World Cup 2014: Five youngsters to make a big impact in Brazil

Jack Wilshere

With less than two weeks left until the 2014 World Cup finals start, we look at the impact that five of the best youngsters could have in Brazil.

Neymar (Brazil)

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.

Eden Hazard (Belgium)

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.

Mario Gotze (Germany)

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.

Jack Wilshere (England)

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.

Mario Balotelli (Italy)

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.

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