WORLD CUP 2014: The definitive hot prospect guide

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As we finally reach the conclusion of @93elby’s five post feature outlining who he believes are the best young stars competing at the 2014 World Cup, it’s also time to pay tribute to several of the other young stars included in the twenty three man squads of all thirty two competing countries. Traditionally, national squad selectors tend to rely on a mixture of both experienced and young players in international competitions and although only five hot prospects have been analysed in such great detail, it would only be fair to document and list the vast number of other young stars from we think will blossom this summer from each World Cup group. Alongside your complete list of young starlets from yours truly, we’re also going to compile for you our best young starting XI – a team we feel would put up a strong challenge to win the trophy every country wants to get their hands on.

Therefore, treat this as our gift to you – our definitive insight and guide to the best young players in the 2014 World Cup. So read it, drink it in and get ready impress your friends by being in the know about the next big players in world football. You heard about them here, first!

The #talkingtikitaka top five hot prospects, as selected and analysed by @93elby. Read his reports here:

1) Raheem Sterling
2) Mateo Kovacic
3) Marco Veratti =
4) Paul Pogba
5) William Carvalho 

The #talkingtikitaka best of the rest list of hot prospects from each World Cup group (23 years and under):


Brazil (Bernard)
Croatia (Ante Rebic)
Mexico (Diego Reyes)
Cameroon (Joel Matip)


Spain (David De Gea)
Netherlands (Bruno Martins Indi, Jordy Clasie)
Chile (Felipe Gutierrez)
Australia (Matthew Leckie)


Colombia (James Rodriguez, Alvarez Balanta)
Greece (Kostas Manolas)
Ivory Coast (Serge Aurier)
Japan (Hotaru Yamagutchi)


England (Ross Barkley, Luke Shaw)
Italy (Mattia De Sciglio, Lorenzo Insigne)
Uruguay (Abel Hernandez)
Costa Rica (Joel Campbell)


France (Antoine Griezmann, Rapheal Varane)
Switzerland (Ricardo Rodriguez, Josip Drmic)
Ecuador (Renato Ibarra)
Honduras (Andy Najar)


Bosnia (Muhamed Besic, Sead Kolasinac)
Nigeria (Ogenyi Onazi)
Iran (Alireza Jahanbakhsh)


Germany (Erik Durm, Julian Draxler)
USA (John Brooks)
Portugal (Rafa Silva)
Ghana (Christian Atsu, Jordan Ayew)


Belgium (Romelu Lukaku, Adnan Januzaj)
Algeria (Saphir Taider)
Russia (Aleksandr Kokorin, Georgi Schennikov)
South Korea (Heung-Min Son)

The #talkingtikitaka best young XI of players competing at the 2014 World Cup:

(4-3-3 formation)

GK: Thibaut Courtois (Belgium)
RB: Ricardo Rodriguez (Switzerland)
CB: Raphael Varane (France)
CB: Joel Maitp (Cameroon)
LB: Serge Aurier (Ivory Coast)
CM: Paul Pogba (France)
CM: Marco Veratti (Italy)
CM: William Carvalho (Portugal)
RW: Raheem Sterling (England)
Romelu Lukaku (Belgium)
Julian Draxler (Germany)

Finally if you have suggestions on young players who perhaps fell under our radar, or if you think you can beat us to the next best hot prospect during this summer’s tournament, don’t hesitate to get in touch @talkingtikitaka on Twitter or comment the article below!

Many thanks for reading the five part series, hope my talent scout reports have been of some use! It’s been a pleasure.


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