Five players who could be playing in their last World Cup

Steven Gerrard England

As Brazil 2014 edges closer, we look at five veterans who could be featuring in their last World Cup finals.

As the excitement around the tournament gathers pace, all eyes will be on young gladiators ready to do battle.

But what about the old guard, players who have graced the World Cup previously and, in some cases, won the coveted trophy?

Here are five such players who are likely to play their last ever World Cup finals in Brazil this summer.

Xavi Hernandez (34)

The Spanish playmaker has made 130 appearances for La Furia Roja and lifted the World Cup in 2010. Regarded as one of the best players of all time, Xavi creates chances with ease. The Barcelona veteran has led Spain to remarkable success and will no doubt be pivotal to retaining the title this year.

Steven Gerrard (34)

The combative midfielder has 109 caps for the Three Lions and has scored 21 goals. Bursting on to the scene at the age of 20, Gerrard has always lead by example. The Liverpool captain is known for his long-range passing and crunching tackles. Deployed on the left instead of his favoured central role, many have commented about his inability to play with Frank Lampard for England. Whatever the views, Gerrard always gives his best for his country.

Didier Drogba (36)

The Ivory Coast international has played 99 times for his country, amassing an impressive 63 goals. A powerful target man able to hold up the ball and win aerial battles with defenders, Drogba is without doubt the focal point of the team, but is sometimes accused of simulation. Either way, the Chelsea legend is a proven goalscorer at the highest levels.

Patrice Evra (33)

The Les Bleus defender has appeared 54 times for France but only played in one World Cup tournament. Blessed with all-round defensive skills, the Manchester United veteran is perhaps known for his controversial side. Fans will remember him for leading a player revolt during the 2010 World Cup which ended in them going on strike. Vilified by the national press, he was suspended for five international games.

Miroslav Klose (35)

The 35-year-old striker has won 131 caps and has hit the back of the net 68 times for Germany. An out-and-out goalscorer and potent finisher, he won the FIFA Golden Boot in the 2006 competition for netting five times. He is the second all-time FIFA World Cup scorer with 14 goals, tied with compatriot Gerd Muller. Klose is the only player to have scored at least four goals in three competitions.

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