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World Cup 2014: Stars to look out for

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With 14 nations now officially qualified for the World Cup in Brazil 2014, we ask the question: which players will stand out?

Players such as Andrea Pirlo, Cristiano Ronaldo, Robin van Persie, Lionel Messi and many other veteran squad members are obvious choices.  It is the players that have something to prove that we want to see put their best foot forward.

The Belgium squad has been looking increasingly strong in recent years.  In their 2-1 victory over Croatia on October 11, Romelu Lukaku helped secure their spot in Brazil for the first time since 2002, scoring both goals.

The 20-year-old has been proving his disposal a mistake to Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho ever since he was unexpectedly sent out on loan to Everton on transfer deadline day.  Since then, he has scored four goals in three matches in the Premier league, more than each of Chelsea's strikers combined.

With the likes of Eden Hazard, Marouane Fellaini, and Vincent Kompany by his side, he is sure to stand out above the rest, come June.

Real Madrid's rising star, Isco, has been making an example of himself in the Spanish league. He has now scored four goals and made two assists in eight La Liga appearances.  

The Spaniard was a dominant force in the Spanish U-21 squad's midfield.  Only Brazil will prove if he is capable of transferring his excellence to the world stage.

Neymar has also been making his presence known with both Barcelona and his International squad, Brazil. With Barcelona, he has scored three goals and set up six in eleven appearances in all competitions.  

In this years Confederations Cup in Brazil, the 21-year-old was named best player in the competition by receiving the Golden Ball.  He scored four goals in five matches played.

The hype for the young Brazilian has been through the roof, and he is sure to show everyone why, on home soil.

Stephan El Shaarawy took the spotlight last season with 19 goals for AC Milan and despite the slow start to their current run of matches, he will surely find his way to the Italian national squad in Brazil.

We have not been able to see much of what he has to offer at the international level, only scoring one goal for Italy, however, if he is able to emulate last season's form for AC Milan, he is sure to catch the attention of many.

Since his big money move from Atletico Madrid to ambitious French League One newcomers, AS Monaco, Radamel Falcao has consistently been in the spotlight.  

Last season, he scored 28 goals in 34 appearances in La Liga, behind only Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

His run in the French League One has also been relatively admirable, having scored seven goals in eight appearances for Monaco.  

The Columbian national squad is sitting pretty in fifth in the FIFA World Rankings, however, it all comes down to the squads performance in the World Cup to show whether they belong there or not.  Falcao's performance can be the trigger to Columbia's success, and may even lead to the nation's first time lifting the prestigious trophy.

The World Cup is a stage for players to step onto and show what they have to offer.  When June hits, the players must take advantage of the opportunity to represent their country and prove why they deserve to be there. 

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