Five Manchester City players with huge roles to play in World Cup qualifiers

Joe Hart

Manchester City have several key first team stars away on international duty at the moment.

Manuel Pellegrini is probably very annoyed the international break has arrived when it has done, as his side responded well to being beaten in the Champions League by Bayern Munich by taking away Everton’s unbeaten Premier League record.

City’s various stars all have different jobs to do over the next few days but several are under pressure as international teams run out of time to qualify for the World Cup in Brazil next summer.

Here are the City players to keep an eye on.

Joe Hart

Manchester City and England number one Joe Hart is going to have a lot of people watching him tomorrow and on Tuesday.

Hart received a lot of criticism in that defeat to Bayern Munich for a couple of errors that are rarely produced by the goalkeeper.

Hart will have to produce his very best form for England against Montenegro and Poland because Roy Hodgson’s men are finely balanced at the top of their group by a single point.

Pablo Zabaleta

Zabaleta is one of the most important players for both club and country.

He is famous for his work rate, his drive, his aggression and his leadership skills as he demands the very best from his teammates in all situations.

Argentina are at the top of the South American group by three points and they will not want to let Colombia claw themselves back up to the top at the final hurdle.

James Milner

Milner has a big role to play this Friday and next Tuesday because he offers England’s midfield something else that no other player in the squad can.

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Milner could start down either side of the pitch in the matches against Montenegro and Poland, playing a defensive role and offering cover to the full back.

England’s matches could both be very tight affairs where a single goal could make the difference and Milner has to be on top form if he’s called upon to provide cover to the midfield and either full back.

Samir Nasri

Nasri is one of the best creative and attacking midfield players that France have available.

If France are going to have any chance of finishing top of their group ahead of Spain, they need to produce a really big win over Finland and hope that the Spanish slip up.

If Nasri can perform well for France and outshine someone like Franck Ribery, it should do his chances of a prolonged spell in the City side ahead of David Silva the world of good.

Sergio Aguero

With Lionel Messi out injured, Sergio Aguero is going to be an even more important attacking figure for Argentina.

He’s been in good form for City in the Premier League this season and stands a great chance of adding to his international record because Argentina have scored a staggering 30 goals from matches so far.

He has to find different ways to reinvent himself if Peru and Uruguay comes up with systems which keep him quiet and mute his influence.

See also: Jagielka taunts Hart during England set-up: Bayern Munich!

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