Arsenal legend picks Kroos as German player to shine, not Ozil

Patrick Vieira

Patrick Vieira has singled out Manchester United linked Toni Kroos as Germany's player to watch at the World Cup.

Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira will be a BBC pundit at the World Cup, and has been giving Brazil his tips for success well in advance.

Harking back to France's 1998 World Cup win, the now Manchester City head of development, explained that Felipe Scolari's team need to block out the outside pressure.

"At France 98 we weren't allowed to watch television, so we had no idea what the public and media were saying.

"We were shielded very well from the outside world and that will be important to Brazil in a home World Cup."

He does not believe the home nation will do it however, and backs another country for success, and picks out one of their players in particular as one to watch, and not one of the contingent from his former club.

"Germany (will win) They have great young players who have experience of big tournaments.

"Attacking midfielder Toni Kroos is definitely one to look out for."

As for France, Vieira sees an improvement upon their 2010 embarrassment, knocked out in the group stages.

"They will do better this time around. Under Didier Deschamps they look more organised.

"The key players will be Franck Ribery and Karim Benzema. France will do better than England."

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