World Cup: Top 10 stars ready to shine as impact substitutes (1)

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Each and every one of the 736 players lucky enough to be selected for this summer's World Cup finals has designs on a starting spot in their nation's opening match over the next week, but the stark reality of the situation is that every manager must leave more than half of his squad disappointed.

Of course the likes of Pepe Reina, Ben Foster and a band of reserve goalkeepers knew they were travelling to South America as bench warmers, but beyond that first-team regulars at club level must make do with a sorry spot next to them.

World Cup favourites Brazil and 31 other teams know that they must play seven matches in a month to win the tournament, which when combined with the demands of travelling across a massive country and facing different conditions in every venue this tournament more than any other requires a squad effort to ensure success.

Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea stars may be used to starting regularly but need to keep their egos in check and work towards a common goal this summer, while they are a band of exciting youngsters waiting to follow in the footsteps of Michael Owen and emerge from the bench as a superstar on world football's biggest stage.

GMS has decided to analyse each and every squad and attempt to pick out fantastic talent which will be forced to bide its time and wait for the chance to shine.

Click ahead to check out a top 10 featuring proven commodities alongside more exciting wild cards, who demand your attention if introduced thanks to form or necessity on the eve of world football's biggest party.

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