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World Cup 2014: Five young players to watch

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With the 2014 World Cup finals now just a matter of weeks away, which young players should we expect to shine in Brazil this summer?

1. Eden Hazard

Belgium have been labelled as the 'dark horses' for this World Cup in Brazil, and have a whole host of talented players available. One of the best is Eden Hazard, someone who has set the Premier League alight this season, scoring 14 goals so far. Mourinho has also gone as far as calling him the best young player in the world.

Hazard has surely got to be one of the stars of the World Cup, and is key to Belgium's progress throughout the tournament. Hazard will definitely relish the challenge and the pressure to perform on the big stage.

2. Raphaël Varane

Varane has also emerged as one of the hottest properties in world football after breaking into Jose Mourinho's Real Madrid side last year. Although kept out of the team currently by Pepe and Sergio Ramos, Varane remains an exciting prospect many are excited about.

Varane may be able to earn himself in the French team alongside either Laurent Koscielny, Mamadou Sakho, or in fact someone else in what would be a very impressive looking French defence. Varane will be able to test himself up against the best forwards in the world, and will look forward to the task ahead.

3. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Chamberlain has endured a rather frustrating campaign for Arsenal this season, being injured for the majority of the campaign. However, since coming back, Chamberlain has been a spark in Arsenal's ageing midfield area without the likes of Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey due to injury.

After impressing in central midfield for Arsenal, many have suggested that Chamberlain could partner Steven Gerrard in front of the defence, and could offer some flair in that specific position. 

4. Neymar

Neymar has been fantastic for Barcelona this season, but many expected more with the price tag that he brought with him. However, Neymar's 15 goals in 39 appearances this season doesn't compare to his amazing international record with Brazil.

Neymar has racked up 30 goals in 47 appearances, which is a very impressive 0.64 goals per game, a statistic a lot of the top players would dream of having. Whenever Neymar has put on the Brazil shirt he has impressed, and he will be expected to repeat his heroics that helped Brazil win the Confederation Cup in 2013.

5. Mario Götze

Hated by Dortmund fans, loved by Germany fans, Mario Gotze is highly regarded by manager Joachim Low. Gotze has enjoyed a great season with Bayern, scoring 12 goals in 37 appearances, and his progress is admired by a lot of people.

Gotze is expected to play a part in Germany's World Cup journey, and could significantly affect proceedings in Brazil if given the chance


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