Spurs hero: Chelsea duo Hazard and Lukaku can be world superstars

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Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Brad Friedel has backed two Chelsea stars to excel at the World Cup.

In under a week's time the World Cup will have kicked off, and hosts Brazil will hope to have avoided an early upset against Croatia.

Predictions are already getting underway, and several stars past and present told the BBC Radio Times who they predict will shine at the tournament.

Tottenham's Brad Friedel was one of those, and he is backing the hosts to emerge victorious.

"They're used to the climate, you'll have to be able to retain the ball to win in Brazil."

Former Spurs star Gary Lineker disagrees, believing Argentina will win the tournament: 

"I just think it's Lionel Messi's time. He seems to have eclipsed everything Maradona ever did - all that remains is for him to win a World Cup. This is his moment."

Friedel picked two stars as stand outs for the tournament, both of Tottenham's Premier League rivals Chelsea.

"Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku could both emerge as world superstars."

Tottenham at one stage were linked with buying Lukaku, but if he did become one of the stars of the tournament, any deal would be even more unlikely than it already is.

When it came to players to watch, Lineker remained patriotic: "I've been encouraged by the emergence of our young talent. Adam Lallana, Daniel Sturridge, Jordan Henderson, Ross Barkley and Raheem Sterling have all done brilliantly and that's given me hope."

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