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Germany: Mario Gotze

Age: 21-years-old
Position: Attacking Midfielder
Club: Bayern Munich

Germany's two-time World Cup winner Franz Beckenbauer once said: “It’s impossible to stop Mario Gotze. You just cannot play any better than him. He just strolls through as if there are no opponents.” Although not playing as much as he would have liked for Bayern Munich, his expensive transfer from Borussia Dortmund gave Gotze the opportunity to play under the thoroughly decorated Pep Guardiola. This relationship has given impetus to promising form for Germany prior to the World Cup, as the 21-year-old tallied 15 goals and 14 assists in all competitions for the Bavarians. Gotze can alternate between all forward positions.

Portugal: William Carvalho

Age: 22-years-old
Position: Defensive Midfielder
Club: Sporting Lisbon

Perhaps the most talented player Portugal have developed for some time. William Carvalho was once persuaded to sign for Sporting Lisbon through Manchester United's Luis Nani. In order to convince the Angolan-born youngster to play for their team, the Sporting youth department found out that Nani was Carvalho's favourite Sporting player, so they got the winger to call 14-year-old William and ask him to play for Sporting. He later signed for €12,500 Euros. The 22-year-old defensive midfielder is known for his technical attributes, defensive work, and ball retention capabilities. Carvalho has been heavily linked with Manchester United.

Ghana: Christian Atsu

Age: 22-years-old
Position: Winger
Club: Chelsea

Signed by Chelsea in 2013, the former Porto forward was sent on loan to Vitesse Arnhem. He scored six goals and made five assists for the Eredivisie club this season. The midfielder mostly spends his time on the wing, but can play as a forward. Atsu's strengths include his dribbling, crossing and pace.

USA: Julian Green

Age: 18-years-old
Position: Forward
Club: Bayern Munich

A surprise inclusion at this year's World Cup, Julian Green played for Bayern Munich's reserve squad this season, scoring 15 goals in 23 appearances, catching the attention of the United States manager Jurgen Klinsmann. Green chose to represent the United States instead of Germany, having already represented the Germans at various international youth tournaments prior to his allegiance switch. Tottenham have been credited with an interest in the agile winger's services.