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World Cup 2014: 5 Players to Look out for in the Upcoming Qualifiers

Sam TigheWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterMarch 21, 2013

World Cup 2014: 5 Players to Look out for in the Upcoming Qualifiers

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    With domestic football taking a back seat for the weekend, we have plenty of crunch international fixtures to sink our teeth into.

    Several big names are in danger of not making the final tournament in Brazil 2014. With that in mind, here are five players to watch out for over the next five days.

    If you've got a player to add, why not suggest him in the comments?

Brad Guzan, United States

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    Brad Guzan will finally take to the field in a U.S. national team jersey on Friday after a long, long wait.

    Tim Howard's back injury—as unfortunate as it was—paved the way for the Aston Villa goalkeeper to make his first World Cup Qualifier start in nearly four years.

    "Godzan," as the Villa fans call him, is in world-class form for his club. Expect a similarly confident performance between the sticks for his nation.

James Rodriguez, Colombia

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    Colombia face Bolivia and Venezuela over the next four days and will seek to put clear daylight between themselves and the latter, who currently sit in fourth place in the CONMEBOL Qualifiers.

    There are several players worth watching when it comes to the exciting Cafeteros, but I've picked out James Rodriguez of FC Porto.

    He's hyped for a huge career and passionate about his national team, playing in all eight qualifiers so far. 

Edinson Cavani, Uruguay

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    Both Uruguay and Paraguay are seriously underachieving this campaign, but perhaps the former's form is more astonishing due to their recent vivid success.

    The two meet in Montevideo on Friday, and the home side have to win to keep their hopes of building on their achievements in 2010 and 2011.

    After a serious barren spell in front of goal, Edinson Cavani avenged his demons with a brace against Atalanta—has this rekindled his form, and subsequently La Celeste's?

Raphael Varane, France

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    On March 22, France will play Georgia as Les Bleus bid to keep it neck-and-neck with Spain in Group I.

    Raphael Varane could be set for his debut over the next few days, coming into the French squad on the back of some truly exceptional form for Real Madrid.

    In a side that is bereft of international experience due to the absence of both Philippe Mexes and Adil Rami, the 19-year-old has a real shot at starting. Can he make a big impact on the national scene?

Tom Rogic, Australia

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    Australia are flailing in Group B of the Asian Qualifying section, and while they have a game in hand, they are at best five points behind Japan.

    A revival is needed, and that starts here with a match against Oman on March 26.

    Look out for Tom Rogic. He joined Celtic in the January transfer window and, according to B/R's Australian Featured Columnist Allan Jiang, is the future of Aussie football.

     

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