The 22-year-old is carrying huge expectations on his shoulders, as hosts Brazil aim to follow in France's footsteps of hosting and winning the World Cup. After a fairly impressive debut season at Barcelona, the fleet-footed forward will be looking to match his Confederation Cup displays.
Following a successful 2013-14 campaign on a personal level, the Chelsea playmaker will carry the bulk of Belgium’s hopes. The Red Devils are many people’s dark horse in Brazil, and with the 23-year-old in dazzling mood, Belgium fans have every reason to be optimistic.
The exciting 21-year-old is a core part of an extremely talented Germany midfield. Gotze's dynamism has seen him feature in a number of positions in attack for Joachim Loew's side. With the Nationalmannschaft lacking a proper centre-forward in his prime, the Bayern Munich midfielder could yet again lead the line for his team in Brazil.
For well over a decade, England have lacked a skilful midfielder with natural trickery and guile. That may well seem to be a thing of the past, thanks to Wilshere's involvement in Brazil. The 22-year-old's daring moves will be imperative if the Three Lions are to break their quarter-final hoodoo in the tournament.
If the 23-year-old's mature and productive display at Euro 2012 is anything to go by, then Italy are right to rest their goalscoring hopes on the striker. Despite a fairly average season with Italian club AC Milan, Balotelli is more than capable of tearing apart any opposition defence he comes up against.