The five best players in World Cup Group F

German football player and winner of 1990's world title Lothar Matthaeus presents the FIFA World Cup football trophy during a ceremony to mark the arrival of the World Cup trophy in Moscow...

Some of the best players in World Cup's Group F include reported Everton target Hirving Lozano and Tottenham forward Son Heung-min.

Emil Forsberg of Sweden during the International Friendly match between Sweden and Denmark at Friends Arena on June 2, 2018 in Solna, Sweden.

There are few days left before the 2018 World Cup kicks off in Russia, and a total of 736 footballing talents in the 32 countries represented are ready to lead their respective sides to glory.

Unfortunately, there can only be one winner, and the tournament promises to be as highly competitive as they come.

Defending champions and four-time winner Germany have been drawn alongside Mexico, South Korea and Sweden in Group F, and the quartet boast some of the best players on the planet, with a handful of them plying their trades in some of the biggest clubs in Europe.

With the established stars and the up-and-comers in the four countries in the group looking to impress at the biggest stage of international football, some cracking encounters are to be expected, and here are the five best players of Group F - with at least one from each team - to keep an eye on in Russia.

Emil Forsberg - RB Leipzig

With the enigmatic Zlatan Ibrahimovic no longer available for Sweden, the 26-year-old attacking midfielder is expected to play a crucial role for them in Russia.

Forsberg scored four goals during the qualifiers as the Scandinavians returned to the World Cup for the first time since 2006, and ended last season with five goals and four assists for Bundesliga side RB Leipzig.

Arsenal will likely be keeping tabs on him during the tournament having been linked with a summer move for the winger, and he has the opportunity to showcase his top abilities to the watching world in the coming days.

Hirving Lozano of Mexico kicks the ball during the International Friendly match between Mexico v Scotland at Estadio Azteca on June 2, 2018 in Mexico City, Mexico.

Hirving Lozano - PSV Eindhoven

While West Ham United's Javier Hernandez, aka Chicharito, remains Mexico's number one threat in front of goal, it is the blistering form of the Everton-target - who bagged four goals during the qualifiers - that El Tri will heavily rely on in Russia.

The PSV star bagged 17 league goals and eight assists to help his side to the Eredivisie title last term, and he will hope to extend his nation's record of making it out of the World Cup group stage since 1994 this time out.

Lozano can shock Group F opponents with his quality, and defences will surely be kept on their toes by the 22-year-old versatile forward.

Germany's head coach Joachim Loew (R) shares a smile with Germany's midfielder Joshua Kimmich during a training session of the German national football team at the Rungghof training centre...

Joshua Kimmich - Bayern Munich

Germany are one of the favourites to win the World Cup and, with a player like the 23-year-old right-back in their ranks, no one can doubt Die Mannschaft's super footballing abilities.

Kimmich ended last campaign with a whopping six goals and 13 assists for the Bavarians, weighing in with two goals during the World Cup qualifiers.

Philipp Lahm's successor is one to watch out for in Russia, and it won't come as a surprise if other European giants come after him during the summer transfer window.

Son Heung-Min of South Korea in actioin during the international friendly match between South Korea and Bosnia & Herzegovina at Jeonju World Cup Stadium on June 1, 2018 in Jeonju, South...

Son Heung-min - Tottenham Hotspur

South Korea are one of World Cup's dark horses, and they have a star player and game decider in the 25-year-old forward.

Son bagged 18 goals and six assists for the North London club last term, and with returning home with the big prize on his mind,  Germany and Co will have to watch out for him.

With plenty of pace to burn, coupled with explosive attacking abilities, the former Bayer Leverkusen man has a lot to offer his country at the World Cup and, after scoring four goals during the qualifiers, no one can bet against him adding to his 21 goals in 66 caps.

Toni Kroos of Real Madrid celebrates with his children following his sides victory in the UEFA Champions League Final between Real Madrid and Liverpool at NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium on May 26,...

Toni Kroos - Real Madrid

The World Cup-winning midfielder surely wants to do it again in Russia, and Joachim Löw side boast of one of the best midfielders on the planet in the 28-year-old.

Having helped the La Liga giants to the last three Champions League titles, Kroos is raring to go in Russia, and with the former Bayern Munich star in top form, Germany can indeed become the first side to retain the trophy since Brazil in 1962.

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