Top 5 Players 21 and Under at the World Cup

5 Best Player 21 and Under World Cup

5 Best Player 21 and Under World Cup
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Although teams like Uruguay are packed with veterans, it is the young stars that could steal the show at the World Cup. There are also a stock of players that just turned 22 like Oscar, Neymar and Isco that would fall into the category of impact youngster. Players that didn't make this list include David Alaba, Joel Campbell and Memphis Depay. Many of these players already excel at the club level so make sure to pay attention to them in Brazil.

5. Adnan Januzaj

Adnan Januzaj
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5. Adnan Januzaj

Adnan Januzaj
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Adnan Januzaj just declared his allegiance to Belgium although it is unclear if he will have a spot on the plane to Brazil. However, it was coach Marc Wilmots that announced the decision on twitter so it is clear he has been waiting for this news. Januzaj has been an impact sub for Manchester United. Januzaj's roster spot for Belgium is still in question and possible teammate Kevin Mirallas has urged Wilmots not to pick him.

4. Thibaut Courtois

Thibaut Courtois
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4. Thibaut Courtois

Thibaut Courtois
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Thibaut Courtois has excelled at Atletico Madrid on loan from Chelsea this year. Although slender, he is an imposing figure in goal. He has moved ahead of Simon Mignolet for Belgium and has crept into the conversation for best keeper in Europe this year. Belgium does have some questions on the back line but they will be confident with Courtois behind them.

3. Mario Goetze

Mario Goetze
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3. Mario Goetze

Mario Goetze
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Mario Goetze's role with Germany is yet to be determined but coach Joachim Loew knows he needs to get the deceptive offensive player into the matches. The coach has a deep bench so Goetze could be used as an impact substitute depending on the opposing team. He has also been used at the false nine position for club and country.

2. Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba
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2. Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba
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Paul Pogba has been excellent all year for Juventus, but his play the last few weeks has somehow improved. He seems to be a goal scoring threat any time he is in the final third. France does have depth in the midfield, but Pogba's physical presence and ability going forward is hard to ignore. Juventus already admitted that they will not be able to keep Pogba which is a nod to his talent.

1. Mateo Kovacic

Mateo Kovacic
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1. Mateo Kovacic

Mateo Kovacic

Mateo Kovacic was born in Austria but decided to follow his Bosnian Croat parents back to Croatia at the age of 13. He has skyrocketed through the junior ranks with the national team and has eight caps with the senior team. His play is steadily improving at Inter over the last two years following two and a half years at Croatian giant Zagreb. Teammate Niko Kranjčar praised his performance and called him “a professor of football."

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