Every time a World Cup comes around, fans have a winner in their mind, however, many top international teams struggle turn up for the biggest prize in football.

So which nations have a point to prove in Brazil?

England

England just scraped through with impressive victories against Montenegro and Poland.

Many English fans will be saying that’s how they should be playing every game.

World class teams beat opposition they are expected to beat home and away, because they are a cut above. England won’t win the World Cup if they can’t beat Ukraine in Kiev will they?

England crashed out of the last World Cup with a dismal display against Germany, which wouldn't have been any different if Frank Lampard’s shot had been given as a goal.

The Germans were too classy. When they come up against one of the big boys, England struggle.

Roy Hodgson needs to work hard on making England hard to break down and being able to pick holes in opposition defences.

Argentina

Argentina are a team that are always mentioned at World Cups as contenders, but nothing ever materialises.

The problem cannot be in attack surely - Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero are world class strikers.

Oh, and they have the best player in the world as well - a certain Lionel Messi.

Argentina’s record in recent World Cups does not make for great reading for their fans.

Their best efforts have been the quarter finals in the past four World Cups, not getting out of the group stage in 2002 (remember Beckham’s penalty?)

The Argentinians must hope that their attacking flair will see their team pick up results that can take them all the way in Brazil.

In their favour, they will be used to the playing conditions as they are only popping next door, but that only puts more expectation on them to perform.

Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast are also a team with a lot of talented players, and are expected to make a big impact at this World Cup, if and when they qualify.

They are the African team everyone looks to go a long way in the competition, especially after Ghana shocked everyone at the 2010 World Cup by getting to the quarter finals (before Luis Suarez denied them a semi-final).

Can they cope with the pressure of expectations?

Their fans are passionate and think they will do well.

They certainly have the players in Yaya Toure and Didier Drogba to cause any opposition problems.

Toure and Drogba have decimated many of the defenders they will face in Brazil in the Premier League, but can they do it on the biggest stage?

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