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Neymar leads list of five young players to watch at the World Cup

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This year's FIFA World Cup promises to be one to remember for all involved. For some older players it may be their last major tournament for their country, while for the developing stars, Brazil 2014 marks their chance to showcase their potential for the whole world to see.

So which youngsters should you be looking out for this summer? Here's the five under-23s I recommend paying attention to...

Neymar - Brazil - 22

I say you should try to pay attention to this man, but the fact of the matter is that if you're following this summer's tournament, it won't take long before you're listening to talk of Neymar.

Neymar is Brazil's star man and is expected to have an exceptional run of matches to propel Brazil to glory (or that's the plan anyway). Despite a tricky first season at Catalan giants Barcelona, Neymar has performed extremely well for Brazil, including during last year's Confederations Cup, which they won.

This man has plenty of pressure on his young shoulders, but he should be able to handle it and showcase his immense talent.

Raphael Varane - France - 21

French centre-back Varane burst onto the scene last season as he formed a key part of Real Madrid's defence while also scoring in two El Clasico matches. Since then he has continued to improve and was a key member of Real's Champions League winning team this month as they overcame city rivals Atletico.

With speculation surrounding Varane's future and Chelsea - coached by Varane's former manager Jose Mourinho - reportedly interested he has a point to prove and could prove to be a key part of the French back four next month.

Raheem Sterling - England - 19

England manager Roy Hodgson has decided to put faith into his youngsters for this year's tournament and Sterling is one who has excelled to earn his call-up.

Sterling scored nine goals and created five as he nailed down a starting place in a Liverpool side who finished in second place in the Premier League last season. With fantastic pace, good passing and the ability to finish, Sterling promises to be a great attacking threat as they aim to breakthrough the defences of Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica in Group D.

Mario Götze - Germany - 21

It may surprise you, but Bayern Munich playmaker Götze is only 21-years-old. The former Borussia Dortmund player has enjoyed a good season at both club and international level and he will be looking to add the World Cup to the Bundesliga, DFB Cup, European Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup he has already won during his debut season in Bavaria.

He promises to be a key attacking threat this summe, and joins an array of creative German midfielders that include Mesut Özil, Julian Draxler, Thomas Muller, Andre Schurrle and Marco Reus.

Thibaut Courtois - Belgium - 22

Belgium will be glad they don't have to face that attacking line-up (at least in the group stages anyway), but with a 'keeper as outstanding as Courtois between the sticks, they will be filled with confidence.

The on-loan Chelsea stopper has just completed his third season on loan at Atletico Madrid and has helped them win La Liga and get to the final of the UEFA Champions League.

He has pulled off some tremendous saves at key points during key matches, a sign of a top goalkeeper. With defenders such as Vincent Komany in front of him too, he forms part of a formidable Belgian defence.

So those are the players I recommend you look out for next month. Who will you be keeping an eye on, and which young players do you think can be successful in Brazil?

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