With the World Cup now less than 40 days away, soonthe footballing world will descend upon Brazil. Here, we focus on the players who could be selected by Uruguay for the tournament.

In the last World Cup, Uruguay finished fourth overall. If they can make it through their group again this time around it will be a big boost for the team given that they have been placed in a tough one alongside England, Italy and Costa Rica.

Uruguay have the right players to go a long way again, it's just a case of getting through the group stages first and then seeing from there.

Probable squad of 23:

Goalkeepers - Fernando Muslera, Juan Castillo and Martin Silva

Defenders - Diego Lugano, Diego Godin, Sebastian Coates, Maxi Pereira, Martin Caceres, Jorge Fucile, Andres Scotti

Midfielders - Walter Gargano, Alvaro Pereira, Egidio Arevalo, Gaston Ramirez, Nicolas Lodeiro, Diego Perez, Cristian Rodriguez, Sebastian Eguren and Alvaro Gonzalez

Forwards - Diego Forlan, Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani and Abel Hernadez

Key player - Luis Suarez. He has been a standout player in the Premier League for Liverpool in recent seasons. The last World Cup was not memorable for Suarez, though, so this would be his chance to make amends and he has the ability to make a difference for Uruguay.

Player to watch - Gaston Ramirez. He has the ability to dictate the midfield for Uruguay if given enough time to perform. He has not performed to the standards expected for Southampton this season, but this has largely been due to injuries, suspensions and also transfer rumours. If he has a good World Cup, it could merit a move away.

The manager - Oscar Tabarez. He took charge again in 2006 after Uruguay failed to make the World Cup. Since then, they have managed a fourth place-finish at the 2010 World Cup and won the Copa America in 2011. 

Tabarez has got them playing attacking football but been resilient and solid at the back. With talent including Cavani, Forlan, Godin and Suarez this could be their World Cup.

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