Three Premier League stars ready to shine in Brazil

Yaya Touré interview

The 2014 World Cup finals is less than a month away, and all football followers are getting excited.

World Cup fever is taking hold and with the countdown having started, it's time to look at three Premier League stars poised to grab the headlines this summer.

1) Romelu Lukaku (Belgium)

Following an amazing season for Everton while on loan from Chelsea, Lukaku will be one of the players to watch when the World Cup kicks off in June. Nabbing 15 goals, the Belgian out-scored many of the Premier League's best strikers and will be one of the pre-tournament favourites to win the Golden Boot – particularly with such a strong team supporting him.

The 21-year-old’s physicality and clinical finishing combined with the fact that Marc Wilmots' side don't have far to travel in Group H mean that the Chelsea forward looks set to light up the competition up with a few scintillating strikes.

2) Yaya Toure (Ivory Coast)

Fuelled by his denial of the PFA Player of the Year award, Toure will be a driving force in Ivory Coast's progress from Group C. He will bring a winner’s mentality as well as a bustling attacking style from the middle of the park – expect a few long-range belters, particularly in the opening few matches.

Should Sabri Lamouchi's charges progress as far as the last-16, then anything will be possible; a third/fourth place play-off certainly wouldn't be outside their reach. And if he can refresh himself in time for their World Cup assault from their base of Agas de Lindoia, then Toure will make a lasting impression in Brazil.

3) Mesut Ozil (Germany)

A mixed end-of-season review followed the German international's first campaign with Arsenal. What started as a great introduction to English football soon soured after an injury forced him off in the Gunners' Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich, and although the FA Cup win will have served to paper over those cracks, Ozil still has a lot to prove.

A tough Group G draw means that Germany's No. 8 already has his work cut out for him. However, if he plays to his strengths and continues to thread through the killer passes, then Die Mannschaft should top the group.

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