The World Cup is just a few days away and Greece manager Fernando Santos has picked a squad consisting of a mix of youth and experience.

However, during qualification the most experienced players played nearly every game and despite this being successful campaign, Greece must use youth in the World Cup.

During qualifying Greece accumulated 25 points and only conceded four goals showing the strength which lies in the Greek defence. Only 12 goals were scored though, displaying a lack of creativity in the team.

Greece captain Giorgos Karagounis, 37, Kostas Katsouranis, 34, Alexandros Tziolis, 29, Giorgos Samaras, 29, are all expected to start in the group games. Despite there vast experience they have shown in qualifying a dip in productivity with a lack of goals a huge factor in not securing automatic qualification. 

Giannis Fetfatzidis, 23, Lazaros Christodoulopoulos, 27, Panagiotis Kone, 26 have all been picked and all three are known to be creative players. These players must all be given a proper chance in the upcoming tournament as they hold the key to causing a shock with the Greeks.

Christodoulopoulos and Kone are Bologna teammates and between them scored eight goals for the club last season. The attacking midfield duo have both pace and an eye for goal which is needed to take Greece up another level.

Fetfazidis is an exciting young prospect who has caught the eye of Premier League clubs, the Greek scored two goals and provided three assists for Genoa last season.

Despite being 5'4, the Greek winger is a tricky dribbler who can go past players with ease, with his added pace, vision and close ball control Fetfazidis has the potential to create opportunities for Greece's number one striker Kostas Mitroglou. 

26-year-old Mitroglou scored three goals in the two leg World Cup play off against Romania and has the potential to score if given chances. In his last season at Olympiacos, before his move to Fulham, he netted 17 goals in 19 appearances.  

Greece have a chance to make a mark in this World Cup if youth is given a real chance. Fetfazidis, Christodoulopoulos and Kone can add some pace, creativity, flair and goals which need injecting into this ageing Greek side.

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