With the World Cup fast approaching, and international qualifiers taking on a new level of importance, now more than ever players will be able to show their worth on the biggest stage.

Representing a nation is widely considered to be amongst the most prestigious of honours a footballer can achieve. 

As such certain players up their game when it comes to international duty, taking on heightened responsibility and ensuring that they give their all for the benefit of their country.

Despite there being a host of nations who are able to boast a galaxy of high-profile stars, there are a number of consistent standout performers. 

Here we look over ten of the most pivotal international figures, and the players who will be at the centre of any success their team enjoys in Brazil 2014...

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