Young Stars Who Will Prove Themselves in World Cup Qualifying

Michael CummingsWorld Football Lead WriterOctober 1, 2012

Young stars around the globe are set to prove themselves on the international stage as World Cup qualifying heats up.

James Rodriguez is a 21-year-old Colombian playmaker who currently plies his trade at the club level for Porto. A No. 10 with plenty of creativity, Rodriguez’s game at the international level will benefit with the presence of lethal striker Radamel Falcao in Colombia’s ranks.

If Colombia qualifies for the World Cup, Rodriguez could be a star in the summer of 2014.

Another potential star at the next World Cup is Dutchman Kevin Strootman, a 22-year-old central midfielder with PSV Eindhoven. Like a bunch of other talented young players, Strootman wasn’t given a chance to shine at Euro 2012, but after a major clear-out in the Dutch ranks, this Robin van Persie lookalike might be ready for superstardom.

Watch as B/R World Football writers Will Tidey and Michael Cummings discuss those players and other stars in the making, then be sure to add your thoughts to the comments below.

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