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Switzerland: Xherdan Shaqiri
Position: Attacking Midfielder
Club: Bayern Munich
The 22-year-old midfielder is the most decorated player in the history of Swiss national football, and although he has failed to manage a consistent run of games for Bayern Munich under Pep Guardiola, he will invariably showcase his brilliance for his national team in Brazil. Ottmar Hitzfeld, Switzerland's manager, feels the 22-year-old does not buckle under pressure and will excel for the Swiss in this tournament: "Xherdan is always calm when he is in possession of the ball. No matter who he is playing against. He is never anxious and he almost always unlocks his potential. In addition, he has a great mentality and can adapt quickly." Xherdan is likely to play in the centre of midfield as Switzerland's creative outlet.
Ecuador: Carlos Gruezo
Position: Defensive Midfielder
Club: VfB Stuttgart
Since his move from Barcelona SC to VfB Stuttgart in January this season, Carlos Gruezo quickly established a starting berth in the first-team and has thus attracted attention from Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho. The midfielder starred in eight games for the German team and achieved an average of 3 tackles and interceptions per game. Chelsea scouts are said to have Gruezo in their sights ahead of the World Cup.
France: Paul Pogba
If you are not aware of Paul Pogba by now, then further attention to football is needed. He left Manchester United for Juventus in 2012, and has become one of the most sought after midfielders in world football. For example, in 2013, Pogba won the Golden Boy award which is given to the best young European footballer. Previous winners of this award include Lionel Messi, Cesc Fabregas, and Sergio Aguero. Furthermore, Pogba won the Golden Ball award at the u20 World Cup last year. The 21-year-old operates in a defensive and attacking capacity in midfield and is ultimately described as a "powerful, skilful and creative player" with "an eye for goal and a penchant for the spectacular."
Honduras: Andy Najar
Believe it or not, Andy Najar was the first Major League Soccer Homegrown player to be purchased by a European club. The 21-year-old will be looking forward to representing his home country after choosing to represent Honduras over the United States in 2012. Najar recently stated that playing in Europe has contributed to his positive development as a footballer: "Europe has helped me mature. I’ve just continued to grow little by little. The first few months I was there were pretty hard, but I pushed through that and things have been great since then." During this process of adaptation, the young Honduran has helped guide Anderlecht to two consecutive league titles. Najar operates as a right-winger, and is known for his nimble footwork and pace.