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Argentina: Marcos Rojo
Position: Centre-back / Left-back
Club: Sporting Lisbon
Having failed to make an impact in Russia, Marcos Rojo transferred to Sporting Libson and guided them towards the second-best defensive record in the Portuguese league this season. Rojo can operate either as a centre-back or a left-back. The 24-year-old's strengths lie in his physicality, composure, and ability to adapt to different positions. Reports suggest that Liverpool are now interested in his services.
Bosnia and Herzegovina: Sead Kolasinac
Club: Schalke 04
The Bosnian left-back has been promising in his second season for Schalke, establishing himself as a senior team starter for the German side ahead of original first-choice Christian Fuchs. Kolasinac's performances have even lead him to be linked with teams such as Manchester United and Liverpool. He is known for his aggression, tenacity, and fierce defending, making an average of three tackles per game this season.
Iran: Alireza Jahanbakhsh
The 5''11 wide-man is an interesting prospect for Asia's top ranked nation, winning the Eredivisie's greatest talent of the season award in 2013/14. The 20-year-old captained Iran in the AFC U-19 Championships, scoring twice in the tournament and five times in four appearances in qualification matches. Alireza's performances for NEC have reportedly caught the eye of Manchester United scouts, as the midfielder managed to score six goals for his club this season. Alireza is regarded as a skilful player with a good heading capacity, and is more likely to star on the left-hand side for Iran as Fulham's player of the year Ashkan Dejagah is destined to start in Alireza's favoured right side position.
Nigeria: Kenneth Omeruo
Position: Centre-back / Right-back
The Nigerian centre-back first grabbed his opportunity in the 2013 African Nations Cup, filling in for injured captain Joseph Yobo. The 20-year-old's role turned out to be significant, as he helped guide Nigeria to only the third African Nations victory in their history. Omeruo will look to replicate Nigeria's achievement by progressing past the group stages. In 2008, Omeruo was selected to join the Nigeria squad for the U-17 World Cup after impressing in the trials. But at the time, he did not have a club and was only picked up after his performances on the international stage.