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Premier League: 5 stars who must move before the World Cup

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With the 2014 World Cup in Brazil coming up fast, there is now just one transfer window remaining for players not getting significant game time to move to greener pastures in order to keep their World Cup dreams alive. Here are five from the Premier League...

Juan Mata

Its unlikely that there is a more talented player in the game today who is being so underused by his club. The statistics don't lie, however. Mata has gone from being the irreplaceable player of the year last season to a bit part player under Jose Mourinho.

Starting only 11 of 20 Premier League games and only once in Europe, Mata is no longer guaranteed a start. On top of this, though, when he does start he is no longer guaranteed to last the entire game. He has completed the whole 90 minutes only four times this season - two of which were in the Capital One Cup.

With Spain not being short of talented midfielders, if Mata is not playing then he won't go to Brazil. He needs a transfer and surely almost any club would take him happily. It remains to be seen if Chelsea will allow him to go and strengthen any rivals though.

Nikica Jelavic

Possibly the only person connected with Everton to be upset at the arrival of Romelu Lukaku. The signing of the big Belgian on loan looks to have marked the deathknell of an Everton career that started brightly but then fizzled out.

After playing only 28 minutes of football in November and December, Jelavic doesn't appear to be in manager's plans. If Jelavic wants to go to the World Cup with Croatia, then he needs to play more than this.

Fortunately for Jelavic's World Cup hopes, Roberto Martinez has recently spoken about his willingness to listen to offers for him.

Javier Hernandez

Along with France and Uruguay, Mexico made qualification for the World Cup a hard task. Such was the difficulty they had qualifying, Mexico's new manager - Miguel Herrera - took the unprecedented step of selecting domestic players only for the play off against New
Zealand.

With this in mind, Hernandez can no longer afford to play fourth fiddle at Old Trafford
if he wants to make the Mexico World Cup squad.

Derek Boateng

You know you're down the pecking order when you can't get a game and your team is doing as poorly as Fulham currently are. Of Boateng's three league appearances so far this season, the last one came on November 23 -  meaning he hasn't featured once since Rene Meulensteen became manager.

At 30, this is probably Boateng's last World Cup opportunity with Ghana and he has recently spoken about his desperation to get at least a loan move away from Craven Cottage.

Gaston Ramirez

Ramirez has been a peripheral figure at Southampton this season, making only nine substitute appearances in the league. It wasn't supposed to be like this for the Uruguayan playmaker.

Signed for a then club record, £12 million, Ramirez was envisioned as a marquee signing that would help kick Southampton onto the next level. Instead, it is the likes of James Ward-Prowse and  Adam Lallana who are doing this.

If Ramirez wants to star in Brazil this summer, he either needs to force his way into the Southampton first team or seek a more elsewhere quickly.

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Nikica Jelavic
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Javier Hernandez
Premier League
Juan Mata
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