qualified.

A team like Japan could find themselves doing a lot of defending, so one of their mainstays has a chance to shine.

Left-back: Alvaro Pereira- Uruguay 

One of many attack minded Uruguayan's.

The Porto man can show a maturity in Brazil if he manages to get the mix between attack and defence right.

Right-midfield: Alexis Sanchez- Chile 

Hasn't got a great goalscoring record for his country Sanchez could turn it on to prove to the world why Barcelona shelled out big bucks to land him.

Central-midfield: Jordan Henderson- England

Part of Roy Hodgson's Euro 2012 squad and current under 21 captain.

The Liverpool midfielder struggled after a big money move a few years ago but it is starting to repay the £20 million paid for him.

Central-midfield: Marouane Fellaini- Belgium

The powerful midfielder has proved his worth in England but not elsewhere.

Playing Champions League football for Manchester United for the first time could be a good platform for World Cup success.

Left-midfield: Andre Ayew- Ghana

The Marseille winger has been linked with top clubs before, and now could be the time to show why. Ghana will be looking to emulate their South Africa success in 2010.

Striker: Edin Dzeko- Bosnia & Herzegovina 

You wouldn't usually associate Bosnia with footballing dominance, however, they are on course to reach Brazil.

Their star player Dzeko will be relied upon to grab any success.

Striker: Radamel Falcao- Colombia

For a long time the footballing world has been waiting to see Falcao on one the biggest stages.

A money spinning Monaco move may have delayed any Champions League action, but nothing looks to be stopping his country from reaching the finals.

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